With the recent uproar among video game enthusiasts over the various “GamerGate” controversies and events, the just as varied social justice advocates have taken it upon themselves to trash the anime hobby simply because of the select few that use anime avatars on twitter.
I’m very curious about the cause of this hysteria; where even the mere hint, the gleam of an Azusa-chan avatar could send a grown person into a hateful tirade over a very small but vocal group of online nerds.
I’d like to acknowledge and repeat a very easy to follow common sense rule we have here at Moe-Alt HQ, and that is to not post inflammatory articles on the site. Especially those that don’t have anything to do with Japanese media, or the sensitive and ugly subject of rape.
The intention of this article is to mainly discuss my personal thoughts on the recent attacks on Japanese media by the mainstream reviewers and the undercurrent from their readers. A lot of misconceptions, hair triggers, and insensitivity is being flung around at the anime enthusiasts for simply being who they are.
To put it in perspective, imagine attacking someone viciously online, calling them all sorts of mean things, and being generally intolerant of the things that person likes to enjoy.
If that sounds like bullying to you, that’s because it is. A lot of adults, or those that self proclaim to be, are attacking enthusiasts for consuming the products they enjoy. It doesn’t just stop there, it continues with harassment of all kinds. From weight, height, genitalia, personal dress, hygiene, and so on, are discriminated against by internet bullies claiming to uphold a sense of fair treatment to all kinds of people.
Time and time again, the otaku and enthusiast are mocked online by those who feel superior and sufficiently self-righteous, pigeonholed into stereotypes, and barred from speaking out against their mistreatment simply because the color of their skin.
A very popular trend among the localizers and game publishing companies of Japanese video games is to censor (or outright butcher) the English release of their software because of the fear of reprisal from internet personalities and the oh so sensitive people who purchase their games. Consistently, outcries of offensive materials found in these niche games are reported on, from mainstream game sites and social media sites. The mainstream reviewers always tend to regard the games that they choose to review with an apathy and bias already ingrained, an intolerance of the Japanese culture at large and the stigma of the otaku in the public view, it makes me wonder why they even bother to review the games at all. If your initial impression of your subject matter fills you with disgust and abhorrence, it’s probably a good idea to pass on it.
They never do though. They take their two cents, rub it together as hard as they can and turn it into advertising money. Click bait titles, and controversial opinions that only to incense the Japanese game enthusiasts ensure that a steady flow of advertising money comes in. This constant offense at the games various subject matter, imagery, and design is fed back to the publishers.
They see this, and are always afraid of legal action or bad press, so they censor, they malign and butcher their releases so they can fly under the radar and sell the latest copy of Underage Panty Quest without fear from attack of fringe groups. They care more about appeasement and money rather than the preservation of artistic freedom.
Much to the chagrin of their fanbases of course.
I love the word “co-opted“, because it tidily sums up the state of the Japanese game enthusiasts. Just like Halo was embraced by children and slowly gained the reputation of being a bad game just because of its player base, people who completely dislike the nature of materials in an ecchi game have embraced them and play them alongside even the most hardcore of the otaku.
I’m going to say out right that if anyone ever found themselves disgusted or angry about the content once while playing a game like Hyperdimension Neptunia, they need to rightly shut their damn mouth. It’s the same hypocrisy of someone who hates guns buying a magazine about firearms and becoming enraged over the editorials. The game didn’t trick them into thinking it was a copy of “Everyone is Special: Even You Edition” or “This is What All Males Think Women Are Like” .
If they somehow managed to miss the Wikipedia article, or even the front and back of the fucking box, I’m amazing their brain generates enough electricity to power their limbs or enable them to breathe if they were truly caught off-guard.
Back on track though, it isn’t just the feminists, the social justice advocates, or the latest online boogeyman that’s infiltrating the hobby, it’s the same disrespectful and juvenile anime avatar’d fuckheads that ruin things for everyone.
Felipe Pescado once said:
Not only because he himself is an unimportant shit, but because people with anime avatars gave him a case of butthurt so bad that he cancelled his vaporware sequel and left twitter like the world was going to mourn his loss. This is what I mean though: when people are being attacked for having anime avatars even if they aren’t related to any kind of movement or twitter war, things have gotten way out of hand.
Ben Kuchera stated that having an anime avatar, despite how good you are as a person, will lead you to be discriminated against and have your opinions be less important, or even invalid.
Now imagine if I said I’d do the same, but if the avatars were of African-Americans? I’d be attacked in matter of seconds for saying such a thing, and rightfully so. It’s only okay to attack the otaku because they don’t defend themselves.
THE ONLINE DOLL TIER
Just like the shape and design of the Hinamatsuri, the internet has a socially acceptable hierarchy of who can be made fun of. Those less fortunate than you, those of a lower perceived “class” are okay to harass. Some less than others, but pity those at the bottom, the underrepresented and silent minority. The otaku are among the very bottom, attacked as they pleased for various reasons I mentioned above.
A mostly stream of consciousness article, there was one last thing I’d like to mention to those that “hate” anime and it’s subculture. To all the chucklefucks that despise otaku and constantly barrage our hobby with demands that stymie the cultural expressions of a race, a quote. A quote that should make them rethink the way they act; the way they perceive the world around them. It is easier to blame another than to reflect upon your own misdeeds.
The quote is as follows:
Don’t give yourselves to brutes — men who despise you — enslave you — who regiment your lives — tell you what to do — what to think or what to feel!
Who drill you, diet you, treat you like cattle, use you as cannon fodder.
Don’t give yourselves to these unnatural men — machine men with machine minds and machine hearts! You are not machines! You are not cattle! You are men! You have the love of humanity in your hearts. You don’t hate! Only the unloved hate — the unloved and the unnatural!
– Charlie Chaplin, The Great Dictator (1940)
When Chaplin refers to “men”, he refers to mankind as a whole. Men and women alike can both be responsible for the above. When an allegory for Hitler needs to remind a person of these things, they really need to rethink the way they behave as an adult.