"Well, this proves the smart, mature ones appreciate anime, and the dumb, narrow-minded ones are stuck to their dramas and movies.
More evidence is of course from another animeblogger, who is arguably the most popular one now internationally, DarkMirage, a RJC student that has already attained JLPT 1. His blog is of course www.DarkMirage.com and one of his posts managed to hit 400 over comments.
I’m not saying I don’t watch dramas and movies, but I always hold the view that it is inferior to the anime sub-culture (including manga, light novels and visual novels).
I encourage everyone to try and embrace my point of view and stop thinking that you are weaboo. I for one will never stay in Japan and I think the Japanese are quite crazy, but I believe this subculture is definitely superior. Its the truth, face it.
Anyway, the article is very badly written. ImpZ is clearly quite an Otaku (and quite lolicon) if you follow his blog enough. Shoddy journalism, but one step forward for Otaku-kind."
His thread inspired quite the response, ranging from "I THINK ANIME IS SMARTZZZ" to the "FUCK YOU ANIME IS RETARDED!!" types. Oh yeah, yours truly responded with a "ANIMES IS TEH SHIT". Or something like that.
Now, much as I would like to congratulate Impz on his stellar grades, we all know that the little trap only started watching anime in his honours year. In other words, the evil anime did not have the chance to destroy his life, not until he reached year 4. See how from a normal blogger he has since degenerated into behaving like a prissy little green haired loli online (look at his real picture and link it with his posts especially on IRC, can you?). Anime is a toxin! It corrupts, it sears the mind, it destroys one’s perception of real life!!
Ok, I digress. What I would like to talk about in this post are the following questions, "Are anime fans actually smarter than the average person?", "Is being involved in anime beneficial to our lives?" and "Are we proud of our hobby?"
Dkiwi seems to have a strange mistaken notion of superiority because he is an anime fan. The worst part was that he posted it in a forum where people scream insults at each other because their cosplays are lousy and others are horrified at their favourite characters being sullied. A quick scan of the threads in the forum yielded a post screaming about how EVIL ODEX is going to arrest them all, right under a post about where to get Darker than Black fansubs. Lol, not the brightest bunch are we? Anyway, I think you can’t really classify people based on their hobbies, but if we take the average, it can be concluded that anime fans are actually worse off than the average person in another hobby.
The average anime fan is a teenager or young adult. If he’s a male, chances are he will like giant unrealistic robots, cartoon girls pandering to fetishes, cat girls, maids, blushing, Naruto and Bankai. If she’s female, she will most likely like gay sex, gay sex orgies, straight characters making love with other straight characters of the same gender, girly men, boys who look like girls, androgyny, Naruto and Bankai. Seriously, and you tell me that anime fans are smart.
I’m not sure what’s the definition of smart. IQ is a possible yardstick. School grades are another. Monetary success in life, career advancement, prestige and wit are other measures. So the otaku who is hikkikomori, jobless, didn’t finish school, is probably not considered smart, despite him knowing all the names of every character in the Gundam universe, and having the ability to recite out the various seiyuu lines in near-perfect pitch and tone. Ok, let us dissect the various sub-species of anime fans and see if we agree on whether they are smart.
- Narutards run around shouting "RASENGAN! BANKAI!" and wear ninja costumes.
- Animebloggers sit at home and spend long hours writing about their anime experiences, for no rewards at all besides e-penis.
- Cosplayers spend a lot of money dressing up as anime characters and then strutting around pretending to be one in a public place.
- Figure collectors spend a lot of money buying little overpriced overvalued pieces of PVC, the cost price of which is probably 5 percent of the retail price.
- Gothlolis spend a lot of money buying expensive branded clothing which cannot be worn normally outside without looking like a freako.
Smart? Only if the word SMART actually meant Supremely Masochist Anime Retarded Toads.
Anime is probably one of the dumbest hobbies. Anime viewers are not above drama or TV viewers, we are probably the same. A common line of argument is that anime has deeper plots, multifaceted developing characters and all that mishmash which live-action doesn’t. This is bullshit. Everytime an anime fan throws out these arguments, he will compare Evangelion with Survivor or something. The problem is, he compares the best of anime with the worst of other media. For example, Dkiwi says, "Light Novels like Suzumiya Haruhi are definitely much harder to write than a draggy novel…" Right… light novels are harder to write. I laughed.
Light novels are just like the dime novels/pulp fiction of the past century. They are entertaining, easy to read, full of fanservice. To say that they are more intelligent than other media is ludicrous. I would accept if one brings up scientific papers, journals and all that and said these are deep. But saying stuff like Zero no Tsukaima, Inukami, Haruhi etc are intelligent is like smacking your newborn child and shouting "HEY JESUS is BORN!!"
The vast majority of anime storylines are the same, the characters are all from the same mould, the seiyuu appear in many typecast roles. It’s just once in a while you get a legendary series (like Gintama of course) and people use that one to justify how clever their hobby is. It’s self-deceit and they know it deep down. Anime is for losers! It’s for escapists, people who are nerds, people who can’t do sports, people who have no other talent and other social misfits.
People who are fans of anime always get too defensive about their hobby. When people suggest anime are cartoons, they rave and scream about how anime is superior to cartoons and all cartoons are childish and all that. Look, I don’t care if anime are cartoons or cows, the vast majority of it is still aimed at youngsters or even kids. I’m 21 this year and still watch and enjoy anime about how a little creature appears from a fridge and makes noises like "HANI HANI" for the whole 23 minutes. She has a friend who likes snacks and shoots LASERS from her hair. Dkiwi also talks about Potemayo, "Would any of your normal friends pick up Potemayo? I don’t think so. Yet alot of anime bloggers have commented on it positively. And Potemayo is Seinen as well, which means it targets the 18-30 male crowd."
Doesn’t he realise the irony of that statement? Does he think that bringing up Potemayo will make us anime fans seem more intelligent? Buddy, you held the gun the wrong direction. The truth is, the vast majority of anime out there is juvenile, one-dimensional and so simple that kids slightly above the age of 12 should achieve the same level of comprehension a 21 year old would get. When I was 13, I watched Kenshin, Flame of Recca and Ranma. Now at 21, I watch Kekkaishi, School Rumble and ugh Monster Princess. I find this stagnation does affect my emotional growth.
Anime is a very escapist hobby. It is quite fantastic in nature, leading one to dream and imagine lots of impossible scenarios through which we can avoid facing up to everyday issues. Many an anime fan looks at his lack of social life, and goes "Well, in eroge I have 2014 girls already. Who needs these real ones anyway?"
The all-encompassing nature of anime is also quite dangerous. Being an anime fan more or less automatically makes you inclined to the other subhobbies, like perhaps figure and merchandise collecting, meeting other otakus, cosplay, doujin, eroge, manga, AMVs, drawing etc. Chances are that a serious fan will fill his/her life up with all these and leave no room for other avenues of growth.
I know many losers in real life. And a lot of them come from the anime community. Sure, anime fans generally don’t do drugs, smoke or perform criminal acts (except DOWNLOADING of course, oh and porn is still illegal in Singapore) but if you’re like, 24 years old and in college yet do not have any friends in it and have to hang out with the people 5-6 years your junior whom you met in an online anime chatroom, you probably qualify for the L club.
Now, this is already quite the rant, but to top it off, I shall ask you guys and myself the following question, are you proud of being an anime fan?
For me, the answer is a NO. Unless I know the people I’m talking to are anime fans, I’ll never bring up the subject, admit I watch or have any merchandise on it which would betray my identity. It’s not exactly the most glorious thing to admit to, the fact that you’re a certified adult and still watching cartoons of cat girls in maid costumes.
I met up with an old friend last week. We met when we were 15 in Japan. She liked Hamasaki Ayumi, dressed like a kogal etc back then. Now she’s a 3rd year dentistry student, vice-president of the college’s Dentistry society, dresses sharp and business-like with high heels and plays golf. I liked anime back then and after six years now, I love anime and run a website where I talk about anime. I dress about the same, perhaps slightly better. So she asked me if I was still watching anime after all these years, I said I was and she was seriously shocked. Apparently, I never grew up. So I made some lame excuse about always wanting to retain the boy in me.
Thinking back, perhaps being involved in anime was bad for me. Perhaps if I didn’t watch anime, I would be more driven in life, perhaps doing a degree in Medicine or Law and wearing spiffy suits. It’s a big "what if", maybe I’ll be selling pirated DVDs on the roadside too.