I have a few questions for anime fans. These questions used to float around in my head but I didn’t pay too much attention to them until I read two posts by Cross-shishou which inspired me to write this (I recommend them so here’s one and here’s the other). I know about anime fandom to an extent and I understand how it can influence people but sometimes, just sometimes I have to facepalm at some of the stuff I’ve seen; some people take anime way too seriously and I still can’t understand why, anyway I’ll just get on with questions.
Why do people argue about subs and dubs?
Seriously does this even matter? Fans argue about subs and dubs religiously because apparently watching one is a rite of passage and watching the other makes more sense because it’s in a language that you understand or something stupid like that. It doesn’t make any sense to me because whether you watch anime subbed or dubbed IT’S STILL THE SAME SHIT, you’re still going to see the SAME SCENES, it’s just that it’s two different languages. Arguing about a viewing preference doesn’t make sense to me (I know I’ve already said this and I have to repeat it), the way that I see it, it’s like arguing about watching The Simpsons on Sky One instead of Channel 4 just because… (it’s an out there reference, I know, but you get the point). In case you were wondering what my preference is, it’s subs.
Why do people speak Japanonsense?
Watching subbed anime will teach you a little bit of Japanese which is cool but there’s a limit. I can understand using Japanese terms here and there but it’s really stupid when you’re mixing in English with Japanese and churning out something that no one understands (If you read the recommended post then you’ll have a better understanding of what I’m saying here). Credit to anime fans who want to pick up Japanese as a language but don’t mix it with another language otherwise people will just think you’re a weeaboo and they get definitions like this.
Why do people bash another series when their favourite series comes under fire?
I understand if people love an anime series with a passion but, there comes a point where some people will defend their favourite series so much that they start bashing on other series (I’m pretty sure One Piece fans do this to Fairy Tail). If you like a series, then you like it and really that should be the end of it because not everyone is going to like that same series. Personally my favourite series is Fullmetal Alchemist but if someone tells me that they hate Edward Elric, I’m not going to go and argue about how he’s a better main character than Natsu or Ichigo, I’ll accept the opinion because said person is entitled to one. Generally getting butthurt because someone doesn’t like a series as much as you do is one of the dumbest things you could do, some people can defend series with their lives as if the main character is going to spring to life and fight on their behalf. It’s not that deep, it’s never been that deep and it’ll never be that deep.
Some of these traits can make anime fans interesting but at the same time, it’s part of the reason why people think we’re weird when we’re not.
I’d like to know what your take on these questions are if you have any.