I used to have lots of qualms when people like something that is obviously flawed. It’s like this show is sexist, how can you like it and say you don’t really care? If you do that then you are just an intellectually lazy bastard!
Wow, intellectually lazy, how full of myself. I couldn’t even do basic discrete math and I go around blaming people for being intellectually lazy, all that scorn and judgment because of a fucking tv show! What’s wrong with me? It’s a tv show, people watch it for entirely different reason. They are intellectually pursuing some other stuff maybe and tv show are something that they don’t really care. Ask yourself, why are you intellectually lazy about seemly important stuff like prime factorization of large numbers? That is basically the security system used on your fucking PS3 and maybe even your fucking Internet bank account! You don’t seem to care while you pursue these intellectual debates on fucking anime. Why?! Because maybe not interested is an entirely legit reason.
I also find myself trying to defend flaws and justify liking a show in spite of these flaws. Why? I don’t really understand why. Maybe it’s just to uphold my personal standard and hope to show everyone I have great taste. Which is entirely stupid because flawed works have something interesting about them anyway. If something grasps your attention, it’s entertaining and what you should do is describe to people how and why they grasps your attention instead of defending its flaws like your whole life depends on it. You shouldn’t even touch on issue if they don’t really bothered you. Social issue is not an issue in terms of your personal enjoyment, you aren’t really obliged to care because it’s a fucking tv show so it doesn’t matter.
If you don’t like it, don’t watch it is entirely valid argument. They have the rights to exist. In fact, they already exist! Did you see anyone badly affected by it? No. If a movie is sexist and racist, so what? There are tons of them floating around and I don’t see everyone turn into a monster after getting in touch with them. It’s still unproven that all these movies deepen the patriarchy society structure or allows society to condone racism. I grew up with them, watched them, enjoyed some of them and I still understand why sexism and racism are wrong. Why? Because maybe the influence of media is not as huge as we thought? That we are intelligent enough to separate facts from fiction? Just like how every father mother son is saying that playing GTA doesn’t turn you into a giant motherfucking serial killer?
However, you still see sites like IO9 going overboard with that spider woman ass stuff as if it’s a parasite of this world and it’s best that it doesn’t exist. What?? That’s going hyperbole and there will be a large group of people not taking you seriously when you do that. Those who agree with you are already on board so what you are trying to do is to get those who are on the fence but you pisses them off by getting all hyperbolic on seemly minor shit.
I find feminism a good concept but they have some bad PR because of these hyperbolic stunts pulled by some bad apples. Yea, sure, you might be right but being right is not good enough to get your message across. If you have ever participate in an election rally, you would understand that being right but getting on peoples nerve is as good as being entirely wrong. There are ways to get your message across without pissing people off, you might think they are ignorant to be pissed off but it still remains as a fact that you have failed in delivering your message. It doesn’t work if you just stand on your high ground and accuse people of being non critical if you really want them to be on board with you. If you do that, what you would get are just echo chamber cheers from people who are already on board and what good does that even does?
Sure, it’s cool to use sexist movies/game as a platform to jump start on social awareness, I like it when they are used like that but the mere existence of them is really harmless. Maybe you are saying that the existence of these media reflects that the society at large is still entrenched with these terrible values but is that always true?
Let me share with you something, I am always thinking and creating stories in my mind. When I create something, it’s because I find them interesting, not because I have something I want to address. Sure, sometimes I find a thing interesting because I think it has a unique message but the origin is still trying to make something interesting. What I want to say is that, when things get interesting, I don’t really care about social issue. When I care, it will not be my truest intention and it will be diluted into some Frankenstein shit that tries to appease everyone. For example, I always only have male characters in my head and don’t balance up on gender equality because the hotblooded story of brotherhood manliness influenced me the most so that’s that, and I had read up on feminism for years and in total support of them!
I read a lot of interview from artist and they kinda do the same. They just do what they do and put them out there because they think it might be interesting. The message can be a afterthought or people’s interpretation. You look at something like Boyhood, what’s the message in that movie? Richard Linklater pretty much make shit out as it goes and do things that felt right. He didn’t really start with a core message but just do things because it’s interesting. He thinks it is interesting to see how a boy grow in 12 years, any message or whatever might just be an afterthought. What Boyhood teaches you? Err, it’s interesting to see how people grow and change? Ok.
On the other hand, do you think it’s in his intention or did he even care when he portrayed all stepdad as an alcholic shit and thus can be interpreted that stepdad creates miserable family? No.I think he did it for the pure reason of it will be more interesting that way.
Not to mention, you also find people interpret weird stuff that’s not the author’s intention all the time so that’s that.
I remember when Bakuman anime aired, there are people on both side defending and criticizing the sexist issues as if they really care. Every episode review is about sexist these and sexist that, it became fucking boring. It’s like you can’t talk about it without addressing it. It became an obligation when there’s no rule to state that you need to address them.
I don’t really know the intention on why people addressed it in every post but personally, I was being pressured and felt that without defending Bakuman’s sexism issue, not caring about its flaw would somehow means that the flaw will inherit into my personality. It’s like if I like something sexist, then I am a sexist monster! But I am not! I was so angry because I am not! Why are you accusing me of being sexist! You see, somehow an attack on a show became an attack on me. It’s stupid and makes no sense but it just happens because people thinks that a show reflects who they are because it gave them so much emotional response.
Pardon me for getting off tangent but I want to talk about the moe issue. I don’t understand why I hate them so much in the past. Yes, sure, I still don’t like them because most of them are boring and not because of some social justice issue. But it was about social justice issue back then and that’s the problem I have with my past self.
What did moe done wrong? Nothing. Firstly, I thought the amount of great non moe anime would lessen because they would be overwhelmed moe but that’s not even true. Moe started very early since the 1980s(I dare to wager it’s budding since the 70s) but it only geared up and became what it is after around 2006. If you look at the output from 2006 till now, sure, there are more moe content but I am also sure that the amount of non moe stuff remains the same. Why? Because there are still people that make all kind of great arts because they want to. I can assure you that if care about the preservation of great works, the artists who put their life and soul into it care more about it than you.
Next, I used to care because I want anime as a hobby to reflect myself in a positive light. All these moe kawaii stuff makes it very embarrassing and hinders anime in becoming a mainstream hobby that people can be proud of. I don’t have an answer for that except that who the fuck cares.
There isn’t really any use in criticizing what it becomes. There’s no proof that if it will be more accepted if everything is Cowboy Bebop. It’s unrealistic for everything to be Bebop standards anyway. Not to mention, sometimes the bad image of anime is just an imagination of ours because we have seen too many shitty people and shitty things to make us think that it’s impossible for anime to have a good image. However, you would be surprise that the public aren’t really aware of that.
Also, you know what the best way to give anime a good name? Create your own stuff, make a name of yourself and say anime influenced you. Become fucking Einstein and say you got interested in quantum physic because of Muv Luv Alternative. Become the next Kubrick and tell them that Mind Games influenced you. That would be more effective than criticizing moe on the internet.
Finally, I don’t like it when people criticize moe by criticizing people who are into the moe waifu stuff. I used to do that but I finally understood that people are people, they have the right to live life however they like. You can think that it’s unhealthy and creepy but it’s really none of your business if they harm no one.
There’s no inherent purpose in life so there’s no correct way of living life. If they don’t harm anyone, who cares? Let them fuck their pillows, it doesn’t concern you.
It’s wrong because it’s not normal? What’s your point of reference of being normal? Gay was not deem as normal 30 years ago but thankfully it’s more accepted now. Who defines normal anyway? They like their virtual girlfriend so be it.
Why you shouldn’t mock them you asked? Because first of all, most of them are joking. Secondly, hikikomori who love their waifu is definitely an issue, but talking about how they are unhealthy does nothing to help them. You think they will somehow recover after reading your angry rant about how pathetic they are? Fuck no! Thirdly you really care about them? You have so much empathy in how people live their life? Good for you but too bad! Telling people you care on forum doesn’t help! Do something if you really care.
Virtual girlfriend doesn’t challenge you and won’t make you grow as a human being? Maybe they are challenged by other stuff? Otaku that married their pillow earn enough to buy expensive pillows. Where do you think they get their fucking money? Huh? Not to mention, just because something challenges you and might help your growth doesn’t mean you need to do them. Fucking math and physic is way more challenging and help you grow a lot more and I don’t see everyone reading academia journals everyday. Fuck, doing volunteer work help you grow empathy for human beings and not many people do them. Why? Because they are just not interested maybe?
Also, what if these virtual waifu otaku have tons of friends and social connection? What if they have a great life? What do you say to them now? Romantic relationship is just a fucking subset of your overall life. Not that big of a subset anyway. Great people can die single as well. It doesn’t really matter much.
So if not that then is it the loli issue? Pedophilia maybe? I am not a fan but whatever, if they don’t act upon on real children, who the fuck cares? You are disgusted by the existence? Don’t read them then!
Maybe people are happy with their virtual waifu and find it fruitful? How would I know? How can I say their feelings are shallow and my way of doing thing is the correct way? Are you worried that they are not being productive? Are you worried that they are pathetic and it’s in you to mock them in their face so they can grow up? What are you? What gives you the right to mock them? You are just a fucking human beings that might be as clueless as they are. It’s fucking condescending to judge people like that.
For example, I personally think that you should have some form of physical fitness least you die with unnecessary illness. Being able to do at least 20 proper pushups and some pull ups is a good gauge. You shouldn’t be a fat fuck because there’s no good reason for you to be fat. You can be slim but you are not doing it because you are lazy. You see, being fit seems like the “right and healthy” ways of living life but people are still fat as fuck. So are you saying that it’s justifiable for me now to mock their pullup abilities? To mock them for being a fat fuck? No! I would be an condescending asshole if I did that!
With that, I think this will be my last piece on my thoughts on anime blogging and the whole moe stuff.
TL;DR: Stating your opinion about stuff is cool and awesome, just don’t go around expecting everyone doing the same.