Just a few minutes ago, my mother watched anime with me for the first time. I wasn’t really crazy about the idea of her sitting behind me watching – I felt as if she was invading a part of my world that she could never be welcome in. I said “I guess so” and let her eat dinner with me while watching the 4th episode of Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni, a series that I had previewed back in Spring, but set aside for more compelling titles.
To give you an idea of what she was watching with me, here are some screenshots…
Lovely huh? Can you feel the hate? It’s much more potent when it’s moving. She chooses this sort of anime to come and watch with me. Hell, if anything, maybe she’s scared away, now that she has this bloody, wretched, close-minded view of anime. If she has any sense, she won’t try to walk into my world ever again other than through the filter of my own creativity. At least then, the whole anime circle won’t have to suffer another miniscule viewpoint of a small-minded adult. She’ll just have me to ridicule.
When the episode ended, she asked a few questions that had already been answered in the episode, but most I could not answer. Obviously, this is because it is a series. Perhaps the questions will never be answered. That’s anime for you, especially this horror-based anime which is by far a winner in my eyes. The most irritating question was “What girl is that a picture of?” She was referring to the Xenosaga image on my desktop. I bluntly answered, “It’s from a video game.”
Next question. “What kind of video game is it?” Fuckin’ typical.
I fished for an answer that would end this foolishness already. “Not the kind portrayed” was the only answer I could think of.
Her reply? “Well that’s good to know, since this is the kind that’s…well…you know.”
Fuck! Why do perfectly reasonable, lovely images get plastered by blatant ignorance?! It’s fuckin’ Shion & KOS-MOS for crying out loud! I haven’t played the games fully, but I played enough to know that they are close. It doesn’t even matter if I didn’t know that. If you don’t know about something, don’t fuckin’ label it as a sexual innuendo or as something “socially inappropriate.” This is why I do not want my mother anywhere near my computer or my world. Shit like this happens and I just have to hope she either forgets about it, or is too shocked to even bother. If she even thought of trying to walk into the anime/manga world, she’d be too fuckin’ shellshocked and confuzzled to understand because of society’s choke hold on her. Oh yeah, and she’s a Christian.
Forget about asking why or why not when it comes to that sort of mindset that only a few will be willing to open their eyes to see that it’s all just creative expression. All it will take for me to say “fuck off” is for her to call my writing “uncouth” or to even try to stop me from achieving my passions. She even almost told me to forget about ever going to Japan during college to pursue a writing career of some sort. She’s really walking on thin ice with me, and I have a feeling this is just the beginning.
// ::Meganekko-Tune Now Playing [ Rekka Katagiri – Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni ED – “Why or why not” ]:: \\