For the first time ever, I’m not going to post about an analysis of something, but rather, I’m going to basically ramble. I am basically typing whatever comes in my mind at this point.
As you’ve noticed lately, there’s this two big factions in the anime fandom: the moe fans and the intellectuals and as you’ve noticed, the two fandoms really do not get along for the most part, although there hasn’t been an open argument between the two factions, if you’ll notice (at least on twitter) that most moe fans aren’t friends with most intellectuals.
When I talk to moe fans in my hood, we tend to argue because I tend to criticize the fact that it is sometimes chock too full of fan service that it becomes too retarded for my taste that they call me an intellectual. When I talk to the seinen fans/intellectuals, we tend to argue because they can’t see the point why I am so in love with anime like Lucky Star and K-ON!! where there is nothing much to examine except in their opinion, retarded cuteness and they tend to over analyze things.
I sit down alone and think. Why is there such a division in the anime fandom the first place? The greatest reason, I think, is that there is a generation gap between anime fans.
What I’ve noticed is that the intellectual anime fans are those that re what I call the ‘90’s anime fans. Evangelion, Gundam Wing, X1999, etc, strip these anime of all the novelties such as pretty boys, awesome mechs and others and you’ll see that they have deep concepts that can make you really think your ass off. Even the cutest anime during that time such as Saber Marionette series and Cardcaptor Sakura can make you pause and think for a second if you take a hard look at it.
The current generation of anime fans have awakened to the more “visual” sense of anime. K-ON!!, Haruhi no Yuutsu, Setokai Yakuindomo all focus on the “otaku” aspect of anime fandom which is basically cuteness and having the female characters not romantically linked for the most part. I can seriously say that the current anime generation is more otaku-centric.
This is where the problem starts.
As I’ve said, the current anime generation is otaku-centric, which basically means that it caters to the Akiba style otaku which fancies everything cute and in catering to the otakus, the current anime trend focused a lot on the cuteness and anything mental like Eureka 7 was considered “difficult type” anime. The so-called intellectuals reminisce in the fact that in animes before, you can get a good, intelligent discussion and learn a lot while current moeblob anime is just plain fanservice and retarded focusing only on the characters and almost zero story at all. Moe fans counter that intellectuals are elitist bastards who think that they are high and mighty and discriminate the current trends of anime.
I’ve observed in twitter that some of the more moe fans tend to ignore me and I can’t even strike a conversation to those of the higher minded fanbase. I’m not saying that both sides of the fandom are snobs. Heck some of the happiest conversations I’ve had in twitter are from a few awesome moe fans while a few of the intelligent fans gave me some of the most insightful discussions I had in twitter.
And the realization hit me. I’m way too balanced of a person to be considered a moe fan or an intellectual because as much as I enjoy my Evangelion and Eureka 7, I also enjoy my Lucky Star and Zero no Tsukaima.
To be honest, I really do not care anymore about the damn feud. I enjoy anime and I’m happy, that’s it. I really don’t get why moe fans and intelligent fans have this division, they really should stop nitpicking at each other’s genres and just start enjoying anime.
I don’t know about you, dear reader but I have a different philosophy regarding anime (and manga) fan hood. I believe that a true anime fan should enjoy all genres of anime and manga and one should not be locked on a specific genre. As much as I enjoy my shonen One Piece, I love my shoujo Gentleman’s Alliance Cross and Sailor Moon. As much as I enjoy my deeply psychological Perfect Blue, I also enjoy my K-ON!!. As much as I enjoy the silly otaku knowledge imparted to me by Lucky Star, I also enjoy the lessons of Japanese history taught to me by Shura no Toki. As much as I love my yuri Kannazuki no Miko, I love my yaoibait Gensomaden Saiyuki.
I now ask myself, what’s my place in the anime fandom? To be honest, I really don’t know. You can call me the all around anime fan (if there is such a term as all around anime fan) but I’m certain about one thing: I’m proud to be an anime fan.