Before any of you start splitting hairs and think I'm smashing the entire anime fandom, keep in mind that I know there's plenty of folks who love anime that are respectable, smart people (such as Madpenguin, Woopak_the_Thrill, and Stormtamer here on Lunch). What I'm talking about are the people in anime fandom that have extremely poor taste and act like vicious little brats whenever anyone thinks differently from them.
Honestly, aside from a select few people that I keep in touch with in relation to anime, I've grown to hate most of the anime fandom because in all my years of following the genre, I've been bullied and slandered by these people just because I tend to think differently on the foundations of what make a good anime and of my general genre preferences (I absolutely prefer "serious" anime or the "silly" types). Even when you present your opinion with a polite tone and tons of air-tight logical reasons, you still get tons of "dirty punches" from these people just because you don't agree with them.
It's also worth noting that there's a lot of anime fans that think anime in general is somehow above criticism just because it's from Japan (thank you to Madpenguin for pointing this out), which I think is one of the most toxic things you can think. Every form of entertainment should be subject to criticism (legit criticism, not criticism based in ignorance), otherwise how can anyone analyze the pros and cons of these "untouchable" art forms? Never forget that you're lying when you tell some that their work is "amazing" when it's really terrible (like all the anime lemmings gushing over the likes of Elfen Lied and High School of the Dead while showing zero analysis in their opinions).
Among the most inconsistent yet mildly funny moments was a few years back on Amazon, a user named Prometheus smashed Akira for its violent content, yet was one of the most ardent defenders of the animated abomination to mankind known as Elfen Lied, which has much more gore and bloodshed than Akira did. It's made even more baffling when you take into account that when Prometheus made these comments, he was in mid-40's. Even when I was in my mid-late teens, I wouldn't have made such a horribly stupid, inconsistent reason like that. It's worth noting that Promy didn't even watch Elfen Lied before chosing to defend it (again, thank you Madpenguin for reminding me of this). Either he was hoodwinked into believing that EL was "high art" just because it has window dressings made to appeal to artsy types or he was trying to fit in with its obnoxious, jejune fanbase. Isn't that amazingly stupid?
Going back to the points of how according to much of the fandom, that anime is above criticism because it's from Japan. These are the same people who generally have a dismissive attitude towards other artforms like literature and live-action film from Japan, and even proudly display ignorance of Japanese history and culture. Talk about brazen hypocrisy (thank you Voilodion2012 for pointing this out).
Anime fans even police Wikipedia with the utmost hypocrisy since they'll let information go uncited as long as it promotes anime, but if it's in relation to another media, they unleash holy hell if you don't cite the sources (again, thank you Voilodion2012 for pointing this out).
Despite liking the anime genre, I don't like associating myself with the general anime fandom because when you get down to it, many of them are like the goth kids on South Park when they said the following (not quoted verbatim):
"If you want to be a non-conformist, you have to do everything we do."
Here's how many anime fans act when you present as well thought-out, negative opinion about a popular anime title (such as Elfen Lied, High School of the Dead, Trigun, Evangelion, Akira, or Vampire Hunter D).
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David Kozak (RabidChihuahua)
I'm a morbid cynic who thinks very, very differently from most other people. Chances are, if the majority says X is the greatest in its category, I'll disagree with that notion, because I tend … more