A3K Podcast: Anime Fandom Then & Now




In this episode of the A3K Podcast, we engage in The Great Anime Debate: Was the anime fandom and industry better “back in our day” or is it better now?

Was anime “better” 10-15 years ago? Probably…? It’s like comparing today’s elephant to its mammoth ancestor. Sure, the mammoth looks bitchin’ with its wooly hide and menacing tusks. But could it survive in a modern environment without the eugenic adaptations developed over generations that the elephant now takes for granted? Likely not.

Narcissism and nostalgia often skew our perception of history. Our earliest introductions to things tend to appear more fantastic when seen through the rear view mirror. Whatever version of Peter Pan you first encountered–be it the Disney film, the original novel, Hook,etc.–that becomes engrained as your definitive Peter Pan. It’s a lens that is shattered when we revisit them through adult eyes and compare them to our memories and then current incarnations.

We do our best in this podcast to not shake our canes and gripe about how the weeaboo kids today don’t know how good they got it getting anime while, in the same breath, claiming the shows they do get now are garbage compared to the treasures of our youth. There isn’t much pride in the ridiculous feats we went through to acquire merely-mediocre cartoons. Now balance has been restored: Garbage is cheap-to-free, while true treasures are rare and precious.

This podcast is also the the arena for one of the greatest confrontations I’ve ever been privileged to witness: Fightbait‘s John Paul versus Cody Baier after some ill-spoken words on Baki the Grappler.

About the author

Sean Ryan

Blogger, podcaster, and your new best friend: Sean Ryan, aka The Grey Ghost. Host of Alpha Counter and the Method To Madness podcast. Sean's produced content for online networks that no longer exist, like the Team Sportscast Network and GotGame. He now contributes to Anime 3000 and I Just Had a Terrible Thought... Pray for them. Twitter: @thegreyghostnet


  1. Em

    I think Cody associates the strange and avant-guarde with bad, but the real enemy in all forms of entertainment is the mediocre and the unimaginative.

    Y’all’s reaction when Cody started badmouthing Baki in front of JP was so priceless. X’D Cody should open up a burger joint next to a Hindu temple next. XD;

    What’s up with all the Dir En Grey ? There music isn’t for everyone but within it’s genre of hard rock, it’s a pretty well respected. Just sayin!

    1. Cody

      “I think Cody associates the strange and avant-guarde with bad, but the real enemy in all forms of entertainment is the mediocre and the unimaginative.”

      They’re both awful. One stems from an inflated sense of self-worth eclipsing any desire to entertain the audience, the other is devoid of thought. Both can go sit on it.

      Also Dir En grey is not hard rock and I am totally opening that burger joint.

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