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!
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.