Achieving Enlightenment the Otaku Way
Osu! Greetings, shokun! It is I, Cross-shishou, back as promised for the last part of this 2-Part Lessons Series. Last week, you learned “10 Reasons Why It’s Awesome To Be An Anime Fan”. But like I always say in my Fujinsei Kempo lessons, everything has a dark side. Today, I’ll be teaching you “10 Reasons Why It Sucks To Be An Anime Fan”. As much as I would like to turn a blind eye to this dark side of the fandom and bury it into oblivion, it is my responsibility as your Otaku Master to inform you about it, so you don’t find yourself corrupted. So are you ready? Let’s start. Osu!
10 Reasons Why It Sucks To Be An Anime Fan
1. You face constant misconceptions and negative labels.
Anime fans are weird. Anime is only for kids. Anime fans are antisocial outcasts. How many times have you heard these stereotypes and many more? Other people group all anime fans into one, big, unpleasant category without even considering individual personalities.
2. Others think you’re wasting your life away.
It’s even worse if your family thinks this way. You have so much potential, but you’re wasting it on watching kiddie cartoons, they say. Do something productive for once, they say.
3. You lack confidence to openly express your passion for anime in real life.
On the Internet, you’re considered an anime expert with millions of followers but in real life, you hide your anime, manga and otaku merchandise collection under your floorboards and inside the deepest corners of your dark closet. You leave the house in average, casual clothing but stop by a public restroom to change into your “Keep Calm and Watch Anime” T-shirt and Attack on Titan jacket, pulling a cap low over your head, while you sneak into a nearby anicon.
4. Too addictive
Ah, no anime fan can deny this truth. You literally get withdrawal symptoms if you go on a day without watching an episode.
5. Watching too much anime can ruin your life.
No, I’m not kidding. I’m serious. If you’re not careful and strong-willed enough, anime CAN ruin your life. Literally. Read “How Anime Makes You Dumber” and “10 Signs That Anime is Ruining Your Life” for more information about this serious issue.
6. Some fans are batshit crazy.
There are many kinds of crazy. There are good kinds of crazy and bad kinds of crazy. I’m obviously talking about the bad kinds of crazy, but since there are so many kinds of them, I won’t enumerate them here. They’re often the ones who’re giving the entire fandom a bad reputation, affecting the saner group of anime fans like yourself…or at least I hope that you belong in the saner population of the fandom.
7. The danger of turning into a batshit crazy fan yourself
What are you talking about, Cross-shishou? That will never happen to me, you say. Oh child, don’t be so sure about that. You might get influenced by a batshit crazy fan that you become one yourself. You never know. All it takes is one fateful encounter.
8. Beware the toxic fandom
The anime community is generally awesome. Most members are friendly and fun to discuss anime with. But if you’ve been an active anime fan long enough, then you know about the dark side of the community, a.k.a. the “toxic fandom”. They’re the ones who’ll rip you to shreds for disagreeing with the mass. They’re the ones who’ll make your life a living hell for not thinking in the same way that they do. They’re the one who bask in brutal—and useless, I daresay—wars to determine the best anime ever. They’re the ones who think that they’re always right, that their opinions are absolute, and believe that the anime industry is at their mercy. Ah, the delusions! Read “How To Piss Off Anime & Manga Fans” for more information.
9. Unnecessary fan service
Fan service is one of those iffy elements in anime that divides fans into different camps. Some love it, some absolutely hate it, while some don’t care as long as they enjoy the show. Many anime feminists want fan service to be completely removed from all anime because they argue that those bouncy boobs and panty shots are demeaning and turning females into sexual objects. I consider myself a feminist too, so I agree with them…to a certain extent. I think that when fan service contributes to the plot, then it becomes more acceptable rather than throwing fan service randomly every 10 seconds just for the hell of it. I think that if anime creators turn fan service into something more artistic and valuable to the story and not something cheap and demeaning, then it won’t get as much flack. And please also realize that fan service doesn’t only feature females but males, as well. Here’s some proof:
And don’t tell me that these are not sexual objectifications just because they’re males. A naked body is a naked body regardless of whether you have a penis or a vagina…or both.
10. Questionable Themes
Anime is awesome, no doubt about that. Its wide-randing scope of genre offers something for virtually every taste, if one just care to look. However, this variety also leads to a lot of questionable themes in anime that can offend those with more conservative and religious beliefs. These questionable themes may be appreciated by the liberal and creatively curious types, but there will always be at least an anime out there that you’ll find extremely offensive, even if you consider yourself the most liberal person in the planet. Incest, pedophilia, necrophilia, rape…these are just some examples. If you’re not careful and mature enough, you might find yourself corrupted.
Now you know a little bit more about the dark side of the anime fandom. I hope you take today’s lessons at heart to avoid getting corrupted, so you can continue to enjoy anime without any problem. And that’s it for this 2-Parts Lessons Series. Feel free to review last week’s lessons “10 Reasons Why It’s Awesome To Be An Anime Fan”. That’s all for today, shokun! I’ll be back again soon for another set of Fujinsei Kempo lessons. Osu!
Founder of Fujinsei Kempo
Disclaimer: Study and follow the teachings of Fujinsei Kempo at your own risk. Fujinsei and its main author Arria Cross accept no responsibility whatsoever for the content of this post, or for the consequences of any actions taken on the basis of the information provided above. Arria urges you to blame Cross-shishou for any issues you encounter while following Fujinsei Kempo teachings. But Arria wants you to remember that Cross-shishou is a mere alter ego, someone without tangible form. So if you want to blame someone, you might as well blame yourself. You’ve been warned.
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