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The fans reactions to the spring anime season

I think by this stage I’ve written quite enough on my own thoughts of the new anime this spring season, but what about the rest of anime fandom? Spending my time lurking in forums, trawling blogs, wasting time on twitter and raging at the level of stupidity (and ignorance at their own stupidity) that ANN forums seem to attract, it’s certainly been interesting to see so many different reactions from different parts of fandom. So hey, lets paraphrase them all in this post!

Angel Beats!

Probably the most hyped anime of the season is also the most divisive. I think fans split quite evenly into three categories as I shall outline using this badly drawn 4-koma.

B Gata H Kei vs KissXSis

Some of the reactions to these have been absolutely nonsensical. Now the Kiss x Sis reactions are pretty much as expected. It’s about pseudo-incest and its only aim is sexual titillation. It’s basically porn, which is what people should be treating it as. People don’t get up in arms because some kid fucks his mother in the latest hentai title so why get in a fuss over Kiss X Sis? Anyone who is honestly watching this for the comedy, then all I can say is I admire your detachment. B Gata H Kei though, is getting similar reactions that Kiss X Sis is. People seem to be split into two categories. One who think it’s more shitty otaku-bait and those who believe these elitists are too uptight to see a great comedy with an ingenious concept. What it is in reality is an unusual yet potentially great concept executed miserably. It’s sad that one has to justify that they’re dropping this show not because they’re an uptight elitist but because it’s a poor anime.

Senko no Night Raid

This was always going to cause outrage and heated discussions. The basic gist is that, while Germany spends its time living in a permanent apologetic state for its history, Japan spends a lot of its time pretending they’re horrible historical achievements never happened. Senko no Night Raid focuses in on a period of history that is pretty darn controversial.

What’s not helping is people on the internet are stupid.

Bringing up periods of history that have no relevance in the conversation, using the standard reaction of ‘but so-and-so did this so that means this is OK’. Anime fans seem to quite often become defenders of the elevens, such is the level of weeaboo-ism on the internet. Not that the other side is much better. Leaping on this series to sprout gross overstatements when the anime in question has yet to cover any of the history or what it’s intentions are. It could be any anime that covers this period of history, it just so happened to be Senko no Night Raid.

(I need to learn how to draw. Not Mistakes of Youth quality, just being able to draw facial expressions would be enough)

Giant Killing

I can see where this is going already. The same thing happened with Cross Game. Sports anime seem to hold this odd aura of being underrated gems and it is the duty of anyone who watches the show to praise it to the heavens. While watching Cross Game I often gave it a hard time. I did love the show but that was because I often felt like I was the only person who would dare criticise a show that was already being ignored by a lot of anime fandom. And so the same thing seems to be happening to Giant Killing. Stupid people are ignoring it because it’s a sports anime and those who do watch it praise it more than it probably deserves in an attempt to get more people to watch it.

Mayoi Neko Overrun and Hakuouki

Both sides of fandom are as bad as each other over these two. The main praise I’m seeing for Hakuouki is that it has lots of beautiful bishies. The main praise I’m seeing for Mayoi Neko Overrun is that it has a tsundere. Such is the superficial nature of some anime fans that an anime just needs to check as many items on a list of lazy plot element and visual eye-candy that the actual quality of the finished product is no longer relevant.

K-ON!!

This is an interesting one indeed. When K-ON first started airing, it took until about 5-6 episodes in for the backlash to occur when waves upon waves of people descended in and cried in horror that it was just a bunch of girls doing moecrap. Before that, the moefags of this world were calling this the best of the season and KyoAni strikes again. I’m not sure whether it’s because of the backlash it got but this season the K-ON fans have been a lot quieter about their love for this series. It’s become a defensive attitude of  ‘I know it’s just a bunch of girls doing moe stuff but I like it’. Not only that but their love for this series is not quite as blinding as it was when it first aired. So hey, high-five fellow anti-moe brigade on this one!

House of Five Leaves and Youjouhan

Noitamina. Late to the party as bloody usual.

Oh, and as anyone who’s watched Sayonara Zetsubo Sensei knows, every 4-koma has a 5th forbidden panel of darkness.

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21 Comments

  1. Posted April 14, 2010 at 12:06 pm | Permalink

    You lie. They’re absolutely beautiful.

  2. Posted April 14, 2010 at 12:19 pm | Permalink

    Competition driving up the prices of tissues everywhere!

  3. Posted April 14, 2010 at 12:56 pm | Permalink

    I feel like that 4koma of yours can be applied to pretty much every anime out there…

    Reminds me how I fall into type B for almost everything shounen xD

  4. Posted April 14, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Permalink

    I’m also relishing in the fact that K-ON reviews so far have been much more defensive than praising, but it’s only been one episode. Who knows, the next episode could be a masterpiece.

    B Gata H Kei has been great so far. The jokes and gags are funny and plentiful. It’s a rarity in anime. Whatever your gripes with the execution are, are they limited to the show’s “laziness”? For a show that premise carries nine-tenths of the way to success, the writing is more than good enough.

  5. Taka
    Posted April 14, 2010 at 3:26 pm | Permalink

    I’m still up in the air about everything. At the moment nothing I’ve seen to the 2nd episode has been completely horrid. Angel Beats (I’m category…C…I guess) I was mostly category A until I watched the pre-airing special with Jun Maeda stating that the 2nd half of the anime would be something more akin to his work with Key. So I’m just waiting for the tone change.

    I think B gata H Kei is the comedy hit of the season. Like Baka-Raptor said it gets by almost entirely on premise, but it’s funny as hell.

    Senko no Night Raid – being historically ignorant probably gives me the benefit when watching this show.

    I watched the Kiss x Sis OAV’s but I couldn’t even finish the 1st episode of the TV series. Maybe if I’m horny.

    K-On!!/Mayoi Neko Overrun – watched the 1st season so far seems like the 2nd season is better/zettai ryouki

  6. Posted April 14, 2010 at 4:19 pm | Permalink

    Funny post XD I like your 4-komas.

    What you said about Senkou no Night Raid makes me want to watch it now. I’ll see if I can squeeze it in.

  7. Scamp
    Posted April 14, 2010 at 4:33 pm | Permalink

    @Kiseki

    I can’t work out if you’re talking about bishies or my 4-komas, or implying that I’m a bishie.

    @Kabitzin

    When someone says ‘prepare your tissues’ for watching a supposedly sad anime I always get dirty thoughts…

    @Aorii

    A: The defensive fan
    B: The guy who missed the point and thinks he’s funny
    C: The over-emotional person
    D: The perfectly normal human being

    @Baka-Raptor

    It’s lazy with it’s premise. The idea is great but the jokes they are deriving from it are just so unfunny with no imagination put into them. It feels like such a lame job, as though the creators didn’t really like working on the show itself. That’s why it feels lazy. I’ve never been picky about a shows premise so long as they put the effort into the directing and writing. That’s why I didn’t really like Rainbow or B Gata despite their good premises

    @Taka

    B Gata H Kei comedy hit of the season? When you’ve got Arakawa? Heck, you’ve also got Angel Beats. As for the change of pace it’s apparently meant to have, I’m thinking something more like Haibane Remnei than tear-jerking Air but we’ll have to wait and see

    @Yumeka

    Eh, I’m half and hald on Night Raid. I’ll wait a few episodes before i make a judgement

  8. Posted April 14, 2010 at 5:44 pm | Permalink

    I took your quiz and I’m unanimously type B. Go figure.

    Noitamina block can’t get subbed soon enough…

  9. Taka
    Posted April 14, 2010 at 5:57 pm | Permalink

    I don’t find B gata H Kei’s jokes stale at all. I feel like it is up front with it’s sexual jokes. Some series have sex jokes but aren’t honest about the true perversion of the characters. They might say the character is clumsy or it’s not the main character making sexual jokes but his sleazy older friend. I like a show like Sora no Otoshimono that is honest about the perversions.

    Then I would say it takes some old jokes and puts an interesting spin on em. While they had ground the traditional version of the “breast size joke” into the ground, calling people F-cups and such. I thought they had a truly original spin to it when they made the b-cup appear in the mirror *she smashes* 30 more appear. It’s a different spin on it.

    Plus I think Tamura yukari is nailing the role. While on the flip side, I’m tired of Kamiya. Find other lead VAs please Shinbo. The only moments I really laughed at Arakawa last episode were when I thought she was trying to eat him and when Sister was handing out cookies. As for Angel Beats, I laughed but it was a “is this really happening laugh” as opposed to lulz this is funny. The show is more surreal to me than anything else.

  10. Posted April 14, 2010 at 8:00 pm | Permalink

    B Gata H Kei is fantastically great. Kiss x Sis is horrible and shitty, although that’s to be expected.

  11. Posted April 14, 2010 at 8:25 pm | Permalink

    I think that as a general rule sequel seasons are forgotten and kept quiet more than first seasons.

  12. Posted April 14, 2010 at 8:26 pm | Permalink

    @Scamp:

    So… most of the world is too busy fapping in the dark?
    orz

  13. Posted April 14, 2010 at 8:59 pm | Permalink

    Ah, I fall into category A…until that last panel. Heh.

    I also did criticize Cross Game, and in the end, it didn’t make the 5/5 cut. I don’t pretend flaws aren’t there, and while it had amazing slice of life, it was a flawed work. Such a boring end game.

    I still don’t think B Gata H Kei is badly executed, I’d put it in the so-so category when it comes to actual execution. Working!!, now that’s badly executed. I also feel that anime gets a lot of leeway as it’s covering a rarely covered topic, female sexuality. I’d put up with plenty of crappiness just to have an anime about that, tbh. Not that I think someone’s a snob if they don’t watch. It’s honestly aimed at girls, and I don’t blame guys for not as attracted to it. Plus if it’s not one’s sense of humor, etc. There’s plenty of reasons.

  14. luffyluffy
    Posted April 14, 2010 at 9:06 pm | Permalink

    …. Once again, I love you.

  15. Posted April 14, 2010 at 10:24 pm | Permalink

    I’m stupidly optimistic at the start of seasons…….its only a few episodes in that I get jaded and start dropping things all over the place.

  16. Posted April 14, 2010 at 10:48 pm | Permalink

    oh god, stick figures = win.

    i tend to be the type b i guess, also the type to lol at the most retarded things.

  17. Posted April 15, 2010 at 2:23 am | Permalink

    I was a Type B for Angel Beats even before the series began…
    Didn’t see a entry for Rainbow, though. I guess that the comments make more that up for the discussion…

  18. Scamp
    Posted April 15, 2010 at 11:37 am | Permalink

    @kadian1364

    pfft, you cynic. Yeah, I’ll hold making a judgement on this season until Noitamina.

    @Taka

    Eh, each to their own. I could go on all day at how Arakawa is fantastic but I’ve got my episodics to do that. When it comes to perverted shows, if the jokes are just ‘look at me, I’m perverted’ then that’s lazy. That’s not exactly what the problem is with B Gata but I hope that gets my point across. It’s the execution rather than the premise

    @mefloraine

    Unless it’s BIG like Haruhi or Geass or K-O…oh wait

    @Aorii

    Most true statement written on this blog

    @Janette

    Working is fucking terribly executed and god knows what people see in that. But really, execution is vital and B Gata isn’t doing that. Eh, I think I’ve given out about B Gata enough by now anyway

    @Caraniel

    I tend to be optimistic but in my own strange way. I’m optimistic that I’ll find 4-5 shows out of 20 worth watching. Glass half full kinda guy. It’s why I drop so many anime so quickly. Once I have 4-5 that excel in their first episodes I don’t see the need to continue in hope that the others will get better

    @gw_kimmy

    I’m always a type A. Anime must entertain and I look for entertainment. It’s probably why I never saw those mysterious plotholes people kept referring to in Geass

    @Hellomotto

    I didn’t have anything new to say on Rainbow so I just left it out

  19. Posted April 15, 2010 at 7:13 pm | Permalink

    I think what people see in Working!! is that short girl, who’s actually pretty cute.

  20. Posted April 16, 2010 at 1:42 am | Permalink

    i love being entertained by my anime as well, but strangely, all the things like plotholes and failed plot twists entertain me just the same as jokes and action. i love code geass to death, but one of the reasons was because i thought each plot twist was beyond hilarious. i dunno *shrugs*

  21. Posted April 24, 2010 at 7:25 am | Permalink

    For the 4koma’s I was type A :D

    Nice job with the post :D

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