Don’t @ Me: Four of my Anime Opinions: Dewbond’s Advice Edition

It’s Monday, we are all in lockdown still, and it’s time for this! Welcome to Don’t @ Me, the place where, like a damn attractive salarywoman. I get throw into a new world and decide to slug it out as an alchemist, while giving my views and ideas on the anime industry. This week I’m getting on my soapbox and dishing out a few completely unwanted tips on how to survive as an anime fan in the age of social media. Do you care? Do you even want this? Eh, let’s get into it after the cut.

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Opinions? Hold on to your cute anime girls!
  1. You have control when you admit you have no control.

This is a bitter pill I’ve had to swallow, but one I knew I had to. I have no control over the anime industry. My views and ideas on what the industry is, and what it should be, don’t have any sway. No one does, and no one ever will. As anime heads ever closer to the mainstream and edges ever closer to that fucking culture war, there will be people who think things should go one way or another. Accepting that you can’t control the industry lets you have control. You can decide what you decide to care about and what you don’t.

2. Care about the shows you love, but your a fool if you care too much.

I love certain series, some speak to me and have a special dear place in my heart. I love them, but I don’t love them too much. Because the minute you decide to make a show you watch a part of your identity, then any attack on the series becomes an attack on you. Yes, there are some assholes who make snap-judgments about shows without really looking at them fairly (Hello Sword Art Online, Uzaki-Chan, Gundam Seed, and Jobless Reincarnation), but if put all your eggs into a single basket, then you are setting yourself up for a road of anger, rage, and frankly expectations of something that was never going to be what you want it to.

3. ‘Tune in, Tune Out’ is just as important as ‘This is about something.”

Look, we all like a show that speaks to deeper themes or ideas. It’s catnip to some viewers. It is also great when you watch a show and surprisingly walk away going “wow, that talked about some cool ideas!” I’ve had that with shows like School Days, Love Chunibyo, Yosuga no Sora, and Gundam SEED. But not EVERY show can be that. Not every anime in this industry is going to be, or should be, a commentary on this or that issue, or whatever state of the human condition. People lambast the isekai for being disposable fun, but I’ll tell ya. Something like In Another World with my Smartphone, or BOFURI is just as great, because you don’t have to fucking care.

4. Love the Art, not the Artist.

I’ve said it before. I’ll say it again. And I’ll keep saying it until the day I die. The product and the person who created the product are two different things. Creators are people, and can be flawed, mean and cruel assholes. They can do stuff that is wrong, sometimes morally, sometimes legally. Acknowledge it, condemn if it you must, but don’t let it taint the product that person created. Yes, sometimes it is hard, but you’ll enjoy things better for it.

God, I hope this didn’t come off as too cynical. Uh…here’s the cutest anime scene ever!

3 thoughts on “Don’t @ Me: Four of my Anime Opinions: Dewbond’s Advice Edition

  1. “Love the Art, not the Artist.”

    There are so many people who are unwilling to do this. It deprives them of so much joy while replacing it with a bitter self righteousness. And that’s exactly how they think life is supposed to be.

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  2. All excellent advice to anyone hoping to hold on to a shred of sanity and love for an art form of any kind in the time of social media. My additional tidbit: Turn off the social media and go watch some anime 😉

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