A friend of mine recently directed me to a Youtube video about the use of the term “anime.” Something I’ve seen a lot is confusion over what “anime” is, and that’s somewhat perplexing to me, because, for a long time, I didn’t quite understand what the point of contention was.
Among some in the anime community, there’s an aversion to any commercialism in anime. To them, there’s a line between anime that’s meant to be artistic, and anime that’s just meant to make money, and naturally, the “artistic” anime is better than the anime that’s meant to make money.
I recently read an article on Penny Arcade that got me thinking about the moé debate. The article itself, while completely unrelated to what I’m about to talk about, is a very good read, though, if you’re not hip to the Hitman: Absolution trailer controversy (A gaming issue), some details might fly past you. One quote from the article, however, stood out to me as particularly applicable to the moé debate:
The answer is always more art; the corollary to that is the answer is never less art. If you start to think that less art is the answer, start over. That’s not the side you want to be on.