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~