There’s a tradition in the aniblogsphere started by CCY at Mega Megane Moe called the ’12 Moments in Anime’ Project. Every year, starting on the 14th of December, bloggers are invited to write about their 12 favourite anime-related things over the past year. There’s something so honest and true to the spirit of Christmas about the project and I remember reading some of the posts last year and really enjoying them. So in the true spirit of Christmas and definitely not an attempt to get even more hits and recognition of the aniblogsphere I’ve decided to join in this year. The problem is my memory on how people structured these posts or what they even talked about is completely gone. But instead of going back and copying the ideas of writers from last year and end up with posts that look identical to everyone elses I’m instead going to fly straight into this without research in the hopes that I’ll produce something noticeably different from everyone else. Will this tactic work? Well the only way I’ll find out is by just doing the blasted thing instead of this needlessly long introductory paragraph.
Are you wondering whether you are an oldfag? Well ask yourself these questions. Do you look at upcoming season previews and think ‘man, anime is going downhill every year’? Do you’re favourite anime mainly come from the last decade? Do you wish they would make more anime like they did in the old days? Were you introduced to anime through Akira? Are you the type of person who can’t stand newer anime fans? If your answer to most of these questions was yes then you are an oldfag. I hate oldfags. Especially you, you insufferable, whiny git. There is a certain anime that is associated with these group of people. A movie that introduced a mountain of young adults to the world of Japanese animation. That anime was the movie Akira. They thought, and still do think, that this was the single greatest anime ever created and can’t stand the fact that no anime attempts to aim as high or as deep as Akira did. Hence came hatred by association. I hate oldfags, therefore I hate Akira. Naive and stupid yes but that is how I genuinely felt, and not just towards Akira. Anything made pre-Evangelion was regarded with contempt and disinterest.
Until one day, out of the blue, I decided to watch Akira. I was enthralled, gobsmacked, rooted to my seat, the only anime I watched this year that broke into my top 10 but most importantly of all, I understood. Not the anime itself, a hell of a lot of that story flew straight over my head, but I understood the oldfags. There is nothing like Akira nowadays. The only anime I could compare it to were not made this decade. The level of depth, imagery, background artistry just blew me away like nothing else. So just for that day I understood your pain and I sympathised.
The next day I went into a forum with Chartfags amazing chart for the summer anime season and it was packed full of oldfags. This season looks crap, the current season is also rubbish, anime is going downhill, blah de blah de blah and I quickly reverted back to my oldfag hating self. The next season is not crap and anime is not going downhill. You’re just too narrow-minded and viewing the past through rose-tinted specs. But…I wish they made more anime like Akira.