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Posted Oct 1, '13 at 5:00pm

Alexandra222

Alexandra222

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If you don't like anime and you just came to complain, then leave this thread.

I'm going to be talking about anime becoming mainstream and I will be quite biased since I haven't done a lot of reaserch besides what I've been hearing/discussing with people I know.

Now lately, I've been hearing a lot of people at school, online and in public places talk about anime becomming mainstream. By mainstream, I mean that it becomes as popular as famous american TV shows like The Walking Dead. Now, let me talk about the chances of it realistically happening here.

The chancees of anime becoming mainstream is very unlikely. And I mean very unlikely. Why? Because of the one word that turns most people away; Cartoon. Anime is basically a Japanese cartoon and whenever people think of the word cartoon it's either the childish ones that air on teletoon or the adult comedy ones like Family Guy. The ones that kids watch and parents would facepalm at their kids because it's so childish. That's the one reason people would chose The Walking Dead over High School Of The Dead (Who am I kidding? The walking dead beats HOTD by a million). You can explain the distinct differences all you want. People can listen until you run out of air but it doesn't change their opinion because of it being a cartoon.

The only anime that does somehow get onto TV are the english dubed ones like One Peice and Pokemon that sometimes make anime more childish than it apears. Now I do admit, anime is quite childish. Not in a way that only 8 year olds would watch it but there is always some overly exaggerated fighting skills, cliche endings, perverted echi scenes and plots that sometimes makes no sense towards the audience outside the little group of anime fans. They always appeal to teens but it's also something adults would facepalm over. It doesn't matter if the anime has a really deep meaning because all the weirdness in the anime is what make people overlook it and forget about it.

Now I know some really good animes like Attack On Titan that don't have a lot of weirdness and it delivers a really good hidden message but I'm talking about anime in general. To be honest, outside of the fandom eye there are pretty weird moments and characters. But there are really sweet and heartbreaking moments in anime that makes you sad, some golden moments that make you cheer on for you character. Yes those moments are what make anime the greates thing ever to an Otaku's eyes. Now lets think about what would happen if anime did become mainstream.

Even if anime isn't suited for everyone, being as part of that small group who appreciates it is great. I like being in that small group because it makes me feel unique compared to everyone else. It would be nice to wear a Madoka Magica T-shirt without having friends or collegues asking you what it is and having to explain everything about the anime. I also want to be able to talk to people about my favourite anime without people going "what?". But lets think about what would happen if anime was mainstream. I mean, if anime was as popular as most of the popular TV shows in america, then there will be those stupid people who make fun of a series or anime in general. There will also be haters and immature idiots who overlook anime because of how it's presented. There will also be more useless memes that just makes you feel ashamed like when Light Yagami from death note says "I'll take a potato chip.....AND EAT IT" in the english dubbed.

Now's a chance to discuss your opinions, what are your thoughts on anime becoming mainstream? Would you want it to become mainstream? Why and why not?

 

Posted Oct 1, '13 at 5:03pm

Alexandra222

Alexandra222

3,002 posts

Sorry for the typo in the title. My keyboard is becoming wonky and some of the keys don't work well. I may have to get a new one. I also rushed through the typing without checking 'cause I have to meet with a friend soon. BYE BYE!

 

Posted Oct 1, '13 at 5:32pm

iWazBord

iWazBord

2,012 posts

I'm gonna be a buzz-kill for a sec.

Shouldn't this be in Popular Media?

Anyway, I am not a big fan of anime. It's become synonymous with a person I'd rather not think of, but I can relate to wanting to be part of a small group. I'm the same way with my favorite bands because no one where I live listens to them. I get angry when people rave about a song they just heard when I've been blasting that crap everywhere I drive. Sure, maybe anime is becoming mainstream, but if mainstream=success, wouldn't you want something you enjoy to be successful?

 

Posted Oct 1, '13 at 9:09pm

Alexandra222

Alexandra222

3,002 posts

Haha~! I should get a mod to close/delete this thread so I can move it.

I agree with you on anime becoming more sucessful. More sucess means more money and better animation and sequels but at the same time, it could end up like the cringe-worthy Gangnam Style incident of 2012, the one which gave Kpop a horrible reputation. Besides, anime is Japan's to begin with, I think it's better if it stays in Japan and be apreciated by fans within Japan and also people world wide who just happen to come across it an grew an intrest to it.

Also, anime's not becoming mainstream, the chances of it actually happening are really unlikely as I said before since it's a cartoon.