The past weeks in the gaming community have been all about sexism. First the new Tomb Raider, then the Tropes vs. Women kickstarter, then Lollipop Chainsaw… pretty much all opinion leaders wrote their posts about women in gaming, or about something like rape in video games.
That latest part, the reactions to Lollipop Chainsaw, was the most interesting to me as an anime fan, because it is a really intreresting example of how baffling anime clichés are to everyone else. Lollipop Chainsaw is, basically, an ecchi anime in video game format. Complete with panty shots, falling into boobies face-first, a loser male lead being tossed around by the heroine, and with sexy battle sequences. In that context, this analysis sounds almost like a joke review, as it is calling it the game’s “underlying brilliance” that “Nick is frequently idealized and assessed by female characters who have little to no regard for how their words make him feel.” and that by turning table on objectification and victim blaming, “and placing a male figure into those situations, it goes some way toward making a character that’s easier for men to identify with”.
(Warning: The following post may contain generalizations, and national stereotypes. That’s inevitable, since it’s about general trends in the community, not about individual people. Try to read it as one possible aspect of these trends, and not as “Alterego explains how shit works “. )
A few months ago, I wrote a post about Weeaboos, their common traits, and the strange fact that those elements of the fandom that are most vocally opposing them, with their consistent consistent criticism of all of the anime subculture’s most japanese attributes, aren’t equally shunned with such monikers.
From that post alone, you might have figured out that I’m just a weeaboo who doesn’t want to get criticised. And there is an element of truth in that. I’m certainly more sympathetic towards people who just want to embrace their fandom, than towards those who are obsessed with appearing normal. But there is also something more to it: Many of these stereotypes about being the annoying type of anime fan, simply don’t register with me. I learned them, and I take care to avoid them so I won’t sound ridiculous, but intuitively, I wouldn’t have felt that they are considered bad. You see, I’m not an American.
Welcome, to the summer season! I will describe my experiences with the shows in detail after their third episodes, because I realized that writing “first impressions” after a single episode would be redundantly similar to my season preview, with barely anything more than guesses and hopes about their actual content. But there are already two shows, that proved to be noticeably different from what you could expect based on their promo picture. Unsurprisingly, the rest of the internet didn’t notice this, and blindly tailored their later experiences to their initial assumptions. Thus, it is left to me to point out the obvious, and expose that people are being wrong on the Internet. Fortunately, the two cases follow the same logic, so I can explain them in one post:
I’m a bit late with this, I barely watched any anime for two weeks, so I didn’t even start the new season. In fact, I will have to interrupt the typing of this post several times to actually watch the finales that I’m talking about.
Anyways, if I already had season preview posts and first look posts, I guess I should also conclude my opinion on them. Here they are, the shows that I watched in this season, in descending order of how much I enjoyed them.