Anime… for kids, perverts, all around weird people?

By: Wai Law

The following are my thoughts on anime, it’s what I normally think when I get into a discussion with someone who says they hate anime for whatever reason, and my own opinions on things regarding anime.

There’s a huge social stigma around watching anime, just for the fact that anime is drawn.

“That’s for little kids.” “Grow up already.” “Stop watching those weird Japanese cartoons.” “Don’t be a weeaboo.” Are things that you normally hear when you first tell them you watch anime, and it infuriates me to no end.

First of all, anime is not for kids! At least not all anime is directed to kids. Drawing is a medium, not a genre. If the artists believes that the best way to tell his/her story is through the use of manga and anime, then it’s his/her right to do so. Sure there’s anime directed to little kids, but there are also shows with very mature plots, gore, psychological dramas, and romance dramas, things that a child would never understand, or not comprehend.

Another stigma is brought on by the fact that there is R rated content in anime, most particularly in “hentai”, and people have come to believe everyone that watches anime, must be a pervert.

Not everyone that likes anime, would like to watch tentacle rapes, not everyone who watches anime would even like watching characters have sex or even like watching shows that are nothing more than fanservice, with a vague, badly written plot.

Again, there is anime for everyone, you can watch anime of any theme, category, you like, and not all anime is the same. Just as not every movie or tv show anyone ever watches is the same, except maybe anything produced by Chuck Lorre.

Lastly the last group everyone associates anime with, are the weeaboos. People who became obsessed with anime, with Japanese culture, or rather their idea of Japanese culture, and try to act as though they were Japanese. These people are considered to be annoying, maybe because of their rejection of their own culture, and the fact that they try to replicate Japanese language, dressing as though they knew any of it.

Weaboos to me seem a little ignorant, they have generalized the entire Japanese culture, as anime watchers, as people who would try to be cute and weird and quirky. They glorify Japan’s food, language, and what they think is the way all Japanese people dress, act, and do all day.

People tend to see all people who enjoy watching anime as weeaboos, because they are the most noticed group, since they tend to be loud, and dress weirdly (think cat ears, goth Lolita outfits, ninja bandanas), but I assure you that this group of people do not represent a majority, most people just enjoy watching anime, and don’t find any reason to replicate anything that they watch in the shows, nor they find a need to incorporate Japanese words, or phrases in a normal conversation, (e.g. kawaii).

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Please don’t hesitate to watch an anime because of a group of people, or what you’ve heard about anime, there are great shows that deserve to be recognized, and I assure people everytime they say they don’t like anime because of their plots, or for their sexual content, that there are many kinds of anime and some might be right around their alley, they can be interesting, cute, tearjerking, funny, strange, whatever you can think of.

If what you don’t like is the artstyle, the way humans, and animals tend to look in anime, though, I have no problem with that, it is much more of esthetic and looks, that you find difficult to watch, and not the story, nor is it because of a misconception.

My point in conclusion, is give anime a try, you don’t have to like it, you don’t need to watch anime, but don’t knock it till you try it, and don’t think you’ll like an anime just because everyone seems to like it, when you are looking for recommendations on what anime you should watch, a sensible person would ask you about your interests, do you like action filled shows, or do you like a laid back funny story? You may come to understand the variety that can be found in anime, and even come to like a specific genre.

Is Rotten Tomatoes changing the way we think about movies?

By: Marv Castillo

I’m at the cinema with some friends. We’re about to choose the movie that we are about to see, and one my friends say: “Hey, wait a minute. I checked Rotten Tomatoes, it says that Man of Steel is a rotten movie… and it’s a really bad movie.” What this guy said  was really weird, because I saw Man of Steel  with this guy some days ago, and he said he loved that flick.

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 Source: Warner Bros.

Did this guy just said the new Superman movie is bad just because he wants to agree the 56% score that the movie holds on Rotten Tomatoes? Is this guy pretending he is a “movie critic” or something like that? I don’t get it, because when we saw that movie he even said that Man of Steel was the best movie of 2013, so far. The next day he says it’s a bad movie because he saw that film holds a rotten score… and by that, people are not supposed to like this film or at least share positive comments about it online.

For those who don’t know, Rotten Tomatoes is a movie site that gathers the top critics reviews and give a porcentage of how accepted the movie was by the critics. The site is quite useful sometimes if you don’t want to spend your money watching bad movies, because basically this site shows which movie is good or bad, but from the critics point of view.

So, maybe this friend of mine was too excited, and he was blinded by that all the visual effects and the fact that this is a Superman movie and this dude flies, but then he realised this movie was disappointing after thinking about it in his way home… or maybe he just changed his mind to agree most of critics and some of the regular people who review who share their review on this site.

Now look, I’m not here to defend Man of Steel or many other movies that were certified rotten by the website, because I was very disappointed by Zack Snyder. I’m here because movie viewers that change their opinions because of a number are very annoying. The last Superman movie is probably the best example to adress this issue because we can agree that Man Of Steel was the most polarizing film of 2013. Some people love it, some people hate it.

After it’s opening weekend, the reviews flooded the internet and most of them were bad or average. Viewers who enjoyed the film and Superman fans started changing their mind. Man Of Steel, in that moment, was panned by both fans and movie critics, with some exceptions of course.

The world is not supposed to agree in this kind of subjects. Like John Campea, editor-in-chief of AMC Movie News and creator of The Movie Blog says, film is subjective.

Seriously, I know people who hate Star Wars, and I’m talking about the original trilogy, not the precuels. There’s people who say the Exorcist is the worst horror movie in history. Maybe you have that friend who loves Anaconda or the one who constantly says that Roland Emmerich’s version of Godzilla is not that bad. Those are rotten films on this site. People that like and hate those movies actually exist. We don’t have to agree when we talk about films, no one is going to kill you if you say Spider-Man 2 is boring or if you didn’t like the Avengers or Pulp Fiction that much. Film is subjective.

You’re not a movie critic,  journalist, or you didn’t go to film school. You’re a movie fan or an average moviegoer. I’m not trying to be mean, but maybe you don’t know a lot about films. When people talk about direction, cinematography and all those things, you’re probably not going to care, you just want to know if the movie is good or not. You know what is a good story, yes. But all the other deep aspects that critics review? Probably not, they learned that through the years.

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Some weeks ago, what happened last year when I watched Man Of Steel for the second time happened again. Same scenario, different movie. We are about to see the new Godzilla movie, and a girl says the score Godzilla holds in Rotten Tomatoes is mediocre. You gotta be kidding me. We watched Godzilla some days before that incident, and she was nerding the fuck out when Godzilla was revealed, she loved that movie very much, and she even said it was her favorite King of Monsters movie to date… but now she thinks that this film is mediocre.

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 Source: Warner Bros.

Days before Godzilla was released, the film held a 90% score on Rotten Tomatoes, so people who see that score were saying this movie was really good. Now, it has 73%, which means it is considered an average movie.

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Many people in the movie blogging world say that Rotten Tomatoes is your friend, and it is. If you can’t spent $14 in a bad movie, maybe you should check which film is good and you will spend your money like a smart movie fan. That’s when Rotten Tomatoes saves the day.

I don’t know if people are just making up opinions to sound like movie critics, only to look like individuals who have a great taste in films. It’s just a score, like an exam, getting the 100% is hard. It’s pretty much imposible to find a certified-mega-fresh film in Rotten Tomatoes that holds a score of 100%.

You don’t have to agree with the movie critics, liking movies that nobody likes doesn’t make you dumb. Like I said before, no one is going to kill you because you hate a movie that everybody loves. Go to the movie theaters, and worry about your experience. Enjoy the movie.

So, do you change your opinion after you should a score on Rotten Tomatoes, you don’t care and just enjoy the movie? What does the critic consensus means to you?

 

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ TV Spot Hits The Web

By: Marv Castillo

I’m really excited about this one. This is probably my most anticipated Marvel movie of the year.

Marvel Studios just released a new TV Spot from James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy, the movie stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, Benicio del Toro, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close, Gregg Henry, Bradley Cooper, and Vin Diesel.

Guardians of the Galaxy is written and directed by James Gunn.

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