Slaves to Society
We are slaves to society. We know our rights and wrongs from society. We wear what society tells us to wear. We eat what society cooks. We watch what society thinks is appropriate and allowable. We read what society writes. Because society basically intervenes in almost all sectors of our lives, how we perceive and judge things as society tells us. Including anime. Sometimes anime blogs are eye-opening, amazing, and filarious (fucking + hilarious = filarious) like this blog ;). It could be what our parents define as “peer pressure.”
Society and Sunrise make and select what anime you watch and the aniblogsphere affects how you view it.
When I was an Anime-Fanling…
The first blog I ever ventured to with my old Dell computer ( I was a noob then) was Darkmirage.com. I stumbled upon this by accident when I was looking for info on anime. This guy was funny, awe-inspiring, and very, very critical. He made taught me to view anime quite a bit more criticizingly and how to filter what sunrise fed me. Instead of thinking “oooooo… pretty colors,” I thought “WTF this has way too much action and no substance!” I realized that just because everyone watches Naruto doesn’t devoid the possibility of it being overrated, slightly shallow, and fanservice -saturated. I was embittered and fascinated at the same time. But from that point on, I didn’t enjoy anime as much as I did before unless it was REALLY good. I didn’t enjoy Gundam OO, Code Geass, Nyan Koi, and other superficial, stereotypical anime. I digress.
Sora no Manimani
Let me tell you another story. This time Sora no Manimani. Interesting enough “mani” in Korean means many! Because of this simple coincidence I decided to watch it. I watched the first 3 episodes without glancing at a blog I fell in love. It was realistic, funny, and well astronomirific. I am a nature-hippie who just is at awe by non-light polluted night skies. When I clicked to my usual blogs, including Bokutachi, I frowned :(. They all said it was bad or lacking something. Usually if a blog said that it was bad, I wouldn’t rock the boat and just reluctantly go with the flow. But this time I ranted something like this: Fuck the aniblogsphere and screw the hell with everyone else! No one is going to fucking stop me from liking this damn anime. You got a problem? I DO NOT care. So there! It isn’t corny, had no fanservice which shouldn’t exist in anime at all (I’m beserk ranting in wasp wrath), and superficial. I liked watching Sora no Manimani every week and no blog (even this one) stopped me.
I spent 10 minutes on something that needed only a minute. But WTF. It’s winter break and just because your favorite anime blog says that X anime sux dix and should be nuked doesn’t mean you have to follow suit. Don’t jump on the bandwagon. Remember, when you watch an anime for the first time, just clear your head of all that pent-up excitement, anime hype building, or whatever that could influence how you look at an anime and enjoy.
As told by just another hypocritical aniblogger with schizophrenia