As the world turns, Twitter burns.
Social media dominates the Internet in this day and age. Everything we do is filtered through Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for the masses, especially our media consumption. Watching a show on Crunchyroll? You can tweet it. Have a screencap that you like? Post it up on a Pinterest board. Want to find a new series to watch? Put up a Facebook status. Social media is becoming the de facto way to share our interests, opinions and work with the community at large.
This allows a way for the Anime to break in to the mainstream conscious in what still remains to be niche industry outside of Japan. Not all your followers or friends will rabid, animongering fanboys and fangirls. It gives them a channel to be exposed to a form of art they might not be familiar with. This is a good thing.
Also shows that are niche themselves within the Anime universe get a stage to shine on. Retweets and likes can build hype around smaller shows, getting more people to watch them, and in rare cases, get shows licensed that otherwise had no shot. This is a good thing.
But on the darker side of the moon, social media does promote a massive group think atmosphere. Opinions tend to lie on extreme ends of the spectrum. While there isn’t anything inherently wrong with this tactic to generate retweets and likes, it does promote a mob mentality online. One status update has the potential to bury an otherwise inoffensive show. This is a bad thing.
Considering these things, one man has decided into dive into this often-unpredictable world. That one man being me. In this series of articles we’ll be looking at your Tweets. Yes you, the one reading this article. You have become an involuntary volunteer for our exploration of the venerable medium. And all you really need is 160 characters. Not a bad deal right?
Sword Art Online
Hype Meter: Very High
Top Tag(s): #sao, #sao_anime, #swordartonline
Even if you couldn’t I guess you could shut your computer down…
So If Asuna were really a man that would be super awkward considering her assets.
@pledisboy: Sword Art Online is perfect for me and my game loving self. thank you anime gods.
I thought we, the Anime viewers, were a secular bunch?
Sword Art Online has been polarizing to say the least. Many are surprised it’s a polished show with measured pacing. Others are angered that it has garnered so much positive critical opinion. Whatever side you fall on you can’t deny this show its due attention.
My Opinion: @SushiGoKart: Typical Seinen Anime that doesn’t fall prey to its typical seinen conventions #SAO
Jinrui Wa Suitai Shimashita
Hype Meter: Very High
Top Tag(s): #Jintai, #Jinrui
I would let my little sister watch Jinrui because it isn’t racist.
I feel like the sequence of these events are in opposite order… Unless he used his phone…
If heaven were like that… I am now shit scared of hell.
For a show that had little to no hype during the Summer preview, Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita has burst onto the scene as this summer’s critical darling. The detractors say that this show won’t be able to keep up its now signature madness. The supporters: Challenge Accepted!
My Opinion: @SushiGoKart: Exploding Carrot Bread, Skinned Chickens Dead, Ave Maria, Boys Love Manga Mania. #Jintai
Hype Meter: Mild – High
Top Tags: #NatsuyukiRendezvous
It’s not like a ghost can violate you. Well… it can possess you I guess.
@rozeh_street: I tried checking out a few summer 2012 anime, and the only one I like is Natsuyuki Rendezvous. Well, so far.
Don’t act surprised… It’s the summer season.
@xAkimiya: Natsuyuki Rendezvous is breaking my heart omfg. as expected of a Notamina show ;v;
Shh… Don’t worry it will all be okay. Give Sushi-Niichan a hug. No more tears. ( That was slightly creeper).
Coming from a manga that didn’t get much popularity outside of Japan, people are having a hard time figuring out why. Showing all the maturity of the Josei genre while avoiding all its postulated naiveties, this series is slowly building the heat. On paper it seems to be another run-of-the-mill romance: supernatural love triangle, hard to get girl, and attachment issues. So far it’s proven to be so much more.
My Opinion: @SushiGoKart: Sometimes we literally have a ghost hanging over our shoulders. It holds us back even though it can’t touch.
Hype Meter: Mild
Top Tag(s): #taritari
You’re using a double negative I think… Or that’s a really weird smiley of a guy wth really small eyes and a long nose bridge.
Young girls in the bathtub would just be pedophilic.
Just another example of the great english taught within the Japanese school system!
Being one of the few original works this season, Tari Tari had something to prove for the medium. For what has been for the most part a feel good ride that takes relatively few risks, this show has been enjoyable. Most agree with this sentiment, though a few naysayers have come out from the woodwork to highlight the sloppy pacing and underwhelming story.
My Opinion: @SushiGoKart: So #TariTari hasn’t been the Anime version of Glee I was hoping for. Still fun though.
Hype Meter: Mild
Top Tag(s): #kokoroko, #kokoroconnect, #crunchyroll
@ToastCrust: Kokoro Connect proving to be a lot better thought out than it’d appear on the surface. Or at least, a lot more entertaining.
@daruchuu: Srsly, Kokoro Connect, I’m clapping in amaze after watching the first episode. Such a good concept an way to put it. /clap
I always thought it was awkward to clap after watching an anime by myself…
And thus a new tag was born… Surprisingly it became very popular with the Japanese on twitter.
It’s difficult for an anime to make such a turn around in its first two episode. The reactions for the first outing of this show were tepid at best. Then the second chapter rolled in and began to turn heads. What seemed to be a derivative slice of life anime with some supernatural hijinks thrown in became a character piece with heaps of charm. The summer just got hotter, with some critics going as far as saying this would be the sleeper hit of the season. Kokoro Connect how you can breathe new life into a tired trope like body switching.
My Opinion: @SushiGoKart: I look forward to #KokoroConnect more than any anime this week.
Hate it or love it, social media is here to stay. Next week we take a look at a few of the other of the lesser shows this season and see what funny as hell things the Twitterites say about it.Image Credits Tsundere-tyan, InouePhantomhive, Rwka, CrumblingCrepe, and algeria from ZeroChan.net for the images.