Scandals covering at least a decade back have been plaguing Vic Mignogna, Todd Haberkorn, and more recently Jessie Pridemore meanwhile new ‘anime’ made by people who profited off of the anime fandom are cropping up all of the time such as Rooster Teeth’s Rwby and Crunchy Roll’s High Guardian Spice. The husband and wife duo over at Clownfish TV certainly push this idea of an anime gate, especial since they are fresh from Comicsgate.
‘Anime sucks, watch or read our new SJW agenda led cartoons. Voice actors in anime, perverts. Big tits in anime is wrong, Steven Universe women have no boobs and Steven might be trans…’ this, I feel, is the general gist of things… but let’s take a step back.
A fan comes from the word fanatic, and I feel like many people forget this, and think things such as My Little Pony, Rick and Morty, Steven Universe, Adventure time, etc. fans ‘are cancer.’ That’s just what being a fanatic is though. You can’t live up to a definition of something and be said that you are doing it ‘wrong.’
We basically re-purposed words like fan, otaku, geek, dork, whatever… and attempted to make them our own. I proudly was an Otaku for years… and then, you know what? I just got over it. Some people never get over things, and even if they do… they might have done some bad or embarrassing stuff along the way.
Society in this last decade likes to pretend that we are much more ‘woke’ than we were in the 80’s and 90’s. While we explain how ‘woke’ we are, creators and fans a like might do bad things surrounding old properties like Ghostbuster, She-Ra, etc. and bash new things as well.
We are all broken to some extent. Some think they can fix things by making people aware that maybe the problem isn’t that your princess is in another castle, but instead that she was in there to begin with. Others argue that there are only so many motivators for a story, and that it was easiest to just put her in a castle. Few wonder why she looks so pretty if she’s being captive, but whatever…
I might be rambling, but fandoms on the internet are just exploding in drama… but if one good thing can come from Gamer Gate, i.e. ethical games journalism at least mentioning conflicts of interest or free stuff they were given etc, and comics gate bringing light to the fact that comics kind of suck right now artistically at the same time they shove all of these social rights issues in our face, maybe something can be brought to light about Animegate or Anime vs. Cartoons or whatever this thing that anime and cartoons are going through right now.
Can we at least admit that cartoon AND anime look worse today than they did 25 or more years ago? Also, anime inspired cartoon shows often aren’t drawn at the level of the shows they took inspirations from? Steven Universe… please look at well… Initial D, Sailor Moon, Dragon Ball, Gargoyles, Batman The Animated Series, etc.
Dragon Ball Super and Sailor Moon Crystal… please look at Dragon Ball Z and Sailor Moon. What the fuck happened? Seriously… this is the most important problem, and here we are, wondering if Vic Mignoga gropes young children? In 2004 fans would run to COSPLAYERS and glomp the shit out of them.
There is just no good way to wrap up this badly article up. Everyone involved needs to just… do better.