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.
I think it’s safe to say that just about everyone here, who reads and engages this blog, has a strong passion for Anime.
We share our thoughts on the shows we watch and we engage in discussion with one another. We love this medium. It plays a significant role in our lives.
And because of that, sometimes we take it a bit too seriously. Maybe a show did something offensive that made us angry or disgusted. Perhaps a show went in a completely different direction than our expectations had led us to believe and we were left disappointed. Or it could be that a series was just so terrible in every conceivable way that we just felt empty and violated.
We’re all guilty of this. We’ve all lost our minds over something a series did that we didn’t agree with. Each and every one of us, at some point or another, has made an angry rant about how terrible the people who created the show that did the terrible thing are for birthing such a monstrosity.
Even I, the guy who seemingly has an extremely high and potentially unlimited tolerance for bullshit, have lashed out at various shows in the past for being terrible or for doing something that goes against my morals.
Yet, recently, I’ve found myself no longer being affected by these kinds of things.
Could it be that my perspective has changed as I’ve gotten older? Or is it simply due to the fact that I’ve consumed so many ridiculous series during my time as an Anime fan that nothing phases me?
In all honestly, it’s likely both.
Looking back on the moments this medium induced these kinds of negative feelings, I genuinely wonder what the big deal was? Why did I get so mad? Why the heck was I so upset?
After all, it’s just an Anime. It’s just a piece of animated fiction. It’s not real. It’s just a form of entertainment aimed to appeal to a specific set of people that may, or may not, be you.
Sure, it’s part of a medium that has had a heavy impact on my life and has played a significant role in my development as a human being, but despite that, it’s still just an Anime.
So why get so hung up about it? What’s the purpose in exploding into a blaze of fury because you saw something that didn’t line up with your moral compass? So what if Sword Art Online has a scene where the main heroine gets groped by tentacles? Who cares if Eromanga Sensei is chock-full of incestuous relations between its two protagonists? Who gives a damn if Griffith brutally raped Casca in front of Guts while demons tore apart their entire fellowship of companions?
It’s a work of fiction. It’s not real. It’s art, and whether you agree with it or not, the purpose of a work of art is to communicate something, even if that something is seemingly baseless and immoral.
I understand that there’s a line, and I’m not condoning those that choose to cross it, but I feel that almost every time I see people flip out over something an Anime series does to offend or upset them, they go way too far with the outrage.
No. The author doesn’t deserve to die because he wrote a scene you didn’t like. No. The animators shouldn’t be locked up for drawing a scene that made you feel uncomfortable. Please stop.
Eromanga Sensei is a recent example of this. People are losing their mind over some of the things that show has done as if they some how had no idea what kind of series this was going to be from the beginning. We all knew what this was going to be. We knew exactly what we signed up for.
And even if you didn’t, is it really worth getting this mad about?
This also applies to when a show breaks your expectations or winds up being something you aren’t enjoying. It happens. Sometimes we fire up a show, we expect it to be great and it turns out to be dreadful in every single way. We feel frustrated. We feel like we wasted our time. We feel like we need to tear the show a new one.
But here’s the thing:
Nobody is forcing you to keep watching. If you’re truly disgusted by the content of a show to the point you feel the need to vent your frustration publicly, then stop watching it. If you find a series is getting so bad that it’s becoming difficult to watch, you don’t need to carry on.
I’m not saying I’m against people getting upset about a series. It’s perfectly fine for a series to get you mad and it’s even fine to share how mad you are. But the way this is being done, the level this is sometimes being taken to, the way people are approaching it, is tiring, and I’m already tired enough as it is.
Perhaps it’s just me being my usual, weird, contrarian self, but I just don’t care. Then again, it’s been statistically proven that I have the highest tolerance ever when it comes to Anime. Maybe I’m just immune to all this.
It’s just Anime. It’s something we all indulge in for the purpose of having a good time. Just have fun. Have a blast. Enjoy yourself!
Don’t take it too seriously.