Fandom is a strange thing, and one thing’s for sure – goodness does not dictate fandom. As ghostlightning always says, “fanboys are forgiving, not blind.” He supports this idea with his immense love for Macross Frontier in spite of the many flaws he himself professes it to have. Basically, this post is a rebel cry. FUCK GOOD SHOWS! FANBOYS ARISE!
I’m not even going to bother with a subjectivity vs. objectivity argument – we all know there are good and bad anime out there, even if the lines blur often, but this post has nothing to do with debatable anime. This is a post about anime that is outright above average. Anime that are good, and anyone who says otherwise is a troll. Just to be sure we’re on the same page, this is anything like Legend of the Galactic Heroes, Honey and Clover, 12 Kingdoms – these are extreme examples, more down to earth might be Mushishi, Revolutionary Girl Utena, or for a more current and relevant example, Toradora. These shows are commonly considered ‘good’ (above average?) and no one really can put up a good argument against them.
Until now – okay, good show, who the fuck cares? Don’t get me wrong, if you love a show, and it’s a good show, and you’re excited about it being a good show, more power to you. But there are these people… people who are obsessed with a show’s goodness. Listen, and be warned that this is disturbing… there are people who won’t like or sometimes even watch a show because they think it is less than good. I sometimes wonder why these people bother watching anime.
A show being good doesn’t make it likable and a show being likable doesn’t make it good. But in the end, likability is really more important than goodness. Now, goodness can contribute to likability, as I’m sure it does often, but it does not control or define it. But to give you an example of why likability is more important, lets ask ourselves – do we hate Code Geass because it’s not as good as Legend of the Galactic Heroes? LOGH is good and likable, while Code Geass is likable regardless of goodness. We don’t pick our favorites based on goodness.
At this point you must be wondering where I’m going with this. The point is, I’m tired of hearing about how ‘good’ shows are. Right now, I am tired of people talking about the ‘goodness’ of Toradora. Omo pretty much got me onto this. He talks in this post about how Toradora is a good show but… who cares? Now, I’m not on his side – I love Toradora, but I too don’t really care about how good a show is. Omo is cryptic, so I won’t put words in his mouth, but I believe what he’s saying is that Toradora is good and all, but he doesn’t find it likable.
In the future, I want to see more posts and discussion from people about why they like shows and less about why those shows are good or bad. People seem to get stuck on defending or pronouncing the hierarchy of a show and forget to talk about why it’s flat-out enjoyable. Anime Fandom is about just that – fandom – the not blind, but forgiving. I want to read about what makes you a FAN of anime.