I know that I wrote something about some of the negative aspects of anime culture. To take things in a different and more positive direction, open mindedness. I’m not sure how long this post well be, but let’s put that into more perspective.
Every season, there are new shows that nobody has ever watched before. Whether or not there are new shows to watch about? What do we have to judge them on? Sure, some are based off of something that a lot of people have read or played, but for the most part we don’t have a big idea to go on with either of them. There are things to base new coming shows off like studio and directors, but none of those are definite. A good show from a manga, light novel, or a web series can have a bad adaption. Then there are also the original series that there is no basis for being good or not. A lot of open mindedness and fearlessness is necessary to try these new shows out.
To a fan of any other medium, a lot of “I’ve heard about this before” is involved. Sure, there are shows like Mr. Robot, Breaking Bad, Orphan Black, and Continuum that have their own original stories and are good, but a lot of series like NCIS: Los Angeles all of those different Law and Order and CSI variations exist. Star Trek: The Next Generation lead to DS9 and Voyager which take place only a little bit after TNG. Even Breaking Bad has one. Spin offs of shows that the audience is firmly aware of already can easy make ratings. The advantages of these kinds of shows is that they are going to have seasons on seasons of running time and will most likely last forever. A new series that have tries to take things a new direction and becomes successful with a lot of seasons behind it will most get a spin off series in which the material is no longer new again. This is an advantage that watching anime series gives us. Even though there are no guarantees that the show you watched is getting another season, the fact that we try something new is truly enduring.
Another thing that I think provides an advantage to seasonal anime fans is the diversity of tone. If you even watch an America movie trailer, you will start to notice that movies are getting more and more similar all the time. Looking at something like Independence Day: Resurgence, it looks like every other movie disaster movie that has come out recently. It really lost all of the interest and uniqueness that came from the original movie, even though it’s a dumb popcorn thriller. When a movie like The Dark Knight gets insanely popular, bad rip offs follow it for years. Since the Marvel Cinematic Universe has gotten popular, other studios have tried to start their own and haven’t gotten as much success. To me, the worst thing is when somebody tries to copy something but doesn’t understand how it worked or why it was successful because the endeavor ends in failure. This doesn’t just go for movies, but also tv shows. How many tv shows have you seen recently where a normal person walks down the path of self-destruction as they turn into a bad guy? It’s a very popular thing. I’m not saying that things like that don’t happen in the anime realm, but recently so many trends have stuck together that it’s hard to tell what is popular or not. Take this season for example. There is: a series of a young widower taking care of his younger daughter, a love drama with the main girl getting letters from the future, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure (enough said), a soccer anime with moe guys, a muscular guy with an insanely large sword getting chased down for what he used to be involved in, a fantasy series where a young prince is going to take back his throne, and that’s not even everything. There is such a high diversity of tastes going on and I can’t help but watch most of them.
In closing thoughts, I’m not saying that western audiences are anyway bad for watching what they do or how each industry is. People should watch what they want to watch and not have to be judged by the rest of humanity. That being said, I can’t help but think that recent anime fans are more open minded then both of them. This is an opinion and I need the facts to make a solid theory on it, but this is from the unscientific observations that I’ve noticed and made. Being excited for new intellectual property every three months is something that only anime fans have seemed to have accomplished. Even if anime fans are considered odd to everybody else, it’s always the odd ones that don’t shoo everybody and everything away because of differences.