Okay, this is more of an opinion piece then a straight up article, but this has outright been pissing me off lately (yes I said a bad word, when I’m really really upset the well-mannered side of me tends to take a breather). Here’s the thing, for some reason several bloggers who won’t be named (out of a respect, that I frankly don’t think they deserve, but will be given to them anyway) have decided that in order to write an article about Gundam 00 or any other Sunrise series they will watch, they have to subscribe to the “All Sunrise Series Will Trainwreck” myth and write from that angle.
This style has lead to more than it’s share of articles on Gundam 00 for example that I will just plain call outright bad. What is worse, is that I frequently notice on these blogs that series by other studios get a relatively normal and straightforward summary with a little fun humour and thoughts. What is this double standard?! It is not humour when you base your blog article around needlessly bashing a work because of a foolish and shortsighted myth (actually more like an outright biased lie) that because one or two series in recent years by a company (one I might add has produced some of the finest series in the history of Japanese Animation) have fallen below the quality bar, that they will always fall below that quality bar.
So really and truly, do us all a favour (and you people know exactly who you are) and either shut the bloody hell up and come to write for real (that means putting some damn thought into your articles and not just copying material from every other blogger who thinks it’s funny to bash Sunrise as a making of trainwrecks), or stop blogging their series and put an end to the bullshit. And for the love of god if you are going to do the former take some lessons in creative writing, stop writing the same damn article over and over with the same tired one-liners and garbage interpretation of the events of an episode, and show some respect for the readers that are trying to help you see an alternative approach to the episodes and to improve your writing. We can all learn far more from each other than we can from ourselves alone. And I know most of them are indeed capable of this because for the most part they try to write decent articles about Non-Sunrise series, which brings me to my next point.
I have had it completely with this stupid myth about a studio I greatly respect. The amount of wisecracks I used to throw at Kyoto Animation (and I still throw out the odd joke), in what I feel was reasonably good taste that poked fun at some of their cliches, but didn’t attempt to detract from their efforts as a pioneer in Visual Novel adaptations, is nothing compared to the outright disrespect that bloggers are showing Sunrise these days. It’s one thing to poke fun at a flaw every now and then, to joke about the studios penchant for putting a giant robot into almost everything they make for example, or even to continue to blog a series one isn’t enjoying in the hopes that it will get better, but to make every single article a lame bashing session, and to block, delete and moderate any comments left that point out that this is the case is far beyond the line between humour and biased bullshit.
When I got to the point where I stopped enjoying Lucky Star for example and new any of the things I came up with to write about would result in readers running the gauntlet of very harsh criticism, I thought about what to do for a little bit, and ultimately I decided to put my series to it to rest and watched the series in private until the time came to give my final summary of it. I wanted to spare people what was going to become an increasing bleek, unfunny and uninformative series of reads because it would be obvious I didn’t want to write about a show I wasn’t enjoying anymore.
These bloggers I call out right now though are not only are failing to do this and put an end to their miserable series of “Let’s bash everything about Gundam 00 and Sunrise” for all our sakes, but never seemed to intend to give the series a chance at a fair blogging series to begin with (No I’m not talking about DarkMirage again if people are curious because his articles actually did start out very optomistic, and he actually writes about stuff that happened in the episode without trying to spin it like a Fox News Report). I ask, no I implore these people, if you simply cannot write an article that isn’t laced in lame sexual double entendres, potshots at the production studio that are completely unwarranted and just anything informative in general, do us all a favour, quit while you are ahead and spare us the Tom Green humour.
Sorry to lose my temper like this, but tonight I’ve been offended both on the front of creative writing and fairness (something I do take quite seriously), and on the unwarranted criticism I’ve seen levelled at one of my favourit anime studios.