A Confederacy of Dipshits: Dissecting an Infestation

Colony Drop’s mission statement asks, “[i]f blogging is such a great tool for expressing opinions and ideas that can’t be found in more mainstream publications or venues, then why is anime blogging so brain dead and vapid?” This is a question intriguing enough to merit an in-depth, structured answer. Thinking about it brought to mind an incident from the distant past.

The year is 1989, and my grandpa’s electrical engineering expertise is called upon to fix a neighbor’s misbehaving radio. With the screws out, the clunky off-white box comes apart, revealing something much more sinister than a burnt-out wire or loose capacitor: to everyone’s disgusted surprise, the problem burst out in the form of a massive cockroach colony. As the adults fumbled for a can of dichlorvos, I was struck by a curious feeling of dissonance. The radio, a versatile informer and entertainer, brought urgent news, classical concerts and chess matches to a populace spread far and wide. It was a tech enthusiast’s toy box and a traveler’s portable companion — but none of this mattered to the roaches, who just wanted a dark, enclosed environment to shit up. Left to their own devices, the insects did an impressive job of multiplying, at the cost of permanent damage to the radio’s original — intended — functionality. Likewise, the rank-and-file anime blogger set up shop in search of an isolated refuge from reality, until enough of them accreted to establish a warped structure of discourse that has very little to do with exchanging ideas or opinions.

It’s not like the preponderance of garbage is unique to the anime-devoted segment of blogs. Enough shitty sites about art, music, programming, etc. are out there to justify invoking the over-quoted Sturgeon’s Law. Nonetheless, all of these domains rely on a competent cadre of writers to uphold standards that foster effective communication, in turn enabling the detritus to be recognized as such. This has not been the case for anime bloggers, most of whom are out not to inform, but to indulge personal insecurities with displays of exhibitionist self-wallowing (and loads of huge screenshots to compensate for the lack of substance). The mediocre are so firmly entrenched that they call the shots, repelling anyone actually interested in genuine discussion or criticism of anime. As a result, not new ideas and understanding, but conformism and endless regurgitation of memes drive the community’s existence. Its degeneration has been so thorough and systematic that most of its participants neatly fall into three categories.

Archetype 1: Sukebe-Panda

Typical blog names: The Melancholy of Sukebe-Panda, Nekomimi Conundrums, 100% Pure Win, Drowning in Pantsu

Sukebe-Panda is the result of not getting his ass kicked enough as a kid, which allowed him to remain an obnoxious, in-your-face teenage loser all the way through his twenties. For him, the world of Japanese media is an accessible scene that is just insular enough to serve as a fertile source of inside jokes, weird fetishes and other social markers for asserting a sense of belonging. Once the campus anime club and the smelly kids’ cafeteria table in high school are no longer available, a blog becomes the next best way to participate. Yet, this is a constantly moving bandwagon, and staying on top of things requires continuously keeping abreast of the latest 4chan catchphrases, image macros and annual “Dai-kawaii Meido” polls on Japanese forums. On this dynamic playing field, leave it to a distinguished achiever like Sukebe-Panda to prove his mettle by showing just how EPIC his latest WAIFU is, how many pillowcases with pedophilic drawings adorn his wall, and how much sperm he can ejaculate onto a plastic schoolgirl figurine.

To his credit, Sukebe-Panda doesn’t pretend to be particularly insightful. He writes reviews and year-end roundups to keep up with peers, but is content to simply list his favorite panty shot scenes or disturbing fanart to jerk off (excuse me, FAP) to. This archetype is the likeliest to “graduate” from anime to just playing Asian video games and arguing with fellow alumni about who’s more jaded about Japanese cartoons. It would be nice if the ongoing specialization of otaku merchandise and shift of conventions from covering anime proper to general fandom lore provided a way to absorb these clowns directly. For now, anime remains the primary gateway to the scene and, as long as there are torrents and WordPress, Sukebe-Pandas will be blogging about it.

Giant image abuse rating: high (especially if he just bought a figure or wacky new hat). Sukebe-Panda is also fond of embedded YouTube videos, but what he loves most is linking to similarly inane pages elsewhere in the blogosphere (pardon me, blogohedron). However, as fun it is to suck dicks, the one S-P finds tasting the sweetest is his own, so fully expect half of these to be past Sukebe-Panda articles. This scholar has kicked science to the curb by standing on his own shoulders, and copious references to old audience favorites like “The Battle of TrafalGAR” and “Twintails vs. Hime Cut – A Lolilicious Dilemma” are guaranteed to both entertain and enlighten.

Archetype 2: ~SkyGazer~

Typical blog names: Kakeru-san’s Maboroshi! Blog, …an endless pause…, Melodic Afterthoughts, ★Atarashi☆Watashi★

Shaped by a lifetime tenure as a spineless punching bag, ~SkyGazer~ is a self-described “dreamer” (here, an unsubtle codeword for “milquetoast escapist ashamed of his past and scared of the future”). This doormat has acquired a thorough phobia of anything that could remotely be construed as judgment or criticism — which doesn’t deter him from positioning himself as a critic and reviewer of anime. ~SkyGazer~’s poorly organized, meandering excretions represent a brave new school of critique, as per the following axioms:

  1. A critical mind merely isn’t open enough.
  2. When something clearly aspires to fit some defined criterion, but fails to, the definition is too narrow and should be relaxed accordingly.
  3. A person who dislikes something must dislike absolutely everything, and his opinions are to be dismissed as baseless negativity (or trolling).

A total rejection of standards and metrics provides ~SkyGazer~ with a vast playground for waxing philosophical about “the bliss of imperfection”, while chiding anyone who dares to admit failing to enjoy a show for not LETTING himself enjoy it. Writing like this is not easy — it is all-too tempting to lapse into discussing a show’s strengths and weaknesses like a normal person, but ~SkyGazer~ dutifully peppers anything that might resemble an opinion with expressions of doubt and uncertainty:

“I found Season Two of ‘NikuNiku Hazardous Chronicle’ to be weird, but a fun kind of weird. I think. The last episode features loli ninjas, and I couldn’t possibly dislike that — because I don’t. That would be crazy, but I am already crazy, so here’s a really win picture of Niku-sama: [GIANT SCREENSHOT]”

Count on ~SkyGazer~ to stay up to date on the internet jokes and macros, but unlike Sukebe-Panda, this dude takes it 100% seriously. He defines himself first and foremost as an otaku, more precisely, a warrior on the battleground of moe — the only genre featuring characters more helpless and one-dimensional than ~SkyGazer~ himself. His weapon of choice: holier-than-thou diatribes on the chaste purity of his beloved maidens, complete with extended psychological profiles and a “Soap Opera Digest”-level of scrutiny into the proceedings of key episodes. Lord help any soul brave enough to point out how moe is a money-milking machine carefully crafted to ensnare fetishists. ~SkyGazer~’s utter incapability for critical introspection ensures that he’ll foam at the mouth at as many comments as his blog engine can handle. Any complaint, whether about idiotic fansubber habits, uncompelling characters, or undisguised otaku pandering will be interpreted by ~SkyGazer~ as an assault on his beloved animus and answered with a furious barrage of self-righteous babbling.

Giant image abuse rating: severe. Putting too much text all at once might be too hard on some people, so why not provide an opportunity to pause and contemplate a helpful graphic? Of course, it pays to be mindful that interpretations of “too much” vary across individuals, so why not play it safe by spamming an image in every fucking paragraph?

Archetype 3: Panopticus Æternum

Typical blog names: A Meta-history of Zeitgeist, Anime Apotheosis, Inexorably Lugubrious: An Otaku Odyssey, Excursions Unto a Superior Culture

The esteemed Panopticus Æternum, Esq. considers himself an historian, theosophist and philosopher, and his singular mission in life is to bloviate without end, even if noone is paying attention. Being the kid who talks too much is a lot easier when you’re alone at the keyboard, a drive that Panopticus channels into taking anime blogging to the next level. He will set out to review a romantic comedy and end up with a multi-part persuasive essay about the extent to which a side character fits a popular fandom fetish. A retrospective on a long-running shounen series will warp into a protracted comparison with the themes of loyalty in some archaic incunabulum, complete with footnotes and a glossary. Ready and willing to add a literary flair to the most preposterous of assertions, Panopticus is a perennial favorite of ~SkyGazer~s everywhere as a primary source on the parallels between being a magical girl and the hardships experienced by a 15th Century Jesuit acolyte.

No matter the subject, Panopticus always reminds us how he single-handedly keeps the R1 industry in business by purchasing piles and piles of DVDs — a dubious accolade, considering his horrible taste. Occasionally, US distributors end up licensing the oddest stuff, causing fans to wonder who the fuck would ever buy it. Well, chances are that Panopticus not only bought it, but also shelled out extra dough for the limited edition, gaining the privilege of punctuating some endless wall of sleep-inducing text with a ultra-high resolution scan of the enclosed bonus PENCIL BOARD. He is also the likeliest candidate for engaging in that bizarre variety of necrophilia, whereby some mind-blowingly obscure OAV from 1981 is repeatedly cited as the unsurpassed apex of the animation industry as a whole. Yes, it’s a wonder that Lawnbattle Delight Ramencopter, where the robot freezes his enemies’ vocal chords so they can’t shout attack names, is so thoroughly underrated -– a case not unlike the Archduke of Schleswig-Holstein getting passed over for Kurfürst in the Papal Bull of 1356.

Giant image abuse rating: medium-low, and there’s at least one image (text-only posts violate the Shitty Anime Blogger Constitution, punishable by revocation of Twitter privileges). To Panopticus, a picture may be worth a thousand words, but the space it would occupy on a page could house ten times as many, and so it does.

Thus, the real topic of the average “anime blog” is not anime itself, but rather the ways it serves to provide meaning in the life of a worthless individual with the personality of a traffic cone. The exceptions to these anti-patterns of anime blogging are far and few between, and they are neither numerous nor cohesive enough to raise and maintain a high standard. In the meantime, the incestuous swarm of maggots is left to thrive like parasites in an ecosystem without a natural predator.

This is a serious problem, but it is also eminently solvable. Anyone with something interesting to say about anime and the desire to do it right should just go ahead and make a blog, without bothering to grapple with the retards or even paying them any attention. This especially goes out to the curmudgeonly past generations of fans. Instead of complaining about how shitty new stuff is, why not explain why the old stuff was so much better? Finally, if you recognized yourself in one of these descriptions, do everyone a favor: STOP. Switch gears. Put on your acid-orange Crocs (or whatever abortion of a shoe is now in vogue with lazy, friendless rejects) and step outside. The fresh air might just awaken whichever synapse is responsible for realizing that being an attention-deprived wretch is hardly grounds to make an embarrassing spectacle of oneself.

Sadly, there’s no fumigant strong enough to dislodge the current junta of socially stunted imbeciles from prominence, but if enough people do anime blogging right, they can create a new critical mass that displaces the old one to its rightful niche of resident kooks. It can happen. Let’s take back our radio.

37 Comments

  1. Search-and-replace for names and medium-specific terms, and that’s the modern novel and contemporary art scene filleted as well. You could earn big money in the Sunday supplements with this kind of thing, you know.

  2. It’s is slightly disturbing how many anime blogs fall into these categories, it is hardly surprising to see such crap is being written when you consider the age of those people currently watching more recent anime shows. They have grown up with easy access to the internet and anime, and so, presumably are the people who comment on such vapid blogs. The fact that these blogs draw sizeable amounts of people to comment only helps reinforce that such picture galleries constitute something worthwhile. It is painful to note how 80 people can be bothered to reply to an image of someone’s butt, yet fail to reply to an article that is critical or informative.

    The ability of anything interesting to be written in blog form about music, art, programming etc. is probably helped by the existence of mainstream articles written on the same subjects in legitimate publications like magazines or newspapers, thus revealing how thoughtless many blogs are by comparison. Blogs about anime are not often subject to such comparisons.

    I can only hope that better written blogs will be crafted in the future but until then keep up the good work, all the pieces on this site are entertaining to read, even when dealing with a dissection of anime blogging.

  3. I’m giving up on opening a new anime blog! Reading this post was probably a Good Thing.

  4. “He is also the likeliest candidate for engaging in that bizarre variety of necrophilia, whereby some mind-blowingly obscure OAV from 1981 is repeatedly cited as the unsurpassed apex of the animation industry as a whole.”

    Is this Sean?

  5. “I… I am Sukebe-Panda.”

    At least you get a kind of grudging acceptance for being unpretentious. I reckon I’m Panopticus Æternum, according to this.

    Theosophy is bollocks though.

  6. Also, you practically admit failure here:

    “if enough people do anime blogging right, they can create a new critical mass that displaces the old one to its rightful niche of resident kooks.”

    Aside from the fact that this goes fundamentally against the laws of entropy, this would require the world to realign itself so that there were somehow be more smart people than dumb people, and that ain’t gonna happen.

  7. I… I am Sukebe-Panda.
    More like Kimoi-Panda

    Aside from the fact that this goes fundamentally against the laws of entropy, this would require the world to realign itself so that there were somehow be more smart people than dumb people, and that ain’t gonna happen.

    Well sure, I mean, if that really happened, we’d have no one to troll. And everyone knows that CD is just a troll blog anyways.

  8. The incisiveness of this piece is almost uncomfortable, especially with the blog name parodies. Good stuff, keep it up.

  9. half of the guys on here are stargazers, the other half be Panopticus Æternum

    still I like CD, is like watching holier than thou prophet take a shit, no?

    kidding, kidding please don’t kill me pete

  10. He is also the likeliest candidate for engaging in that bizarre variety of necrophilia, whereby some mind-blowingly obscure OAV from 1981 is repeatedly cited as the unsurpassed apex of the animation industry as a whole.

    So basically, most of the CD writers would be type 3, but instead of endless academic blather about Random Cheapass Anime 2040, there’s endless complaining about OtakuKing45 and Magic Pantsu SPARKING?

    That sounds about right.

  11. I previously made a post criticizing what amounts to the “Type 3 Intellectual Ivory Tower of Druaga”-type blogger, and what it really comes down to is that people try to act like experts about anime without taking the time out to pursue anime and manga, to sit down and watch and gain insight into what makes a show tick. With the sukebe-panda and the inoffensatron-type bloggers, I can at least be assured that they are actually watching anime, but not so with the “scholars.”

    You can read the post here: http://ogiuemaniax.wordpress.com/2009/06/28/im-an-anime-scholar-why-should-i-watch-anime/

    Speaking of the Type 2 bloggers, I feel what’s worse than a Type 2 blogger is when someone comes in to argue with a Type 2 blogger, equipped with a whole lot of ire in lieu of common sense or courtesy. The result is that the “troll” (even if he’s not intentionally being one) is trying to shove his point down the blogger’s throat while the blogger is desperately trying to do everything he can to just have everyone get along, which is the exact opposite of what the angry poster wants.

  12. >> The ability of anything interesting to be written in blog form about music, art, programming etc. is probably helped by the existence of mainstream articles written on the same subjects in legitimate publications like magazines or newspapers[…]

    Very valuable insight, Jack. An early draft of this had a paragraph on _how_ the scene got so bad before I cut it, both due to length considerations and the fact that this is a topic for someone much more familiar with the history of anime print media. I look forward to seeing someone (hint, hint, CD colleagues) doing a treatment like that.

    >> Also, you practically admit failure here:

    Hardly. The way humans fight entropy is by filtering and accumulating the information from a signal, while discarding the noise. In this case, a high standard with a critical mass to enforce it would both streamline the entry of quality additions and help keep the riffraff to manageable levels. In general, the formation of an elite follows venerated, time-established principles, whether applied to a sports team or a graduate department. It’s the _retention_ of said elites that still remains an active research topic in areas like operations research.

    >> That sounds about right.

    says the guy with “QED” in his blog name

  13. > An early draft of this had a paragraph on _how_ the scene got so bad before I cut it, both due to length considerations and the fact that this is a topic for someone much more familiar with the history of anime print media.

    Well, at the moment the most popular magazine is Otaku USA, which exerts so little control over writing styles that half of the articles read like blog posts with rights to their pictures. Japanese writing is usually much better informed (and the authors are older), if you can get anyone to translate it.

    Also I can’t believe there’s any good programming magazines.

  14. One small thing I particularly like about your observation is that archetype-1 is the likeliest to get jaded. This is what I find from my fellow real life ‘friends’, pretty much all of them makes and/or reads only the archetype-1 type blogs. Some of them became jaded enough, yet they never seems to ‘graduate’ into critically analyzing anime rather than rambling about anime these days… though they pretty much still watches anime that they criticizes, only they seek the ‘higher-quality’ ones such as (*cough*) K-ON.

    The question is, what blogs are the exceptions? (since I already know the blogs you blogrolled in your sidebar, is there more, or maybe even less as some of them fits the archetype?)

  15. “In general, the formation of an elite follows venerated, time-established principles, whether applied to a sports team or a graduate department”

    Yeah, but the elite has already been formed and they are it. The people who swim daily in the lagoon of otaku culture. People whose critical sense is formed around a set of criteria internal to otakudom rather than people who judge anime in terms of the wider pop cultural sphere. What you’re trying to do is replace their set of criteria with one of your own, which is admirable, but the real elites, the real taste makers, are already burrowed in deeply with all the unfortunate moe fetishising that entails.

    “what it really comes down to is that people try to act like experts about anime without taking the time out to pursue anime and manga, to sit down and watch and gain insight into what makes a show tick”

    This is only an issue if you’re the kind of person that thinks being an expert on something is a prerequisite to offering a valid critique of it. I’d say anyone who’s watched a film or TV drama is qualified to critically analyse an anime. The reason otaku don’t like outsiders or lesser experts doing so is that even the best anime is rarely as good as the best of what live action TV and film produces. As a result, anime fans are reduced to squawking from the gallery, “But you just don’t get it!”

  16. I don’t see what’s so bad about Panopticus Æternum (not in comparison with the other two), but I do agree about the general sentiment on the current culture of criticism on the blogosphere. Right now, it’s awful. I hate to go with the most crass way to put this, but it’s the only truly effective way I can think of to make this point: anime bloggers need to grow some balls. Sometimes it amazes me how desperate fans and bloggers are to clamour over each other to be the first to act butthurt whenever someone actually has some legitimate criticism.

  17. >>I don’t see what’s so bad about Panopticus Æternum (not in comparison with the other two)…

    I believe Pete is making a reasonable a number of criticisms within this section. In the first part the thrust of the attack is one someone who takes things too far in their analysis of an anime. There isn’t anything inherently wrong with attempting to dissect an anime at length if you wish, yet the examples here are of romance comedy and a shounen series, both likely to be void of anything particularly remarkable outside of a desire to make profit. The point being you can read anything into any show if you analyse it too much.

    He goes onto attack the blogger’s self-aggrandizement, while mentioning both his inability to work out that no-one wants to scroll through high-resolution scans and ‘walls of sleep-inducing text’. A lengthy piece may be well written but shorter pieces are more difficult and therefore may be of a higher quality, walls of text may result from a lack of editing. Or perhaps there has been no editing at all on other pieces, dumped carelessly onto the internet. This is most jarring on a review site with no discernible tone among the reviews. Some may be lengthy with many images, others might be the exact opposite. One of the reasons Colony Drop posts are generally worth reading is because it feels like the articles arrive at a length and tone that is consistent, in other words it feels like some thought has gone into constructing the articles.

    Perhaps you could also see that Panopticus Æternum type bloggers had more of a potential to write something worth reading then the other two types of bloggers, if they refined their ideas and didn’t have “horrible taste” which is clearly something that other bloggers may disagree with.

  18. Re: Problems with Panopticus

    I can further summarize the problem with this overly academic type of blogger. Basically it’s about their attitude towards anime. The worst of them act like they are taking a lowly topic such as anime and injecting in it a certain sense of academic respectability, in essence they are “bringing anime to their level,” and I feel that it’s deeply disrespectful.

    What they should be doing is respecting what an anime is trying to be (even if it fails in the process), and not acting as if their blog is an 80s teen movie and anime is the nerdy girl in need of a makeover.

    You can talk intelligently and academically about anime without resorting to comparing an anime to the words of Lacan or Derrida.

  19. Quite ironically, I think I fall into all 3 categories. At least once.

    …I need to shoot myself. Multiple times. With 50cal BMG rounds. D:

  20. >Well, at the moment the most popular >magazine is Otaku USA, which exerts so >little control over writing styles >that half of the articles read like >blog posts with rights to their >pictures. Japanese writing is usually >much better informed (and the authors >are older), if you can get anyone to >translate it.

    What parallel universe are you from?

    Japanese anime magazines are generally PR machines that never/can’t say anything critical about any of their advertisers, let alone parent companies’, productions.

    One of the few exceptions is Yosensha’s Otona Anime, and Otaku USA has actually translated several of their interviews.

  21. If that’s the case, then why not compare them to English language books, rather than a magazine like Otaku USA?

  22. A solid article…but the examples given are all too true.

    To Jack: you had mentioned some possible reasons for the mediocrity of many blogs (anime or otherwise). Well, it’s more like this–it’s the dark side of the ‘Net, the thing we were warned about, but ignored. Blogs are supposed to be someone’s opinion. The problem is, what’s written in them is, very rarely, an _informed_ opinion. And if the person writing it has no knowledge of history, writing skills, or other skills that critical writing demands, then what they’ll put down is nothing more than pap.

    …or, as Harlan Ellison put it, “adolescent behavior on the level of a baby showing his pee-pee.”

  23. One problem is there is no real method of constructive criticism in blogging. It’s almost an unspoken rule that you will not criticise other blogs ever. If you do, you will most certainly never give names. You haven’t given a single example of blogs that fit into these three categories. Some of these writers do have the skill to write genuinely interesting posts, they just need someone to tell them when they are writing crap.

  24. You forgot the fourth archetype, the Stormy Petrel. He’s a mean-spirited shit-stirrer, a would-be punk who’s actually a Puritanical, judgmental asshole at heart. No fannish group can live up to his standards, so eventually he finds the quirks and seams and contradictions in the in-group he’s joined, in order to plant verbal dynamite & bring the whole, rotten structure down.

    See Trillion-Year Spree, everything David Merrill & Darryl Surat ever wrote, a thousand lesser screeds, and this post.

    But I mean that in a good way. (Well, at least where Dave’s concerned…)

  25. While I also hold the hope that some blog writer’s could craft better posts that isn’t likely. Your comment on constructive criticism is reasonable, although I imagine no blogs are given as examples in the above article because it is unnecessary to single out individual websites and writers when so many web bloggers fall into these categories.

    More importantly telling people that their blog posts are crap would likely not phase the writers in the slightest. Even if you were to phrase your opinion more tactfully your post would just get ignored because who cares what some random person on the internet thinks. For a criticism to affect someone it usually has to be from a person they already respect or who has some kind of independent authority. For example, Bitmob is a website based around people witting their own articles and reviews on aspects of video games and then the people who run the website can give advice and push articles they think are well written to the main website where articles from the real editors of the website usually appear. The important part of this equation is the editors of the website are all veterans from the games industry, they have been employed to be editors and writers for magazines for many years and so actually have a legitimate idea of what they are talking about. If they comment on a piece of writing in that one field (video games writing) what they actually think has some weight behind it. There is the opportunity for true constructive criticism. Returning to the field of anime blogging and there isn’t the same kind of equivalent commentators available.

  26. Use real names or it didn’t happen. If you’re going to blow the whistle on bad bloggers, then *blow the whistle*. Cute puffs of parodies don’t count.

  27. I’ve been thinking about a way to encourage constuctive critism for a while now but I keep seeing flaws as well. I don’t think the ‘ignoring critism’ part is as much as a problem as you make it out to be. If the blogger includes a way for the reader to provide critism, he will almost certainly listen to it, even if it doesn’t come from a recognised blogger. One possible problem would be if only the same group of people provide the constructive critism, as you suggest, you could end up with every blog sounding exactly the same. If every blog sounded like this one, I’d go nuts.

    There’s only one anime blog I know that has a way to provide suggestions for improvement is Chartfag’s website. You know, the guy who provides those charts for each new anime season.
    http://chartfag.wordpress.com/
    If you look at the top, there’s a page for providing suggestions to improve the site. Now I know that’s not much of an example but other anime blogs did that, it may eventually seep through and the intelligence level of writing might increase in the blogsphere.

  28. Now, you see, I was liking this until your little comment about the “Archduke of Schleswig-Holstein”. Do you people know anything? Good God–Schleswig-Holstein didn’t come into existence until 1386, too late for the Golden Bull, it was never an Archduchy, and was at that time a vassal of the King of Denmark, not part of the Holy Roman Empire. The sheer ignorance of that statement is simply appalling. Oh, and, FYI, the Societas Jesu wasn’t formed until the 16th Century…

    …I kid. I kid. It was just too good to resist.

  29. This article’s better than its namesake, which remains the only book I’ve ever thrown across the room before calmly picking it up and deliberately putting it down.

    It’s also shorter than Toole’s book, which is a plus. And no fart jokes. Second thumbs up right there.

    And…well, it seems a little more self-aware of its own traipsing into the subtle hypocrisy of empowering an abstract enemy by giving that enemy concrete attributes. The tongue might well be in the other cheek, but at least it’s not licking the wrong ass.

    I want to thank you guys. Just about everything I know regarding non-CD anime blogs comes from your writing and the links your various articles have provided. I’ve managed to avoid or just not find these horrid archetypes you so vividly illustrate — I dunno, have you tried just not searching for them? It’s done wonders for me. So yes, Thank You for informing me on the horrors lurking somewhere just beyond my search window, just past that link I somehow never click.

    The upside is that I can enjoy anime that I probably shouldn’t, simply because I haven’t suffered the overbearing opinions of others on said anime. This is what they mean by that ‘bliss’ bit of ignorance, and I’ve found that sometimes just knowing you’re ignorant isn’t knowing enough to lament it.

    The downside is I’ve occasionally echoed sentiments I’ve never read or heard before, and sometimes they’re quite unpopular ones — or worse, too popular. That is assuming you see the difference.

    So yes, this article shares a certain vacuous vitriol associated with its gasbagging namesake, but the choice of title was clearly deliberate, so I’m going to believe I’m not in the presence of people who believe Toole was the Second Coming of Salinger.

    Panopticon Aeternum. NICE. Shame it doesn’t translate into ‘Shameless Projection’, though. 🙂

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  31. John Kennedy Toole was a great writer, and _Confederacy_ a great novel. No less an authority than Walker Motherfucking Percy said so.

    Too bad JKT had to kill himself. I hope he’s in Heaven quaffing beers with H. Beam Piper.

  32. You know, cockroaches and humans used to have a symbiotic relationship because they were good at cleaning, and are harmless unless there is toxic sewage directly below the homes they bunker down in.

    In case you haven’t figured it out, my point is that COCKROACHES don’t deserve to be compared to bad anime bloggers. Bad anime bloggers are closer to being a manure factory next to a porn factory, and then they both exploded.

    And as a person with autism, the word “retarded” just happens to get my goat…

    Other then those Superficial issues this is a great post. :p

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