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Out of the Comfort Zone – Why the hate? (Part 3)

I apologize in advance. This part will definitely come off as hateful but then this is me talking about hating on anime. If you actually manage to read through all of this then I thank you!

Hey look! Another overused word out of convenience! We often use the word “hate” to quickly express disdain towards something/someone. In truth, if that said subject isn’t in your conscience radius then you won’t give two flips about it, guaranteed.

Unfortunately, we have internet and our literal comfort zone extends without our knowledge or consent. Though, in reality that’s just the ‘zone’ without any ‘comfort’.
And so, thanks to the power of internet, we are now eligible to express our dislikes to anime made in Japan, probably tens of thousands kilometers away, absolutely unable to physically harm your wimpy ass (not that it can from any distance anyway).

This leaves the potential psychological harms and yes, when speaking of what shit you’ve seen and what they could do to your weak mind, it only gets real when felonies have been done.

The best way to deal with any kind of damage is to prevent it from happening. But this is colloquial literature we’re talking about; you can’t stop a writer from finishing their work because you definitely can’t be reading their half-done stuff.

For real...

 

When used to its very meaning, hate is indeed a strong word and with it comes strong emotions. It’s so potent that the word can’t just be kept in the dictionary and left as it is.

Psychologists, specifically in the psychoanalysis specialty, worked their asses off to figure out the ideas behind many emotions that make up an act of hate.

Well, you can thank Sigmund Freud and his not-so-scientific-method of getting the ideas out for us.

This terrific lad passed away for more than five decades and I was born. Two decades later I grew up to be a person conscious enough to know that the act of hate really isn’t just your typical dislike.


Don’t let the Hate-bugs bite you

 

This is a repetitively proven fact so stop trying to figure out what women are saying even if you somehow know they mean the opposite when they tell you that they are okay.

Instead, spot the unusual actions they may be showing.

Putting that bad joke aside, when I dislike something I just leave them as they are. There is absolutely no point in wasting your time and energy trying to defiantly, vocally disapprove of something that is clearly going to exist within your conscience radius. In fact, it’s only going to get bigger and eventually you will be the one in its shadow. The grass is usually greener on the other side; if that’s true for you then the things you hate will also stop growing.

You know what I’m talking about. Don’t even act like you don’t when I talk about hate that involves anime.

We as the anime community survived felonies such as Boku no Pico and its s-e-qu-e-l-s. And see, like I said; even that thing stopped growing at some point and forever live as a prank to anyone who familiarize themselves with anime.

You survived. Move on, geeeeeez.
But I died from laughter after checking them out in MAL, lol. Do yourself a favor and read the reviews because they will probably make your day.


Onto the more recent and the most recent time

 

Surely you’ve not forgot that I’m talking about hating on anime, no?

Good, because I’m not letting you and your ego away to safety anytime soon. Let’s talk about Tsukasa Fushimi and his two massively controversial works, OreImo and Eromanga-sensei.

While it is true that both of his works involve very little intelligence when it comes to story integration. Unless your reasoning to hate either show is exactly to do with the story, you can easily come off as silly because:

  1. You SHOULD NOT be taking either of the shows to the bottom of your heart.
  2. You really have to get this one into your head; Fushimi-sensei isn’t writing for you. There clearly are people out there (a lot apparently) who actually enjoy these shits.
  3. Your morals just don’t align with the Japanese anime fans, clearly.

 

I have to mention Japanese (demographic) a lot because anime really gets the supporting flame from them. The US is clearly the second biggest anime supporter and that’s still only a tiny fraction.

Neither of the two shows are here to directly harm you; it really is just you having that insecurity messed around with.


It all starts from the fantasy

 

Insecurities usually trigger you into unwanted mood swings because of the things deep inside your mind – your (unlikely) dreams and your fantasies. Because let’s face it; there really is no harm when thinking about being able to actually f*ck your sister despite all the laws and morals placed in wherever you live (Oedipus complex is real and here you’re worrying about sis-con in anime…).
I’m actually curious now as to how many people are actually willing to admit it – the more reason we need a magical lie detector.

There is no harm… until the moment that very fantasy of yours is being brought out into the surface, right to your face. That’s exactly what OreImo did while Eromanga-sensei is going another way of doing the same thing.

Should you be surprised? Angry? Embarrassed?

Heh, I don’t care.

What I do care though, is the way some people respond to this situation. Nothing is more embarrassing than having their immoral fantasy placed right in front of them.

To shun the undeniable truth away and keep ourselves protected from further mental harm. We go about it with something that’s actually innate for humans. Whenever our body encounters any foreign object, the defense mechanisms inside our body do their best to rid of it.

In relation to anime and the fact that it isn’t physical, because the ideas behind both OreImo and Eromanga-sensei are triggering our insecurity, we are most definitely forced into activating psychological (Ego) defenses. There are big three mechanisms at work when we are hating on an anime.

This is where Freud’s work helps with my explanation a LOT.

Before we get there, let me give you a brief explanation about the three sides of your conscious minds.

The id

This part is basically the real you; it cannot be changed whatsoever. Whether you’ve experienced the best or the worst in your life, the id never changes. When the id engages in primary process thinking, the form has no comprehension of objective reality, and is selfish and wishful in nature.

The Ego

After you grow up to an age where you can actually differentiate between what’s right or wrong, the ego operates according to the reality principle, working out realistic ways of satisfying the id’s demands, often compromising or postponing satisfaction to avoid negative consequences of society. The ego considers social realities and norms, etiquette and rules in deciding how to behave. It’s basically a modified id.

The Superego

The superego’s function is to control the id’s impulses, especially those which society forbids, such as sex and aggression. It also has the function of persuading the ego to turn to moralistic goals rather than simply realistic ones and to strive for perfection.

Right, so the two anime titles have gone as far as activating some of  your psychological defense mechanisms to protect the Superego from shattering.

Just in case you’re wondering what happens when your Superego disappears; you’re back to carrying out the id’s work, basically what suicide bombers do a minute before they die.


Now, back to the anime part. When your fantasy is being exposed and slammed onto your face, the first thing your mind does is quite simple.

 

Repression

 

The earliest form of Ego defense, all you’re doing is unconsciously hiding that very filthy thought deep inside your brain. Sadly, there’s a limit to that. Repression is an unconscious mechanism employed by the ego to keep disturbing or threatening thoughts from becoming conscious.  Thoughts that are often repressed are those that would result in feelings of guilt from the superego. This is not a very successful defense in the long term since it involves forcing disturbing wishes, ideas or memories into the unconscious, where, although hidden, they will create anxiety.

 

While we can agree that OreImo definitely stopped growing and has no further potential harm. Eromanga-sensei is on the other hand, a new animated series and like all new things, especially when one dislikes, is a foreign object to your ever so moral mind. This leads to…

 

Denial

 

This involves blocking external events from awareness.  If some situation is just too much to handle, the person just refuses to experience it.  As you might imagine, this is a primitive and dangerous defense – no one disregards reality and gets away with it for long!  It can operate by itself or, more commonly, in combination with other, more subtle mechanisms that support it.  For example, smokers may refuse to admit to themselves that smoking is bad for their health.

See, at this point of denial, you could have easily avoided the moral abomination by just not watching it! But then I did mention earlier that eventually some things do grow so large you’ll become shadowed. That’s where you can’t avoid it anymore and it actually pains you to keep mentally denying.

Funnily, this is also where I can come to sympathy with the people who truly can’t accept Eromanga-sensei even after being cleared of guilt. That being said, the only type of people who can fit into my category of sympathy is the people that can tell its shitty story integration – it’s all over the place.


Actions speak louder than words

 

Just when you think that’s all to hating an anime, you’d be dead wrong. Denial goes as far as physically typing your hatred words into forms of ‘reviews’ and ‘comments’. One can say that we need more constructive criticisms. However, not everyone bears the amount of intelligence to be able to constructively criticize.

Denial doesn’t last forever, for both you and the newcomer who happens to be reading your opinion on said anime.

I’ve come across a blog post by Jess from Words of Wanderlust. She, after claiming to still be a rookie to the anime world, expressed her positive views on some of the adult action anime she’d watched (I know I’m taking it word for word but if you happen to be reading this: jokes on you because only two of those shows are really for adults!).
She went as far as praising Sword Art Online!

I mean, just look at some of the elitists over in MAL with their constructive criticisms.
This is when I headed to the discussion section to hopefully find a kind soul who was brave enough to voice out a single positive thing about it.

There were a few way down the replies. Though, the quickest replies were of hatred, absolutely no surprises there.

 

This is so old; haven’t you got a gag of pressing the red button despite being told not to do it?

When you spew hate towards any anime, what you’re doing is actually encouraging others to see it for themselves, which in turn usually (not always) result in them feeling the same way you do. See, this is practically what we call herd mentality, except that it barely has to do with morals. This directly links to the id side of your consciousness; you definitely get the pleasure of having a crowd to agree with you. This is funnily an unintentional reference to the same discussion thread in Sword Art Online where one of the replies say, “Be less gay and hate SAO”

It doesn’t end there, holy moly. Some people really do take it to the next level of denial and try to force their false reality onto a crowd. This is called…

 

Rationalization

 

This is the cognitive distortion of “the facts” to make an event or an impulse less threatening.  We do it often enough on a fairly conscious level when we provide ourselves with excuses.  But for many people, with sensitive egos, making excuses comes so easy that they never are truly aware of it.  In other words, many of us are quite prepared to believe our lies.

So keep talking about incest in Eromanga-sensei because even if Masamune and Sagiri are truly blood related, nothing is going to change the fact that one year later (this can literally be less than a page of text in light novels), they can legally f*ck each other silly every day and night in their own home. And funniest of all; Japan’s culture partly accept it. The country is highly against public exhibition of intimacy so as long as it is indoors there will be no limit unless it becomes domestic violence, which there have been many cases. All of the cute and fan service events shown in anime aren’t as bad as the actual story itself.


 

Now, probably the last additional stage to your hatred emotions. It really shouldn’t have come this far, honestly.

 

Reaction Formation

 

This is where a person goes beyond denial and behaves in the opposite way to which he or she thinks or feels.  By using the reaction formation the id is satisfied while keeping the ego in ignorance of the true motives.  Conscious feelings are the opposite of the unconscious.  Love – hate.  Shame – disgust and moralizing are reaction formation against sexuality.

Usually a reaction formation is marked by showiness and compulsiveness.  For example, it is claimed that men who are prejudice against homosexuals are making a defense against their own homosexual feelings by adopting a harsh anti-homosexual attitude which helps convince them of their heterosexuality.

I think this one should really hit home.

If you hate-watch Eromanga-sensei to convince yourself and others that you’re the God of anime who is morally righteous, please seek a psychiatrist. It’s actually easier than you think, to accept the fact that there are places in this world where things could otherwise kill your pride, aren’t going to kill anyone’s living there. What doesn’t kill them makes them (mentally) stronger.

Otherwise you are more than welcome to hate-watch the show for whatever its horrible story and random plot bring because it’s so well-crafted in its terribleness that the badness itself is noteworthy, or because you enjoy the adrenaline that pure revulsion can bring. I’m sure a lot of you belong to this group here so keep the hate reviews coming, I actually enjoy reading them because the show is special kind of bad. Just leave incest out of this; it is actually one of the less gruesome issues in the show.

It’s fine to acknowledge a show for being bad, it’s NOT OKAY to wish death (or cancer in the obvious matter) upon the author/writer simply because of that!


 

I’d like to cite McLeod, S. A. (2009). Defense Mechanisms. for references on psychoanalysis regarding the issues I tackled in this part.

I could have used other anime titles in place of OreImo and Eromanga-sensei but honestly I think that the two make extremely great hate-bullet proof materials. Therefore…
I’d also like to thank Tsukasa Fushimi for creating Eromanga-sensei and mess around with many peoples’ insecurities. This is worldwide trolling at its finest.

Lastly, I apologize for an abnormally long post.

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3 thoughts on “Out of the Comfort Zone – Why the hate? (Part 3)

  1. I’m sorry to hear that you felt my post was negative, especially when I found your comment on it was the opposite.
    I described the said animes as ‘adult’ in comparison to programs like Pokemon and Sailor Moon. As for SAO – I guess that people have different opinions and like different shows, and that’s okay.

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