Hi everyone. Welcome to the end of my least favorite day of the year, April 30th (that’s when I started writing this post). I won’t get into major detail about it, but just know that it’s a big day for reflection and remembrance. If you really want to know, dm me on twitter. Anime, of course, was one of the topics that I thought about the most. Especially about arguments that people about series. All in all, they all feel incredibly pointless. For one thing, there is a lot of uncertainty about it. There are so many factors behind a person liking a series and who are we to judge? This is beyond a question of being objective and subjective, there are many reasons why a person could find a series that some other people feel like trash appealing. There is no grading rubric or well defined system of critics for that. Those people that call themselves critics on youtube or on a blog post are not the end all and be all.
Let’s talk about uncertainty for a little bit. What if people are down in the dumps for one reason or another and they watch a series that makes them feel better. This series is full of enlightenment them and helps them feel better about who they are and how they live their life. Then, imagine this person posting about it in a blog or make a youtube video about it with glowing review. Next, imagine a multitude of commenters tearing down this wall of happiness and opinions. How would that make you feel? We never know why people like a series the way they do. It could be because of an emotional attachment like that or it could be they like it because they like it. Who are we to judge people about that sort of fact? This is why I try not to be incredibly negative on this blog. The position I try to go for is positive, yet critical. Why? Because it’s so easy to be negative and harder to be positive and I like challenging myself?
How is it easy to be negative? Well, let’s think about how easy it is to hate something. Thank about a person that you hate and list everything you hate about them in your head or piece of paper. Incredibly easy. Now, list actual good things about them. It’s a lot harder now isn’t it? It’s the same for everything else. If I wanted to, I could list every single thing that I didn’t like about the first cour of Sword Art Online. Yeah, the one that most people actually like. I chose not to because it’s an easy thing to do and get a lot of attention with, I don’t want to add anymore negativity to the anime community, and I don’t want beat an already dead horse. I could also mention how I couldn’t stand the first episode of Re:Zero. Oh god, I shouldn’t have said that. Now you guys know. You didn’t hear anything *jedi mind trick*. But yes, we should try harder to be more positive. If we have reasons to be negative, give good reasons other than “I hate it because I hate it”. Constructive criticism is always good, depending on the delivery.
If there is something that we should do more, it’s adding more positivity to this community. That is something that is strongly lacking. So many people are at each other’s throats due to either trolling or lack of social graces. We need to encourage people to watch more anime. If somebody likes something that you don’t, don’t yell at them telling how wrong they are. Kindly suggest some other shows they can watch as well. If they don’t want to, then don’t force them into it. This is a community of individuals that have their own taste. As bloggers, we all understand that. We express our thoughts by typing on our keyboards putting our thoughts onto digital paper for all to see. We aren’t robots either and we shouldn’t treat our readers and other fans like that either. If we want to change this community for the good, then we need to try putting this in motion. OWLS blogging group is doing a good job at bringing acceptance and diversity to the forefront of this community, but we don’t need to be a part of that group to do all of this.