This has been something that has been stewing in the back of my mind for a while now. It is also a post I really didn’t want to write. However I’ve hummed and hawed about it, and decided that I may as well just rip off the band-aid and get it over with. Shallow Dives in Anime has never been an ‘issues’ blog, even when it comes to Anime issues. I talk about the anime I watch, re-tweet some anime butts on my twitter, and then go about my day.
Still, I have, and will probably continue to do so, discuss the growing mainstream popularity of anime, and what changes, good or ill, that may bring. And in doing so, the topic we are discussing today was inevitably going to come up. .
And look, I had a whole mini-essay (ugh) in my mind. However when I started putting fingers to keyboard, it just wasn’t coming out right, and frankly I was talking about stuff that I really don’t want to have on this blog. This is a personal hobby blog, not a platform to discuss divisive cultural issues. So I’m just going to share with you MY opinion on the whole issue of Gate-keeping in Anime, and let you make up your mind on whether you agree or not. Here it is.
Anime fans are more than willing to welcome anyone into the fandom, regardless of their sex, gender, or political views, just to help spread the love of this medium. But they won’t do the same for ideological or moralistic extremism.
That’s what I think. You may agree, you may disagree. You may have a different experience with the Anime fandom than I have. All of those are correct, all of those are valid. I’m not talking about the assholes on twitter when I say this, but the normal run-of-the-mill anime fan and I can only speak to my experience.
Your view on that is wholly your own.
Here’s some anime booty.