During my recent break from blogging earlier this May due to another injury (sigh), I watched a lot of anime. One of them is currently the hottest baseball anime Daiya no A (ダイヤのA), also known as Ace of Diamond or Diamond no Ace, based on the manga series by Terajima Yūji (寺嶋 裕二).
I watched the first season as it was being released but soon grew impatient waiting for the next episode every week, so I put it on hold until all episodes from both seasons were released.
My loyal readers know that I don’t shy away from writing about the dark side of the anime fandom. My posts “How Anime Makes You Dumber” and “10 Signs That Anime is Ruining Your Life” are just some examples. This post is another one about the dark side of the fandom, more specifically about the Daiya no A fandom.
Now back to Daiya no A. I managed to finish both seasons earlier this month. I made the mistake of becoming too curious about what other DnA fans think. So I searched and read comments from various blogs and forums, hoping to discover like-minded fans who are as in love with the series as I am. Imagine my shocked dismay when the majority of what I read were criticisms. . .no, they go beyond mere criticisms; they’re strong, single-minded hatred. Hate hate hate hate HATE!!! You don’t know how many times I’ve read this word. And these people call themselves DnA fans?
Here are the top complaints that generated the most hate:
- Sawamura isn’t getting enough screen time when he’s the main protagonist. Screw Furuya. Stop hogging the spotlight!
- Furuya and Miyuki are both getting monstrously better while Sawamura isn’t improving at all!
- Furuya doesn’t deserve the ace number. He’s arrogant, doesn’t listen to others, and thinks he’s better than Sawamura.
- Sawamura gets the yips and others keep on kicking him and being harsh and also forbidding him to play in matches. Furuya injures his foot and everyone comes to his rescue plus he still plays in a match when he’s not yet fully recovered.
- Die Coach Ochiai! You’re nothing but a fat old geezer intent on sabotaging Sawamura.
- Terajima-sensei is ruining a great series. He needs to step it up and listen to his fans or I’m done with his stupid manga!
These 6 complaints are only a taste of the scary DnA fandom. But what dismays me the most are not these, but the nasty interactions among these people who call themselves “fans”. They’re the perfect examples of the kind of toxic fans I described in “How to Piss Off Anime & Manga Fans”.
Most of the DnA fans I’ve read attack each other, calling one another names that’ll shame their parents and make their mothers want to wash their children’s mouths with soap. Those rare few who courageously went against the toxic mass were maliciously shred to pieces without mercy.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying ALL DnA fans are nasty. No, not at all. But I daresay that the most visible on the web forums are the nastiest ones. I sure don’t wish to get involved in their bloodthirsty scuffle. I prefer to be more diplomatic when discussing anime with fellow fans, and I love having productive arguments that expose me to different perspectives. However, I also have a personality that makes me aggressive, insensitive, and sharp-tongued when provoked the wrong way. That’s why I do my best to avoid involving myself in this kind of toxic fandoms because I can’t guarantee that I won’t turn nasty as well when attacked by a foul-mouthed a-hole.
It’s been a while since I got exposed to such high-level nastiness in the fandom. It seems that I became too focused with my blog, Fujinsei, that I inadvertently forgot and distanced myself from regular non-blogging anime fans who make up most forums. It made me realize all over again how fickle and dangerous the anime fandom is, something I unfortunately forgot since becoming an aniblogger.
Fortunately, the nastiness of the DnA fandom didn’t affect my love for the series. Thank goodness! I have strong opinions about it, make no mistake, and I’m also itching to address the most common criticisms surrounding it. But that has to wait another time.
I’m also curious about what official Lyndere Club stalker and blogging buddy Crimson of My Fujoshi Life thinks about this issue. She’s a huge fan of DnA, writing quite a lot of posts about the series, and is always vocal about her obsession with Miyuki Kazuya. I don’t think I’ve read anything as nasty from her like what I read in forums, so I’m not sure if she’s even aware of this. But I have a feeling that she is. We’ll see.
Finally, no matter how nasty the majority of the Daiya no A fandom is, I still count myself as a fan. I absolutely freaking love Miyuki and am ready anytime to battle it out with dear Crimson. 😉 Besides, what matters to me are my own opinions and personal entertainment. And I’m not afraid to say that I’m thoroughly entertained by DnA and that’s that. You can all keep your hatred of it to yourselves, thank you very much.
How about you? Are you aware that the Daiya no A fandom is like this? If so, what do you think of it? Do you agree with the complaints?
Official Daiya no A Website (Japanese)
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