The limits of counterculturePosted: July 25, 2009
Countercounterculture is not cool. Nor is it… cool.
Though I may have made fun of the Endless Eight arc in a post this week, I am in no way attempting and failing to be a cool counterculture freak. Just because one series suddenly fails doesn’t mean that it’s cool to support it in an obviously stupid attempt to be unique. Though I may go against the usual views on many anime, it’s not like I’m specifically trying to.
I honestly think that Bakemonogatari and GTO suck. There’s no point in telling others that I think GTO sucks ten years after it aired and five years after people stopped caring if somebody went against the popular belief that GTO is a masterpiece.
But when you get people who spout things like:
im sitting here laughing at all who can’t handle it
this rage is really funny
…that’s going way past the line that separates “okay” from “what the hell are you thinking?”
I mean, disliking GTO is something that I can justify. I could probably type up a 2000-word post on why I don’t like GTO. Liking GTO is mainstream. I dislike it, thus I’m not mainstream.
Laughing at Harurage is just stupid. I mean, if you could justify an opinion that E8 is good, that’d be a different matter (take a look at ghostlightning!). But when you’ve got people reacting to the reaction, that’s in no way justifiable. There’s not even an opinion on the actual subject of debate – the arc itself – anymore! It just turns into a “WHO CAN BE THE COOLEST COUNTERCULTURE GUY” contest where nobody was old enough to have watched Haruhi when it was airing (though I shouldn’t really be talking here. I watched Haruhi in 2007).
LOL THIS RAGE IS FUNNY BECAUSE I DON’T HAVE $500 IN HARUHI MERCHANDISE AT HOME AND JUST WATCHED THE FIRST SEASON YESTERDAY LOLS!!1one
This rage may be stupid (take all the people rating this clearly-not-such-a-bad-anime a 1/10 on MAL, AnimeSuki, etc.), but these people who try to jump off the bandwagon when it’s going at 100 mph are sucidial idiots who need to lern2haruhi, or at least lern2notbeidiots.
And just to state my position on Haruhi so as not to be compared with wannabe unique people: Haruhi S2 has been an enormous letdown (THAT INCLUDES TANABATA, MIND YOU), but it’s a lot better than many people are making it seem.
Yes, this is what flips my switch. I often get people accusing me of trying to be counterculture (i.e. K-ON! overbashing or Bakemonogatari hating when I actually like the two series – which I don’t), and the idea has been stuck in my brain.
Bah. I’m angry.