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Should Anime fans be snootier?
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There's been a lot of talk about whether or not anime can be art, etc, but I want to take it a slightly different direction.

The thing I've seen over and over is that we as fans LOOOVE us our summer blockbusters and like to treat them the same as the character studies. In a sense we don't treat anime as art the way film buffs treat film as art, we're not nearly as demanding.

Now I'm not sure if the difference is a good thing or a bad thing, it would be wonderful if more people could enjoy something like Independence Day or Pacific Rim for what they were, but it's also a bad thing because there's no drive for more depth or insight.

So I'm curious what folks think, should we be more demanding of our 'hype spectacle' shows than we are? Or to put it another way, is it time to start looking at anime the way film scholars look at film?


.. or will that just ruin all the fun?
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Pacific Rim is a high art?
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aren't we snotty enough as is?
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Posted 4/18/14

aidenraine wrote:

aren't we snotty enough as is?


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Posted 4/18/14 , edited 4/18/14

onibrotonel wrote:

Pacific Rim is a high art?


No, but that's the point. People hated on it for being a trashy action flick, whereas it was just dumb fun. :D


aidenraine wrote:

aren't we snotty enough as is?


Snotty maybe >< I dunno, I feel in a weird way like fans don't treat anime with much more respect than nonfans do.

But mainly I'm asking if I'm being crazy offbase with this ><
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Haters are annoying enough as is. A movement like this would bring more hate and less love.

I think anime fans can discern when anime is trying to be high art and when it isn't. I wouldn't want to treat every anime like high art. That would make my hobby no more fun than English Literature class.
Posted 4/18/14
I don't particularly think it would matter if western fans were "snootier" or not. We have very little to do with the drive of making shows more brilliant. Being even more demanding would just lead to people creating threads about "hype show X - what could have been better?" We get enough of those and it doesn't reach the ears of the creators anyways. I was told, in my younger days, no good comes from picking apart our favorite shows and that was the turning point when I realized my forum topics weren't as clever as I thought.
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Posted 4/18/14

TrueGoober wrote:

Haters are annoying enough as is. A movement like this would bring more hate and less love.

I think anime fans can discern when anime is trying to be high art and when it isn't. I wouldn't want to treat every anime like high art. That would make my hobby no more fun than English Literature class.


You didn't find English Lit fun? PHILISITINE!

(I kid, of course. It really is no good to suck all the air out of every subject.)
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If Anime fans got any snootier than we already are, they would probably shut the entire system down.
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Would it even make much impact? Most shows are made in Japan and aimed at the Japanese. It's niche enough as it is.
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aidenraine wrote:

aren't we snotty enough as is?


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For real. It's getting better though.
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BLACKOUTMK2 wrote:

Would it even make much impact? Most shows are made in Japan and aimed at the Japanese. It's niche enough as it is.


Yo This^...sums up what I was about to say.
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I feel I've grown to be relatively snooty about the anime I watch. Now all other fans just need to strive to be more like me
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Its all art. Everyone loves different animes for different reasons. Im all up for anime wading into the river of art, just so long as its tied to the shore and I can pull it out if it gets too deep. When story no longer takes prevalence i might as well just be reading doujinshi (not knocking it - love it) or looking out of the window. However im all up for more Dead Leaves style "different" movies.
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Posted 4/18/14 , edited 4/18/14
Of course. Snootiness is the precursor to snobbery, and as we all know, snobs always have the most refined tastes. Refined tastes call for refined things to taste, which calls for refined makers of tasty things. With more people making tasty things, less tasty things become less common, and naturally, then, the world becomes tastier, and I would love a tastier world.
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