i think about these tweets (thread) a lot
(sorry, discourse devs are dumb pieces of shit and forgot how Twitter embeds work during some update or another)
this is something ive been really hung up on lately. I know a couple of creators whose work i like that use “anime” almost exclusively as a pejorative. i know that people here use it that way, even though the SB Anime Club has thoroughly convinced me that Japan (especially from the 70s to the 90s) has produced most of my favorite cartoons of all time.
For years of my life i basically refused to admit i liked anime because i thought it was embarrassing. I avoided creative work that’s essential to me now. Art teachers looked down on me, and i looked down on my fellow artists in turn. Falling in love with Japanimation during the western boom of the 90s defined my love of art and animation, and i disowned that until i was like 25. That’s really stupid
I don’t really know what else to say it’s just been really bugging me and i wonder what you all think. Treating the whole creative output of an entire country as if it’s meritless trash has been normalized since i took to the internet, and at some point it just became xenophobic and incredibly annoying to me.
I’ve been trying to dunk on games as an industry more, instead of treating the whole medium as worthless, because it’s actually a kickass medium and deserves better. I think anime (especially the term, and branding “anime”) is the same. Clearly the capitalist industry that makes anime has grown more pandering and exploitative and bad. but it rubs me so much more the wrong way when people make stupid blanket judgments about what an entire legacy of sequential art from a single nation can do, vs a relatively nascent medium that still can’t find a better name for itself than “games”