The “#EducateAnime” movement has popped up recently. It’s growing, but where it goes still remains to be seen. The premise is to encourage discussion and debate, and discourage blind hatred and negativity.
Longtime She’s Lost Control readers might recognize this as everything I’ve been on about since before this site launched, back when I was on Blogspot and writing for The Moé Coalition.
After 77 pages, the comment thread for the ANNCast episode in which I discussed moé with Zac Bertschy was locked. It was locked after a 20+ page argument about feminism, misogyny, and men’s rights activism. This was after the thread had derailed several times and I had intervened to put the thread back on track. After a certain point, I just gave up.
This was supposed to be a discussion about cartoons.
We’re quickly catching up to the Japanese industry. Nowadays, it’s possible to watch new anime within a day or so of its airing in Japan, which wasn’t possible just a few years ago. It’s nice to be able to ride the nuance and freshness of being this close to the source time-wise, but the speed at which we’re catching up to the Japanese industry has caused problems as well.
I get frustrated from time to time looking at some of the things other anime fans complain and argue about. I feel like, if one tenth of this kind of energy was put into having a worthwhile discussion about issues that can affect our understanding of this medium and how we engage with other fans who enjoy it, we’d be closer to being a more cohesive community.
I’ve mentioned previously how the Anti-Moé Brigade has worked to suppress moé discussion: They’re dismissive, derisive, they spread negative connotations without thinking, and they ostracize moé otaku from the greater anime community.
Why, though? Why actively suppress legitimate discourse about any aspect of anime discussion?
The Anti-Moé Brigade are experts at spinning an argument in their favor. Granted, the moé fandom doesn’t speak up as much as they should, but to an extent, I can understand the aversion to debating the subject with the Anti-Moé Brigade, particularly because of the way they approach it.
The Anti-Moé Brigade, for all their touted intellectualism, has, for the most part, been very resistant to any actual discussion about moé. They’ll certainly talk about how much it moé sucks and how horrible it is that we aren’t getting more REDLINEs and Cowboy Bebops, but when it comes to actually discussing moé, intellectualism seems to take a back seat to plain old anti-otakuism.
(Bonus content at the bottom, courtesy of the Anti-Moé Brigade)