When I started getting into the
Most ignored or saw me as “competition”. Including people who went out their way to build themselves up at the expense of trying to put me down or exclude me.
This is a form of gatekeeping WITHIN the
A lot of these so-called influencers aren’t your friend.
Same with the big sites. Unless you kiss their batty and bend over backwards when they tell you to.
The other form of gatekeeping in the community is criticizing fans who like
Sword Art Online is a perfect example of this. The amount of media outlets, vlogs, and blogs who jump on the
It’s their way of saying “if you like
These same people who by the way, claim they love and support the
Anime gatekeeping as it stands, is built on arrogance
It’s all about who’s better than who, and excluding anyone who doesn’t fit your idea of “the ideal
That’s not what gatekeeping is supposed to be. Or at least that’s not a practical way of doing it.
With that said…
The State Of
Anime Gatekeeping Looks Like This:
1. “If you watch mainstream
anime, you’re not a real fan”
I’ll be the first to say I’m not the biggest raver when it comes to mainstream anime. That’s because I don’t like to get caught up in hype.
But I’m baffled at the amount of fans I see saying “you’re not a real
All forms of extreme gatekeeping is nothing but projected insecurity. You exclude others to big yourself up and make yourself “feel better” about your choices.
Trying to put others down for having different tastes makes you a loser behind closed doors.
2. “If you like
Fairy Tail or SAO, you’re not part of the anime community”
As this image says – it’s a “caste” system for so-called real vs basic
According to this:
animefans have watched Berserk or NGE.
- Otaku’s have watched FMA, Steins Gate, Code Geass.
- Weaboo’s watch
Death Note, One Piece, Attack On Titan.
- Casuals have seen Dragon Ball,
- “Untouchables” is anyone at the bottom who’s watched (and enjoyed)
SAOor Fairy Tail.
This list by a person who’s no doubt projecting his insecurities, is what’s wrong with the toxic anime community.
People are so spiteful these days they’ll go out of their way to make you feel small, to justify a “void” in their lives.
3. “You can’t cosplay as THIS
anime character because of your race”
First time doing cosplay kinda nervous 😳😳😳😳 pic.twitter.com/RE3MrUYYzl
— ✞🖤Xylochi🖤✞ (@Vaelniel_) November 23, 2019
The image above is taken from a black girl who cosplayed as Nezuko (
This was her first time doing cosplay, and she was understandably nervous because of reasons I’ll get into.
Ironically it didn’t take long for her post to gain traction, or for the “
These types of gatekeepers in the
Though it’s not like Americans only target the black community, either…
On the other side is another extreme: fans saying “only Asians can cosplay”. And going as far as starting an “Anti western movement” with a website dedicated to it.
This type of
4. Excluding NEW fans to stroke your own ego
This “meme” says anyone who started watching
The funny thing is what they’re actually saying is new
This logic is the reason why NEW fans don’t wanna be part of the community. Why would they?
No one wants to be a part of someone if it means jumping through imaginary hoops because of some false notion of gatekeeping.
5. “If you watch
anime dubs, you’re NOT a true fan”
This is another version of FAKE gatekeeping you see in the
It’s either Americans, or westerners for the most part more than anyone else.
They wanna criticize and exclude anyone (new fans included) for liking dubs even though it doesn’t affect them directly. Instead of shutting the f*ck up and letting dub watchers enjoy what they want.
And the fact this meme was created in 2019 only shows the amount of insecure people trying to gatekeep
This is again, why a lot of people avoid the
6. “If you like X Y Z you should be ashamed of yourself”
And then there’s the “gatekeepers” who go on to say you’re a piece of sh*t for liking certain
Or in this case:
“If you liked
Narutoyou should be ashamed of yourself. If you like Boruto then you need to stop calling yourself an animefan altogether.”
I do wonder why so many people are offended by your choice of
Gives me a good chuckle.
7. “If you’re a woman, you’re not a “real” fan”
Me: “Reads BlerdyOtaku post”
Article: “It’s very dispiriting, when I see tweets from men who accuse us of watching
animeto impress them or that we’re fake fans.”
— Theo J Ellis (@TheoJEllis) December 2, 2019
I’ll admit I’ve only been privy to this kind of behaviour, lately.
It seems there’s a small group of
Sometimes – they’ll even go as far as saying female
It’s amazing how this level of stupidity can even exist, but it’s a form of gatekeeping that makes me shake my head.
At least it’s not mainstream though. Just a couple of clowns without makeup.
A better way to handle Gatekeeping In the
1. When dealing with culture vultures
A culture vulture is someone who slides into an industry, profits off it, spreads propaganda and doesn’t give a F about the culture.
We’ve started to get a ton of culture vultures in the
A lot of them are on Twitter, and certain websites who all of a sudden write about
Now your “favorite celebrity” likes
animeand you culture vultures want to ride the wave like you f*ck with DBZor Narutowhen you was hating on me for liking that sh*t. These fraudulent f*cks here…. https://t.co/PXQMj1W04W
— Miller🔥 (@MyLifeAsKori) March 8, 2018
There are so many of these people masquerading on the internet as “
Their motive is to try changing
Anything they claim is sexist, misogynist, or whatever other buzzword is where they put their energy.
Gatekeeping these types of people and “calling them out” is gatekeeping 101
At the end of the day, it’s these people who are trying to ruin and harm the
If there’s a problem, the community can deal with it. We don’t need extremists to step in and preach about what should and shouldn’t be done.
Culture vultures are attempting to do this in all kinds of industries, not just
That’s the type of gatekeeping that makes sense because it’s practical and serves a real purpose.