One of my pet peeves is seeing instances of ad hominem. And unfortunately, some members within the anime community can and will stoop to such tactless tactics.
For those of you who are unaware, the term ad hominem refers to a “strategy” that’s deployed during discussions or debates. Instead of attempting to address people’s positions, these individuals opt to criticize or belittle the aforementioned opposition.
Now, all of this is definitely not a new thing. Just pay attention to politics and you’ll realize this has been around for quite some time. In regards to anime, however, more instances (and instigators) of ad hominem always pop up whenever a new season rolls in. Series that are noticeably divisive and controversial will often prove to be a favorite platform among hatemongers to climb onto so they can lob insults. And from what I have seen, Netsuzou Trap is currently a hot topic that’s topping the charts.
I think long-time followers of The Lily Garden are aware that I’m not a fan of Netuzuou Trap. Personally, I consider the show to be tasteless and shallow. I also believe that anything the series attempts has already been done before in a better way, that the series is going for a fetishistic/taboo approach that I don’t appreciate, and that we already have an excess of series and media where homosexuality is condemned and shamed. Yes, such discrimination is very much a common occurrence in some parts of the world, which somewhat supports the inclusion of such developments in series for the sake of realism.
However, I do believe the yuri anime genre as a whole has little to offer when it comes to the portrayal of healthy relationships, which makes me less than enthusiastic for Netsuzou Trap and other like series. The roots of yuri anime originated from Class S, which consistently featured two female lovers acknowledging that their relationship is transient and is only suited to be mere practice for “real” relationships (i.e. heterosexual relationships) later down the line. What I’m trying to say is that I believe that yuri has long been associated with tragedy and the genre should try to move away from the trappings of Class S, which is inherently heteronormative, close-minded, and bigoted if one reads between the lines. Alas, Netsuzou Trap stays entrenched within “tradition” since the female characters claim their interactions only amount to “fooling around” and Hotaru always insists that her time with Yuma is merely practice for when Yuma becomes intimate with a man.
Please note that I never insulted fans of Netsuzou Trap even once as I talked about my personal opinion of the series. I may disagree with their preferences, but NTRap fans should be allowed to like any series that they want to like and they should not be persecuted for their tastes.
Do not automatically assume that fans of the series in question are wicked people who support cheating on their partners or that they lack a moral compass. Some fans may simply be fascinated with series that feature dark, mature, and explicit themes while others may be curious about how the setting shown in NTRap differs from their own personal experiences. While there probably are a few fans who are into cuckolding, that’s definitely not the majority. So please stop incorrectly labeling NTRap fans like that.
I’ll be talking about two more subtopics before I conclude this editorial.
The Compulsive Need for Categories
I’ve touched upon this before, but I think people are prone to clinging onto categories. The fear of the unknown is potent and people attempt to quell such anxieties by throwing everything into categories. As a result, people tend to adopt this sort of self-centered Sith Lord mentality where everything is black or white.
This forms the basis of my pet theory regarding individuals who berate NTRap fans. The series is bound to make viewers uncomfortable, which can turn off viewers. But some of said viewers seemingly do not understand the concept of individuality and do not comprehend that others can and will have different opinions. So seeing others who disagree with their beliefs regarding Netsuzou Trap might cause some degree of dissonance for the nay-sayers until they realize that they can seemingly justify their position by taking the moral high-ground. “Yeah, only corrupt and immoral people can like NTRap,” they cry as they lift their pitchforks towards the sky. Little do they know that adopting this sort of mindset only proves that they lack a sufficient argument, that they fail to realize insulting others is not a valid way to hold meaningful discussion, and that they mistakenly believe their opinions are more “real” than others.
So, folks, please make things easier and just accept that not everyone will disagree with your opinion are villains.
Generalizations Generally Suck
At least two of my blogging friends, Lethargic Ramblings and Rai, are very much into Netsuzou Trap. According to the haters, my friends are thus despicable degenerates who enjoy the idea of infidelity due to their taste in anime. However, that couldn’t be further from the truth since both of them are normal individuals and both are in loving and healthy relationships. So why are you assuming things about people solely because of their personal preferences again?
Granted, most supporters of NTRap have to defend themselves because haters will take potshots at their morality. So I’ll provide a counter-example to show that believing NTRap fans are wicked is a nonsensical conclusion. As stated earlier, I’m not a fan of Netsuzou Trap so that automatically makes me a nice person with good morals in their eyes, right?
Well, I’ve actually been hooking up with random strangers for the past two years on numerous occasions and I’ve been in situations reminiscent of the ones shown in NTRap or worse. Sometimes I’ve been the other man, in fact (which probably explains why I hold weird feelings towards NTRap and Kuzu no Honkai because I’m resonating with the controversial characters due to my decadent life). I’m opportunistic, I have poor self-control and I have a compulsion to sleep with strangers who are only interested in me due to my ethnicity so I can raise my self-esteem. I had flunked 2 years’ worth of classes out of laziness and crippling depression. I had erroneously thought that gay marriage shouldn’t be legal until middle school because I was raised in a religious home where I was taught that homosexuality is a sin.
By most accounts, I probably wouldn’t qualify as being a good person. And yet I hold little love for Netsuzou Trap. What’s going on? It’s almost as if there’s no correlation between stances on Netsuzou Trap and moral character!
I’m just trying to say that judging others based on preferences is meaningless. Attempting to invalidate other’s opinions through insults is pointless. So stop with the juvenile defamation directed towards NTRap fans. Talk things out, instead, and try to hold a civilized discussion, please. The anime community should be one of love, not hate.
And remember that at the end of the day, the blogger or vlogger or fan you’re rebuking is a person just like you.