Day 27: What do you think of the general views on anime (such as it being solely fanservice or mocking people who watch it)?
Unfortunately, anime is in a peculiar place right now; a lot of people have heard of it, but aren’t actually that familiar with it, and then they’re left to draw conclusions based on stereotypes or limited knowledge, quite often from the more extreme cases of shows and fans alike. It’s kind of like Undertale, where I’ve heard quite a bit of good things about the game itself, but every time it’s brought up I hear bad stories about the fanbase being super toxic. Of course not everyone who likes the game is like this, in fact I know several very nice people who do like the game, but there’s always the few (or sometimes more than a few) people who go overboard and kind of give it a bad name.
I’ll admit that before I started watching anime, I had a sort of limited and narrow view of it myself, and I had my doubts about why some of my friends were so obsessed with something I’d barely heard anything about. When people are uninformed about this kind of thing, it often results in negative assumptions about it, whether by choice or subconsciously, which is just going to keep happening until it becomes more of a standard wherever you are.
So, I’m not actually familiar with these general views but I’ll try to address some of the ones you guys have mentioned. The problem with people characterizing anime as only fanservice or hentai, or being for kids or neckbeards, or whatever else, is that those are all generalizations; it’s like if I said all television drama is cliche or whatever. Anime isn’t uniform. It’s got so much more depth to it than honestly a lot of other shows or mediums, and it reaches so many more people than those who criticize it are willing to admit. But the fact that it’s not widely accepted yet somehow makes it susceptible to being generalized, which is just the fault of either unfounded preconceptions or a whole lot of ignorance, the kind that people allow themselves when they’re too stubborn to accept anything new.
Honestly, if anyone is willing to tell you this straight to your face, they deserve to be ignored because they’re wrong. So much more often though, we’re restrained by the thought that our peers would automatically change their opinions of you if you admitted to liking anime, which might not be completely wrong; however, to the people that matter, I’m sure you could make an honest argument and show them what anime really is. It’s a big step, but one day if enough awareness spreads and the tide changes enough, the critics could become the stubborn minority and have to realize they’re in the wrong. So just hang in there I guess