The Otakusphere: Good ideas for bad shows and bad ideas for good shows

Welcome back to the end of another week and the beginning of another Otakusphere. After binging the second and third seasons of My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU last weekend, I didn’t feel like doing anything really. It’s a great show, and while I have mixed feelings about it on a critical level, it’s a 10 in my heart.

Just give me more Yukino. Really, I want more Yukino.

But that said, binging always leaves me with a hole in my heart where that story was. So I’ve been stuffing it with about four different shows (Shikabane Hime, Pet Girl of Sakurasou, Back Arrow and Monogatari Second Season.) This is along with continuing to watch Galaxy Express 999.

I bring this up because for this week’s music, I really love this OP from Pet Girl. Especially the part where everyone is covered in paint and bopping along with the music. Prime stuff, really.

So let’s get those gears started up and go on a tour of the Otakusphere this week.

So Irina set out an exciting challenge this week. Take your lowest-rated anime and say something nice about them. Her idea is that we tend to take our low opinions of shows and pass them onto the fans of those shows. I’m just as guilty of this as the next person.

But her solution is attractive. Take the five lowest-rated shows on your listing service of choice and say something nice about them. Since I don’t usually finish stuff I don’t like, I don’t really have anything to add to it, but I think it’s an interesting idea.

I seem to remember some people turning this into a blog post, and I found this Season 1, Episode 1 post, so I will share that as well.

Let’s go from talking about judging people to talking about being judged.

Sailor Otome put together this thought-provoking post about being judged as a woman who games. As part of the straight, white male club, there are a lot of perspectives where I probably meant to say something complimentary, but it came off as condescending.

What is funny is I can imagine the guy thought he was being cool when he was really being hurtful. And I’m sure that sometime in my life, I’ve said something just as thoughtless.

Anything more that I could say would sound like I’m justifying gatekeeping, so I will leave it there.

It’s worth going and taking a look.

Now for something completely different.

The Art of Anime and Celestial Sparkles put on a rather unique collaboration where each one wrote about five posts from the other person’s blog.

These are the type of community-building exercises that I really think we should do more of. I really admire The Jon’s Creator Showcase for this kind of compilation of blog posts.

The idea of actively sharing blog posts of another blog is what I do here with The Otakusphere, so I guess that is why I would be behind it.

So on to the section of this post where I talk about people having unusual opinions about anime.

I have only heard about Ex-Arm in passing, and the only things I’ve heard about it are bad. Not like, “Ha, ha. That’s really trashy bad,” but like, “Oh God. Stop staring at me with those lifeless eyes, you computer-generated dolls from Hell!”

Looking at the artwork for this show, I agree entirely that the lifeless models immediately throw me off. I know animators can do better than this.

That said, Anime Solstice makes a case for Ex-Arm as an example of a failed project that actually crosses the “so bad, it’s good” line.

I’m not sure where that fabled line is. To be fair, I’m not in the camp of people who think that the worst a show can be is mediocre. I’ll accept mediocre over bad any day of the week.

But this might be why they don’t pay me the big bucks.

The following two posts focus on the same soundly panned show — The Way of the Househusband. Nearly every comment I’ve seen about the show has been upset that they basically took the art from the manga and copied it into the anime. The only addition they made was putting in lip flaps.

I haven’t watched it, so I don’t have any opinion, but this is what I’ve heard.

Well, on the one hand, Dewbond presents an argument that while they did a crap job animating the work, the fish out of water humor is enough to propel this title past its bad traits.

The Overage Otaku takes an entirely different tack on the same show. He traces a thread of limited animation and provides a history lesson on cell animation that stretches back to before acetate.

To be honest, I don’t understand a lot about animation. I’m impressed when people who know about sakuga can trace a line from one creator to another.

To be fair, I’m just a guy who writes about the things I notice. I’m not sure if I’m right or wrong. But I do appreciate it when someone can lend their expertise to help me understand something better.

Talking about critics and being critical, Aria over at the Animanga Spellbook put out this fascinating post about the preponderance of critics or just critical fans that exist in the Otakusphere.

It is an interesting thought experiment and maybe something I will explore further at some point. What I would say about it is that I’m not sure where to draw the line. I’ve seen people write some insightful things about the anime they are watching. Does that make them critics?

Where does criticism start and analysis end? I say this because I’m rarely a critic on this blog, but I do a lot of what I think are analysis pieces. (I’ll let others judge how good they are.)

Anyways, enough of that and lest move on to talking about using anime to talk about evangelism.

So I don’t talk about religion on this blog. I have my beliefs. I don’t have any intention of sharing them. But that said, The Traditional Catholic Weeb also has beliefs, and it’s interesting to see them filtered through the lens of Little Witch Academia.

Let’s finish out with two more posts for this week.

First, I loved playing Fire Emblem: Three Houses. I played through the Black Eagle house arc and started down the Golden Deer arc, but really for me, just to finish a game is a pretty big accomplishment. So, I will take my victories where I can get them.

That said, I really did have a hard time picking between Petra and Dorothea.

Well, Mari, over at Starting from Zero, put together a post about Fire Emblem: The Blazing Sword. Honestly, if I was handier with emulators and knew where to get ROMs, I would total play all of the old Fire Emblems. I’ve become a fan of tactical RPGs.

Anyways, go read Mari’s thoughts on it.

Finally, Anime Herald continued their series on the history of giant robot shows by moving into the 1980s. This is a really nice overview of the big titles from the decade and their general importance.

Go and check it out.

Anyway, that is all that I have for this week. I just want to let everyone know that I appreciate you, and I hope you’re doing well. And remember to be good, be careful and learn a lot, but not necessarily in that order.

And, as always, thanks for reading.

10 thoughts on “The Otakusphere: Good ideas for bad shows and bad ideas for good shows

  1. Thanks for the reference and I appreciate that you’re open minded to receiving different perceptions than yours to help understand, to me – I think that’s the best path onto growth! This post was breezy but contained a lot of helpful references from other bloggers, too.

    1. My post was breezy or your post was breezy? 🙂

      As far as learning new stuff, as much as it sounds like a platitude, I think it’s best to learn as much about how other people see the world as we can.

      1. I meant your post, lol! Casual, confident and fast paced. 🙂

        And I completely agree with you, you learn better with an open heart and mind.

    1. I know some things about story structure, but I know very little about animation. I mean I knew about celluloid and the layers they used for animation, but I didn’t know that they used to draw individual cells in their entirety. That seems like really painstaking work.

  2. Hey, thanks for the shoutout, appreciate the gesture 😁! It’s my hope that I can use my platform to link anime from a Traditionalist Catholic (Christian) point of view, and it’s nice you enjoyed it.

    1. No problem. I’m all about everyone having a voice and being able to share it. It was neat to see you apply the ideas to anime.

  3. One should not confuse ignorance in presentation with malice. One should not be insulted or offended by either. If malice is involved, being offended rewards the malice because that is the purpose of the malicious. If ignorance is at fault, you have an opportunity to attempt to educate. You cannot educate those you are angry with.

    As part of the “straight, white male club,” your perspectives are every bit as important as those of any other club. Neither superior nor inferior. You have lived as long as anyone else of the same age, had as much experience. Nobody else has walked in your shoes, so just understand you haven’t walked in theirs either. Understand that your perspective only applies to you and hope other people return the favor.

    They are difficult words to live by but if you master the idea, you will be happier and accomplish far more in life.

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