Don’t @ Me: Eight of my Anime Opinions: Anime Awards Edition

It’s Monday, which means it’s time for that special moment! Welcome to Don’t @ Me, the place where, like Eris’s grandfather after having sex with a beast-girl, I emerge from sage-mode to give you my thoughts and views on everything in the anime and manga world. This week the Crunchyroll anime awards came out, and the gift that is Jobless Reincarnation just keeps on giving. Let’s get into it after the cut!

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1. So Seven Seas censored (and I mean actually legit censored) one of the light novels of Jobless Reincarnation, which changed the dynamics of a scene. This has prompted a sizable backlash, and an apology from the company who are going to ‘re-evaluate” their approach. This sort of flew under my radar, but I do wanna discuss it.

2. First off, I am surprised to see that people who I thought would be supportive of this choice (the ‘discourse’) seemed to be straight up against it. That was nice to see, because this was real censorship, and the changes they made completely altered the context of the scene. 

3. But more importantly, it is stuff like this that is what I mean when I harp on about anime becoming mainstream. People entering the fandom without the years of reconciliation and acceptance of anime’s ‘weird shit’ believe they can play judge, jury and executioner on what is and isn’t kosher. Was this (and the other more serious incident with another series) an isolated incident? Probably, but it is stuff like this that really doesn’t bring hardcore anime fans to your side, or fill them with trust that anime will be able to survive the transition to mainstream.

4. And jesus christ, I still can’t fathom that Jobless Reincarnation, which as of now, the best ‘boilerplate’ isekai we’ve had in years, is getting saddled with all this bullshit from viewers who can’t seem to realize that it’s trying to tell a story. Meanwhile, Redo of a Healer just had an episode where a character gets gang-raped to death, and there isn’t a single peep. It really goes to show how much people ‘eat with their eyes’ when it comes to animation. If your show looks amazing, congratulations, you are the one in the hotseat and will be held to overly high standards. Enjoyment isn’t endorsement guys, come on now.

5. Also, be ready for this to happen if Wonder Egg Priority isn’t able to perfectly thread the needle with its delicate subject matter. The people who are praising it now will rip the show apart if it doesn’t do it correctly. Shame really, it’s a fascinating show.

6. Jujutsu Kaisen won anime of the year at the Crunchyroll awards, and I’m honestly torn. I made it clear that I thought that Keep your hands off of Eizouken! would end up winning, mostly because it was an artsy art show about creators, and that shit is cat-nip to awards series. On the other hand, because Attack on Titan was rightfully denied a nomination, (you don’t get to have three episodes at the last minute and win anime of the year, holy shit) I suppose they needed some shonen to give it to.

7. And look, I love Jujutsu Kaisen, it’s a great show, and is another example that Shonen might be heading into its own version of the Disney Renaissance, but it was way too early for that show to start winning. The story has just gotten started, and there is a whole other cour that is airing right now. Plus it was so fresh, so I think it overshadowed an overall pretty strong year of anime. Crunchyroll going to Crunchyroll I suppose.

8. Aside from that though, the awards were pretty fair across the board. Nothing swept, and the shows that deserved to win ended up doing so. Catarina winning best protagonist was great, and Lost in Paradise winning best ending was absolutely deserved. It was nice to see a diverse range of winners this time around, cause I fucking assure you that 2021 is most likely an Attack on Titan sweep, just watch.

5 thoughts on “Don’t @ Me: Eight of my Anime Opinions: Anime Awards Edition

  1. “is getting saddled with all this bullshit from viewers who can’t seem to realize that it’s trying to tell a story. ”

    If you figure out how to get that point across, please do let me know.

    I’m coming up blank.

    Thinking about it in the abstract, it’s really hard to tell a story where every protagonist tries to implement the Pollyanna principle. I mean, there has to be conflict. Some stories even need progression.

    I’d love to ignore the problem, but that would be unwise, as your news about Seven Seas demonstrates.

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    • It’s simple, I don’t go into a story to try and have it reinforce my morality back at me. I can look at Rudy from Jobless and see a character who yes, can come off as creepy and disrespectful, but that is clearly the point. We aren’t suppose to see what he WAS and go “yeah, this guy had it all together,” instead we are seeing what he will BECOME. What will happen when he is born into a world with a better up-bringing and the will and drive to improve himself.

      And it won’t be perfect. He won’t suddenly wake up with a switch flipped and drop his perverted ways. That doesn’t happen, that’s not how life works. What will hopefully happen, is that he’ll get perspective, step into the shoes of other people, and see empathy. He’ll check himself, but he’ll always still be a pervert who loves the ladies.

      Isn’t that story worth telling? A story worth watching?

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      • That part I get. It’s pretty much how I see it. I’m just struggling to get that point across to others.

        I guess part of it is I don’t understand the problem. I don’t understand how someone could go into a story looking for sins to judge. How could you read anything? Well, I guess you could read it. But how could you understand what the writer is trying to get across? How could you immerse yourself in that world?

        Judging is mentally exhausting. Immersion in a story is restorative.

        Maybe that’s one driver for the amount of cynicism we see? Folks are burning out doing all of this fruitless judging and it’s wearing them down?

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  2. “Judging is mentally exhausting. Immersion in a story is restorative.”

    Well said!

    I recently heard that “Little House on the Prairie” is now being censored and taken off reading lists because it uses racial language. Well, DUH, what year was it written? What time period was it written about? So we are no longer to read or write accurate novels set in the past, or read novels of the past because they are ACCURATE to their time?

    Some people just really have nothing better to do with their time, I guess.

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