This is a defense of “gatekeeping.”
I’m concerned because it appears that Funimation dubbing staff have been permitted to “run wild,” so-to-speak with regards to the scripts in some of Funimation’s broadcast dubs. The fact that this has happened no less than three times in the past two years is alarming to me.
FUNimation has gotten into some hot water with fans recently, regarding their broadcast dub of Prison School. In a scene, one character accuses another of being “one of those dumbass GamerGate creepshows.”
It sickens me how some anime fans treat each other. Whether it’s moé fans hating on fujoshi, people childishly retaliating against moé fans on behalf of fujoshi, or just the general, everyday disdain for moé fans from the Western fanbase, we have the capacity to be remarkably hostile to one another, and it’s doing damage to our community.
Pathologization of otaku is a thread that runs deep in Anti-Moé Brigade rhetoric. It makes sense: If you can convince people that only terrible people can conceivably like a thing, you’ll succeed in vilifying that thing. As a result, people who subscribe to Anti-Moé Brigade thinking often fixate upon the most egregious and weird examples of otaku they can find, pushing a narrative that all moe fans are like that and feeding off of a public perception that these people are deficient because of the way they carry themselves and enjoy things.
There’s a lot of talk about “inclusivity” around, especially with the advent of Gamergate. People talk about it like it’s some kind of virtue, like it’s some kind of universal good that every community should strive to uphold.
I wholeheartedly disagree.
Everyone, I have an announcement.
No, I’m not pregnant. I’ve just started a new project. I’m calling it “Iyashikei.” It’s sort of a side blog to She’s Lost Control, focusing on otaku lifestyle, convention culture, cosplay, figures, and models.
You can check it out here. It’s still a work in progress, but I’ve populated it with articles. Let me know what you think!
The following is a parody of this post.
A story with good worldbuilding leaves the viewer wanting more. When the characters and the setting have a compelling backstory, the viewer will have a craving to see that backstory, rather than just hearing about it. Universal Century Gundam has not only accomplishes this, but delivers on that desire for more.