Time For A Personal Reflection On Some of My Beliefs (NSFW or Really Anywhere For That Matter)

In case you were wondering, yes this post is an example of what Akihito is saying in the pic below. Bring on the flames you stupid motherf–

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I said this on Twitter earlier, but I’ve been constructing my top anime of 2013 list early and of the series that have finished so far (that didn’t start in 2012, so no Jojo or Eva 3.0 or whatever), my top three favorites are: Turning Girls, Genshiken Nidaime, and Danganronpa: The Animation. Yes, not only do I prefer those series over Eccentric Family and the Yamato 2199 remake, the latter two aren’t even close to getting on the list because I couldn’t get into any of them, despite acknowledging how well-made they are and all. That’s right. The guy who’s kind of become infamous for pointing out flaws in your White Fox anime would rather watch an LP or a flash short over some of the most beautifully-directed anime to come out this year.

I’m sure most people are aware of this, but I haven’t been bashing anime with nearly as much frequency as I did before, either on the blog or on Twitter. I still snark over stuff I don’t like of course, recently giving beat downs to Galilei Donna, Coppelion, and of course those infamous Eccentric Family posts. But most of my audience will seem to recall that I used to consistently beat down practically everything that so much as sneezed funny to me for “objective” reasons and all. There’s a few reasons for this. One, I’ve gotten tired of that schtick and so has my audience. I can’t even read some of my old posts or tweets anymore because they kind of come off as annoying to me, although I haven’t deleted them for a reason. Two, lately it just seems hypocritical of me to call stuff like Gatchaman Crowds poorly made, and yet I praise a show that copies and pastes scenes from the actual game.

There’s nothing wrong with liking a badly made show over a show that took way more effort to make, of course. As long as you can defend yourself well, then it shouldn’t matter. Nothing is without flaws after all. Kare Kano is of course a prime example of a flawed masterpiece that many people love, yet you can easily thrash the change in direction and the “ending”. I bashed the Clannad movie recently despite loving it to bits. Haibane Renmei is practically flawless and yet it’s not ranked that high on my favorites list. What matters in the end when you get down to it is whether the anime or fiction in general has enough to make up for those flaws. More specifically, whether it has enough to make it up for you. Because at the end of the day, it’s all taste.

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Although I still will look at you funny if you like Green Green. No matter how good he is at backing up the fact that he likes anime for slimeballs, even Frog Boy will have a hard time defending that abomination. I’d put more stock into Landon defending the atrocity that is Ninja Resurrection.

I’m still going to like what I do like and the reverse of course. I’ll write about them if I find them interesting to talk about. But I’ve come to realize just how much I can’t stand the term “objective”, how I’ve misused it in the past, and how so many other people seem to misuse it to this day. You may have noticed this in my writing lately, but no more of me complaining about how the bad screen composition automatically means this episode sucks or lack of commitment to your deep themes means you wasted your potential or whatever some of the more stringent members of the anime community like to use. From now on, it’s going to be all personal. Well-researched (with a few slip-ups, like that recent Galaxy Express 999 post), mostly understandingly worded, pointing out the flaws regardless of my feelings because I still have to live up to my ‘net name, not going to judge others for liking something I don’t or the reverse, personal. I don’t think the majority – including me – would want it any other way. It suits me and my bizarre logic.

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Don’t really have a good ending to this post in mind, so I’ll just close it by posting a nude picture of myself.

Don’t really have a good ending to this post in mind, so here’s my reaction to when I read what some people thought of my initial picture.

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