Long and serious post coming up. Do not read if you dislike walls of text, AKB48 or repetitious rambling.
This would be classified as a follow-up post to a post I made last year about Aki Toyosaki being bashed for singing a beloved Beatles song badly in Engrish. In short, I thought the fans overreacted. This time, I am once again given a reason to question the sanity of “devoted fans”, mostly male. I say male because the majority of fanbases, sans tween romance media diehards, are infested with men living in their own little fantasy worlds and few of them having any intention of leaving said construct of their minds.
I recently thought about what Nico said in episode 5 of “Love Live!”, regarding what idols needed to have and be in order to become popular with idol fans. I was somewhat disgusted by it after thinking things through. It’s like Nico told the girls they had to market themselves as people they weren’t. Yes, this works for pro-wrestling because it’s their job, but…really? You have to become fakers when working as pro idols as well, just to satiate slobs’ thirst for fetishes, stereotypes and fantasies that could make them single for life?
The worst part? Just like the above article and this post by a Moar Powah “employee”, little to nothing will change. Concerned fans can backlash all they want…but in the end, the “more devoted” fans have more control over the fates of these idols…who have chosen this dream, knowing full well what are the consequences should they break the mold.
Look. I make remarks in blogs, anime sites, Facebook (some friends of mine) about how I “embraced the moe” or have been “moefied”. Allow me to explain what I mean by this. I watch moe stuff along with every other anime genre that piques my interest because it has things that amuse me. I can’t help but be amused by the cuteness. Sure, sometimes they tend to go overboard with the moe and make it downright insulting, but whining at Japanese animators and mangaka to end moe is a losing battle, as the moe “obsessed” outnumber the casual moe watchers who watch it because it’s funny and cute…or other sane reasons. Besides, moe, past and present, has always equaled profit. You can either live with it or ignore it. I like Mio Akiyama, but dating a real life woman similar to her…would be incredibly disturbing, let alone a woman similar to Yui Hirasawa or Tamako.
As for the whole boyfriend thing…of course it’s dumb, but hey, some guys refuse to get their heads out of the gutter. I know I usually am against male romantic interests in shows that don’t have serious plots, but the main reason is because…most male love interests (emphasis on most) suck. I think there were only 2 occasions, one anime and one manga, where I cut the victorious guy some slack.
I would continue typing about how Western media (especially in pop culture where they judge pop stars’ appearances like slabs of meat among some questionable things to obsess over.) is no better than Eastern media, but I think I made my point.