Author on Narutards

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This guy is so popular, getting his picture used twice in a row

Firstly, this is a tribute of sorts to Author as once again, I’ll try to imitate his way of posting. You know the phrase “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery”. Yeah, this is it. Of course, to his credit, I will be nowhere as efficient as him. He is just too good at these kinds of things. Plus, I want to clear the air on this matter. Anywho, on with this post.

In my latest post, I seem to have struck a chord with Author.

I liked the classic Naruto. And seeing the ridiculous hate makes me want to wear a headband, just to piss off those who think they are better than me. My favourite tee is “Imagine: no liberals :-)”, for the same reason.

Now Author is jumping the gun a bit here. He is assuming that I am calling all Naruto fans “Narutards” and I look down on them. Not necessarily true on two fronts: I admitted many times that I have this elitist streak in me. Unless I can visibly see that I am inferior to them in terms of ani-knowledge, # shows seen, # of manga read, etc etc, then I will continue to assume that I am “better” -of course this only applies to real life. There are so many freaks on the interweb, I dare not make this assumption here. Look at the blogosphere. I pale in comparison to many-.

The other thing is that -and this is an important point because I’m giving it a new paragraph-, I do not believe all Naruto fans to be quote, unquote, “Narutards”. If you merely like Naruto a lot, then by all means, continue to do so. I am not discouraging it.  Just do not show your over 9000 power level when it comes to Naruto, and that means wearing that silly headband and doing those hand technique motions whenever you want to open your bottle of juice or nicknaming your fattest friend “Chouji”. At that point, I’M embarrassed for you. I am not “pissed” at you. Clearly two different things. I will be “pissed” at you when you come up to me and then start acting as if I’d know what you’re talking about because I’m Asian -yes, this has happened before and YES, I will sort of know what you’re talking about but not the point-.

I, too, was once very into Naruto, but I kept it to myself in public. I mean, if it wasn’t for Naruto, I wouldn’t have gotten into my favorite band of all time: Asian Kung-Fu Generation. I mean, “Rewrite” in FMA was the nail in the coffin, but Naruto’s OP of “Haruka Kanata” did help.

So all in all, everyone starts somewhere. I started watching [fansubs] thanks to Naruto. But there are some who cross the proverbial line. THAT’S when you’re a “Narutard”. Merely liking the show does not make you a Narutard.

Also, I’ll call your bluff, Author. Wear that silly headband in public. Go to work wearing it, talk to your co-workers wearing it. Wear it on the metro. If you dont feel those hot, uncomfortable stares and you’re totally fine with it, then I’ll give you credit… for being a fool. Pictures would be nice, too. Ask someone to take one of you on the metro, there’s bound to be someone who’s looking at you weird.

Oh, and nice t-shirt.

16 comments to “Author on Narutards”

  1. Comment by blissmoNo Gravatar:

    Yes, I understand where you’re coming from Os, and I’ve always thought that some people can be a bit too strange sometimes, although if we didn’t have Narutards, then unfortunately the next strangest thing to that would be something else that we don’t find so strange right now. So, I try to appreciate them, in a way, although it is kinda embarrassing doing those things.

  2. Comment by TheBigNNo Gravatar:

    The question is where is that “proverbial line”?

    I do like the energy people take in expressing how they love Naruto, or whatever anime you may see. But it all matters on that how, when looking at it in regards to the way the subjective standards of society/common sense/etc work. And the proverbial line apparently falls on what society considers “normal”, I guess.

    But I do worry about how it seems that the most outspoken people in the American anime community seem to fall into a group of “overzealous” fans (e.g. Narutards and such), and fans who look down upon and criticize that behavior. Obviously we need more discussion on this apparent divide here. 😛

  3. Comment by The SojournerNo Gravatar:

    [ID Sojourner]

    Haha. TheBigN is the self proclaimed expert in this field! STOP STABBING YOURSELF AND GO WATCH ANIME.

  4. Comment by MattNo Gravatar:

    I enjoy watching Naruto but I can’t call myself a zealous fan. I have several of the handbands because they’re cool but I don’t own any of the figures or wallscrolls. I can’t remember half the names of the attacks but it’s still an interesting series.

    Here’s an interesting argument, I can’t stand football, and so whenever football season is on, I have to hear play by plays of different games, the main players, their strengths and weaknesses. Then I’ll see one of my coworkers wear clothing or a hat deicated to one team. I honestly think football fans are more insane than anime fans because an anime fan will argue it out, and call it a day, but a football argument will last for however long a favorite team is still in the running. So should I rip on them for loving something I can’t understand? No, it’s their thing, let them enjoy it however they enjoy it. You know some of them will spend hundreds of dollars to get season passes (or whatever it cost) so let them have fun with it. It won’t hurt you.

  5. Comment by TimNo Gravatar:

    Some good points have been said. This is a pretty old topic by now, but I see that Matt is up and commenting and I wanted to jump in as well. Not to say that all people who are frantic about anime are “Narutards”, but I am guilty of stereotyping them. I’m going to be blunt for a moment and say that the majority of Asian people are prideful and pretty racist. To some degree it will annoy me when somone non-asian comes up to me and try and teach me how to use chopsticks, or which anime I should or shouldn’t like. It just so happens that back in high school, every person who annoyed me in that way just happened to fall under the narutard category. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not defending narutard hate. I’m pretty open minded and just wanted to point out my unforunate experience. Sigh, there have been times when Os and I are at Borders, talking about anime/manga series we have and have not checked out, and get approached by these fools who think they have the right to tell us HOW we should like are anime. I kind of think it’s uncool to tell me I don’t know squat about anime just because my personal perferencs are different. This is why I enjoy reading Os’ post about this matter.

  6. Comment by KarenNo Gravatar:

    I’m 27 years old and I love Naruto. I even don’t care that my niece and nephews are laughing in the idea that I’m hooked!

  7. Comment by ShawnNo Gravatar:

    I like watching Naruto. I find it fun and very entertaining. It has a very interesting storyline. I don’t think that makes me a Narutard.

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