In an earlier post, I briefly discussed how the anime industry has adapted to a changing market and demographic. Too be blunt, things aren’t going very well for the relatively fragile anime producers. Expenses are up, revenue is down, and creative projects are few and far between.
But as one of you said, all these problems would solve themselves if only the fanbase could grow a little bit more. So what’s been holding the fanbase back? For one, all entertainment has a subjective value, so some people just don’t find enjoyment in anime. Another reason is that anime is pretty much exclusively a Japanese industry which severely limits accessibility to an international audience. I’m sure there are plenty of other variables in determining the number of fans, but I’m going to focus on just one in this post: how people perceive
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Anime has a pretty awful reputation in the States for some understandable reasons. There’s tentacles, wincest, desu, uguu, and every ecchi and hentai plot (if one can call it a plot) you can think of. Topping off that list is none other than loli which Crime Edge deals with on a regular basis considering the entire main cast is still in middle school. Now don’t get me wrong, I enjoy lolis as much as the next guy. In fact, it’s actually widely accepted in the scientific community that everybody wants to be a little girl. But that doesn’t excuse the absolute atrocity that was the last episode of Crime Edge.
I can handle a lot, but this was just too much for me. Seriously, it’s shows like this that give anime such a terrible notoriety. Just imagine how much this show cost to make; that money could have gone towards something that didn’t suck. And the worst part is that these bastards knew what they were doing, and they went ahead and did it anyway.
The financial waste is only half of the problem though. What’s more important is how shows like this affect potential anime fans. Most people who say they dislike anime have never actually watched anime, but they have been exposed to every negative stereotype attached to anime through the wonderful world we call the internet. As anime fans, we can laugh all we want about how awful these shows are, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they turned away a significant number of potential supporters. If I had been introduced to anime through a show like this, I would have walked away and never looked back.
Anime has its own special culture that will probably never be accepted in the mainstream, but sometimes we all have to take a step back and look at how we’re presenting ourselves to the world. Do people think of beautiful animation, colorful characters and thought-provoking symbolism? Or do they think of fucking one’s little sister, tentacle rape and Crime Edge?
You’re allowed to have your opinion, but if you think Crime Edge deserves to exist, your opinion is wrong, and you should feel bad about it. This has got to stop.