How to be nice, or this format for making blog post titles is really a bad idea when it is overused

As you know, this club is not a culmination of ideas from a dream I had last summer involving brain-eating aliens and fields full of flowers. Rather, it was much like a research project involving a lot of reading between the lines and ignoring advice from everybody except Matt and Daniel. My line of logic is not through innovation, but rather through anticipation. To be frank, I pay close attention to how other people do things, and promise myself NEVER TO DO THEM. This is why I read blogs and browse 4chan, because a good anime club president SHOULD. I didn’t read many blogs, but I’ll link a few that I “liked.”

whoooaaaa in a good way that is

To the point, this blog post is going to be about some of the stuff I did that I sometimes dragged Matt along for that I feel was really good for a club, and hopefully educate some of you on how not to scare newcomers off, especially when Fall comes around and we have to bring more people in. Not that I’m worried about that, I just really liked what we did this year and thought you all should know about it! Mina baka…

Sites I visited that don’t rhyme with “Fortran”

Emory Anime Club-Here’s a club that was linked to me a while back that really impressed my socks off. They’re a club from, duh, Emory University in Atlanta, GA. Basically, I could only assume their workload there is very small or next-to-nothing because they have time to blog about every single episode of everything that ever came out this season. This took a load of effort off of my back because I didn’t have to watch everything that ever came out this season and still have time to study. Granted, the time spent wasn’t much savings because their blog posts are really long, but it was sometimes better than watching the shows myself. Their point system doesn’t really go below 2.5, just keep that in mind. It’s basically a worthless number.

Anime Fansubbers- If I could show how NOT to run an anime community, fansub blogs are the perfect example of how anime makes you stupid. They’re elitist and self-praising, and mostly got that way because they know the fans desperately need them. And, well, we do. Nevertheless, they do offer some good insight every once in a while, and are the real barometer for the fandom. When things are looking bad for anime, they’ll obviously be the first ones to feel the pressure. In all honesty, the stuff they do is really appreciated, if only they weren’t such massive dicks about it sometimes.

And who could forget that one guy- I’m just glad he doesn’t go to my school. His blog is basically the blistering example of how I don’t want to run this blog. If I could describe it in a single metaphor, his blog would be to anime that World of Warcraft is to PC gaming: unfortunately representative of the majority of the community that the minority doesn’t like to talk about, but must acknowledge nonetheless. He seemingly likes anime for all the wrong reasons and the only reason I clash with him is because he doesn’t like the things I like (and he has a massive ego that is only paralleled by my own).

He watches Mitsudomoe for the plot, I watched it because one of the characters looked like Homura

That being said, his blog has brought to light a number of things that I really didn’t previously understand about the fanbase for anime, something similar to the point driven home in episode 4 and 5 of OreImo (Chris you’re right random posts are disappearing off the blog). No fan of anime is necessarily a bad person, and they certainly don’t deserve the amount of disdain that other anime fans tend to spit out. In fact, they’re actually still very kind people with very misunderstood tastes in art. I mean, we all have things we relate to and enjoy, it’s just that some people just like little girls and really stupid bubbly stuff. Soldiers of England under Henry the Fifth put pictures of little girls and birds and flowers and stuff on their shields not because they were pedofiles or closet transvestites, but because it was the only peace and beauty they would find amidst the horrors of battle. This is why they don’t deserve a burning hatred that I sometimes playfully express regarding this aspect of the fanbase at meetings. I think Plato put it best:

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”

Really Crazy Things I Dragged Matt to

Nan Desu Kan- We really didn’t do much here except rage over how much we hated funimation, and oh, what a hate it is.

Denver University Anime Club- We owe a lot to these guys. Like, A LOT. Visiting this club was probably the best idea that my brother I ever had. Their President, Matt Frisk, highly underrates himself as President of an anime club and for some reason thought I was somehow good at running an anime club. We talked endlessly about how a club is run and all sorts of other ambitious stuff. To be frank, I thought he was a bigger fan of anime than myself. I just happen to be obsessive-compulsive about what we show week-to-week. Nevertheless, his club bought us pizza, gave Daniel a room to sleep in for the night at wasabi con, and even gave me a ticket to Rebuild 2.22. Like I said, we owe them a lot.

That one anime club Sara runs- This was when he had that kick-awesome video with the anime we were showing that semester. We really could’ve done a better job presenting our club so we made up for it by giving them a hard drive Matt had but it ended up breaking Sara’s teacher’s computer. We’re really sorry about that. On the plus side, we went to their cosplay picnic they had and took that really good picture we have of Matt on the “Officers” page because Matt doesn’t have a facebook or anything and pictures of him are really hard to track down.

Wasabi Con- Most of you already know the gist of it, but I’ll post it below for posterity’s sake.

We got the opportunity to run the anime room for a few random timeslots, and even picked a few of our own anime. The conditions were that we essentially wouldn’t get too crazy and listen to neorose. I agreed to this and considered myself lucky that we got to do anything at all. Matt was, of course, having none of that and we basically turned this good cop/bad cop routine where I was trying to apologize to Neorose while Matt basically just had his way with the showing. This led to conflict with me, Neorose, and Matt all present where discussion turned to how we show the anime. This led to Neorose’s off-hand comment, “Who cares if we show 480p or 1080p? The average person at this convention wouldn’t know the difference between 1080 and a youtube-rip.” This led to me tearing him a new butthole during the gripe session when I remarked that he didn’t have any sort of respect for the people who attended the anime convention or the anime itself.

So, wheel of morality, turn turn turn, tell us the lesson we should learn.

Good idea, Bad idea

I put out a few bullets here about expectations for next year. I sure hope no one’s been doing stupid stuff in this club. But hey, I’m pretty sure you all are responsible adults.

Yep, no way that's any of you

This is all crap that I “learned” over the course of my time here at anime club, and therefore should mostly be ignored. That being said…

You don’t know as much as you think, your taste in anime sucks too- Ego is a dangerous, dangerous thing. It should be duly noted that the source all conflict everywhere really boils down to ego. That being said, people will argue with people over just about anything. So really, if you’re going to argue with someone over anime, recognize that arguing about anime will likely not see any forseeable change to the industry as a whole. Things are likely to remain the same just as they’ve always been when it comes to anime.

Really though, your taste isn’t that bad- Stick to what you know and like, don’t change your opinion or force yourself to like something because it’s apparently popular. Your tastes are unique to you, and with something that ties so directly to people so emotionally, opinions are likely to vary widely on the topic. Watch objectively, and acknowledge recommendations respectfully. Don’t blow off somebody who recommends 12 Kingdoms to you just because they’re wearing sharingan contacts and black lipstick.

Community is good, obsession is bad- Don’t be afraid to talk to a naruto-headband boy about sexism in mecha anime. Who knows, he might have decent opinions. Fact is, people who are obvious fans of anime don’t typically mind talking about it either. I think this is obvious, “talk to people about anime,” but don’t get weird about it. Getting weird about it involves sharing something like “My favorite hentai involve rape” or “sometimes I imagine Nagisa from Clannad giving me a footjob.” In short, discuss things that you also wouldn’t feel awkward mentioning to your dad. Not quite mom-level here, that’s pushing your luck.

That’s it, really- Remember, whether you’re watching Evangelion or tranny sailor moon tentacle porn, you watch it for the same reason you watch any other television show or Hollywood movie. It (typically) tells a good story, has pretty art, etc. etc. Appreciating that makes you a solid fan in my book. Don’t hate on something just because the fanbase sucks or because it’s by that studio, hate on something because you took the time to sample, didn’t like it, and are looking for something else.

I don’t want to get all wishy-washy here, but I’m going to get all wishy-washy. You people are weirdos, I hate you all, have a nice summer, and I’ll see you next semester. Or around Golden. I’ll be living there.

...now who wrote the moonrunes on the board?

 

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10 Responses to How to be nice, or this format for making blog post titles is really a bad idea when it is overused

  1. steve says:

    So I DON’T get to dress up in a bikini to wash cars while saying “atashi kawaii yo nyan~”

    This is disappointing Gene…

  2. Digital Boy says:

    Not sure I’m supposed to say thank you or fuck you so I’ll take the Ladd Russo route and do both.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cO1SS127IMk

    I’m fascinated that you clash with me because I don’t like the things you like, because it’s almost always the opposite case. I’ve had people who absolutely hated me, even though I liked everything they liked, simply because *I liked things that they didn’t,* which is literally the weakest attitude imaginable. It’s interesting that this time I apparently don’t like what you like, which makes me very curious because there’s exceedingly little that I don’t like about anime.

    Also your whole speech is kind of ass-backwards. The idea isn’t that “some people have shitty tastes but they’re still great guys.” What you should be considering is that everyone has unique tastes, all of which are equal, and bashing on someone else’s taste is the pinnacle of douchebaggery.

  3. Daniel Pascua says:

    “…gave Daniel a room to sleep in for the night at wasabi con…” Oh yeah, that’s right! More like I owe them a lot…

    And I seem to really agree with most of what you said here.
    “You don’t know as much as you think, your taste in anime sucks too… Really though, your taste isn’t that bad” – There are a lot of times I’d like to tell people to consider this, anime related or not.
    “People will argue with people over just about anything.” – Yeah I believe it. Especially over the internet.

  4. Matt Armijo says:

    Why, Gene?
    Why do you have to portray my role at Wasabi-Con in such a belligerent manner? It’s not like I’m some dark puppet master, manipulating you from the shadows. I’m more of a humble civil servant, like Jar Jar Binks:

    Oh wait…

    Oh, and to Digital Boy:
    I just so happened to click on Gene’s link to your blog, and I felt as though I’d entered some alternate time-space because both of your writing styles are nearly identical (even down to the pictures you post and the captions you make). That said, both your points seem to be opposite sides of the same coin, so I really can’t see Gene’s dislike of you as more than a Freudian dislike of what he sees in himself.

    Gene’s speech was accurate in the context of our own anime club. We (the officers) don’t hold any grudges and we like all of our members, but we will call people out for liking a decidedly awful piece of “artwork.” As you can tell from the Wasabi-Con story, that can actually lead to some productive discussions and changes in Con policy. We don’t claim to be elitist (God, not with the stuff Gene watches), but we do recognize the basic differences between “bad” and “different.” Does it make us (and by that, I mean “me”) seem like jerks? Maybe, but everyone can use a change of perspective, and disagreement at least opens the door for discussion. Tacit acceptance leads to stagnation, and really, no one wants to see MORE of that which has comprised the majority of anime for the last 2 years.

    • Gene says:

      Matt puts it more eloquently than I do, he knows how to shadow-govern like a boss. I think it is pretty funny how I claim we should be nice to people when I take a ton of despicable cheapshots at Digiboy throughout the post. Hell, even the title.

      I have to disagree with Digiboy when he says tastes are equal, or that they are even specifically quantifiable to some sort of scale. They aren’t even specific to people. Last time I met someone who had the exact same tastes as I did we had a pretty dull conversation about how bad Angel Beats was. Matt’s dead on the money again when he says it’s some sort of Freudian dislike of what I see in myself, I hate people like me. Or rather, I like arguing with people like me. I’m just such a… formidable opponent.

      Anyway, I still stand by “people have crappy tastes but they’re still good guys” because people DO have crappy tastes (the whole damn club liked Garzey’s Wing, wtf is wrong with you people) and calling them out on it blah blah blah read Matt’s post above this one.

      • digital boy says:

        That video was bloody hilarious XD

        Well, in any case, you guys are pretty cool. I tend to respond aggressively to criticism, especially about my tastes, because I have a *lot* of trolls and haters, but I can tell (not from your posts, but from your replies lol), you guys aren’t trying to be that.

        Somehow I sensed as soon as I read it that the post title was a parody of mine and thought it’d end up being a whole post about my blog lol. As a correction, though, I always capitalize OR in those. By the way, All Of My Post Titles Are References To Hayate The Combat Butler (Yes, Even This One).

  5. Grant Walker says:

    It’s good you did all this research to be a good president… I’m not sure how much of it is actually realized by the club, though.

    I mean, the most I contribute is floundering around a little bit, trying to justify liking or not liking a particular anime. Which is kind of hard, not being a superb writer or anything.

    Maybe from now on I’ll just pretend to not like anime. Writing’s a lot easier when all you do is complain. I think that’s why acting like an elitist faggot and parading your own taste around is so popular: no one wants to listen to how much you ENJOYED something.

    Anyway, this is a nice post. It’s good to remind people that, even when our tastes collide a bit, we’re all anime fans, and none of us are ‘professionals’ at this whole anime-watching thing.

    Also surprised Digital Boy posted. Kind of cool, though. Hope the DU anime club goes ahead and visits us sometime soon, too. I’m bad at talking to people, so it’s just a matter of being around them long enough that I get comfortable enough to start saying stupid stuff in front of them.

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