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Anime Syndrome

Ah yes, it is time once again for a good old fashioned rant. Of course, that goes without saying, since I haven't had a good one in a while.

What could I possibly have to rant about?

The fandom... what else?

So a while ago I was chatting with some people online, and one of them was bragging about how often he watches his anime shows. Now I am unsure if this is just flat out bragging, or if this is just this one fan's way of trying to one-up on the rest of us, but that's beside the point.

The issue was the number of times that this fan had watched his shows, and if he was telling the truth, it would have been in excess of dozens of times per series.

Holy crap that's a lot of rewatches!

I do good to get through a series once, then maybe twice if I am rewatching it with someone. but I don't think there are any shows in my collection that I can honestly say that I have watched more then 4 times all the way through.

Now when I delved further into this, I also discovered that this fan had what seemed like compulsion obsessions over not only the shows that he watched, but the characters in the show as well. There were no middle grounds, no maybe it was good... it was all dealt out in absolute "matter of facts", and there was something strangely familiar about this.

Turns out the kid suffers from "Asperger's Syndrome", a condition that seems to be popping up left and right in the anime community, and one that has me on the tip of my chair shouting foul as often as possible.

Now, I'm not against people with Asperger's, but the recent rise in nerds laying claim to the condition seems like a wonderful and marvelous explanation for their uber-nerdish ways. Sort of a supreme safety-net that will prohibit the rest of us from shunning them and scoffing at their deeply twisted obsessions.

So now it doesn't matter that these nerds are violating the sacred Nerd Commandment that mandates: "Thou shalt not be the nerdiest person in the room; the one nerd that even the other nerds are ashamed of!"—so long as these nerds have this excuse, or medical/mental condition then we can't say anything, or else we are the bad guys that are picking on kids with Asperger's... well fuck that!

I don't care how withdrawn, self-repressed, obsessive, compulsive, meticulous or insecure they are... if a nerd has gone too far, then by God, I'll say so! Asperger's is along the same vein as higher Functioning Autism, and I've not only met, conversed, worked with people that have it, I've had friends that have had it. Likewise I know a few people that truly suffer from Asperger's Syndrome, and believe me... they are one carrot away from the rabbit-hole to Wonderland... they pitch a bitch-fit when someone moves the last jar of pickles, and go into deep bouts of depression for hours when even the slightest normality in their exacting repetitive daily routine is up-set or altered in any way.

Nerds with Asperger's may actually exist, and I'm sure that they have implemented the repetitive compulsion inherent with the syndrome into the fandom, but I won't be fooled into thinking that every case of nerd perversion and obsession is a case of poor old Asperger's.

I'll tell you why it really pisses me off when people make a claim that they suffer from Asperger's. It's because, (A. I have to take their word for it, since there is no evidence to support that they are just full of shit and want an excuse to wank-off to lolita anime all day; (B. It covers such a broad range of mental debilitation that goes from barely even registered, to full on near mental retardation, and thus even a super-mild form of the syndrome is enough to garner pity and condolence from the world, without making the victim a drooling moron and mental incompetent.

God forbid that a fan should say they suffer from Synesthesia or flat out Autism... I mean we want to still be able to communicate with them, so sure, Asperger's is a great way to show us how fucked up you are, and it not really be your fault. Sort of like those fat bastards that wallow around in Wal-Mart, or use an electronic handicapped cart because it isn't their fault they are a massive tub of shit and lard, it's their genetics, they were born with a gene that makes them fat.

I'm sorry if I'm stepping on toes here, people... but the trend of passing the blame has just plain got to stop! We are nerds, we are perverts, we are the ones looking, reading, collecting, and we are not compelled to do so because of some syndrome, disease, or uncontrollable influence.

The fandom is a sty of its own making. The last generation of fans, had more worldly venture than this one, but the direction of the fanbase lately is a recursion of lazy perverted slobish nerds that need an outlet, and actually believe that Anime reality is better than Present reality.

Well, that's bull shit if I ever heard it. Honestly... stop being a pathetic child and realize that hotties and pussy and money, and popularity are never ever going to be discovered in this eggshell of a ruin that you call your fandom. Unless you get off your ass, and stop blaming Asperger's, OCD, or ADD or anything else that makes you a excusible nerd, then you are going to literally rot right there in the floor of your own waste and filth.

To all the people with an actual real medically diagnosed case of Asperger's Syndrome, I offer an apology for rest of the fandom... they are just lonely pathetic nerds that don't have the balls to own up to their own sicko ways.

As for the rest of you excuse makers... grow a pair, and stop trying to compete with who's the bigger nerd. I've still watched more than you, and still couldn't care.

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  1. I can't speak to Asperger's Syndrome, but I do know that back in my early days of anime fandom, I used to rewatch the anime I'd purchased several times. I used to rewatch Hand Maid May once a quarter. As my collection expanded, rewatching anime became less and less. Of course, that's also because my DVD/Blu-ray collection has much more than anime in it. So, in addition to rewatching movies from time to time, I rewatch entire TV series. In fact, I recently rewatched the Firefly series because I really like it.

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  2. I'm a) a nerd and b) have Asperger's, but one thing I dislike amongst people who use Asperger's as an excuse is that they don't acknowledge how while it does give you a neurological disadvantage in many ways, there are lot of things that can be improved over time with work - eg. with coping strategies, social skills training, etc. We are also not all so un-self aware to know that our obsessions can get out of hand sometimes, and while it might be a bit harder to control them, it's not impossible. We're not idiots, we can learn to improve our social interactions. Even if you're a nerd with Asperger's, it's not an excuse to be an asshole or a pervert about your nerdishness, nor is it a doom sentence that means you are stuck at one level of functioning for ever. I was that awful weeabooish obsessive nerd about ten years ago, but I have learnt a LOT since then, and I'm now a functioning member of society who can balance nerdy obsession with regular life, and manage their social interactions on the internet and in person without getting into big arguments over fandom or pitching a fit when I see someone being "wrong", and learning to make more compromises and acknowledge middle-ground thinking and that it's acceptable that other people will disagree. If you have Asperger's and are /struggling/ with social interactions, boundaries, black-and-white thinking, obsessions and compulsions etc. go seek the help that exits - I know it's better in some locations than others, and I live somewhere with relatively good provision, but there are resources out there.

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