Disclaimer: This is going to come across as an incredibly mean-spirited post and may contain a minor hint of anger and intolerance. It is not my intention to offend anyone with the content of this post and I’m merely trying to get my point across. You have been warned.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock recently I’m sure you’re all aware that the Sword Art Online feature length film was released a few days ago.
I’m sure many of you are also aware that just like everything else Sword Art Online related a humongous chunk of the Anime Community proceeded to purchase tickets to the movie for the sole purpose of making fun of it and blindly hating on it, as they do all things Sword Art Online related.
I’m not going to discuss the movies quality, because I haven’t seen it and I probably won’t be seeing it any time soon because Sword Art Online is one of the few shows I watch the dubbed version of and switching will likely hinder my likely guaranteed enjoyment of the film.
However, I am going to discuss the childishness of these members of our community, because quite frankly I’m sick to death of seeing the community beat the dead horse that is “Sword Art Online is terrible”.
So, large chunk of the Anime Community, you don’t like Sword Art Online. We get it. We have always gotten it. We got it 5 years ago. We still get it now. You do not need to see this movie to remind us how much you hate Sword Art Online, just like you didn’t have to watch the second season of Sword Art Online when you clearly hated the first season in its entirety.
Why would you invest so much time in something that’s clearly not for you?
I’m not against people watching something for the purposes of critically analysing it in a negative light. As someone who has never dropped an Anime, I do this literally all the time.
Despite completely disagreeing with his stance on the show, renowned Anime Youtuber Digibro has a fantastic series of videos that does an excellent job of bringing his complete distaste for Sword Art Online to the forefront. However, Digibro begins these videos by openly stating that he is not attacking the fans of Sword Art Online and that although he hates the show, he does not hold any ill intentions towards those who enjoy the series. He understands why people enjoy Sword Art Online, and even makes the claim that fans of the show should probably not watch the video as it’s likely it will just make them mad. I still watched it though, and despite strongly disagreeing with him, I didn’t get mad in the slightest. Because of the approach he takes towards understanding other peoples opinions despite disagreeing with them.
And although I feel that since then, Digibro has been beating the Sword Art Online topic to death to the point that I could refer to him as a Beater, his mentality is something I wish the many people who chose to ride the Sword Art Online hate bandwagon would adopt for themselves.
To understand why people like something they don’t like.
This is a prominent problem in all communities, from movies to video games, but for some reason it’s even more so in the Anime Community. People just don’t get it. They don’t understand why people, such as myself, could ever like something as “terrible” as Sword Art Online. That you’re some how “dumb” for enjoying Dragon Ball Super or that you don’t appreciate quality animation for liking World Trigger.
And my response is always the same: I just like it. It’s just my opinion.
Of course I’d be able to clearly back up that opinion and explain why I liked it, but at the end of the day there’s not much else to it than that. No matter the reasoning, I enjoyed it, and no amount of pointing out flaws or sharing your negative take on the series is going to change that.
I’m not “blind to flaws” nor am I “overly optimistic” I just don’t perceive the series the way you do and see things differently. To me, these “flaws” may be overblown or may not even exist at all.
I like to discuss things. It’s one of my favourite things about blogging. But when someone calls me an “idiot” for liking a “dumb Anime” like Sword Art Online, I find it hilarious.
But what I find even more hilarious is that so many people purchased tickets that cost more than $15 for a movie they instantly decided was going to be terrible before they even took their seat in the cinema hall. People spent money for the sole purpose of participating in a public flaw finding exercise for a movie they knew they were going to hate the day its production was announced.
And they didn’t do it for the purpose of analysis. They did it to make fun of people who liked the movie and disrespect the series yet again. Because apparently 5 years of constant negativity and bashing isn’t enough.
I believe that understanding is something this community really needs. Too many people play the superiority game and it’s nauseating.
Your opinion is no better than anyone else’s. It’s just another wave in a vast ocean of many different perspectives.
As a writer, as a critic and as an Anime fan I always try to understand everyone’s perspective no matter how much I agree or disagree.
Of course I know my words aren’t going to make any amount of difference. I’m just a small time text blogger with the tiniest of internet followings, but I just want to get this message out:
It’s okay to like Ordinal Scale. It’s okay to dislike Ordinal Scale. It’s not okay to call Ordinal Scale and those that enjoyed it “dumb”.
Because we aren’t. We just like Ordinal Scale. And that should be okay.
It shouldn’t be difficult to understand. Right?