Fullmetal Alchemist, Arslan and the Death of a Fanboy

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It’s no great secret how much I loathe the self-proclaimed ‘super-fan’ attitude that having a greater understanding of the background, lore or supplementary material of any type of media product automatically equates to a more entitled & valid opinion over others. The Type Moon fandom is usually paraded about as the current poster child of this movement, but it can pretty much apply to anyone who twists an admirable passion towards a work or franchise into an excuse for elitism and exclusion towards anyone they feel aren’t on the same strata of knowledge. Saying that, I try to not give into cynicism and give most people the benefit of the doubt, assuming this mentality comes out of a genuine, if misguided form of affection & desire to promote something they care about, as opposed to deliberately and maliciously championing themselves as gatekeepers to ensure the so-called ‘casuals’ stay out.

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Winter Season 2015 – Closing Thoughts Part 1: Parasyte, Durarara X2, Akatsuki no Yona, Tokyo Ghoul, Shirobako

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I had originally planned to do a February review of the numerous anime I’m watching, but a combination of work and not feeling particularly inspired to write anything put a stop to that. Mainly though you can blame a rekindled obsession with Final Fantasy XIV for taking up nearly all my spare time. I still plan to do more of these write-ups in the future, but I’ve definitely realised there often isn’t a great difference in what you can summarise each month in addition to opening and closing thoughts. In future I’ll likely just write initial, mid-season and final posts, and only on the shows I feel are worth discussing. Continue reading