In many ways, gaming has evolved quite a lot since the heyday of the arcade. Graphics, sound, music, controls, and mechanics have all been refined and built upon, and innovation continues to drive these elements forward. One element of gaming, however, has had a slower growth, and the way it’s being handled currently might actually be holding gaming back.
Negativity in the anime fandom is on its way out. People are getting tired of it, and rightfully so, but how exactly did it get so pervasive in the first place?
The factors contributing to negativity’s rise are part societal, part cultural, and part populist.
Drawingirl94 recently posted a fantastic article on her blog. She articulated in a way I never could things I’ve been saying for a long time about the subject of lolicon. Reading it has given me a fresh perspective on the issue, and I want to revisit it, because I feel like my point is somewhat lacking.
Puella Magi Madoka Magica took the anime community by storm when it aired in the beginning on 2011. It was being compared to Evangelion, and, to a certain extent, the comparisons were valid. The two shows are quite different, but the one major similarity they share is that both were popular in both Japan and the Western market. Indeed, Madoka may be the first show since Eva to really hit it big and gain widespread acclaim in the anime fandoms on both sides of the Pacific.
Madoka’s success has raised an interesting question within the Western fanbase, however, and it ties into a common issue among the Anti-Moé Brigade.