Never Live It Down

On TVTropes, the page Never Live It Down is about an audience reaction, when fans are so obsessed with one particular scene with a character, that they will ignore everything else that the character ever did, and start thinking of them as a one-gag character instead. It’s kind of like a meme, except that often there is no specific quotable content that gets spread, just a general attitude. And it isn’t treated like a meme either, since people aren’t intentionally spreading it just to make an easy joke at the character’s expense, but actually seem to believe in it. For example, when Ouma Shu is seriously described as “a whiny kid like Ikari Shinji”, it’s likely that those people are honestly only remembering the last few episodes of Evangelion, when after lots of fighting, and many good reasons for an emotional breakdown, Shinji finally broke down, and filling in the blanks that thy can’t remember to, with those few scenes.

In the past days, there were two different news, that’s discussions in the fandom made me think of that as an analogy: First, the last week was the prime time for posting Spring Season previews in the blogosphere, and the Key Visual Arts VN Little Busters was announced to be getting an anime. The former discussion included Hyouka, an upcoming novel adaptation by KyoAni,  and the latter warranted speculations that it might also  be made by KyoAni. Here is one particularly noticeable theme that went through both discussions. (paraphrased):

“KyoAni? K-on! Moe Moe! K-on??!! Moeblob!!!! Moemoe… K-on!  Is KyoAni the Moe of all K-on?  Moe meets K-on! Moeblob k-on moe.”

Oh, and there was also some discussion of the concern that these shows might end up being too moe, and resembling K-on, but you get the idea.

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Daily Lives of High School Boys is not clever

It’s funny. It’s the funniest show of the season. Well, it’s the only pure comedy of the season other than Kill Me Baby,  and being better than that doesn’t tell a lot, but still. It’s one of the best comedies of the past years, only slightly behind the other Nichijou.

It’s just not very…. you know… insightful.

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Newsflash: Clannad is still a masterpiece

It’s been over two years since I first saw Clannad. Back then, on all the anime sites that I frequented, popular consensus treated it as an unquestionable classic, a masterpiece that every anime fan who finds the romance genre even vaguely appealing, should see.  Nowadays, I mostly see it in the same sentence with the word “overrated”,  with seemingly everyone being sure that everyone else but them is mindlessly worshipping it.

I’m not saying that as a rant against the fandom. First of all,  I don’t even know if the fandom really “changed it’s opinion”, or this feeling is only caused by me constantly getting deeper and deeper into more cynical communities, while the first “popular consensus” that I felt, only came from naive newcomers like myself, hanging around on “gateway” fansites. And even if things did change, no one reading this is a personification of the whole fandom. No one would personally identify with being responsible for these vague trends that I feel, so I would be ranting against no one in particular.  But I thought I should still start the post with this, because regardless of whether it only happened in my perception, or if my perception happened to be accurately reflecting a larger trend, it’s an important part of how my mindset changed about Clannad.

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It’s all in the presentation!

One of the things that amazes me about anime genres, is how precisely you can gauge a show’s content, solely from the art style. The character designs, the scenery style, the amounts of CG, the dominant color themes, are all used together so predictably in setting the atmosphere, that often, a glance at the season preview charts with the promo arts is enough to decide which shows I am interested in, even before reading the title or the synopsis.

Everything from detailed clouds painted on the blue sky giving a melancholic summer atmosphere, to eye colors matcing the hair colors, that makes the characters more artificial, has it’s intended place. And that’s a really nice thing, even if in some unfortunante cases, it might happen a the cost of making the show all the more predictable. For example, if you look at the cast, and think “Oh, I bet that petite, short blue haired girl in front of the mecha will turn out to be a stoic outsider, with a sad backstory of why she is so emotionless”, and you turn out to be right, then the show fails to be interesting.

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What’s the opposite of “Weeaboo”?

“A normal person”.

At least that’s the impression you could get, from the way these annoying extremists are referenced everywhere. Or rather, I should say “this annoying extremism”. As I already referenced it a month ago, I don’t really think that the word can be truly applied to any individual in the anime fandom, since anyone can easily avoid the few stereotypes that obviously brand anyone as a weeaboo.

  1. Don’t use phrases like, kawaii, or baka gaijin, non-ironically.
  2. Don’t praise Japan, don’t want to go there, don’t learn Japanese. (or if you want to, at least don’t brag about it, and balance it out by saying something negative about Japan).
  3. Don’t get offended at others calling anime “Japanese cartoons”. Don’t insult western animation.
  4. Don’t complain about how horrible every single english anime dub is.

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