Here is an obvious hint: it never looks good. And this post will not look good either.
At times I would actually think why some of my favorite shows don’t make top 20, let alone top 100 list. An extremely easy answer, though full of ignorance, would be “MyAnimeList“, akin to saying “Japan” to whoever that asked, “why is this shit (anime) so weird?”
So I began my short-lived journey in the cyberspace, to search for satisfying answers my wonder surrounding the psychology of anime fans—some of us.
None of what I have to say here should alter your view on any shows mentioned in this post. But believe it, this would be a good insight for human psychology, even better if you happen to be studying around this major.
It is more than understandable that most of my favorite shows obviously do not deserve ratings near the level of masterpiece because when they are to be put through the process of reliable evaluation, a ridiculous amount of technical flaws would all be exposed.
There is however, always a case of “but”; but what if we decide to overlook the flaws and just enjoy things for what they are?
Well, most of us can do that and we actually do it to an extent as a defensive move against horribly flawed shows. Some people however, do more than just that and I guess it gets really nasty from there on.
This is not meant to be a philosophical kind of post since I simply lack the brain to do that just now.
Also, pictures say a thousand words, right?
I’ll let them do the talking.
Based out of the three database sites, there is an obvious message…
So really, MAL is most definitely a gathering place of disrespectful fanboys/girls, but what else?
It should be clear to you that Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood has a special place for fanboys/girls. That alone does not sound harmful, really; we are all entitled to be a huge fan of something, right?
Well unfortunately a lot of people do not see it that way, and by a lot I mean enough for the impact to be noticeable. The feud is on fire between top rated shows and FMAB as diehard fans battle to defend the title from dropping off the first place in ratings. It’s kind of laughable but even then, I know the feeling of having things I love gaining the attention they deserve.
Pointing our fingers at FMAB alone will only put us in part of the problem and not the solution. Funnily, there is no solution to it as long as we are entitled to a thing called opinion (something I will eventually make a post about for damn sure). The issue is also not one way; the vice versa is happening at all times, too.
MAL Statistics for Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
This leads me to the next mind-bogging question…
A functioning brain: What is it?
This is why we need FBI to do more than just spying on people. This is why North Korea will continue to garner worldwide attention. This is why I will never believe in world peace. Reality is cruel; there are still humans living on planet Earth without proper, functioning brain.
Back to anime talk now…
Yes, art is subjective. But even then, there still are some things considered legitimate by the mass. Not good nor bad; just legitimately qualified for art. And FMAB is by absolutely ALL means legitimate for a show with a fictional story. If it does not deserve a masterpiece rating (10) in your books, the show then can still be regarded as average (5) at best, and that is actually where the last lump of votes go into as seen by the picture above. If you look carefully, you should be able to see that it is close to pointless in giving the show a horrible (2) rating since it clearly is not.
So, what is with the edgelords throwing in the appalling (1) votes on something that clearly should not even have 1– 3 gap existing?
That, my friends, is fanboy/girling.
The target — Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
The source — Diehard fans of other shows in the top (perhaps ten) ladder.
They get butthurt when their favorite shows go through reputation stain. Have you ever thought about a show that really has gone through exactly that?
i.e. the vice versa?
So, for a truly appalling anime show, apparently mass voting a masterpiece (10) is suddenly comedic and well accepted?
All of my what.
No, I am not here with a slightest intention of defending FMAB
Because like I’ve said, FMAB has its special place only in MyAnimeList, being a gathering place for over a million anime watchers worldwide. It does not sound like heaps since there are nearly eight billion people on Earth, but within the realm of MyAnimeList, that is practically the same as India (note quite China because that’s comparably Death Note), in other words it’s HUGE.
The fanboys/girls of FMAB are literally no different to the attackers towards the franchise. They also go out of their way to down-vote many other shows sitting in the top ladder and at times go above and beyond to remove anything that has been stealing its supposed spot, first. Again, it’s really laughable to think that humans can be this much of a cooperate sheep, especially when it comes to anime which does not cost their life let alone their money.
And because they are battles of numbers, the impact is extremely noticeable this way around. Let us look at:
Owarimonogatari 2nd Season
Kimi no Na Wa.
Hunter x Hunter
Battle of the Galactic Heroes
It is practically the same deal here, guys. None of these shows truly deserve a rating of below 4, fanboys/girls will do just about anything. In small-scale, percentages cannot really do the telling so just take a look at raw numbers:
Taking Kimi no Na Wa. as an example — the votes for 1 is almost five times of 2.
Taking Hunter x Hunter as an example — the votes for 1 is almost three times of 2.
So why not a 4? 3? let alone 2? Why does it have to be 1?
Funnily, half of these people could not be bothered to read MAL’s scoring system and probably thought that by giving the show a rating of 1 would be the most effective boycotting method. In case you still have not checked it out, here:
Weighted Rank (WR) = (v / (v + m)) * S + (m / (v + m)) * CS = Average score for the Anime (mean).
v = Number of votes for the Anime = (Number of people scoring the Anime).
m = Minimum votes/scores required to get a calculated score (currently 50 scores required).
C = The mean score across the entire Anime DB.
Quick maths right there, brains! To me, these people are just as much of comedy as Big Shaq on a roll.
And come on, I cannot leave this part of the topic without mentioning the show that is on a constant battle with fanboys/girls of FMAB.
I present you the show that gets hit hard every single time: Gintama!
Third Season of Gintama
Latest Season of Gintama
The numbers are small but enough to make those 1 bars stretch out like mad. Anyone with a functional brain should be able to recognize that something is not right with the statistics. It has become a thing since then and pretty much ANY show that makes it to the top ten spot are instantly threatened by diehard fans of the more popular series. It is important to note that FMAB has a fanbase twice as large as Gintama‘s. And with less than a fifth of Gintama‘s watchers actually made it past the third season, FMAB‘s fanbase is now eight times larger. Eight to one ratio, that’s like boulder vs. small rock whenever battles of fanboys/girls take place.
Some other shows which have been either taking direct or collateral damage from the fanboy/girl war are but not limited to:
- Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu: Sukeroku Futatabi-hen
- Violet Evergarden — this one has not officially aired but the hate is REAL, here is the proof.
- Boku no Hero Academia, especially its second season
- Haikyuu!! latest adaptation
- Natsume Yuujinchou Roku — this one is very noticeable as its first season does not look anywhere near as bad as the sixth.
Compared to big dogs like FMAB, the numbers are extremely small but that is exactly what makes this issue noticeable. And trust me, FMAB fans are not the only attackers—there are a LOT more. Gintama‘s fans are nearly just as salty.
To a place where less of it happens
This is where I start going way down the ladder in hope of finding a place where fanboy/girling has less effect. If anyone actually has the knowledge on Statistics at all, they would tell you that something like MAL’s statistics should have a representative model for normal distributions.
Down we go, to the rating around 7’s.
It seems that no matter the rating, popular shows will always attract hate. You know what I’m talking about, right?
Sword Art Online
But if you actually look carefully, doesn’t it seem much less biased than those sitting at the top ten? SAO is well known to be hated by edgy small-dicks who want to stroke their ego big time (not my words, go read MAL forums lol). While I can understand the hate for FMAB and Gintama since the testosterone-fueled apes clearly do not want their favorite show to have its face sit on by something else, the hate for Sword Art Online is different to those for the top ten; they are mostly pretentious and hollow, used as a quick gateway to sounding diplomatic in an already large community.
Look at it again, this show is getting nearly as much ‘hate’ as one of the worst anime shows in history.
Now, looking at some much less biased shows, we start to see a LOT more honest people.
Tales of Zestitria the X
Now you could come at me and say that an ‘outlier’ does happen, but we are talking psychological impact on a database here. Do you still believe in such coincidence as an outlier?
I certainly do not.
After all of my shitty rants, what did I get out of my time spent looking at these things?
Well, firstly MyAnimeList is clearly not the place for you to judge ANY anime show. Secondly, migrating to another database site like Anime-Planet or AniDB will only save you from the abomination for only a little while; this kind of thing happens to any place with high population density. And lastly, this kind of shit will NEVER stop for as long as humans continue to exist; it is all in our very nature. Some of us are just much less likely to become triggered by something trivial like rankings.
Though, I think that by writing out this post—I’m triggered, right?
Will I still keep on using MyAnimeList?
Hell yes, it is a database after all. What do you think I really use it for?
I will not ask you to check out what kind of rating I have given to any show I review on this blog; I will not ask you to head over to MyAnimeList profile to validate my opinion and to stroke my ego.
I would really much love your input on this issue as it will never go away! While there would eventually be a time when we cannot agree on something to heart, let us talk lots before it gets to that point.
Shall we? |^_^|