Pointless Debate #14: Thoughts on Fandom

Another cliffhanger, how about not ending an episode with one?

As it has come up several times in various conversations on Twitter, I have this complete wall of separation between my real life and my guise online. I don’t know when or how that came to pass, but it’s rarely ever been something I talked about. With My Sister Can’t Be This Cute (or the romanized version in the tag if you lean that way), the subject keeps coming up in my own thoughts as much as the desperate and ultimately pointless quest Kirino endures to maintain separate lives.

As this post is really going to be personal experiences relating to the title of this post, I doubt it will really get to the root of anything.

The first thing that came to mind for part of the question. The protagonist in Chaos;Head lived in one, and it was pretty cool in my opinion.

Formspring Question Time

Over the last few weeks I’ve had the opportunity to answer questions posed to me, usually with daft responses, while asking bizarre hypothetical scenarios to others. In one case, the question was posed on the difference between shipping and OTP. Such was my knowledge of the topic at hand that I immediately ran to google and Urban Dictionary to find out what these actually meant. After seeing definitions, while still not attempting to understand the context of those words, I gave a literal answer to the question. So to answer 2DT’s response to my answer, I had no clue about those and many other fandom terms.

Drunk people in a hallway…clearly having more fun than I did

That Convention Thing I Never Wrote About

Back in May, I went to an anime convention for the first time. Needless to say, that experience went badly to put it nicely. So the reasons why…

Short Version: I was way too old and unprepared to be hanging around people like that alone.

Long Version: In an attempt to do something completely out of the ordinary, and perhaps to talk to people about something I like, I quickly discovered that I had never really talked to anyone about this face-to-face. Going in alone only compounded the problem as the real fun seemed to be had by groups. The panels I went to only confirmed how isolated I felt among the masses.

As much as I think "I could have saved that" it wouldn't have changed the fact England would be down 14-1 with me in goal.

Let’s Try Another Type of Fandom

As was made obvious by the Giant Killing posts, I also happen to be a fan of football. With the convention experience a few weeks earlier behind me, I thought I would make a trip to back to my college town to engage in viewing and discussion of a niche, but growing market in America. With 4 beers downed and the USA down thanks to Steven Gerrard’s early goal, the crowd inside the bar I was watching the match had turned its anger at those wearing England shirts.

Then, after Robert Green channeled a blunder worthy of the pantheon of England goalkeeping howlers, the place erupted. As I celebrated by hugging and high-fiving people I didn’t know and would probably never see again, it felt like I found the place where I belonged if only for 2 hours. Unfortunately, after the match petered out and finished 1-1, the normality of everyday existence returned.

Conclusion: So just three brief examples here I thought I would share. Essentially, fandom travels beyond my realm of comprehension often. Then, the combination of demographics and luck goes against me at great expense. Finally, trying something completely different can be fulfilling, only with incredible luck. I suppose the wall doesn’t make a whole lot of sense for anyone. It’s not like a really have much of an image to destroy in the first place.

11 thoughts on “Pointless Debate #14: Thoughts on Fandom”

    1. Well the violent bits haven’t really made their way over from Europe, except for limited groups of people who think that is what everyone does. Everywhere else, I think it is more symptomatic of underlying social and economic conditions than anything.

  1. To some degree, it’s all about letting down your guard and well… confront those ego-driven fears. I know I’ve had a tough time with that, but when the opportunity comes, just abandon all caution and plunge yourself in with gusto. A lot of the positives I’ve derived have tended to be unplanned more often than not.

    1. Confronting fear is a good thing in my opinion, opportunities to do so with this one are extremely limited. Maybe, I’ll revisit this post at a later date when things are better.

  2. Thanks for the personal post – I think I learned a lot about you in just a few words. I’m sorry about your con experience – I’ve never been to one myself. Perhaps you’ll go to another one and have fun? Just be sure to bring someone (or some others) along!

    1. The chances of bringing someone else along are fairly limited by the fact I don’t know anyone who would be interested. I think my only chance would be traveling to one (basically the setup was boredom inducing along with everything else) and arranging to meet others there. Not sure what the odds of that happening are.

  3. I’m always happy to meet someone even if not in person who loves football. In my book that already makes you a wonderful person. I put on my Liverpool cap t0 write this. 😀

    As for cons, I’ve been going alone for years, even when I lived in a big city. I’m passed high school and college, too. When I first started I was shy and it was uncomfortable, but I kept going because I loved it. After awhile, I just started talking to people in line or at panels. It got easier and easier to strike up conversations. After all, everyone is there for the same reason. So, maybe you can meet up with someone, but I think it’s what you make it. I hope you give it another try.

    1. I’m not entirely sure I went to this convention for the same reason as everyone else. I think maybe I was doing that typical American quest of trying to find one’s self, only to find that it isn’t really possible to do so. While I did have brief conversations in line, they usually went way over my head, centering around topics like favorite dub VA or whether Death Note was a great series or the greatest series. Like I said, I’d probably want to travel a fair distance before I’d attempt it again.

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