All is well and good when some cares enough about anime club to offer suggestions about how it should be run. I mentioned before about a particular woman who cares quite a bit about the representation of women in anime, and that our current lineup wasn’t gelling quite right. Since I’ve known her for a while, I figured that it would not be such a huge setback to oblige and find new stuff to show, even though it’s pretty much halfway through the year by this point. I had few problems with this very notion. Freddie, Haro, and Tomoe-san also did not have a problem changing up the schedule to favor older anime. The one problem we had, if we were to fulfill this to the end that she wanted, was dealing with the president. Because fuckall if the president starts talking about what kinds of anime people might like best.
I had become lax and unaware because of the president’s bout of inactivity in the first half of Winter quarter, but this recent debacle has rekindled his apparent interest in actually doing stuff as the club president. Not that there’s anything inherently bad in a president wanting to do president stuff, because that’s technically what a president is supposed to do. In fact, in most cases you would want a club president to be as active about their own club as possible. For us lesser staffies, however, it’s not a good thing. That’s because none of us like his tastes in anime.
Allow me to put this into perspective. Every week we occasionally get on Facebook and discuss what should be shown next in club (because that’s, like, important mang). Also keep in mind that at this point we’re still constrained into watching things from the current season. For the majority of this quarter, Madarame-sempai has stayed out of the decision-making process because he’s been super-busy with schoolwork and the like. Since it’s his fourth year probably going into his fifth, shit’s kinda important right around his time. Now that the one lady starts complaining to us about how much our lineup sucks, he finds some inspiration to involve himself more in deciding what ends up on screen. To come extent, when someone in a position as important as the club president starts deciding things, you’d think that given his position and his experience in the club he would know precisely what the audience would like, right? …Right?
Wrong. First thing he suggests is to start GJ-bu and continue with Kotoura-san.
In the end, we must relent to these decisions because he’s the motherfucking president of the anime club, but he did get an earful out of that one lady when Kotoura-san showed up. Satisfaction of that happening aside, it boggles my mind as to how someone as old as Madarame-sempai can be so… I don’t even know how to say this without sounding mean. I completely disagree with his taste in anime. In fact, I am so against what he wants to show (others being moreso against) that we end up politely disagreeing with each other over Facebook about what shows can be constituted as good and bad for the club.
Sometimes I think he mixes up what he likes as being what the club likes. Actually, no. I was choosing shows based on that sentiment as well. However, I also have a better sense of knowing what a college audience might appreciate and I do not regret putting myself out there like that. I really do have a better sense of what might gel well with the club than Madarame-sempai thinks. Maybe it helps that I’m one of those elitist fucks that has to blog in order to keep oneself sane and not feel as foreveralone.jpg as they actually are (if you haven’t noticed I just did a pisstake at all you anibloggers out there, because face it we are elitist as all hell). You can at least commend me for putting faith in Maoyuu and Kotoura-san, right? You can at least understand why I avoided anime like Mondaiji, Cuticle Detective Inaba, and GJ-bu, right? Perhaps it only comes to this point because Winter season as a whole sucked balls, but it has become the President’s tastes against my tastes. We obviously compromised as you can see from the images in this post, but it’s still wholly frustrating how my opinions on anime are the exact opposite of his opinions.How do I even explain why he likes certain shows more than others? I can’t say that it’s because he’s a dirty otaku because he’s clearly not. In fact, Tomoe-san is even more of an otaku than most anyone else in the clubroom can even begin to claim. I named him Tomoe-san because his Tomoe Mami is his waifu, and he has the pillows and the pictures on his laptop to prove it. He enjoys the shit out of fanservice anime like no other, much like Madarame does, but he at least has the awareness to know that not everyone appreciates fanservice anime. Another reason why I like having Tomoe-san around more than Madarame is because, despite his tastes in anime, he enjoys the shit out of The Tatami Galaxy. We instantly became better best friends after I found that out. The president, however… Bleh. He’s a lot less approachable that you would expect of a club president, and a lot less able to communicate with the rest of us. Our secret pet name for him is Entei because he’s so hard to get ahold of. I should totally start calling him Entei instead. That’s a terrific idea. Anyway, the main point is that even though I should know a lot more about him than I do now it’s kinda difficult when he makes it all awkward and stuff. Well, complaining about how much my president’s tastes in anime suck balls is going nowhere because we already compromised on an order that keeps us (somewhat) satisfied: reserve the first two shows for the current season, and have three slots for past shows that we can keep showing for the rest of the year. As much as I preach that we must take the opinions of the audience into account, it’s become a battle between ourselves in the staff against the club president. I actually think right now that the anime club doesn’t give much of a shit what we end up watching as long as we stay consistent. If there’s anything implying that we’re on bad terms with the president, there isn’t. We’re all friends at the end of the day because it’s tough to hate one of the few people on campus who bother to come to anime club as much as they can. It also helps that we’ve known each other for at least a year by now so we know exactly what set of tastes belong to who (I’m the resident elitist btw). I really should be happy that I at least got three-fifths of what I wanted, but it’s hard to ignore that I fundamentally disagree with my authority figure on almost everything.
- ololol it now occurs to me that we pulled a three-fifths compromise. thatsracist.gif
- Was changing the schedule worth shutting the girl up? I honestly don’t know. Her rants were half constructive criticism against what we were showing and half bitterness that we weren’t evening out the playing field with equally sexualized material aimed towards fujoshi. It’s good advice, but it comes from a bad motivation.
- Nothing interesting happened on March 1st, so I’ll do some filler when I get the chance.