So unless you’re completely out of the loop of the weekly phenomenon that is seasonal Anime, you’ve probably heard of a show that started airing a few days ago called Goblin Slayer.
And if you keep up with the general opinions surrounding currently airing Anime, you’ve also likely seen that a large number of Anime fans have been quick to mount the high horse of moral superiority once again and start attacking the show, its fans and the people that created it. People have even gone as far as saying that the show has no right to exist at all. Perhaps you, the person reading this, are one of these people. Or maybe you have absolutely no idea what I’m talking about and I’ve simply been incredibly unlucky and have just happened to stumble upon a ton of these kinds of comments.
Regardless of whether or not you know about Goblin Slayer and the controversy surrounding its first episode, I’m so goddamn sick and tired of this shit and I feel I need to say something about it. Again.
It seems that every season, like clockwork, a particular show comes out and does something that riles people up to the point that they end up having a genuine hatred for it and feel the need to act as though they’re morally superior than those who don’t agree with them. It happened with Magical Girl Site. It happened with Happy Sugar Life. And now it’s happening again with Goblin Slayer and it’s honestly become so tiring at this point.
Look guys, I get it. Everyone is different and questionable themes and story elements can make certain viewers uncomfortable. I completely understand if someone see’s something terrible happen in a show, such as over the top violence or rape, and it makes them feel angry. It’s happened to me. It’s happened to you. It’s happened to everyone at some point or another and is a perfectly normal and healthy reaction that is, more often than not, completely justified.
But what I don’t understand is when people feel the need to start telling people who enjoy the series and don’t have a problem with the questionable elements of its story that they’re “bad people” and that they “shouldn’t be watching or supporting” a show that they love.
I’m sorry, but who the hell do you people think you are? What gives you the right to tell anyone what they should or shouldn’t be watching? Who made you the judge of what is morally acceptable and what isn’t? What do morals even have to do with liking a fictional Anime series in the first place?
Like I said, I get it. You saw a thing you don’t like and you got triggered. That’s fine. You’re welcome to criticise the show for that and you’re also welcome to stop watching the show if you’re the kind of person that doesn’t mind dropping stuff. I have no problem with someone negatively reviewing or discussing a series because it’s full of stuff that they don’t agree with morally or that makes them feel uncomfortable. If you want to discuss Goblin Slayer or any other show in a negative light, then you’re free to do so. Heck, as a fan of the series who doesn’t agree with the recent negative criticism surrounding the show and who has no problem with its morally questionable content, I’m all for reading the opposite perspective and I’m always up for a mature discussion no matter what side of the table I happen to be on.
But don’t go around criticising the fans of the show for not agreeing with you or for not being offended by the things that offend you. Don’t tell people that they’re a bad person for liking it or that they shouldn’t enjoy the things that they enjoy. Don’t make stupid, childish comments that the creators of the show should kill themselves because they animated a fictional thing that made you upset.
At the end of the day, Anime is fictional. It’s not real. It’s art and the purpose of art is to express and communicate ideas. You may not agree with the ideas of a particular work and maybe some of those ideas will even upset you, but not all art is made with you or your preferences in mind, and to expect otherwise is kinda dumb.
And before I wrap this up, I have one more thing to ask the people who’ve been attacking this series, its fans and its creators.
Yes, the things that happened in the first episode of Goblin Slayer are pretty gruesome, but the series is based on an incredibly brutal series of Dark Fantasy Light Novels that received an equally gory Manga adaptation that ran in a Seinen magazine. The very same Seinen magazine that ran the likes of Akame Ga Kill! Zero and fucking Ubel Blatt of all things. What exactly were you people expecting?
I know I’ve spoken about this subject ad nauseam ever since Magical Girl Site first dropped at the start of the year, but seeing this happen literally every season just really gets on my nerves. It bothers me because I feel as though I’m being verbally attacked because I enjoy a particular form of entertainment which, need I remind you, is fictional.
Why can’t someone be allowed to enjoy a series like Goblin Slayer without hassle? Since when does liking a fictional story with immoral content make you a bad person? What is wrong with people?
I shudder to think what would happen if a series like Berserk or Bastard!! was starting out today and wasn’t immune to this kind criticism by the protective statement of “it’s a classic!”. People would be trying to boycott these series because they’re “too offensive” and are for “terrible people”.
Again, I’m all for people criticising this sort of stuff. If you dislike these themes in a story, that’s fine. Go ahead and tear the show a new one for all I care. But don’t attack the fans, don’t attack the creators and don’t make outlandish, childish statements about how the series has no right to exist.
Because all fiction has a right to exist.
What is your opinion on Goblin Slayer? Do you have an opinion on the topic discussed in general? Let me know!
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