Judgmental Otakus, The Rant…

Keep Calm and Watch Anime

So… have you ever experienced this?

Me: I really like “insert favourite anime here” \*v*/

Other Person: Ugh, why do you like THAT anime, it’s so stupid o_0

Me: But *insert favourite anime character here* is really awesome ._.””

Other Person: Ugh no. That anime is stupid. You’re stupid. =__=

Okay, maybe it doesn’t go down as melodramatic as this but it seriously does happen., and I’ve been in this awkward position. Casue seriously, how do you even respond to that? It’s like you’re judged by the fact that you like the colour blue while your “friend” likes the colour red. Why does my opinion even matter to you? If I want to fangirl over Eren and Attack in Titan just isn’t your cup of tea, don’t look at me like I’m a complete idiot. I will fangirl who I want to. I feel like there are a few circumstances where you might find yourself being judged for you like, or if not judged, at least given a few weird glances or eye-rolls.

1) Controversial Anime – and by controversial, I don’t mean an anime that addresses issues like abortion or euthanasia or any of that dark stuff. I’m talking about anime where the fandom is split RIGHT. DOWN. THE MIDDLE. Take Sword Art Online for example, that seems to be a big one since the anime finished in 2012 and still, you see Kiritos, Kiritos EVERYWHERE at conventions. There are some fans that absolutely love love love the series despite its flaws (cause let’s face it, every anime has flaws); then there are the fans who ONLY like the first part or ONLY the second part and an argument  friendly discussion ensues on some comment section when after fifty raging cap locks comments and then some off topic mentions of a cat video or something about religion, you decide that SAO is just GOOD and you leave it at that cause obviously you won’t convince that other internet stranger to change their mind even though you wasted two hours of your life trying to convince them otherwise.

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UtaPri 1000%2) Niche – Niche is actually a pretty wide department of selections, it can refer to a series that just has a strange plot premise and completely throws weird wild cards at you or it can refer to a series that’s directly targeted to a small specific viewership that already has a solid mini fanbase that will love the series no matter what. Otome is kinda like this – the main point of the stories is the romance elements. As an otome fan, you EXPECT there to be at least four guys chasing after one girl and you EXPECT the plot to follow or somewhat resemble the games you’ve already finishes and SORTA EXPECT the heroine to have a personality. In cases like Alice in the Country of Hearts or Haruka in Uta no Prince-sama, she’s great, she’s got her own goals and values – in other cases like Amnesia, when the heroine’s name is, well, you know, HEROINE and SHE HAS AMNESIA, she’s… not as great. Usually if you’re into niche genres or niche anime, only your fellow fangirls or fanboys will understand why you feel the need to collect twenty rubber straps of that ONE character while other people just look at you like you’ve gone insane.

BigFourShonenAnime3) What the People deem, “OVERRATED” – Most of us have probably been in this situation. Whether you follow the Big Four (One Piece, Naruto, Bleach, Fairy Tail) which have HUMONGOUS WORLDWIDE FANBASES or you follow something that just rages intensely over tumblr and facebook due to the anime’s recent release like Free! or Attack on Titan. There are going to be a few people who just rain on your fandom parade by saying, “It’s so overrated, it’s not even good.” – but let me ask you this – how is THE ANIME BAD if A LOT of people are watching it? There’s a grain of truth in every rumour and even every overrated fandom. I think my friend Haley put it best when she said, “I don’t think you should not watch an anime just because it’s overrated.” Simple statement, lot’s of meaning.

I guess the point I’m trying to make it is – WATCH WHAT YOU WANT. IF YOU LIKE IT, SCREW WHAT OTHER PEOPLE THINK.

Don't Keep Calm

If you wanna watch a series about chocolate rivers with giant titans and singing turquoise-haired girls ALLLLLL IN ONE ANIME, GO AND DO IT – granted if they ever make something like that. But you know what I mean! At the end of the day, do what you want to do because you don’t want to lose out on a really great anime just because everyone tells you NOT to watch it and you don’t want to end up watching something you hate just cause EVERYONE tells you you’re not a “real” otaku if you haven’t seen it. Fangirl or fanboy over what you want. I’m 5 foot and relatively small, I’ve totally stood up to a six foot guy about why he should give Free! a try. Stand up for what you like, defend your favourite anime (don’t get into physical fights of course) but make your anime –pinions known to others and if your current anime friends don’t like what you want, sooner or later, other anime viewers who happen to appreciate the same stuff that you do will come along.

Well, that was a really long rant but I got out what I wanted to say. I hope you guys never come across judgmental otakus and even if you do, don’t let it get you down cause they have no right to dictate how much you love or don’t love an anime. I hope you guys liked this post, thanks for reading and special thanks to my friend Haley for that moment of inspiration for this rant.

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– Cloudy

 

Viz Media Panel News @ FanExpo Canada 2013

vizmediaHey guys! I had the pleasure of attending the Viz Media panel at Fan Expo this year and I got a lot of great news. I’m super excited for the new manga official translations coming soon. I’ve been waiting on Nisekoi for a while. Once that’s out, I can’t wait to review that for you guys! A lot of classics are coming back as well so be sure to be on the lookout for those!

New Manga Volume Releases

GangstaGansta (February 18, 2014)- If you guys are into dark and nitty gritty urban stories, this is the manga to read. It takes place in a city called Ergastulum full of thieves and criminals. The main characters, Worick Arcangelo and Nicolas Brown are known as the Handymen who take the jobs no else will touch. Things take a twist when they a cop on the force requests the Handymen to target the top Mafia family…

NisekoiNisekoi: False Love (January 7, 2014)- A super cute and fun series currently available in digital copy from Viz Media. It’s kind of like Romeo and Juliet, but the opposite where a truce is kept between both Yakuza gangs as long as the son and daughter of each respective side can date. LOL

DragonballDragonball: Full Colour Edition (Feb 4, 2014)- One of the classic manga and anime series being made into a vibrant full colour edition. Definitely worth getting if you’re a fan of the series!

img000001Deadman Wonderland (Feb 11, 2014)- This series was originally produced by Tokypop and was recently transferred to Viz Media. Deadman Wonderland is an action packed, supernatural, suspenseful almost post-apocalyptic story. (It’s complicated and it’s a lot of things). If you’re into horror and fantasy and dark stories, go ahead and give this one a try.

83437648_390adf8820_oRanma ½ (March 11, 2014)- A re-release of Rumiko Takahashi’s classic martial arts comedy series.

artartArt of Princess Mononoke (May 2014)- Calling all Studio Ghibli fans! The art book of Princess Mononoke is coming out soon. Be sure to check stores in May so you can get your copy of the beautiful art!

230px-Bakuman_Vol_1_CoverBakuman Box Set- October 1, 2013 (with poster and free Otter No. 11 mini-comic)

One Piece Box Set (Volumes 1-23) East Blue and Baroque Arcs- An interesting start to the super long series but I wonder how many box sets we’ll have to wait for to get the ENTIRE series out.

monster-v1Monster Perfect Edition (July 2014)- Hey monster fans! New editions are being released! (and possibly and HBO series)

New Manga Series:

One Punch Man– By the illustrator and publisher of Eyeshield 21 and currently serialized in Shonen Jump, it follows a hero that basically defeats all his foes with one punch

World Trigger- Feel like reading about galactic warriors? Want some science fiction for a change of pace? Check out this series!

Jaco the Galactic Patrolman- Currently serialized in Shonen Jump, you can sort of discern the the general themes and ideas in the series from the name.

DVDs & Blueray Coming Soon…

Tiger_&_Bunny_vol_1– Nura I and II

– Bleach 17, 18 (coming in the fall)

– Naruto Shippuden

– Lagrange: The Flower of Rin-ne

– Tiger & Bunny the Movie: The Beginning

– Zetman the Complete Series (coming in November)

– Accel World

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– New Acquisition Gargantia/Suisei no Gargantia

– Blood Lad

– Ranma ½

I hope you guys found something a new series to look into from this post and if you didn’t, go ahead and check out my other reviews for something to watch or read. Thanks so much for reading!

– Cloudy

What are you pondering today?