Anime fans were warned by Sakura Anime News that #AnimeGate would eventually get underway as the fandom became more mainstream. That being said, #AnimeGate hasn’t really kicked off… yet. It’s like in its nascent stages, coagulating interest and fury as it slowly builds toward its inevitable supernova. Right now people sense it coming and most anime fans know that when push comes to shove they will be standing 100% against corrupt media outlets and SJWs advocating for subversion. Well, in a bid to help fuel on the fire, Comic Book Resource’s Reuben Baron penned an editorial directly attacking anime fans, throwing them into the gutter like a punch drunk hobo tossing an empty bottle of malt Scotch into a storm drain during a windy night in Chicago.
The article was published on March 29th, 2019, taking aim at the anime community, using all of the tired tropes of mendacity that has been blanketed over the #GamerGate and #ComicsGate communities.
CBR starts by continuing to peddle the narrative that voice actor Vic Mignogna is disgraced, while alluding to him being guilty of unproven and unsubstantiated accusations. This is also despite the fact that no actual criminal reports have been filed against him, no court cases have been brought up against him, nor has he been charged with anything.
The article then goes on to paint Mignogna’s supporters as “obsessive fans” and harassers, with Baron writing…
“Before the Mignogna scandal, there were other issues trolls have tried to use to provoke an #AnimeGate. There’s been rage about critics giving negative reviews to “un-PC” shows like Goblin Slayer and The Rising of a Shield Hero. There was a fracas over High Guardian Spice, Crunchyroll’s first original series, which is far from release but has nevertheless sparked controversy with a teaser highlighting the show’s mostly female creative staff. There were claims that the English subtitles on Zombie Land Saga “changed” Lily Hoshikawa into a trans girl when the literal Japanese translation is actually more explicit that she’s trans. And that’s all just in the past year. The reality is, the alt-right troll segment of anime fandom has been stirring trouble for much longer.”
There’s so much misrepresentation in there. First of all, Social Justice Warriors who have invaded the anime community turned Goblin Slayer and The Rising Of The Shield Hero into big hits because they mischaracterized both shows, accusing Goblin Slayer of promoting rape culture, and falsely claiming that The Rising Of The Shield Hero encouraged misogynistic beliefs.
YouTuber Clownfish TV broke down many of the falsehoods in the CBR article as well, which you can check out below.
Also, people were angry at Crunchyroll for funding an original show that was designed around Social Justice Warrior propaganda even though they thought that they were paying Crunchyroll to bring over more Japanese animated shows and to fund original Japanese content, not SoCal propaganda. Crunchyroll attempted to quell the backlash of what some subscribers felt was a mismanagement of their money by censoring the forums.
CBR goes on to state…
“Such trolls are absolutely a problem in anime fandom. The harassment many voice actors, critics and fans have faced is inexcusable. Without minimizing the damage they’ve caused, and will continue to cause, there’s reason to be optimistic about the anime community’s ability to stand up to that sort of behavior. Whereas #Gamergate and #Comicsgate, unfortunately, became sustained movements, attempts to launch a similar #AnimeGate have so far failed.
“That might come as a surprise to some people outside anime circles. After all, 4Chan’s roots as an anime forum has meant there’s long been a connection between alt-right internet trolls and Japanese animation. Commentators have noted how prevalent anime avatars were among Gamergaters, while members of both GG and CG often express skewed Orientalist beliefs about Japanese pop culture being free from the “SJW scourge” of the West. Despite that unfortunate subsection of anime fandom being so vocal, the industry is better prepared to deal with the trolls than comics and gaming were.”
So first of all, #ComicsGate nor #GamerGate were about harassment, but both were about fighting back against corrupt media and Cultural Communist who invaded the industries and used their platforms to ruin popular brands and franchises with propaganda.
How both groups addressed the issues were very different. #ComicsGate didn’t care about the media, they just wanted good comic books, so they began funding independent comic book artists, pumping millions into original projects and helping foster a community of new heroes, villains, and comic book culture. This included popular crowdfunded comics like Cyberfrog from Ethan Van Sciver, Punchline from Bill Williams, Jawbreakers Richard C. Meyer, and Nina and Ariel from Ed Benes, to name just a few.
Major publishers and SJWs hated that comic book fans were putting their money into the coffers of independent creators. One DC Comics artist sent a picture of his dirty anus to #ComicsGate supporters. Others went as far as to SWAT people like Peter Simeti, the founder of Alterna Comics, for not coming out against #ComicsGate.
For #GamerGate the assault from the media against gamers has never relented five years after the event started, despite the fact that the FBI report concluded that there wasn’t enough evidence to classify #GamerGate as a harassment campaign and not enough evidence to move forward with anything. Even still the media and game journalists continued blaming #GamerGate for all sorts of stuff, including the Christchurch, New Zealand shooting.
This is despite the fact that #GamerGate was all about reforming corrupt games media. The movement managed to get a number of outlets to update their ethics policies, as well as encouraged the FTC to overhaul their guidelines to include video game reviews and Let’s Plays.
Even though not one SJW journalist, media pundit, or woke activist can cite evidence that #GamerGate was a harassment campaign, they continue to blame the movement for all sorts of ridiculous things, including the receptive failure of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. And it wasn’t just anyone who called out #GamerGate for the movie’s poor reception, it was the director… Rian Johnson.
Worse yet is that if you ask for evidence of #GamerGate being a harassment campaign, you’ll be met with no shortage of prevarication and deflection.
Nevertheless, you’ll note that many of these places that keep writing about #Comicsgate or #GamerGate don’t even allow their audiences to discuss these issues freely. A good example of this is with CBR itself, who banned users from discussing Jawbreakers in relation to #ComicsGate or even the fact that comic book professionals pressured Antarctic Press into canceling their publishing deal with Jawbreakers.
Other similar communities like ResetEra have also banned users from even openly supporting #GamerGate.
Nevertheless, the CBR article completely ignores all of the censorship, flagrant media bias, the propaganda, and agitprop that have run rampant in comic books, video games, and the entertainment medium, which has jaded fans and imbued them with distrust and disdain for SJWs. They also conveniently ignore that many fans have given up on various properties that have gone “woke”, which has caused some of those properties to go broke, netting them a soft spot on the Get Woke; Go Broke Master List.
Instead, CBR strawmans an argument about how Japan isn’t free from SJW politics, writing…
“Alt-right anime fans will often assert the medium is “free” from the influence of American “SJW” politics. That’s how you get people deluding themselves into thinking that Zombie Land Saga’s subtitlers “forced” trans representation into the show as some nefarious plot. There’s a fraction of truth to their claims that American politics don’t hold significant influence on anime. But what would-be AnimeGaters don’t realize is that their own stances are also American politics, and that their effect on the industry is negligible.
“Furthermore, they completely ignore that social-justice politics do exist in Japan, and have long been a force in anime. No American left-leaning complaints about anime are anywhere near as harsh as what Hayao Miyazaki has long said about his own industry. In as much as Japanese creators are concerned about international audiences, their goals are usually to try to make their shows more inclusive to certain groups (for example, see how Sword Art Online author Reki Kawahara has listened to criticism from international fans about his female characters, and has worked to improve). There are some anime staff, like Kazuyoshi Yaginuma, who relish the alt-right’s adoration, but bigotry is not good business, and as a result, the director isn’t finding work.”
Yes, Reki Kawahara kowtowed to SJW influence, but that’s only because he traveled to America and got feedback from Social Justice Warriors while visiting a convention overseas.
However, majority of the Japanese in Japan have no knowledge (nor care) about the microcosms of Western sociopolitics.
In fact, the producer at Kadokawa, Junichiro Tamura, openly stated during a Reddit AMA that all the fuss and noise kicked up over The Rising Of The Shield Hero in the West like some sort of a dust storm during an arid summer in the middle of an Arizona highway was completely impervious to the perception of the anime’s creators.
In other words: the Japanese didn’t care that Americans usurped The Rising of the Shield Hero into outrage culture. It had no effect on how they viewed the media, nor how they made it.
Essentially Japan makes what it wants to make, regardless of what SJWs are throwing into the ether across social media. The only way they can change that is by literally getting into the ear of creators at conventions and events.
Another subversion tactic that SJWs use is getting into the localization outfits and purposefully messing up the animes to include the Regressive Left’s talking points, which KIA recently spotted in the Funimation localization of the anime Interview With Monster Girls.
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They’ve also done it in the past with other animes, and the community called out Funimation for politicizing the localizations, to which they responded by claiming that harassment was bad.
Nevertheless, anime fans will not tolerate that kind of subversion. They do not want regressive politics invading the hobby; they do not want agitprop becoming the prime factor in character creation and depiction; they do not want their popular shows, brands, manga, or movies to become platforms for SJW proselytizing.
(Thanks for the news tip Ebicentre and Lyle)