ANIME FANS SUCK.
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.