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#28 - It's an industry. Not a respectable one, but the loyal fa…  [+] (4 replies) 12/26/2014 on Throw anime in the trash +19
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#29 - doctorprofessornv (12/26/2014) [-]
Very true. Unfortunately the consumers of a product/service are often their own worst enemy, since they'll claim they want one thing, then continue to consume the same old thing they complained about in the first place.
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#30 - TheAdolfHitler (12/26/2014) [-]
It's escapism, plain and simple.

Anime such as Hunter x Hunter and Nisekoi are popular for two very different reasons.

Hunter x Hunter does not rely on fanservice or all of that other bullshit, it's successful because it's good.

Nisekoi, on the other hand, does not have as much fanservice as you might expect. However, it's still pandering. It's a harem that uses every cliche in the book. The females all fall in love with the most bland male leads ever made. The attention is focused on the girls. Yet they are not interesting either. They all fall into one archetype that defines their entire personality.

A company can make a lot of easy money in the industry. They can simply get some cute female designs and a non-existent plot and it'll sell like hotcakes. The company, however, will probably not get much respect.

However, that can be done with Tv Shows and books. How hard do you think it is to make something like The Kardashians? How hard do you think it was to write 50 shades of Grey?

#58 - questionableferret (12/26/2014) [-]
Except the Kardashians isn't a massive contributory factor to the social decimation of your nation. Granted, it doesn't help, but reality T.V. only really exposes and validates the already-existing shallowness and stupidity that you find in western culture. Anime though? Holy shit, bro, anime has had a terrifying effect on Japan and it is in no way shocking to hear Miyazaki's take on it.

The problem is two-fold. One: Women in Japan these days often fall into one of two tropes, the traditional trope whereby the woman expects the husband to bring the money into the household whilst she goes off shopping etc and the more contemporary stereotype of the career woman who won't sacrifice her career for a family.

So... women in Japan are kinda scary, materialistic, and/or very determined to get what they want. Then along comes anime... where the women are always beautiful, simple, kind, generous, and don't mind if you get their body pillow all white and crusty from unwashed splooge.

To put this into context, Japan has a declining population. More people die each year than are born/migrate to the country. That is poison to an economy, especially one like Japan's. If things continue on their current course their population will be about 90,000 by 2060 and more than half will be over 60. It is that big of a problem.

And this is Japan we're talking about. Think about everything you know about formality in Japan. For centuries Japan had sticks so far up their arses they tickled their tonsils until they finally invented something even more anally intrusive to replace the sticks. Imagine what this problem must look like to those guys, people of Miyazaki's generation. If it is sickening to us it might just be enough to get these guys to commit seppuku out of shame of being even nationally related to these guys.

So yes, bad media is bad media, but let's not for a second forget that what Japan is facing is a cultural apocalypse. I mean, that's the whole point of Me! Me! Me!
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#88 - nibblebrsingr (12/26/2014) [-]
I am favoriting this to shamelessly steal it
#4 - [Tougen Shokken] ○sechi (Persona 4) Google it.  [+] (1 reply) 12/10/2014 on Source™ +14
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#21 - playercz (12/10/2014) [-]
oh my god guys it's not adolf hitler
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#36 - Other way around. FJ sued Oatmeal.  [+] (1 reply) 12/08/2014 on If it's true +5
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#42 - thewulfman (12/08/2014) [-]
He's not wrong, not sure why you're being thumbed down. More accurately, a lawyer working for FJ tried to sue the Oatmeal, defamation of character or some shit. The Oatmeal had shit on FJ for stealing his comics, but he didn't sue FJ.
#17 - That ****** deep, yo.  [+] (1 reply) 11/30/2014 on Steven Colbert is Amazing. +4
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