If you look at any fandom, you will bound to find obsessive fans that take things seriously and start berating people for not having the true fans or going on the rampage when the couple he/she wanted doesn’t happen. Or maybe you might come across an elitist anime fan that says your taste in Anime is crap. To me, I think an Anime Fan Dumb exists for the fact that a small percentage of the fans in the whole fandom are obsessive. (Image Source)
So what is Fan Dumb? Well, these are usually part of the fandom that think they are entitled to special treatment for being a part of a fandom. Furthermore, these fans are usually obsessive and might have irrational views. We have seen this already in my last editorial focusing on the moe debate as Anime elitists argued, “moe is killing anime” when in reality, it isn’t. However, there is more to the fan dumb than just that.
I think most of the problem happens because some fans feel that the anime industry them because they are a fan of Anime. However, this doesn’t only apply to the current trend of Anime, but also things like anime studios, lack of dubs/subs, translation quality, etc. For example, I have witnessed fans become outraged by Key’s decision to have JC Staff animate Little Busters last year because Kyoto Animation isn’t doing it. This kind of behavior from these fans just makes the whole fandom look bad. To me, everyone should be grateful that there is an adaptation, international release, etc.
Besides entitlements, the shipping aspect and attachment to characters taken to obsessive levels is another issue with the Anime Fandumb. While I don’t participate in the shipping aspect at all, some obsessive shippers or people who are attached to a certain character might go on a rampage because their couple didn’t win or a certain character is killed off/written out of the show. As a result, distraught fans might advocate boycotting products for a certain series, destroy their merchandise, or endlessly cry in despair like it’s end of the world. To me, it’s just silly because it’s just a fictional piece of work and the author can do whatever he/she wants to the story. Sure, fan creations like fan art and fan fiction somewhat addresses this resentment in a more civil and creative way, but doing silly things like destroying merchandise and crying like it’s end of the world will only make the person who is doing it look bad.
Lastly, some fans are so obsessed with the voice actors/actresses’ lives that they become outraged. This is one of the most destructive and disgusting aspects of the Anime Fandumb because it can ruin a person’s career over silly reasons. Voice actresses are people too and they don’t make that much money as many would think. Sadly, some fans have a strange idea that voice actresses should project a certain image like idols when reality proves otherwise. Because of this, it just annoys me that fans want to destroy the voice actresses’ reputation because they are dating someone. For instance, we have seen this with Hirano Aya, Taketatsu Ayana, Hanazawa Kana, Toyosaki Aki, etc because they are dating another man. In my opinion, nobody should care about what they do in their personal lives and instead, focus on their talent and performances. Aside from that, this aspect is similar to the obsessive attachment of characters, but destructive as it can impact a real person’s life.
In conclusion, there will always be bad apples in any fandom, not just the Anime fandom. However, fans have to learn that there is no such thing as entitlement, thus they should just be grateful that they are getting an adaptation or release. In addition, fans should just accept the outcome of a particular show with an open mind or take it out in some fan creations. Either way you look at it, fan dumbs are going to exist no matter what because people will have different tastes, so it’s just best to disapprove this kind of behavior and/or ignore it.
With that, what you think about the Anime Fan dumb? Do you think that fans entitled to things or not?