Sup minna, its Ryuuji Tatsuya!
And today………… I’m salty.
Well that shouldn’t come out as a surprise since a lot of things trigger me, and I stay salty at stuff for quite a while as well. But have I reflected that side of me in this blog? Passively yes, through my posts like “When Anime Ticks me off” and “Some Anime Clichés”; but never actively.
Then why am I writing this? Because I’m struggling with topics to write on, don’t judge me!!
Also, do note that this post isn’t targeted to hurt anyone’s sentiment. It’s just me being an easy to trigger person and getting salty over stuffs that isn’t actually that severe.
So, back when I discovered anime, I was desperately in search for people like me, so that I could talk about this magnificent form of media that is yet to be found out and encouraged by the majority of Indian masses. But alas, I couldn’t be successful in that venture and turned out to be the only guy in my locality who knew about anime.
But I tackled it in my own way. I created a Facebook account with a different name and started befriending anyone who had an anime profile pic or a name that sounded like an anime character. I also turned my best friend into an Otaku by forcing him to watch as many shows as I can, till the time came when he started to seek out new shows by himself (Of course I didn’t stop just there and got 2-3 more people ‘infected’ as well). And lastly, I also created this blog of mine when I wanted to write my views about the anime I watched, only to discover more people like me; or should I say, people better than me, blogging about these with a much professional outlook.
So long story short, I had my ways to cope up with the curiosity and eagerness to talk that arises in the early years of watching anime, and in time I reached a point where being an anime fan was normal and I didn’t need anyone to talk about every single anime or manga that I came across (Unless it’s something really good or really fucked up).
Now this is where the story starts!
When I got into college, within a few months I found 2-3 people in the hostel who also enjoyed watching anime, and that number grew in numbers when we also included people from the college. Of course, I was happy to finally find someone in the flesh that I didn’t have to ‘infect’. But that was it, it was something nice but it wasn’t something extraordinary or truly amazing for me, since I was over that phase.
Sadly, they were not. In fact, the one who was the most experienced in that field has been watching anime for 2 years. So they were at the stage where they REALLY needed to talk to people about anime, and thus, during this quarantine, they decided to create a Group chat and added me in it. What followed then was some of the stuff they did there, which kept on triggering me again and again.
Let’s talk about that!
I do believe that I have a pretty good sense of humour. So when it comes to jokes or memes, I like to be up to date and not be that one guy who keeps on recycling old jokes which just aren’t funny anymore. Now, I wonder if it is human nature, but normally you expect people to behave the same way as you do, and that’s where the problem arises. Since the members in the group are new and have just recently watched/completed watching mainstream series like Naruto, DBZ, Death note and so on, they have also discovered memes and jokes based on those shows recently as well! It may be funny for them, but for me, a meme that I saw 5-6 years ago wouldn’t possibly make me laugh.
PS: Can we all agree that ‘Boku no Pico’ jokes are dead? It had its prime but now please, stop it!
Random Japanese words
The heading should make my point pretty obvious, right? And it’s not just Japanese; it’s weird when anyone slips in random words from another language for no reason. Just be loyal to one language, is that too much to ask? Of course, it’s totally fine if you can’t think of the write word in the language you’re conversing in and so instead you use a word from your native language; that’s normal and acceptable. What isn’t acceptable is when you’re talking about something and you forcefully use a few Japanese words just to flex. Spamming ‘Sugoii’, ‘Arigatou’, and ‘Kawaii’ in every single thing you say just makes you cringe worthy. So, my advice to all those people who do that, learn the whole language and frame up a whole sentence for a change. That packs a lot more punch, you know?
PS: “Omae wa mou shindeiru” doesn’t counts.
Following up with the last point, let’s say that it’s okay if you use a few Japanese words from time to time. You’re being exposed to a new language, and that excitement is showed when you do that. So, let’s accept this behaviour for once. But if you’re going to use those words anyways, AT LEAST KNOW HOW TO PRONOUNCE THEM!! Growing up being exposed to multiple languages, I have always tried to focus on the accent and pronunciations of most of the words I come across. So it completely pisses me off when I see people use Japanese words, but type or pronounce it completely wrong. For example, if you’re saying Kawaii just say Kawaii not Kowaii (That has a completely different meaning). *Sigh* All I’m saying is that if you’re that enthusiastic about learning Japanese, don’t be laid back about it and give it your all; that includes the romaji spellings, pronunciations, grammars, everything!
Holier than thou
Alright this is a major problem! If you are in the anime community for even a year, you probably are aware of the fact that hentai exists. Heck, even non anime viewers have heard of hentai more than anime, that’s how popular the adult media is. And it’s completely acceptable if you are not comfortable with watching hentai or talking about it in general. But do you want to know what’s unacceptable? It’s when people act as if they have no idea what hentai even is! Our community is diverse enough that once you are actively part of it, you get exposed to many aspects of anime both good and bad. You aren’t fooling anyone by saying, “Huh? What? Hentai? I have no idea what it is! I don’t watch such obscene things!” We all know that you know exactly what it is. So if you’re one of those people who doesn’t like that form of ‘Art’ or are ashamed to owe up about it to others, just say that you don’t like it. The people of this community have a big heart, we will gladly accept you as you are (And then work on changing your mentalities till you become a degenerate like me XD).
Not Famous = Bad
So this particular attack isn’t targeted towards all the new anime have encountered these kinds of people outside the chat as well). The members in the chat often ask for recommendations, and many a times I have taken the liberty of recommending some of those ‘not-so-renowned’ gems to them. Unfortunately, those names have been rejected by them many times because “they haven’t heard of it that much”. It’s high time we understand the fact that underrated doesn’t always mean it’s bad. Sure, series like BNHA, Attack on Titan and Fullmetal Alchemist are really good; but that doesn’t mean Mushi-shi, Tatami Galaxy or Uchouten Kazoku are any worse! Individual preferences differ, and I’m aware of that fact. So it’s alright if you watch a few episodes and decide that a particular series isn’t right for you, but rejecting it completely just because it has low ratings on IMDb or because it doesn’t normally comes up in conversation is the worst form of judgement. Embrace anime just how anime embraced you!
On that note, let’s end the salty rampage here. It’s not right to spread so much negativity at times like these as well. Let’s not forget the fact that I don’t really hate it when someone acts the way I just mentioned, it’s just like looking back at the stuff you did as a kid and then cringing about it. I have also had my fair share in some of these behaviours, and I’m sure I must have pissed off someone else who was a veteran back then as well. So to everyone new to the community, think of it as a few words of advice from Ryuuji ‘Senpai’.
That’s all for this post, see you guys again next time!
4 thoughts on “When Anime Viewers Trigger Me: A Salty Story”
You know that you are amazing, I know that anime are popular in India but I have never expected someone from India to write such stuff on anime, You already know we have suffered lot due to censorship and lack of streaming options. But however I am feeling nice to meet you. I have just started and I am still at the ghibli level with some Netflix anime in my watchlist. Regards from Your fellow countryman. Your writing skills and anime knowledge are incredible. I really appreciate your work,maybe you could share the story of your blog
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Well I can assure you there are many other Anibloggers who are from the same country and are much much more talented than I am, but still, thank you so much for your kind words. I have been barely active nowadays, which might answer why my response was a year late, but comments lke these are a big reason why I keep coming back from time to time. Thank you so much for the kind words, and I will try and post more often from now on. Maybe even share the story as you suggested?
I have forgot to mention, gifs are creative and fun
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That rant was well done. I wholeheartedly agree about people being holier than thou or avoiding more obscure works. Iridium Eye typically revolves around lesser-known works since I want to give movies and anime more exposure in an honest way. I hope I never came across as holier than thou because I think there have been times where I might have been when it came to plagiarism controversies.
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