(Why anime?) The Online Community; Why Hate Anime?
"Go fuck yourselves, pedophiles!"
"Is this another hentai-porn-post?"
No. The post you just saw was a reaction-gif on what happens when you hit your toe against the dinnertable, something even you should understand...
Seriously, everytime I read these kind of comments on anime-posts on different social medias on the Internet,
it hurts. It sickens me, and it downright confuses me.
But, we are anime-viewers, right? We who love anime know better than to sink down to their level and take on the debate. We know that we have the oppertunity and the open mindset to enjoy and experience stories, romances, action-scenes, plottwists, jumpscares and so on and and its those people who simply don't want to take up on the offer on amazement that loses something, right? Right..?
It then hurts so much more when you read anime-reviews, posts and even debates on why THIS anime is the worst or that THAT anime is the worst. I've read countless reviews, ranging from a given score on 1/10 to 10/10 and there are some anime-viewers out there who simply just HATE anime, despite watching so much of it...
Why do we allow such hate to exist in our community of awesomeness and why do we allow people to HAVE an affect on the people who love the anime they love? Its simply wrong!
Why is there so much hate in anime?
The Definition of the word "Hate"
Hate is among the most powerful of human emotions —it has caused great sorrow and suffering— and yet it has
been understudied by psychologists.
This is what Wikipedia.org has to say about the term "Hatred":
"In psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud defined hate as an ego state that wishes to destroy the source of its unhappiness. More recently, the Penguin Dictionary of Psychology defines hate as a 'deep, enduring, intense emotion expressing animosity, anger, and hostility towards a person, group, or object.' Because hatred is believed to be long-lasting, many psychologists consider it to be more of an attitude or disposition than a temporary emotional state."
It's kinda harsh to evaulate users of the internet with the attitude of Hate but if most of us feel some sort of sadness or feeling down when reading their (quite frankly, quite brutal) opinions on a certain show, then they have affected the community. Of course, this is the Internet, and its users are HUMAN, of course there are difference in opinions. But, when a certain group of people decide to just simply hate a show and its fans (despite the show almost having a consensus of agreement), that feeling that is struck within you brings unfortunately only one or two things. Either you feel bad that someone has trashed something you love, thereby succeeding in their goals or it just breeds more hate as you yourself start to hate the people who hate your anime.
This leads to an evil circle. Hate only breeds more hate.
So, how do we tackle this problem?
Of course, there are opinions that differ from your own and there are people out there who can get aggressive if pushed too far. So, start off by completely ignoring them. Simply say "Ok, I respect your opinion :)" and the conversation has ended.
Nothing more, nothing less. They've said their thing and you've noted that. No hate and no further harm as been done.
This is my postulate for which every anime-viewer should remember when writing their opinions on the Internet:
"There is no best anime out there. Objectively, every anime has flaws. That is why we have minds capable of subjective thought, and we can thank ourselves that we have such minds because otherwise...we would never be able to fully appreciate and enjoy the anime that we know and love"
Or TL;DR: Every anime has flaws. Love the anime you love.
Note that through this very statement, diversity and different opinions are PROOF that the human thought, anime and the Internet are not flawless and that's OK. By accepting this as a fact, you are then able to become humble and open-minded to anime that you won't necessary like and humble towards haters who are there to hate.
Anime have had itself a massive growth since its inception. Masterpieces that range from Hayao Miyazaki's "Spirited Away" and the top anime of MAL being "Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood" and the fan-favourite "Death Note" have captivated and will continue to captive minds with its amazement as the years go by. Of course, as I said before, there are difference in opinions and even they have hate on them.
But the misunderstanding that non-anime-viewers have over us is that they often fall under one of two categories:
- The One who thinks anime is tentacle/loli-porn
- The One who thinks anime is for children
- Now, there are a few out there who understand what anime can really be, but simply don't like anime. And that's understandable.
First off, yes, there's a hefty amount of some pretty fucked up animes out there and also a huge and wide variety of hentai to choose from (take it from me) that is not only beyond controversial, but downright...disgusting...(#bokunopico4life)
But saying that ALL anime is like that, is like saying that this one specifically bad computer makes every computer in the world bad. Of course, the analogy being that with computers, the better parts you have, the better the computer is. So is it with anime.
The better the CPU (The Story), the Motherboard (The Characters), the Videocard (The Art-style) and RAM (The Music) you have, the better computer (Anime) you'll get.
We need to also address the issue of saying that "No. Most anime's are made for adults and teenagers" in a better way (saying that anime ISN'T for children would be wrong since there are anime specifically for children as well). Using excessive amounts of blood & gore, torture-porn and just general violence doesn't really seem the best way to solve the issue, at least not an effective one.
Using, however, anime from the opposite of the genre-spectrum like romances, adventure and comedies can appeal better to a wider set of audience. Shows like "Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso", "No Game No Life", "Sword Art Online" and "Toradora!" are all perfect introduction-shows! They can show what potential anime has, showing the audience a sense of catharsis, which ties their memories of a show with positive feelings.
Now, A Sincere Letter to you: The Haters
Come on. Bring the hate. Write in the comments how furious and stupid I am. Because then, I'll know that those are the ones that haven't read this post entirely. You may not be directly ruining my experience with anime, that one is up for the anime itself to do, but you are ruining not only mine but every anime-viewers experience online and with the anime-community.
I know that you HAVE to post stuff that brings negative attention to something, thinking that now you've done something cool.
I know that you want to live in a world where everyone has the same opinion as yourself, miserable and all. But you know what, I don't personally care anymore.
I care about my fellow anime-viewers and lovers who gets taken by the miserable acts of your negativity.
I don't want to live in a world rid and void of colour, beauty, happiness and things to experience. And I sure as hell don't want my friends and fellow anime-viewers to live in that world as well.
So, keep your opinions to yourself if you can. You're only hurting, hating and bringing more hate.
A fellow user of the Internet
Of course, if what I have suggested has actually solved the damn problem, I'll be sure as hell to candidate for President or something...
You, as an anime-viewer, can follow these simple yet effective things I've brought up. Your life and experience as an anime-viewer can maybe or maybe not change after you've read this post. But, this is soon becoming a part of our culture, that hate is a part of it!
I won't stand for that. Not as long as I'm an active user of the internet and lover of anime!
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