It’s Monday, which means it’s time for this! Welcome back to Don’t @ Me, the place where, like Rudy in Jobless Reincarnation, I slap a pair of panties on my head and dish out my thoughts, views and feelings on everything regarding the anime industry. Except this week, I’m going to pretend like my words have meaning and weight and instead throw out some advice and tips that might make your anime blogging and internet experience a little bit nicer. Some you might like, others you won’t. It doesn’t matter either way. Let’s get into it after the cut.
- Love the art, not the artist
People seem to dismiss this viewpoint, but I find it not only important, but one of the most valuable things I’ve learned in being able to enjoy stuff in the modern era. While separating the art from the artist is always not 100% possible, we are there to watch or read the product, not the person behind it. Because while the story, manga or game might be amazing, the person who made it is a human, and humans are assholes. Just look at the Miyazaki films.
I made it a point to not follow any creators or voice actors on my twitter, because I want to enjoy their work and performances. I don’t want to know their political beliefs, or hot-take on this or that issue. That’s not what I’m here for. You give me product, I consume product. That’s the deal. I admire what you do, not you the person. That’s your own life, and I have no business passing judgment.
2. You have to share the industry with people you may not agree with.
Another hard pill I’ve had to swallow, and one I think many people have to. The anime industry’s greatest strength is the vast diverse range of stories and genres. Not everyone is going to like every genre. I love ecchi, there are many people who don’t. I adore fanservice, just as many people can’t care for it. I do not care for sports anime the slightest. There are many who can’t get enough. As long as everyone respects each other’s space, then peaceful co-existence is more than possible.
3. Don’t run your mouth off on Twitter.
A simple lesson, but one many people forget. Before you tweet that hot-take, or gut reaction. Think for ten seconds if that is what you want to do. Furthermore, don’t go picking fights, or rocking the boat. It’s not your fault you get stung by the bee if you poke the nest too much.
4. Twitter is for plugging the blog and re-tweeting pictures of anime booty.
I’ve heard many people bemoan Twitter, take breaks, or just delete your account. I’ve loved my time on there, mostly because I’ve decided it is ONLY for the two things I’ve mentioned above. Yeah sometimes I’ll throw out a few preliminary thoughts on this or that, but it is not a tool to get into slapfights over this or that problem.
5. The things you love will never love you back.
A hard pill I think for many. You may love this or that story, show, whatever, but you have to remember that it is just a thing, a product. It can’t return your affection and more often than that, even the best series have clunker episodes, seasons or the like. The sooner you accept that, the happier I think you’ll be.
6. Form you own views on series, but also don’t be afraid to call a spade a spade.
Some series have moments and events that can speak to deep themes and ideas. Some series can relate to people who may have suffered hardship, or even triumph. Sometimes though, that statue you think is meaningful, is just a fucking statue. Not EVERYTHING is there for some clever reason. Some shows are just EXACTLY what they are suppose to be. Isekai Smartphone is not some commentary on the human condition, but something like High School DxD may have something to say about teenage insecurity and a first love. Everyone approaches something different, but we don’t need to wrap our world views around fucking everything.
7. Write, blog or watch things for YOU, not for some fame or love that may never come.
I have a small viewership and an even smaller twitter following. I’ve accept that, I like that. I do all of this for myself because it’s what I want to do. I have no interest in getting a massive following. If it happens naturally, cool, but I won’t go chasing after it, mostly because I feel I would have to sacrifice what this blog is, in order to chase clickbait and trends. Thanks, but no thanks. Find out what YOU want to do, then just do it.
8. And as always. Enjoy the Majikoi dub.