Unfortunately, seven is not exactly the best number when it comes to lists. I think a lot of people are fond of the number since it’s supposedly lucky, but these biased numerical ranking lists tend to opt for three, five, or ten. Seven just isn’t a contender in this aspect.
But I’m drafting (and publishing) this post in order to celebrate the fact that I recently hit 700 followers, so logic and common sense were both abandoned by the wayside already. Seriously, thank you all so much for enabling me to hit that follower count despite my sporadic activity.
If you read an older post , then you might have already noticed that I’m recycling a previously scrapped post. The Lily Garden is pro-green sometimes!
Alright, so here goes my list of things anime fans should probably cease to do!
Stop Arguing over Dub vs Sub
Well, this is actually more of an one-sided affair considering I have yet to see someone decry or denounce subs. It’s mostly just elitists who prefer subs punching down and hating on dubs, which is unfortunate since the dubbing industry and whatnot is just much smaller in comparison to the very competitive seiyuu world.
I mean, I can’t remember the last time I’ve watched a dub aside from Dragon Ball Z or Sailor Moon back when I was young enough to enjoy smelling blankets (okay, I still do this) and I highly prefer subs. Still, it’s clear to me that watching subs doesn’t necessarily mean you’re enjoying a more “pure” version of anime. Translations sometimes don’t measure up to the native tongue, after all. We have to have compromises with puns, pronouns, etc…
If you’re going to go be such an annoying purist, then go move to Japan and watch anime as they broadcast, why don’t you? Quit being so pedantic and let people enjoy anime in the way they want to enjoy it.
Don’t Assume about Genres
I firmly believe there’s a CGDCT show for everyone. Tons of people liked Shoujo Shuumatsu Ryokou (Girls’ Last Tour) even though a lot of those particular fans usually dislike said genre.
The same goes with sports. People who usually cite the genre as not being their cup of tea happened to also appreciate Yuri!!! on Ice, for instance. Just like with Shoujo Shuumatsu Ryokou, there was something (or several things, even) about Yuri!!! on Ice that made it very popular even to skeptics.
Genres usually are something to mind. If you don’t like one comedy series it’s possible you won’t like most. But it’s not the be-all-end-all. Don’t write off all isekai series
even though most of them are pretty bad and don’t look down on someone for liking shoujo. Is that so hard? Maybe it is for some. But it really shouldn’t be.
Stop Assuming Demographics for Series
All kinds of people like all kinds of shows. So don’t even try to pull this crap off and claim that only edgelords/idiots/virgins/normies like or are into specific shows. Just because you can’t see the appeal in particular series doesn’t mean you get to generalize and hate like that. Appreciate that others have different tastes from you and move on.
Absolutes Need to Go
I’m kind of hesitant to use the words, “masterpiece,” “Anime of the Season,” “Anime of the Year,” “best girl.” It’s all very subjective. Now, it’s a different story if you throw in “in my opinion” or specify that “my AotS.” That emphasizes that personal preferences are at the forefront so you reduce the chances of sounding like some dingdong who doesn’t accept others’ opinions. In my opinion, at least.
Quit Ignoring Others’ Opinions
Speaking of which, don’t discredit someone just because their personal rankings (when it comes to the “best” anime) are different compared to that of yours. It’s boring if everyone feels the same way, I’d say. Celebrate diversity by observing why they value specific series so highly and try to glean a bit of their personality and character from their preferences. Isn’t that much better than trying to force an echo chamber?
Don’t Take it
Be that as it may, people will hate shows you like. It’s the sad truth. For every show that the majority like, someone will hate. Same goes with shows that the majority dislike.
Still, don’t take it to heart. If you’re open to other people’s ideas, give such content a shot by reading their harsh reviews. Just remember to mentally add in the words, “in my opinion,” after the end of every other sentence you read. People who write about anything, including anime, are really just plugging in their subjective beliefs. They tend to leave out such words in order to not undermine their own authority, but that doesn’t change the fact that everything is so arbitrary.
Don’t be Afraid to Share Your Opinion
At the end of the day, however, you are entitled to your opinion. Don’t be afraid to say what you feel about a series. Good for you if you weren’t feeling the most popular series of the year. There’s nothing wrong with thoroughly enjoying a series that was lowly regarded by most. Own up to your personal tastes and be proud for standing your ground.
And the text-based aniblogger concludes yet another pre-work post!
Did you agree with what I was saying? Disagree? Feel free to let me know what you think!
Happy Monday, everyone! Once again, thank you all for reading!