Ok so, I enjoyed T&B as much as anyone else, and it is definitely still my favorite anime to date. I obsess over it occasionally, analyze the little things, buy the merchant, rewatch again and again…
However, the outright …worship that it gets at times, and always at the expense of other good, attention-deserving anime, and especially the overwhelming worship and obsession with Barnaby in particular, is more than a little disturbing….Idk I just ….. //flops
Nothing will ever be T&B again, but that’s more to do with the people I experienced with it. It was an event, and shaped a huge part of my life and even my future.
It’s hard to articulate, especially, and I hate to sound exclusionary, if you weren’t part of the community on /a/ at the time. Is it the best anime ever? Probably not. Was it one of the best times of my life? Most definitely. It is so much more then the show that fuels the obsession. I’ll admit if I feel myself getting too much into a show now, it almost feels like a betrayal because no matter what it won’t same. Silly, I know, but I can’t help it.
And the Barnafags? Yeah they’re little obsessed and a bit overprotective, but I think it stems from Barnaby getting so much hate initially (and still) and being the butt of a lot of jokes. I don’t take him so seriously, and while I wish some fans could relax a bit more it kind of comes along with a large group of people. You just can’t agree with everyone, so you just do your best and pick your battles.
What can I say about this?
Well: that I love Tiger & Bunny.
I just love everything about it. I loved the experience. The camping threads, the discussion, the arts, the releases, the wait, and of course, my T&bros.
I also still remember how Barnaby was bashed to no end. there’s no discussion about it really, I can link anyone to a hundred post of mocking Barnaby with truly sexist tones. But you know what? It can’t be helped, fandom gonna fandom.
And I loved Taibani back in 2011 and I love Taibani in 2013 and I’ll most probably like it on 2030 if I’m still alive and kicking.
And only I know why I love it and how I love it. Only I know what it means personally, how it helped, how it entertained, how it healed, how it inspired.
And only I know why I love Barnaby and why I love Kotetsu. And I understand why people can’t see it the way I see it. Because people like it for different reasons.
So I won’t care about passive-aggressiveness among fandom members or poorly disguised personal attacks. The fandom, the feelings and the series itself are much better than that.
And I’m sure for the people who also loved this for their very personal reasons will keep enjoying it no matter what, and also will offer love to the people who we have met on the way, the people who has kept their honesty and mutual respect.
And if someone is not up to that, unfollowing is always the honest option.
That’s my last word on the matter.