Last week, there was an announcement revealing that the interesting yuri manga, Happy Sugar Life, would receive an anime adaptation for Summer 2018.
As someone who wrote about the series a bit back in 2016, I’m rather excited that this is happening. Be that as it may, I’m at a bit of a loss here.
In short, I don’t know how to discuss or promote Happy Sugar Life. Spoilers and Hype both keep me walled in.
First of all, Happy Sugar Life is quite the dramatic series. As such, I worry that venturing into spoilers territory would take away a lot of its impact. Plus some people will resent you for life if you spoil something so that’s why you have to be careful with words. Even that post I wrote back in 2016 was extremely vague. At the cost of trying not to “ruin” anything for anyone, I basically don’t provide any useful information in that article at all.
But is the extra effort worth it?
Perhaps you disagree, but I believe that purposefully avoiding spoilers weakens the post or review or discussion piece. Details are left out and the connections are simply not as focused. But at least anyone can read what you’ve written (or said if you’re a vlogger or doing a podcast) as a result, right?
Well, some people will flat out ignore that sort of content to begin with. To be fair, however, different pieces of content have different types of audiences so that is to be expected. Some people will avoid series reviews, some people only like reading Top ___ lists, and so on. Individualism is so wild, huh? Well, this isn’t really a draw, to be honest, but it’s something to keep in mind, perhaps.
What really irks me, however, is that spoilers are everywhere. People are talking about current episodes on Twitter, the genres that give away everything are boldly listed there on the seasonal charts or on other web sites. You basically have to quit social media if you don’t want to get spoiled at all. So it just feels like you’re at a disadvantage if you’re a considerate content creator since it almost seems like everyone else is throwing caution to the wind to talk about things you want to talk about.
And then there’s Hype. From my experience, Hype almost always cause disappointment. Sure, sometimes a series may live up to the excitement and everyone is happy as a result. But it seems more likely for a series to fail to surpass or even reach expectations and then people start throwing around the words like “overrated” and the like.
So what’s a fan, who has been exposed to the source material of an upcoming anime adaptation and is hoping to get others excited for the future series, to do? Be vague (to avoid spoilers) yet nuanced (to not cause misunderstandings or misplaced expectations)?
It’s a rough sell. But I guess that’s the best we can do. We can just let the series speak for itself.
Do you disagree with what I’ve written here? Do you agree? I would love to hear about it in the comments section down below.
Thank you for reading.