I didn’t plan to actually have a Don’t @ Me this week, there just wasn’t that much to talk about. Then the gods decided to drop this flaming turd into my lap. In case you don’t know, Funimation which had licensed and streamed the hit new ecchi show Ishuzoku Reviewers has decided to drop the show as they feel it does not “reflect the company standards.”
Welcome to Don’t @ Me, where today I’m going to give you my ten thoughts on all of this madness. Let’s get into it after the cut.
1. I decided to wait a few days before giving you all my thoughts because I wanted to do this without my knee-jerk, fresh off the press opinions. I didn’t want to be blinded by my anger at what has happened. Being fair, balanced and logical is important because too often people in the internet make snap judgments without really thinking things over. So with that being said.
2. Is it possible that Funimation, who has been known to just grab any anime that is coming out, just picked up Ishuzoku Reviewers without knowing what it is? Yeah, that’s possible. But I also struggle to believe that no one, NO ONE in their company, which has such a large share of the anime market in the west didn’t do a quick background check. That is what is hard to believe, but I will also accept that this was just a mistake.
3. What annoyed me most though, was the line that Funimation said about “our standards.” Those words, while corporate speak to be sure, are something that make me very uneasy. I said this last week, I’ve said it a million times, and I’m going to keep on saying it.
4. My biggest fear, the thing that terrifies me, is that as anime hurtles ever closer to mainstream attention, is that the fandom is going to collide with people who don’t have our years upon years and acceptance of the weird shit. That the moral police that have run roughshod over other fandoms is going to come to anime, and threat to tear apart the great peace and goodwill that everyone has built here.
5. I say this, because I know what is going to happen. The minute anime becomes mainstream popular, people are going to start to want to change things. Ecchi, Harem, and Fanservice? That’ll be the FIRST thing in their targeting scope. Were you annoyed at the discourse surrounding Tamaki from Fire Force? Well once anime hits the mainstream, you can expect that but tenfold. Even if you don’t care for fanservice or ecchi, do you want that? Do you want the inevitable blow-back that will come from it all?
6. I don’t want people, any people, chased out of this fandom, even those who don’t like the things I do. Anime is great because people get along for the most part, and Anime has a large and colorful fan-base that spans race, sexuality, gender, religion, you name it. I don’t want that to be swept away because some people without our years of reconciliation and acceptance looked at a pair of anime boobs and said “ew, no.” We do NOT want the culture war in anime.
7. That is why this nonsense around Reviewers annoys me. Not because Funimation realized they were streaming what was basically softcore hentai (and yes, there is still a clear difference between a show like Reviewers and something like Shinmai Maou, or even Valkyrie Drive Mermaid, even if those differences are minimal) and got cold feet. But because what that might lead to in the future, and the moment that Funimation, who owe a good portion of their success to streaming and dubbing fanservice heavy shows, starts to turn against that. Then I fear we are going to have a major problem.
8. But, I could be wrong. This could all of well just have been an isolated incident. It is very, very possible that it all went down like I said above. Funimation didn’t know what they had and didn’t do their homework. If that is the case, then I get it, but I still am annoyed, since Reviewers was hands down the best ecchi in YEARS, and now people are going to have to watch it illegally, which is not good for anyone.
9. Like I said, I could be wrong. I could be making a mountain out of a molehill. I’m just one person, but I have to look at this from a 360 perspective, what it is, and what it could mean. If you disagree, that is your right and I respect it. I’m not saying what I think is gospel, and I pray this is just a one off, but as I said before, this is going to keep happening and how we choose to respond is important.
10. Either way, now I gotta watch Ishuzoku Reviewers on Pornhub. Also because this shit got too deep again, here is Illya and crew from Fate/Kalied Liner Prisma Illya dancing.
Heh..probably shouldn’t have put those two thoughts together, but eh…whatever.