I’ve been in “the
Before that I was a casual watcher of anime, but never got into forums, blogging, business or anything of the sort.
I’m surprised and even baffled at how a large part of the
Or what I should say is – the minority who ruins it for the majority.
In fact – no later than yesterday I experienced it first-hand. So let’s talk about that.
Fans Who Make The
Anime Community Toxic:
1. The “know it all”
I see it all the time.
The type of fan who “bashes” your opinions and then goes on to explain why they’re “right”. Despite having no knowledge about what they’re talking about.
I’ve seen people go to lengths to prove they’re right, and even go as far as belittle, insult, and then treat ME like I’m the problem.
I’ve also had people argue about how big the
That’s how caught up these people are in trying to be “right”.
It all comes from a place of insecurity and wanting to feel important.
2. The “elitist”
Similar to point #1, the elitist will do whatever it takes to belittle, argue, and make you feel “small” to make themselves feel more important.
I’ve seen it enough times that it makes me wanna throw up.
Like the “sub” elitists (the worst kind) who claim:
- You’re deranged.
- Have no idea what you’re talking about.
- Or how “there must be something wrong with you” for not liking a subbed
The same fans who have the audacity to believe: if you like a certain
Sorry mate, you’re not fooling anyone.
You have no self esteem, that’s why you’re so desperate to stroke your glass-ego.
3. The “I don’t wanna admit you’re right, so I’ll argue about something that’s irrelevant”
I’ve answered 1000’s of questions about
Almost always someone will comment with something like “but the
I’ve also seen people comment something out of context just because they don’t want to agree (even if it’s based on statistical facts).
Is being right REALLY so important? I mean sh**. If I’m wrong, I can admit it.
That’s how I learn. That’s how you build confidence.
The false premise of needing to be right is only proof of an insecurity these trolls are hiding.
4. The “self-righteous” cry baby
On Quora – I answered a question about the types of
Tons of people took it as a personal attack, as if I was targeting them specifically… and went out of their way to “sh** on me” as one loser put it.
And on here (and elsewhere online) I’ve been attacked for disagreeing with a series. Or “not” bowing down to public opinion when I don’t agree with it.
Wake up call: the world doesn’t revolve around you. Which takes me to my next point…
5. The “sheep” who criticize you for being honest
What bothers me about society in general, is how politically correct most people are.
When did the world get so fu*** soft?
It’s entertainment for F sake, it’s SUPPOSED to be about your opinions of what you think is good or bad.
It’s not scientific.
But the flip-side is – when you give an honest opinion about an
It’s stunning how
And even worse: they’ll “only” talk about
What’s up with that? I see this behavior on Reddit as well.
— Chip Fox 🦊 (@chipfoxx) May 2, 2016
What I’m discovering tonight is racist
animefans feel they are better than racist My Little Pony fans. Narcissism of small differences!
— Jeet Heer (@HeerJeet) January 21, 2016
There’s a major issue with racism in the 21st century. It’s what they call “institutional” racism, which means: racism that happens in the background, so you can’t verify it.
It’s subtle but dangerous. And people pretend it doesn’t exist, which makes it justified.
Strangely – the moment I signed up to their website to contribute content (my face was visible), not only was it never published… they stopped sharing and linking back to
This was long before
It makes sense when you consider there’s almost no black people with large websites in the
And of those
The same is true of
So yes – it does happen, you just don’t see it because it’s not made public or done vocally.
Instead it’s proven by people’s actions.
This is even worse in the “cosplay” community from what I understand.
Where are all the women in the
Don’t misunderstand what’s being said. I know there’s a “small” portion of
And I know there are female
But… you’d be surprised how few do that, and how the male-dominated communities treat women
Even here on
And yet I know they exist, because around 36% of my audience are women!
Maybe it’s fear-driven, or bad experiences in the past?
In a nutshell – toxic
anime fans are those who:
- Think they’re special.
- Think they’re “too superior” to give credit where credits due.
- Belittle others to justify their insecurities.
- Argue for the sake of arguing because they have nothing better to do.
- Treat others like lesser-human beings.
- Are racists, elitists, or sexists in secrecy, or occasionally in public.
Sometimes It doesn’t even feel like a community because of this.
Almost nobody wants to support each other (they’d rather belittle or get “one up” on you).
It’s almost as if people prefer to belittle and criticize, but never want to take the time to praise and support you.
But hey – haters gonna hate.
It’s a fact of life. It’s just a shame the minority (I’m being optimistic) ruins it for the majority, so often.