Heyyo minna, It’s Ryuuji Tatsuya!
We guys always talk about stereotypical views of non-anime fans and how they look down upon us; and also don’t miss a chance to hate us. But while talking about all those external hates and differences in thoughts, we tend to forget some of the orthodox thinking that we often say to a fellow anime lover.
I don’t know about you guys but I have witnessed some people say that:
- If you don’t like <<Insert anime title here>> then you have no decent taste in anime.
- If you don’t have a Waifu/Husbando then you cannot be a true part of the community.
- Romcoms and SoL anime are for girls; Action and Psychological anime are for guys.
- You cannot be a true anime lover if you don’t slip in any random Japanese words in your sentences. (Seriously, this one is just cringey)
- If you like Dub more than Sub, you’re not a true anime fan.
While we all know that these kind of thinking needs to be changed, the truth is that we have somehow accepted these rules, just to stay in this community. But today, I will be talking about one of the point which has been bothering me for a while.
So, a few days before when I was reading the first post of the ’30 Days of Anime Challenge’ by Shokamoka (By the way, do check them out), I found out that he also prefers SoL or Romcoms more than other shounen genres. But back in the days when he was new in the anime community, he was randomly recommended a shounen anime (I think we all know that the reason he was suggested that series is because he is a guy). Look, I’m not saying that the anime that was recommended to him, was not good, but we will have to understand the fact that it’s up to us whether we decide to like a series or not. I don’t know if he was ever teased or a little frowned upon when he started liking the SoL genre more, but I know that I was and am still experiencing that.
Just because someone likes shounen genre more doesn’t makes him/her more masculine and the same goes for those who prefer the shoujo genre; it won’t make them more feminine. In the end, it all comes down to whether or not we are comfortable with what we watch, because in the end, we all are watching and appreciating anime.
I know that I don’t usually write about these kinds of topics, but I got triggered to someone about me liking romance genre and well, I just had to let it out somehow. I, of course, won’t write the name but yeah I just want to share these screenshots of my conversation with him just so you know what kind of mindset some people have about this.
I could have fought with him for hours on this topic but just wasting my time on one guy wouldn’t make any difference, and that’s the reason why I’m here, trying to put my complex feelings into words.
You guys know that I love the romance genre and I can’t resist myself from binge watching a series which is executing that element really well; but at the same, I avoid watching anything near the gore element. Why? Because I’m not comfortable with it. The same is true for those who love gore more than romance, or just hate the romantic genre in general; we can’t force someone to love something.
But yeah, that doesn’t mean I won’t check out some excellent works even if it’s from a genre I don’t usually watch. If I am curious about any series then I will watch it. However, if it’s shoved down my throat only because “I should watch action because I’m a guy” then I’m sorry, I can’t…… and I won’t!
In the end, all I want to say is that, flexibility in checking out works from all the genres is important, but we should all respect the kind of story others want to read/watch too. Just because I like light hearted romance doesn’t makes me any less of a man, and just because a girl like hardcore gore doesn’t makes her any less of a woman. We all are anime lovers and we ought to respect each and every work that deserves it.
So, if you guys feel that I have been wrong in any of my points or if you want to add onto this small rant of mine then be sure to do so in the comments below. Until then, I hope you guys have a great time and as always, thanks for reading!