I Hope Nippon-sempai Notices Me: Kickoff Article
Welcome. We are about to begin a journey, an adventure littered with bad anime, boundless regret, merciless rage, blind devotion to misguided repair, and most of all alcoholism.
Yes kiddies that means that Nerdfit has once again made the mistake of giving me a writer badge. I’m wondering how long before they give me editor again despite not being formally affiliated with Nerdfit in any way. But you already know that, because I’ve always been here – in the shadows. Starting as the former (surprise) host of What’s New/Nu in Animu, Writer of the Seasonal Reviews of anime, and Host/Editor of Booze Reviews.
Once again I’m back concerning anime (but expect these to pull from all walks of media, and who knows I may post some random vidyah game articles to Nerdfit regardless of these), but this time it’s less of just dicking around. For you see this time I have a purpose. Yes it is to have Nippon-sempai notice me. You see if it’s one thing I’ve learned in my time watching over 500 hundred anime – god that still hurts to write – it’s that I’ve begun to see the patterns. It’s lead me to an understanding – anime isn’t awful, it’s not dead, and it’s certainly not perfect.
Anime is broken.
And I intend to fix it. If only Japan would listen to me.
Which leads me to the title of this article, because I truly do hope that somehow through a friend of a friend, or some translation that the Japanese animation industry listens to these upcoming articles before they decide to churn that machination that has caused early-onset alcoholism in myself.
But I know that won’t happen – and yet I have to try, as for how I’m going to try, allow me to give some setup of what this weekly column will be.
Every week I’ll take an example of something in anime, this could be a character, an episode, a whole series, or even a trope at large. The goal however is to deconstruct that in such a way, and then to offer an alternative. To point out the bad, and the good, but also to suggest the future. For example how to make Code Trainwreck‘s mech saiyan bullshit better? More of this:
Old listeners of What’s Nu in Animu should be briefly familiar with this idea as we’ve done similar things in that show (think the 40 year old mech pilot who punches the teenage kid out of his mech, and continues to fight aliens, but can only do so while having seizures, which often cause him to fall on and destroy highschools.)
Things like that, but rather than being random and buried, it’s a weekly thing.
This will be the antithesis to my regular reviews which mostly contain a lot of swearing and depression, because this is optimism. I sincerely hope that by reading this column you can stop thinking of all the bad of what anime is, but what it could be. With this day and age with things like Avatar (Except Korra which took possible character/story development and spirit bullshitted it), and the Little Witch Academia Kickstarter – we’re heading into a new era of anime, one where it’s no longer a product solely created for the amusement of fat nerds with no jobs in Japan, but fat jobless nerds all around the world.
I do not have delusions of grandeur that I would be even a tiny part of this change, or this future in general, but that’s the thing about ideas and words. Once you read them they get stuck there – like Inception, but way nerdier.
Which is what I hope to achieve, that for one person to think – hmm let’s not have another battle school anime, why don’t we make something like Red but set in a nursing home where a bunch of old people decide that rather than going out quietly they decide to have an epic free-for-all gun battle filled with backstabbing, factions, and pretty much all the retired cops explaining that they’re all too old for this shit.
Because the way things are now, I’m getting too old for this shit.
Alright that’s all for my introductory article, expect to see “I Hope Nippon-sempai Notices Me” here every week.
The Buffalo is Nerdfit's longest active content contributor. Having helmed various podcasts (What's Nu in Animu, WritersCast), columns (I Hope Nippon Sempai Notices Me, Advanced Game Theory, Booze Reviews, Anime Season Previews, etc) - currently he writes a weekly article column of 'Buffalo's Shit to Think About'