Continuing from where I left off before, because the list just got too damned wordy, I want to instead focus on the more volatile pieces of anime fandom that piss me off. Unlike the first five items, which are just general fan pissing contest annoyances, these next five are much more serious. My friends and copatriots on this site, Kylaran, Sorrow-kun, and Akira, have been trying to bring out an awareness of the otaku nature both from aspects in the west and in the east. Their works have inspired me to bring forth more issues I find are important to anime fandom. These five items deal with the potential harm of fandom, the mental state of some fans, and the importance of personal freedoms and liberties. Because of this, I toned down trying to be antagonistic and curbed the swearing quite a bit, as I really want the readers to understand where I am coming from here. Sure, I still take some pot-shots at the fringe, but I do it out of love. I sincerely hope these last five are read with an open mind, as there is an “ugly” aspect to otakuism that we need to explore.
5. You’re Not The Author (Part 1, the Ragers) – Sometimes what a mangaka or a director decides to do with their work makes little logical sense and leads to confusion. Certainly, I’ve seen more than one show ruined by a half-assed attempt at a resolution. I think we can all agree that being a fan means that you get involved with the product placed in front of you and when passions run high, sometimes the shit hits the fan (or the fan hits the shit).
That line ends eventually, faggots. Remember, you’re just a fan. To you, that might mean that your opinion on another person’s work is warranted, and I’m not here to stop you, but you’re not allowed to go beyond that. You’re not allowed to blackmail staff, harass the creators, get people fired, or threaten these people with bodily harm or death. For those of you too stupid to know what I am talking about, a quick and easy example of the fans just going too damned far would be Hideaki Anno’s ordeal with the fans regarding the ending of Neon Genesis Evangelion. No, I am not going to detail; you can go look it up yourselves. Some fans would justify these actions by pointing out that Anno eventually went back and “finished” Evangelion to their satisfaction. First of all, you don’t know if your actions led to this. Second of all, the ends never justify the fucking means. Third of all, who gives a fuck if you’re not satisfied with an ending?
Want to rage and be justified? Go read some NTR.
(For more on this, see Akira’s wonderful article on The Purity Fixation where he mentions an incident I had happily forgotten about: Kannagi-Gate.)
4. You’re Not The Author (Part 2, the Shippers) – I thought about just lumping this group into one category with the previous group, because you’re all a pack of insane wackos who get really damned angry when what you want doesn’t happen. I’ve heard stories about threats being made to mangaka when they didn’t pair particular flavors of ice cream together in a romantic relationship. I think where this group truly separates from the Ragers is the levels of mental delusion fans demonstrate.
Shippers rarely require any sort of logic or reasoning beyond the most superficial reach. Inoue Orihime and Ulquiorra are destined to be because they happened to share a number of panels together in the manga. Oh and they spoke, too! This is the kind of banal rationale needed to ship two completely unlikely characters together. But it doesn’t stop there. The shipper will deny any and all facts present that destroy this theory, even if the manga / anime is completely over, because they can.
Wish fulfillment is nothing new to an anime fan. It has been talked about here by writers better than me and I will get into it more below, but you don’t really have a right to persist in being an irrational boob. I’m all for a bit of fan art or fan fiction having fun with certain possibilities, but shippers aren’t content with this “alternative”. Well, far be it from me to not crush anybody’s hopes and dreams but… hey Shippers! It aint going to happen! None of it! Knock it off!
3. Waifus and Traps and 3D Pig Disgusting – Here’s where things start getting personal for a lot of you fucks. Kylaran already posted a wonderful article on this very blog (and another new one below) about how otaku perceptions have moved into a fascinating level beyond wish fulfillment and straight into reality changing. I think he does a really great job of explaining why it is I find the “waifu” fags to be particularly annoying. I am certain that 99.95% of the people who talk about “waifus” are simply pointing out characters that they like, admire, have a fascination with, or as Akira put it want to “bone”. This is not the group of people who disturb me. I, myself, have had a crush on more than one anime girl who I felt fit an ideal of what I find attractive in a mate. But I, like the other 99.95% of you, stopped there. I didn’t spend my days replacing reality with fantasy. Likewise I don’t sit around talking about the “2D world” as if it were my existence. Kylaran would disagree, but I think there is a certain level of mental sickness that has to come with this form of behavior. Rejection of reality isn’t just replacement with lofty ideals, it’s a rejection of nature. You’re basically saying you don’t want to breed, one of the most basic instincts of any human being. Considering things, I think you headcases are doing us all a favor.
As for the trap lovers, well, I understand that there’s a certain amount of psychological attraction to a person who is feminine while masculine at the same time. But, in the end, don’t split hairs guys… it just makes you gay. Deal with it.
2. Not All Hentai is Stroke Material – I would like to think that, in general, I’m a fairly open minded and understanding guy when it comes to fetishes. I understand that just because I don’t find something particularly appealing doesn’t mean everyone else feels the same way. I try at least to understand the fetishes, even if they’re not my bag. For example, I will never shit on someone nor will I ever allow someone to shit on me, but I understand the fetish as a rather gross extension of humiliation and domination. S&M is similar in form, but more violent, and also tends to be extremely primal and controlling. To each their own. However, I have to draw a line at a couple of disturbing fetishes: rape and guro.
Rape is, at it’s core, about control. Rape is rarely about love, rarer still about lust, and not even more rarely about the sex. A rapist is only concerned with making sure that you know you can’t do a damned thing to stop them from controlling you completely. It is the ultimate form of humiliation and the most primal of all fetishes. It is physically, mentally, and emotionally scarring for the victim, who often can never fully recover from the trauma. In terms used on Law & Order: SVU, “sexually based crimes are considered especially heinous”, and there is a reason for that. So I have to question the motivation in the enjoyment of this fetish. When it comes to hentai, this fetish, like loli and guro, has no actual victim. The animated characters are not real people committing crimes or being victimized. I understand that. But I have to wonder that if you’re seriously going to enjoy rape that much, then maybe that says something a little about you. Now, I’m not saying you’ll ever go rape anybody, because most of you pencil dicks are too pussy to actually try it, but there still is a certain level of mental derangement necessary to enjoy the desire to traumatize someone to this level. And this doesn’t even begin to take into account the completely unrealistic portrayal rape is often given in hentai (rape her two or three times and she’ll be your willing slave!). Rape, in all it’s forms, is a crime. Analyze yourself: are you attracted more to the crime or the control and humiliation of the act? Depending on how you answer, get help.
As for guro, like rape, you have to be some kind of psychopath to want to wrap your dick around someone’s entrails and get off. You’re basically admitting that you want to kill someone, eviscerate their corpse, and have your way with it. No, nothing mentally wrong here. But like with item #3 above, I’m relatively certain 99.95% of you aren’t actually into these fetishes and just use them as troll bait (which is also a justification for hating you).
1. A Couple of Words About Loli and Your Deteriorating Freedom – I can’t believe I am actually going to have to defend something related to the sickest freaks on the planet, but… nah I’ll get to that in a minute. First, I want to explain that I “get you”. I know you’re a pack of sicko pedophiles at heart, but at least you’re not out having sex with little girls. Going along with the 2D phenomenon, actual little girls aren’t your interest. You’re only interested in those unrealistically portrayed underage girls from manga and anime. Like I said above, I try to understand the fetishes. BUT… you pack of creeps need to wake the fuck up to your eroding rights to view said material. I’m going to modify an old saying during the last great upswing in personal liberty and freedom this country had: “I don’t like your hobby, but I am more than willing to defend your right to have it”.
In the wake of September 11, 2001, the world did indeed change. No, in the monumental schemes of the universe, nothing had really changed. The world would still go around and people would eventually get on with their lives. But thanks to a society utterly paralyzed with fear and clinging to whatever person would most deliver them from their terror, shit did indeed change. The Patriot Act is a fine example of what happens when society is willing to give up it’s personal freedoms for a perception of being safe. The problem is that the people in power took an even greater advantage of the situation and decided to not only strike at terrorists, but people who make them go “ewwww”. Enter “the Protect Act”. For those of you who aren’t familiar with it, and I know most of you weren’t until recently, the Protect Act is basically a blatant violation of the First Amendment In essence, the design of the act is to not only block child pornography, but to block your lolicon material as well. For all of you laughing at Canada for banning lolicon material, laughing at Australia for banning lolicon material, and laughing at the United Kingdom for banning lolicon material, you were all too stupid to realize that your own country had passed a similar bill right under your fucking noses.
Worse, none of you has the balls to stand up for your rights. Take Christopher Handley for example. If you haven’t heard of him, you’re deaf and blind. Christopher Handley was busted for possession of lolicon and yaoi material shipped in from Japan and was prosecuted under the Protect Act. Instead of sticking up for himself and taking this law all the way to the Supreme Court to defend his love of “art”, he plead guilty. Sure, he gets to put this ordeal behind him in 6 months, but he’ll be labeled a sex offender for the res of his life. And for what? For looking at a bunch of drawings? The Legislature, whether at the state or federal level, is not allowed to determine what is or isn’t art. They are also not allowed to protect someone who can’t ever be a victim. But I don’t blame them for passing this stuff. After all, in their mind, you’re a bunch of dangerous time bombs ready to blow any moment and kidnap and molest their innocent young princesses. Instead of standing up for your rights, you’re allowing the government to label you with thought crime.
Because of this, US anime / manga distributor FUNimation decided to release a heavily edited version of Dance in the Vampire Bund. Putting aside that the anime is shit and not worth caring about, where will this end? FUNimation isn’t going to take the risks and defend their rights to distribute questionable material and neither is any other US based company. Japan is now heading in this direction as well. And what do you pack of chicken dicks do about it? Whine on the internet. Yeah, that’ll get shit done. Thomas Jefferson’s most famous quote has grown more apt in these troubling times: “The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.” If you’re not going to be vigilant and do anything about it, you deserve to have your rights taken away.
Oh and don’t look to me for help. I think you’re all sick fucks. I just think you have an obligation to stand up for yourselves.
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Hopefully, those of you who have read my two part “Decade List” have decided to take these criticisms well. But, like I said, I know how you are.
If you want to talk about it, as before, I can be reached via e-mail at t…@nihonreview.com, comment below, or if you’re feeling froggy, come onto the forum for The Nihon Review and talk about it. No Twitter. Twitter is the stupidest fucking idea I’ve ever seen the internet come up with.
Now, you kids get off my lawn!