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Chartfag is my hero

A new year, a new batch of shows, and plenty of opportunity to ignore all the good anime that air and spend the rest of the  time complaining about anime not being as good as it used to be.  But hey, maybe this year you’ll get lucky and develop taste!

It’s odd how big a name Chartfag has become on the internet. If you were to look way outside the annoyingly insular territory of the anime blogging community right into the far-flung corner of the internet, inside some obscure anime forum, people will know this mans’ charts. However take a more detailed look beyond the charts and those small print summaries you have to squint to read and you find why this man really created these charts.

However, the reason I even put them [the summaries] there in the first place wasn’t just because it was a thing to do, it was because without them, people used to put down a show based on image alone, and I thought that attitude could use changing (and this was all based off roughly edited Japanese compilation charts). I expect shows like Kuchu Buranko would not receive the attention they deserve if it weren’t for a small summary – after all, those few lines are abridgements, and people intrigued by short summaries do like to research the shows in more depth.

The idea was spawned from those old Japanese charts with a bunch of pictures and maybe some Japanese text that nobody in the english speaking world understood. Hence people were making judgements based off nothing other than pictures. So a random english 4channer, Denizen, decided to compile up a chart for the english speaking world in an attempt to create a bit more anticipation for upcoming anime. Give them more information and their interest will rise, or so the theory goes.

I don’t think anyone else on the internet can get me as excited as you can, only for me to be completely let down and depressed. There is no reactionface.jpg for when I saw there was going to be a Kurozuka anime. There are many reactionface.jpg’s for when I saw the first episode. You also let me see 2 months beforehand that fall 09 is going to be fucking terrible with nothing but moeshit harem fanservice bullshit so that when the fall gets here and I watch the first ep of everything I am not completely let down.

Of course you know what happened then. People looked at the charts with pretty much the same attitude as they use for every upcoming season, actually reversing the purpose of these charts and using them to prove that the latest season is shit. If the chart has a few pictures of bishojo then the entire season is full of moe crap (see summer 2009: Spice and Wolf and Bakemonogatari. Bishojo pictures, therefore they are crap). Even the summaries were used against the current season in order to prove their point.

I can’t exactly say you deserve to be excited about anime when your taste is evidently so narrow and poor. One of your main anticipations was just some gory action-flick manga? How dull, if that is all you expect from such a wide-ranging media form I can say you deserve to be dissapointed. I have to say shows of Kurozuka’s ilk are maybe in short supply – but that one genre does not, and cannot become the indicating factor in whether a season or an anime as a whole is good or not. You can only divide anime by “action” and “girls”? That’s ridiculous….Perhaps if you explored more genres and demographics and experienced less of what you’re comfortable with mindlessly consuming you might actually find a REASON to continue watching anime.

Why do I make season previews? They take a phenomenal amount of time for what is only a single post. Because I want to build enthusiasm for the current season. Maybe it’s because the first time I visited anime blogs was to check out season previews but I consider them to be the most important thing anime blogs do. Using our informed and researched opinions, we tell the world what shows coming up next season are worth trying out.But nobody should come from your season preview with a lesser view of the upcoming season than they had before. A pet peeve of mine is when someone starts off their season preview saying ‘hur hur, shitty season’ or something along those lines. And you know why they proclaim the latest season to be shit? Because they’ve either done no proper research and they’re basing the season on those 3-4 token shitty moe harems that generally sink towards the bottom of Chartfags chart. Forget the obvious quality of the top 4-5 shows and forget those possible sleeper andniche hits that occupy the rest of the chart. Nope, the season is based of a few pictures of bishojos. This current winter season is not based upon the awesomeness of Durarara, Baka to Test, Nodame, Sora no Woto or Hanamaru. Nope, it’s based on Omamori Himari, Ladies vs Butlers, Seikon no Quasar and Chu-bra.

At the very least, take this comment as the reason I still continue to create these charts – I am genuinely interested in every new batch of anime and I know there is worth in every season (and there always is, no question), because anime is a form that covers many different subjects and styles of entertainment and storytelling, and I want to experience the best of those

So fuck you guys. Do a bit of research, go out of your comfort zone a bit and do not judge an entire season based upon a few moe-crap. When the new Spring 2010 chart comes out I’m going to give you guys a challenge. Try not to declare the entire season as crap because it has another Kohime Muso, Kiss x Sis and Mayoi Neko Overrun. Try not to instantly dismiss Angel Beats, Arakawa Under the Bridge and Black Rock Shooter because they have a bishojo main picture and to do a little bit of research into the production staff working on them.

Seeing all this “hurr shit sucks” BS is both tiring, and moreso it cries out for some objection.

~I <3 Chartfag~

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17 Comments

  1. Posted January 25, 2010 at 8:54 pm | Permalink

    heh ~I <3 Chartfag~ too :D

    I always tend to love the shows that no one talks about when the charts first come out. While they are only talking about the "moe" / "fanservice" shows that will be airing.

  2. Gargron
    Posted January 25, 2010 at 8:57 pm | Permalink

    I like what Chartfag does. It would be better if he did it on a webpage and not an image with tiny text though.

    Omamori Himari is good, why is it used as a bad example here? >:3

  3. kadian1364
    Posted January 25, 2010 at 10:02 pm | Permalink

    I don’t pay attention to the preseason charts except to know what’s going to air. A picture and a sentence isn’t going to set my expectations, a first episode or two will.

  4. Posted January 25, 2010 at 11:59 pm | Permalink

    I wonder if he uses the charts to make it harder to steal his work. Also, BRS will probably suck due to the shallow source material, but I’ll probably still do like 3 minutes of research for my preview before I set my conclusion in stone.

  5. Posted January 26, 2010 at 12:50 am | Permalink

    The charts exist for a simple reason: so people can post them on 4chan. I’m not sure if that’s where they originated from, but that’s certainly where they spent a lot of time before Chartfag put them on WordPress for a wider audience.

    Also, you’ve named the exact reason why I can’t stand most pre-season previews. It’s presumptuous to make judgement calls on an anime before it even starts airing. At least wait before watching an episode before deciding if something is crap. (Hell, in my extreme opinion, I don’t even trust judgements made after one episode… there have been so many anime I’ve seen that are crap after one ep that ended up being good by the end, most of them being made by Sunrise).

  6. Posted January 26, 2010 at 2:13 am | Permalink

    Fuck. Yeah.

  7. Duelit
    Posted January 26, 2010 at 3:29 am | Permalink

    Chartfag is pretty reliable, that and I generaly enjoy how the season charts are laid out, not focusing on one thing only and being fair in general to new and already well known anime. Possibly my favorite seasons last year were spring and FMA:B and summer eden of the east. Speaking of Eden, did those movies ever come out and will you do a review of them?

  8. Posted January 26, 2010 at 6:40 am | Permalink

    Who’s responsible for that winter chart with ONLY that Qwaser shit!? FFFFFFFFFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU

  9. Scamp
    Posted January 26, 2010 at 12:08 pm | Permalink

    @chii

    I should create a ~I <3 Chartfag~ club on MAL

    @Gargron

    The charts are made like that so they can be freely distributed across the interwebs. Chartfag doesn't care about hits and e-peen so the chart is teh most effective way of distribution

    @kadian1364

    Well I generally know what anime is coming out anyway so the charts mainly serve as a reminder as to what is coming out together that season.

    @Kabitzin

    I'm half and half on BRS. Yeah it could be otaku-pandering rubbish given the source material but they've really gone all out and pumped a lot of money into the project, including bringing the Haruhi/Kannagi director on board. Plus, sometimes limited source material gives the director more leeway to impose his own story, which can often be a good thing.

    @Sorrow-kun

    I'm pretty certain they did exist for 4chan originally but they've now spread across all corners of anime fandom so their original meaning has been expanded.

    As for season previews, there's a tone to achieve that's not completely judgemental but also not too 'well if you like X then you'll like this'. At the end of the day they are just another post that's meant to be informative and entertaining.

    @Duelit

    The first Eden movie Blu-ray is coming out 24th of March and should be subbed pretty soon after that. Will I review it? Eh, I'll probably post something about it but I won't really know if I'll have that much to say until I see the thing

    @Kairu

    That would be me

  10. Posted January 26, 2010 at 6:30 pm | Permalink

    I don’t usually read the descriptions, and just base what I’m going to watch off of the pictures. It is for that reason that I was very surprised by the boob sucking in Qwaser.

  11. Posted January 27, 2010 at 5:18 am | Permalink

    Or better yet, actually watch ALL of the shows even if they look stupid and find out how fucking wrong you are! Chu-Bra has been great so far, Qwaser has a totally unique plot, and Omamori Himari is pretty decent if cliche. LvB is the only truly less-good-than-terrible show airing this season.

    Fuck everyone who does stupid-ass bitching about a show they haven’t watched. This is why some great shows like Bamboo Blade and Saki get overlooked because of how they look when they turn out to actually be excellent.

  12. Scamp
    Posted January 27, 2010 at 11:39 am | Permalink

    @Glo

    I used to deliberatly ignore plot descriptions as well. I cannot quite describe the shock that was the first episode of Midori no Hibi

    @digitalboy

    Err…see latest post

  13. Posted January 27, 2010 at 4:31 pm | Permalink

    From my experiance, the anime community I’ve run into are divided into two groups. The people who wants to seem smart and elite by dissing and making fun of new anime, then grugdingly accepting it if there’s something–even though it’ll never be as good as anime use to be–and the group who just look at watching anime as a way to have fun and look foreward to trying something new. I’m sure there are some people that fall inbetween these two groups, but you get my point.

    I find people who constantly bash new anime hilarious for all the wrong reasons. >.>

  14. Scamp
    Posted January 27, 2010 at 9:22 pm | Permalink

    @Janette

    Type A = oldfags

    I hate oldfags

    A lot

  15. Posted January 27, 2010 at 9:24 pm | Permalink

    Me too.

    Although there are a lot of young people trying to be oldfags.

  16. Posted February 4, 2010 at 4:30 pm | Permalink

    I feel like some of that is kind of an unfair comment for you to make, given how new you are to anime (going off your about-me page)

    Anime has definitely changed since its origins. The shift of focus, the style of storytelling, the pacing of detail vs development. I’m not saying I support the oldfaqs and their constantly complaining that anime is better back then or whatever, but anime has definitely taken a nosedive in certain perspectives, because the producers chose to exchange those for boosting other aspects that are more in favor with the newest generation [shrug]. I guess one can say that I sympathize with them in certain respects…

    But just as you state in the next post that not every1 is ‘as obsessed’, people are not going to research something they don’t think will interest them, and so everything still falls down to first impressions from that promotion poster. Yes, reading the fine print is ‘the right thing to do’, but expecting people to do so isn’t.

  17. Scamp
    Posted February 5, 2010 at 1:15 pm | Permalink

    @Aorii

    Just because I’m a newer fan doesn’t mean I haven’t watched the older series, although probably not enough to offer a proper opinion on how much anime has changed.

    The thing is, these oldfags act like…welll, they are generally quite knowledgable in anime but don’t put any effort into looking at new seasons. As I said in the next post, someone who puts no effort into searching for anime in the current season would only be watching Durarara.

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