I am a frequent visitor of Japanator, generally twice a day, when I get home, and when I am going to sleep, I pop on to see if there's any crucial update on something I am interested in. I am noticing the heavy reliance on internet in my life, and slowly trying to kill it's overwhelming power. I realize that I inwardly long for the old days.
The moments when I feel incredibly old, at my ripe age of seventeen, are the moments when I realize that I played on screens that were ungodly fat. I miss small, fat, screens.
Well, with that small diversion out of the way, I can make my real point. Manga, games, and anime in physical form. I miss it.
I remember the days when video-games where INCREDIBLE, nowadays though, EVERYTHING is INCREDIBLE, and all that fascination and fantastic excitement is dead. I remember when I didn't know about online distribution of anime/manga, while I am fine with it, I believe the balance has been horrendously tipped in favor of the "interw3bs". While the internet, I believe, is the most powerful force in this current generation, I believe it is also the crippling factor in this generation.
The internet has dominated, destroyed, all it's competition, physical ordering is almost non-existent in comparison to the transactions that take place completely online. The current generation is, what I believe to be, the most lazy, greedy, egocentric, backwards generation to ever hold the earth. Yes, this is a very bold statement, but it must be said. The internet should be a tool, that man should use, not the other way around. When it begins to be more important than reality, there is a problem (says an otaku who has devoted his life to music and anime).
I believe the ultimate goal of being an otaku should not be to lock yourself in a room alone,but to enjoy the anime community in forums, conventions, and simply staying in contact like any community would. Whether you are a Gundam otaku, Yaoi otaku, otaku-otaku, or a fan of tentacles (God forbid!), there is a part of the anime community that can understand you, that can accept you as the introverted freak you are, because everyone else in the club is an introvert. That's what I find fascinating about the anime community, the fact that we are all one big angry, dysfunctional family.
I digress, back to my point, I miss the days when owning hard copies of anime, manga, and games was the most revered way to own them. I don't own many manga right now, my collection is depraved, and I truly wish to fix that. Nowadays, the pride of owning hard copies is almost gone. We can see that as bookstores, dvd stores, and other old anime/manga 'fuel-stations' close down and go bankrupt.
I truly wish there was a way to turn back time yet move forward, because I truly miss the way things used to be.
But you know what, noble as it is all things have their time, and in the words of Tite Kubo, "We are all like fireworks. We climb, shine, and always go our separate ways and become further apart. But even if that time comes, let's not disappear like a firework, and continue to shine forever. - Hitsugaya Toushiro (Bleach)"
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