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Do you agree that it's silly to hate something because it has a cringy and obsessive fandom?

Post by DragonBallKing » Thu Dec 28, 2017 3:10 pm

I've seen this for things like Rick and Morty, Sonic, Dragon Ball, etc. "They've ruined (insert franchise here) because the fandom is so cringy", they would say. Why is this when you can simply enjoy the show/games you like without interacting with those people, makes no sense. :?
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Post by sintzu » Thu Dec 28, 2017 4:55 pm

Yeah, if you're interested in something then its fans shouldn't affect your enjoyment of it. I think you'll mostly hear this from people who don't want to get into a franchise and use this as an excuse to why.
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Post by ABED » Thu Dec 28, 2017 5:23 pm

I try not to let them ruin my enjoyment, but a part of fandom is enjoying discussing it with other fans, but sadly there are lots of people that do little but complain about things. Their criticisms aren't even constructive.
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Re: Do you agree that it's silly to hate something because it has a cringy and obsessive fandom?

Post by Robo4900 » Fri Dec 29, 2017 1:40 am

If a fandom for something is crappy, I just find fans of it within other fandoms that are nice, and discuss it with them. Alternatively, I just enjoy it on my own. Speaking as a fan of Rick And Morty, Homestuck, and someone who used to watch Steven Universe, bad fandoms are really a non-issue; just enjoy the thing, and talk to your friends about it if you must. If you can see Star Wars, Game Of Thrones, or anything else big and current, and you can hold back on spoilers, then you can watch a show without dealing with the fandom at large.
And when something is as big and everywhere as Dragon Ball, Rick And Morty, and many of these other things with bad fandoms, you'll find fans of them everywhere, so it's not like you won't have anyone to discuss it with.
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Post by Jackalope89 » Fri Dec 29, 2017 1:51 am

Oh, the bigger the series, the more cringy fans it will have.

And really, its the cringy and crazy fans that tend to earn my ire, not the series itself. I enjoy the Dragon Ball franchise as a whole, but I also recognize that we have some pretty awful fans that pop up here and there that tend to give the rest of us a bad name, because they go everywhere else and tell people how much their franchise sucks or something.

And I wish I was exaggerating. You have the DBZ/Naruto fandom wars, the DBZ/DC Comics wars, and the DBZ/Marvel wars just to name the three biggest. And often ugliest.

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Post by Anime Kitten » Fri Dec 29, 2017 2:04 am

Of course it's silly. As others have said, no one should let others' opinions on something influence how you enjoy that thing. If you enjoy it, enjoy it.

That being said, though, it's still difficult for me to actively participate in discussions related to DBS because there's just too much negativity in general (particularly on Kanzenshuu, but not exclusively). I want to discuss things I enjoy in a positive way - certainly with criticisms, but not with overwhelming negativity.

No personal issues with anyone, it's just a gripe I've had with the community for quite a while now.
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Post by Kuwabara » Fri Dec 29, 2017 2:06 am

Enjoy things for yourself, always. That said, I know quite a bit about Game of Thrones without having any interest in it at all just so I know what my friends are talking about. I wonder what that would be filed under?
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I struggle to understand why these two "fandom wars" in particular even exist.
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Post by Cipher » Fri Dec 29, 2017 2:21 am

Absolutely, unless that thing is Undertale.

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Re: Do you agree that it's silly to hate something because it has a cringy and obsessive fandom?

Post by sintzu » Fri Dec 29, 2017 2:23 am

Kuwabara wrote:I struggle to understand why these two "fandom wars" in particular even exist.
Yeah that doesn't make sense at all. I understand comparing it to other anime but Marvel and DC ? they're not even the same thing, not even close.
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Post by Kendamu » Fri Dec 29, 2017 2:48 am

There are a few things I'm into where I'm either very selective about what parts of the community I interact with or I just don't get involved in their fan communities at all. Part of this is due to how the community is known to act. The other is because I've been so heavily invested in Dragon Ball fandom for something close to 20 years that I really don't really want to go anywhere else.

Good examples might include Avatar: The last Airbender (and Korra), Rick & Morty, and Steven Universe. All fun shows, but a combination of fandom reputation and a lack of free time keep me from really embracing their fandoms anymore than me seeing a DB fan Tweet about something like ATLA and me responding with something relevant to that Tweet.

All that said, the DB fan community has a bit of a bad rep at times, too. :lol:

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Post by Soppa Saia People » Fri Dec 29, 2017 4:11 am

Will I hate something because of it's fandom ? Nah, but I may resent it a little. Will I be more hesitant to get into something due to its fandom ? Yea.
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Post by Vijay » Fri Dec 29, 2017 6:08 am

Both YES & NOPE

If said fandom is comprised of hypocrites & insecure assholes aggrandazing a garbageshow pretentious of it being the ultimate masterpiece & accomplish nothin but abuse/troll fans of other shows while the fanbase itself relishes living in paradise of fool.

You got every reason to hate goddamn anime/show

If there's significanly lack of fandom surrounding a exceptionally great show & scores on every aspect: characters, storyboard, production values, themes & its dedicated fanbase actually respect fans of different shows.

Now such shows dont deserve hate, instead mountains of love

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Post by Anime Kitten » Fri Dec 29, 2017 12:51 pm

Vijay wrote:[spoiler]Both YES & NOPE

If said fandom is comprised of hypocrites & insecure assholes aggrandazing a garbageshow pretentious of it being the ultimate masterpiece & accomplish nothin but abuse/troll fans of other shows while the fanbase itself relishes living in paradise of fool.

You got every reason to hate goddamn anime/show

If there's significanly lack of fandom surrounding a exceptionally great show & scores on every aspect: characters, storyboard, production values, themes & its dedicated fanbase actually respect fans of different shows.

Now such shows dont deserve hate, instead mountains of love[/spoiler]
But... why? If you enjoy something, the fanbase shouldn't affect your enjoyment of that thing regardless of the direction said fanbase leans towards. Sure, it may affect your interaction with those fans, but it doesn't change the series itself nor should it change your opinion of it.
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Post by JulieYBM » Fri Dec 29, 2017 1:04 pm

Solution: social media echo chambers filled with only the people you deem of sufficient intellectual capacity to properly express their love of any given art without sincerely lashing out at other aspects of said fandom!

Otherwise, yeah, I don't have time to hate something merely because of its fans. Probably. I hope. The concept of hating a work because of its fandom really does sound like a personal problem, at the end of the day.
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Post by ToshioWrites » Fri Dec 29, 2017 8:54 pm

People love to blanket statement as if they've met every fan of a certain show. " hur dur, dragonball fans suck, so i won't watch it" Nevermind that you can watch a show and never interact with other fans but i guess people just need some excuse

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Post by Vijay » Sat Dec 30, 2017 12:01 am

Anime Kitten wrote:
Vijay wrote:[spoiler]Both YES & NOPE

If said fandom is comprised of hypocrites & insecure assholes aggrandazing a garbageshow pretentious of it being the ultimate masterpiece & accomplish nothin but abuse/troll fans of other shows while the fanbase itself relishes living in paradise of fool.

You got every reason to hate goddamn anime/show

If there's significanly lack of fandom surrounding a exceptionally great show & scores on every aspect: characters, storyboard, production values, themes & its dedicated fanbase actually respect fans of different shows.

Now such shows dont deserve hate, instead mountains of love[/spoiler]
But... why? If you enjoy something, the fanbase shouldn't affect your enjoyment of that thing regardless of the direction said fanbase leans towards. Sure, it may affect your interaction with those fans, but it doesn't change the series itself nor should it change your opinion of it.
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Post by J.T. Drago » Sat Dec 30, 2017 4:10 am

Pretty much.

I like Dragon Ball, Sonic, Undertale, and Steven Universe to name a few. If people don't like those franchises, that's fine. Every huge fanbase has their fair share of people that take it a bit too far, some more than others. In this day and age with social media where just about everyone can interact with each other, you're gonna run into the "dark" side of some fandoms eventually or even more often than you want. Even the huge fan bases that seem pretty calm probably have their share of crazy/obsessive in there.

What I find more annoying is that whenever something new gets very popular nowadays, people always say things like "This fandom is getting as cancerous as xx!" Happening with Cuphead, also happened with Night in the Woods, to name a couple. I mostly find the people who complain and whine about fanbases more annoying than the fans themselves.

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Post by sintzu » Sat Dec 30, 2017 5:48 am

I somewhat take back what I said. Someone in the call of duty "community" got someone killed because he was a sore loser and to make things worse, he gave the swat team the wrong address and someone who had nothing to do with gaming got killed instead of who he was playing with.

I've read this mostly happens within that "community" so I don't blame anyone one bit if they don't want to even look at that franchise let alone be a part of it.

It's this kind of sh*t that results in us Americans ending up with less rights so watch this thing get out of control and all kinds of new crazy laws get put in place and all the mainstream media calling gamers monsters.
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Post by Kunzait_83 » Sun Dec 31, 2017 2:07 pm

Well. I mean... I'm still here aren't I? :D

In fairness though, Dragon Ball is one of the relatively few things I'm genuinely interested in that has a "cringy and obsessive fandom". You (thankfully) don't get much, or any, nonsense like this with fans of things like Philip K. Dick books, Neil Gaiman comics, or David Cronenberg movies.

In the rare instances when something that I do like does however acquire a cringe-inducing fanbase (like Dragon Ball has) it traditionally hasn't put me off to still enjoying it by itself divorced from all that. What it does do however, unfortunately, is make me far, far less apt to be as casually open about my fandom for it as I might otherwise be.

For example while I'm not now, nor was I ever at any point in my life a die-hard obsessive about Sonic the Hedgehog (no one really was back in the character's heyday on the Genesis: they were just a very well liked series of 16 bit platformers and little else besides; absolutely nobody anywhere took it "seriously" as a "mythos" or "saga" etc. because that'd be ridiculous and no different than treating something as similarly asinine like Super Mario in that manner), I still to this day, as I did in the 16 bit era, very much like and play the original run of Sega Genesis/CD Sonic games (and now Mania).

Thing is... for most of the last near-20 years however, I almost NEVER bring up Sonic unless its brought up first somehow. One, because I just genuinely am not THAT invested in it, and two, because of the stigma that the fanbase has indeed brought on it. That stigma unfortunately is justly deserved, because both the fans themselves as well as the vast overwhelming majority of the games in between the 16 bit titles and Mania are nearly all toxic sewage, the former bordering on clinical psychosis.

Its a similar thing with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I've always, since the 80s, absolutely loved the original Mirage comics, and still have a genuine passion for them as a wonderful example of the immense creativity of the 80s indie comic scene... however that's largely where my interest in the franchise begins and ends (though the old Konami games are also mostly great). The entire rest of the franchise itself (all the movies, cartoons, etc), and moreover its fanbase (outside of some remaining diehard circles dedicated to the Mirage version) are so beyond ghastly and grotesque as to put me off from making any kind of public display of my fondness for the original comic. Like with the Sonic games, there's just too much built-up baggage and stigma associated with the rest of the IP as an entity as well as its fanbase's general lunacy, for me to wish to be identified as part of it.

Unfortunately its now gotten to be that way with Dragon Ball as well. For a very long time I resisted against letting the dub and its fanbase put a cloud over my love for DB. But as of mostly the last 8 years or so, I've kind of largely put Dragon Ball into a similar pile as the Mirage TMNT comics: something I still hold a tremendous deal of affinity for, but am loathe to broadcast it openly, because the very idea of being even tangentially associated with either its fanbase or its more well-known bastardization is something I actively wish to avoid.

So yeah, I suppose for a rare few things that I love, the cringy obsessives circling them have shamed me into a closet with regards to being more open about my investment in those particular entities. But I still engage with them and I still try not to let the crazies get too much further in the way of my enjoyment beyond that.
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Post by ABED » Sun Dec 31, 2017 2:20 pm

I still think that every fanbase has a small percentage of "crazies". I think most people are apt to just watch and peacefully discuss. The bigger the franchise, the more crazies there are even if the percentage stays about the same.
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