Posts tagged Fandom
Posts tagged Fandom
I want to repeat/document/archive/share what I said to this fan here:
Listen, I’m no authority (as in certifications and what not) on being a fan, but I believe that being a fan ISN’T about believing your idol is infallible. I love Ranka despite all the shit she’s given as a character, and all the hate she’s given by the fans. This is what I believe is a great manifestation of being a fan. Denying faults, interesting [ones] or just plain fail [kinds of faults], only makes everyone dumber.
I’ve been waving the banner for Macross since I started blogging, but I’ve never pretended it’s perfect. It’s not. It requires so much sacrifice of [the] intellect to enjoy. It is my favorite anime not because it’s better than Legend of the Galactic Heroes, but because I love it so damn much. It’s the same with Minmay. Sheryl’s more awesome, hands down. I have no problem with acknowledging Minmay as an inferior singer, idol, and character to Sheryl, but it doesn’t change the fact that Minmay is my most favorite anime character of all, and for all time.
So with finality, do not confuse me at least, as a person determined to hate on your pet character and give the benefit of trust that my criticism isn’t born out of malice nor irresponsible dismissiveness towards Ranka. I do not claim to be the best advocate, or writer doing criticism on Macross, but I’m fair and considerate. And I damn think about Macross just as much as the most retarded fanboy you can imagine.
Which is to say that, while I never really feel the need to justify my preferences that much (my mantra being “be critical of what you like, but never apologize for it”), I think that insisting upon the rightness of my dislike or dissatisfaction (and, by extension, the wrongness of someone else’s satisfaction) would be an exercise in futility, if not simply meanness. Any exceptions I make are, generally speaking, intended purely for the sake of entertainment, and should be taken even less seriously than my only semi-serious standard would suggest.
This graph also concedes that my writing about things I like in a certain way does amount to a kind of justification, if we count my wanting people to see what I see in things I like as “justification,” and I guess we should.
Indeed, it’s something I’ve come to terms with as an advocate of anime and my favorites in it.
One of the pleasures in writing about anime and manga is when readers discover something to enjoy in what you enjoy (therefore recommend).
However, the nature of attacking what you enjoy, belongs in another dimension of fandom. See the terrible behavior of the Gundam fandom in all its retarded ugliness in Ngee Khiong’s raegquit post.
A sterling example would be the massive hate directed at the release of the Perfect Grade Strike Freedom Gundam kit, which has little to do with the quality of the toy but has mainly to do with hatred for the pilot of the Gundam in Gundam SeeD the anime.
You’ll also see this in the hate for shows like K-ON! and Code Geass. There’s an inauthenticity to this behavior, and it’s something we as hobbyist writers are loath to deal with. It sucks our energy because we are expending so much on something as you say, is just about entertainment.
It is the interests of entertainment of some fans to participate in this kind of “criticism”, inasmuch as blogging your heart out for the shows you like and love is for you.
This is why we can’t have nice things.