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!
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.
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)
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.
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.