Buckle up Grimms.
I honestly love the anime community. In general I have found it to be incredible accepting and fun. I have made the best of friends through this community! But every once in a while I come across one of these things and I just wanna…
Recently this happened to me and this particular person managed to really get under my skin. This inspired me to write this little post. I’m not sure if that is a good thing or a bad thing but I feel the need to have myself a little rant!
So in no particular order five things I could live without in the anime community.
One: The Mainstream Hate
What is it with some members being such haters of anything that becomes popular?
“Your favorite anime is Naruto? I’m sure you watch so much anime.” Rolls eyes in condescending manner.
Omgoodness SO WHAT if a mainstream anime is someone’s favorite anime?! Do you know how much time you have to put in to watch shows like Naruto/Naruto Shippuden, Bleach, One Piece, Inuyasha, Fullmetal Alchemist, and DragonBall?!
Just because something becomes popular doesn’t mean it isn’t good anymore. It means lots of people really resonated with it. Heck even if the above anime are the only anime sprees you’ve seen that doesn’t make you less of a fan because someone else has seen more obscure titles.
It doesn’t mean you can’t have opinions on things. I’m so tired of people trying to make the shows people enjoy some type of weird pissing contest. It also irritates me when people act like just because a show gets popular all of a sudden it’s just not good anymore.
Two: Using The Culture Excuse To Exploit Others
What I mean by this is I can’t count the number of times that I or someone else has called out a character for being a bit on the rapey side only to be met with, “You just don’t understand the Asian culture!”
First off that statement is pretty without understanding.
Normalizing sexual assualt is prevalent in every country’s media not just Asian and it’s not going to change if we don’t address it. I find the scene where Mediolas on Seven Deadly Sins grops an unconscious Elizabeth at a bar uncomfortable and rapey. I find the fact that a teacher sleeps with Archie on Riverdale and it’s passed off as nothing because he’s a male uncomfortable and rapey.
Both of these scenarios are wrong to me. This isn’t an issue of culture. It has nothing to do with which country produced it. Every country could work on this. Stop singling out the Asian culture. And stop acting like normalizing these scenes are okay.
Three: I Love Yuri/Yaoi Except In Real Life
I don’t know if I was just naive but I honestly assumed anyone who was a yuri or yaoi fan was onboard with LGBTQ rights in real life in general.
Boy was I wrong.
It still blows my mind that there are people who will stan yuri and yaoi characters all day but then oppose rights to real life gay, lesbian, etc couples. All of a sudden it’s immoral?
So what you are saying is if you can’t get sexual gratification out of the relationship it shouldn’t happen? What the heck kind of logic is that?!
Four: Asian People Just Want To Be White And Revere White People
…Are you for real?
Stop it. Stop being so douchey. First off Asians digging pale skin was something going on WAY before Europeans came into the picture. Second this statement reeks of a superiority complex. Third once again just stop.
I really can’t say anymore on this.
Five: If You Like Dubs You’re Trash
I said it before and I’ll say it again IT DOESN’T MATTER HOW YOU WATCH ANIME! Which ever way works for you is all that matters. Don’t let anyone convince you otherwise.
Well there you have it. My little rant for the day XD Sometimes you just have to let it all out! That being said I am going to have to do a Favorite Things About the Anime Community post to create some balance. While there are a few things that really get under my skin there are so many things I adore about this community. You can’t let just a few get in the way of all the greatness here!