SPIRIT OF THE DECADE: I’m so fuckin’ jaded I can make a ROYAL WARSTRIDER OUT OF MYSELF

January 15, 2010 at 12:00 pm 10 comments


Bit of explanation about the title: White Wolf’s Exalted (Yes, a fantasy pen and paper RPG that’s not D&D) has this material called jade. Like it’s real Earth counterpart, it’s a precious stone that can be used to make jewelry and has been used as money. However, in White Wolf’s Exalted, jade is also something to make magical swords and magical giant robots out of. Basically, I’m saying I’m a giant hunk of magical stone, enough to make GAOGAIGAR. Fuck yes I just ruined the joke. And yes, this is what I do when I’m not being an animé geek or BEING HYPERRELIGIOUS (No Rights Reserved).

No thanks to omo and wah for pointing it out.

If omo and wah are to be believed, the decade marks a significant number of writers who are, to put it bluntly, sick and tired of animé, and seriously want everyone to stop watching it and do something else. Of course, this is just me bullshitting on something no one gives stats about, but let’s just assume omo and wah are right about this trend.

There’s a slew of cynical, sarcastic reviews about Code Geass and Gundam 00, most of them written by “respectable” members of the community, stating in a cynical, sarcastic, bitter and dick manner why these shows suck. (Of course, when you break them down to funny 4koma, memes and porn, suddenly, the suck disappears, but I’m weird like that) There’s also what wah calls “often uninformed and cynical viewpoints” that these people tend to rattle off. And of course, there’s everyone’s favorite punching bags, the (two) douches who run Anime News Network.

Though I’d like to redefine the meaning of jaded.

From dictionary.com:

1. dulled or satiated by overindulgence.
2. worn out or wearied, as by overwork or overuse.

From the above definition, a jaded fan is just someone who may have seen it all, and not much would impress him or her. The jaded fan may or may not try to dissuade people from the hobby, and in most cases, they usually don’t.

HOWEVER. You don’t have to be jaded to be a terrible person. Being burnt out does NOT give one the moral high ground or the so-called “experience” to give an informed opinion (then again, who can you trust?).

You don’t even have to be jaded to either sound like an annoying prick, overbearing, or a straight-up jerk who thinks everyone is either WOMEN AND CHILDREN (Yes, I think Gil did say that.) or retards for not following your line of thought.

And one more salvo before I sound off.

While this in itself is enough for one more post, I just gotta ask anyone who is reading this. If there are any even reading this.

What fuels your desire, your need to blog, the purpose of even watching these shows for manchildren? Is it a desire to know more about it’s country of origin, to see traces of the Big Guy up there, or is it something a lot more sinister or mundane? Before you even start to burn out, think deep and hard (hurr hurr hurr) about why do you blog about cartoons for manchildren.

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  • 1. 21stcenturydigitalboy  |  January 15, 2010 at 6:51 pm

    hehehe, nice post.

    Why do I blog about cartoons for manchildren? Possibly because I’m a manchild? lol

    I am obsessed. It’s not even rationale. I’ve long given up on rationalizing my anime fandom or my anime blogging, because if I give a definition, I’m most likely to do a lot of stuff that totally has nothing to do with that definition. The only real explanation is that I am obsessed. I can’t stop. All I can think about is anime. It’s got a hold of more of my brain than things like living essentials and any kind of life success.

    I’ve often come to the realization that if I didn’t have anime, I’d die. I’d find a way to die. Maybe I’d kill myself, maybe I’d die of like dehydration, like I’d shrivel up, or vaporize. If you took away anime, nothing would be left. My life is otherwise jus tnot that important to me.

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  • 2. Anime is Madness, or is it Sanity? « Fuzakenna!  |  January 15, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    […] sleep patterns are finally taking effect.) (By the way I got the ida for this post while replying to this great post by drmchsr0.) January 15th, 2010 | Tags: anime, I don't know man that's just like your opinion […]

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  • 3. ghostlightning  |  January 15, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    It’s fun; and there are always ways to have fun. The finding of ways to have fun is challenging AND fun. Anime doesn’t owe me anything, and I owe nothing to readers. My writing is my own responsibility, because I choose to attempt to entertain.

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  • 4. Ryan A  |  January 17, 2010 at 4:52 am

    The urge to write comes and goes with me. I am more interested in having the experience than writing about it; I’m a math/cs/logic person. Usually I fall behind with seasonal/serial experiences simply because other projects peek my senses more (ideas), and when that happens I become reluctant to do any “core blogging” about these experiences. Not blogging doesn’t bother me as much as “trying” to keep up with blogging when it’s tangential to my own overall flow. If I don’t post for a couple weeks I really don’t mind, because I know I will post something sometime… it’s not like the urge to write dissipates entirely… it comes and goes.

    Writing is like Sex.

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  • […] been a recent trend in posts about jaded anime bloggers which has all-around rang quite true, and in response to it, drmchsr0 has also made a post asking […]

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  • 6. Dagda  |  February 6, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    In some ways I have it easy- my blog serves the practical purpose of being a portfolio for my work on my chosen subject (game design, primarily tabletop). So I always have a tangible reason to soldier on, even when it’s a huge pain to bother writing up my ideas/work.

    But that’s certainly not to say there’s no inner fire at work there. I’m convinced that games and their mechanics have a metric fuckton of unexplored potential- to teach, to tell stories, to create powerful and meaningful experiences for people.

    Funnily enough, anime’s been key to my best successes in this area. My most well-received game (as in people contacting me to say that they’d tried it and it was the most fun they’d ever had with an rpg) is one where you play as characters in an anime with the GM as the Director; the most important stat is GAR. I don’t know what I’d do without all the great, imaginative fiction it provides.

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    • 7. drmchsr0  |  February 6, 2010 at 10:01 pm

      DAGDA.

      YOU… … … DOUBLE FAGGOT. FINISH TRIGGER DISCIPLINE.

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      • 8. Dagda  |  February 8, 2010 at 7:10 am

        MAYBE I WILL.

  • 9. Dagda  |  February 6, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    Also, I fail at URLs.

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  • […] manga) in this way. So now I can go about fixing these things. Incidentally, I just remembered some blogs I had read weeks ago about people losing there passion or never having it to begin with, and I […]

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