RWBY: It IS an Anime

Anime.  What is it?  And what is it not?  Don’t ask me because I don’t know.  And neither does a good majority of the anime community.

Let’s be real here, as much time as we all spend watching anime, not many of us really know what defines an anime as an anime.  Sure, we know that an animated series or movie created in Japan is anime.  That’s a no brainer.  But, when we are confronted with shows that look like they’re anime, but not made in Japan, or shows that have elements of an anime, but again, are not made in Japan, the lines become heavily blurred.  This is where conflict arises.

It really depends on who you ask in the anime community whether a show is an anime or not.  Some specifically restrict the heavenly title of “anime” to series and films only made in Japan.  However, you can ask someone else and they will tell you that as long as it’s in the style of anime — big eyes, over exagerated expressions, ect — then yes, it is an anime.  Then there are people who will shrug and say that they don’t know and move on with their day.  Normally, I am that last person.  However, that doesn’t exactly make for a good blog post does it?

If you ask me, it really doesn’t matter whether these questionable shows are anime or not.  A show is a show and as long as it’s good and I like the art style then I really don’t think it matters.  I’ll watch what I want to watch; end of story.  If you don’t agree then that’s completely fine as well.  As long as you don’t create a superiority complex around that, or begin picking on people because they either are a “nerd” for watching an “anime” or accusing them of not being a “true anime fan” because they watch something that’s a questionable anime, then you do you.  My point is to just be nice to other people.

However, I digress, despite my heavily neutral standpoint on this issue, I would like to put my two cents in on this argument.  I personally lean towards the side of “if it’s in the style of anime, then it’s an anime”.  This is because I feel that it’s slightly exclusionary to put labels on these shows that fall into a grey area just because they are not made in Japan.  Furthermore, there are a couple of points that support these questionable shows.  Here, I will be addressing them while using RWBY as an example.

I could use several other series as an example — Avatar: The Last Airbender for example — but because I am a enormous RWBY fairy, I shall be using this series as an example.  Plus, I haven’t watched any other questionable series — that I know of anyway.  Sorry.

Wow, this is a really long intro.  If you haven’t skipped over it yet, I applaud you!  However, this is getting too much even for me, so let’s begin!

1) It Adheres to the Japanese Meaning of the Word “Anime”


Huh. Uh, well last time I checked, RWBY is an animated series. Can we move on now?

2) It Adheres to the English Definition of the Word “Anime”


Key words, “style of animation originating from Japan” and “a Japanese style”.  Nowhere is it stated that the show must be from Japan.  The requirements for a show to be an anime are very loose, and therefore shows that a lot of the so called “standards” a show must meet in order to be categorized as an anime are very much so made up by the anime community.

Furthermore, the couple of optional things that the definition gives as notes to identify a show as an anime are things that RWBY meets.  Colorful art and characters?  Check.


Futuristic setting or fantastic themes?  Check.  Violence?  Check.


Sexuality?  One word.  Yang.


I think it’s safe to say that RWBY fits the English definition of anime pretty well.

I think that’s that then.  Of course if you don’t agree then that’s completely fine.  This isn’t exactly the debate of the century here.  I do however reccomend you watch RWBY regardless of this topic.  The animation is nice and it gets better and better as the series progresses.  The same can be said about the plot.  If you enjoy video games you will probably enjoy this series as well.

This was a rather silly post, and I don’t think it went anywhere but I still hope you enjoyed reading it all the same.  However, if you are going to take away anything from this post then it should be to just be nice to people, and not harrass others because of silly issues like this.  Just be nice to people.  End of story.

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Tea Party Talks: Pokemon VS Digimon


I like both.

Okay, well good bye everyone; it’s time for me to get buried alive now.

But really, in all seriousness.  Why does it matter?  Both franchises have their good points  and their bad points.  At the end of the day, it really comes down to what your personal preferences are.  I like both, but I like both for different reasons.  For me, I prefer the plot of Digimon and the anime itself, but I prefer the aesthetic of Pokemon over Digimon.

To make things easier I have split this post up into two parts.  The first part will address what I like and dislike about Pokémon while the second will do the same for Digimon.  This is just my opinion so feel free to leave your own opinion in the comments!  But please no fandom wars.  This is a no hate zone thank you.  Now grab yourself a cup of tea and let’s begin!

Pokemon:


As I have already established, the thing that I like most about Pokémon is the overall aesthetic of the pokemon themselves.  I like how there is a large variety of pokémon which allows for anyone to find at least one that they like.  I personally really like Umbreon.  To some people this may come as a shock because my personal aesthetic matches Slyveon the best and I refer to both myself and other advid fans as “fairies” — a word that I use as a gender neutral term for “fangirl” because “fan” doesn’t imply the needed amount of obsession and not all advid fans are girls.  However, I digress, my point is that even if you are not interested in the soft cuteness of some pokémon, there are still other pokémon that could draw you into the franchise.  What I belive the Pokémon franchise does the best is creating all types of creatures and characters that can appeal to, and be marketed to, a wide range of people regardless of gender, age, or any other factors.

At the very same time however, there are a few things that I do dislike about Pokémon.  Probably the biggest reason why I dislike Pokémon — besides personal preference — is because of the anime.  I don’t like the repedativeness of the show and even as a kid I didn’t like it.  You can argue that Pokémon is a show that is directed at childeren, and I understand that.  I am not trying to compare Pokémon to Death Note because that is illogical.  However, Digimon was also an anime that was directed at childern, but I still enjoy it as one of my favorites to this day.  Nothing new happens in the show which makes it extremely predictable.  After a while, you don’t even have to watch the show to know what will happen next.

Digimon:


Digimon was my first anime that I watched as a kid.  I still have fond memories of watching the Disney English dub on Jetex “late” at night with my cousins.  As a kid the show completely captivated me and I still enjoy the series with not just nostalgia, but enjoyment as well.  Despite the show being directed at a younger audience there are still a healthy amount of mature themes that could be enjoyed by all age groups.  The creators were, and still are, not afraid to kill off beloved characters — still mourning Wizardmon here — nor are they afraid to tackle more mature topics.

*SPOILER WARNING*

For example, in Digimon Tamers Jeri’s partner Leomon was killed right in front of her, and because of the nature of the relationships the digidestined have with their digimon partners, this event was severally traumatic for Jeri.  Furthermore, Jeri already had issues with loss with her mom having died when Jeri was a still a young girl.  As a result, Jeri ended up falling into deep despair which lead to her being taken over by the D-Reaper — a lifeform that was originally a computer program meant to eradicate all digimon — and becoming a host for it.  To say the very least, Tamers was extremely dark — I still question why it’s called a “kid’s show”.

*END SPOILER WARNING*

Anyway, my point is that the plot and character developement of the Digimon anime(s) was well done and is up to par with some other adventure animes — at least in my opinion.

However, as much as I absolutely adore the anime, I do have one major problem with the Digimon franchise.  The way the franchise was marketed to be specific.  Digimon was a show that was solely marketed towards boys.  Looking at the digimon themselves it is quite understandable why this was done, but that doesn’t make it right that Digimon was marketed as being exclusively for boys. As the times have gone on, Digimon has slowly been becoming something more for all kids and the diversity of what the digimon look like has broadened, but at this point, it might not matter. The idea that Digimon is specifically for boys, the “one category” theme for the appearence of the digital monsters, and the fact that not many people know about Digimon has already been laid as a foundation for the franchise.  The marketing of the franchise and the amount of diversity in the appearence of the digimon could have been done better if you ask me.

At the end of the day fairies and cheshires, it really doesn’t matter.  Like what you want to like and dislike what you want to dislike.  So long as you are not hurting anyone for what they like or dislike then it really doesn’t matter.  After all, the rest of the world is just going to call us geeks anyway.


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