Is there a Godwin's Law for Grave of the FIreflies?
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Both in the sense that it always comes up and it also utterly annihilates any discussion (at least unless people choose to ignore it).

Just saw it come up multiple times in the 'Shows that make you feel like crap' thread, and it arguably trumped the enitre discussion each time.
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... I should make a law that states:

Any and all anime discussion will either lead to a relation to hentai or ntr subgenre of either type a b or c.

I will CC this right now with no edits:

also about the topic itself, I would say so. I mean it is ww2 setting, of course it can go back to hitler and nazi.
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Godwin's law for those who don't know what he's referring to or those here who were born in 1999-2000:

- Godwin's law
- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Godwin%27s_Law

Godwin's law (also known as Godwin's Rule of Nazi Analogies or Godwin's Law of Nazi Analogies) is an assertion made by Mike Godwin in 1990 that has become an Internet adage. It states: "As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches 1."

In other words, Godwin said that, given enough time, in any online discussion—regardless of topic or scope—someone inevitably makes a comparison to Hitler or the Nazis.

Although in one of its early forms Godwin's law referred specifically to Usenet newsgroup discussions, the law is now often applied to any threaded online discussion, such as forums, chat rooms and blog comment threads, and has been invoked for the inappropriate use of Nazi analogies in articles or speeches. The law is sometimes invoked, as a rule, to mark the end of a discussion when a Nazi analogy is made, with the writer who made the analogy being considered to have lost the argument.

In 2012, "Godwin's Law" became an entry in the third edition of the Oxford English Dictionary.
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Pretty sure there is nothing that could be considered equivalent to Godwin's Law specifically for anime. I mean Godwin's law is ultimiately about how internet discussions devolve into absurd analogies to the nazi's at which people finally realize that the discussion is over because their is nothing intelligent left to say, If anything Grave of the Firefly's is the opposite of Godwin's Law, because in order to be like Godwin's Law the discussion would have to end because everyone would realize that the discussion has turned stupid with some idiot bringing up GOTF.

If anything I'd say School Days or SAO would be closer to Godwin's law, and not due to their relative quality(not poking that topic with a 10 foot pole for the very reason I'm bringing this up.), but for the reason that someone eventually brings one of these up for whatever reason and the topic turns into a irrational flame war, thus marking the end of any rational discussion.
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Bah ><

You guys are right, Godwin isn't quite right.

It was just, err... funny to me. Whenever sad or depressing comes up so does inevitably GOTF, and really that should be the end of the conversation.
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windsagio wrote:

Bah ><

You guys are right, Godwin isn't quite right.

It was just, err... funny to me. Whenever sad or depressing comes up so does inevitably GOTF, and really that should be the end of the conversation.


The reason Grave of the Fireflies always comes up with those topics is because it really is one of the most depressing movies ever made. And I am not just talking about anime. It shows up on regular movies lists for most depressing movie and is usually the only anime movie on any such lists.
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Perhaps the assertion that something is/isn't "moe" would be the anime equivalent of Godwin's Law. Unfortunately, this doesn't usually end discussions, but I don't think they often remain intelligent.
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windsagio wrote:

Both in the sense that it always comes up and it also utterly annihilates any discussion (at least unless people choose to ignore it).

Just saw it come up multiple times in the 'Shows that make you feel like crap' thread, and it arguably trumped the enitre discussion each time.

Perhaps you should count the number of times Clannad After Story (usually inaccurately referred to by the first series title of simply "Clannad") is brought up in such threads.

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TheAncientOne wrote:

Perhaps you should count the number of times Clannad After Story (usually inaccurately referred to by the first series title of simply "Clannad") is brought up in such threads.



Hah, I've actively avoided watching that one >< GOTF was sprung on me when I was younger and didn't know any better.

Still, the other guy nailed it, GOTF is often used to kill 'most depressing' stories outside of the anime fandom.
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