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Okay guys. There’s a rant below the cut. I apologize for posting this but I need to get some things off my chest right now.
M’kay boys and girls, time to learn some things about Amanda.
I am 27 years old. I have probably been watching anime on and off since I was 7 or 8 years old. In 3rd grade my mom made a Sailor Moon costume for me and nobody recognized who I was. I started reading manga a few years after, which often had nudity here and there. In high school I got into a show called Saiyuki where almost every female character, even the young ones, had massive breasts. I’ve seen very obvious fanservice and much more subtle fanservice.
I know anime is fanservicey. I know it’s been fanservicey for decades. I know how many characters there are that look 12 but “Oh they’re actually older than everyone else so it’s super okay to do sexy type stuff with them”. I know that the standards in Japan are different than those in America. I know that they continue to do this because that’s how they market things to most of their audience.
That doesn’t mean I have to like it.
I don’t care if it’s popular. I don’t care if it’s common. I don’t care if professionals do it. I don’t care if it’s “an artistic choice”. I don’t. Have. To like it.
I more or less swore off anime for a number of years because I was so freaking sick of fanservice. And even though I watch more of it right now, I still find fanservice annoying.
“So how come you keep watching it, Amanda?”
Because in spite of that, sometimes I can find stories with characters that I like and want to cheer for, or relationships that I get SUPER invested in and fuel my muse for weeks and weeks. Because there are still good writers out there (couONEgh) who can tell a good, successful story without having to resort to sex appeal.
Do I think it’s ALWAYS bad? No. Used sparingly and with the right characters, I’m not that offended by it. And I know there are many, many people out there who draw it and I’m not necessarily angry at them for doing that. They can draw what they like. I don’t have the ability to stop it and I won’t pretend that I do. I just don’t like looking at it so it’s the sort of thing I tend to avoid.
But when it’s right in my face and involving a character who is blatantly stated to be underage, I don’t care how subtle it is, I’m going to be upset with it. So to vent, I drew a silly comic because the idea of it being a literal cameraman being creepy was funny to me. Also it’s not the first time I’ve had that thought (See: the music video for Nostalgia in the Project Miku F Vocaloid game).
Anyway. I’m done now. No idea how much energy I wasted being upset about this but I won’t be getting it back.
the origons of Ouija boards are funny if you think about it like they’re part of an…
…I may have a problem.