Literature (whether it be manga/novels/other books) are seemingly timeless. When it comes to certain series (whether it be anime, an Asian drama or any other type of series), people appear to be more judgemental if you haven’t seen it yet. Why is that?
Whether it’s a certain show that’s still ongoing or one that has been completed for the past few years if you haven’t seen it and say that to someone (most likely a huge fan of it), you’ll most likely hear something among the lines of “You seriously haven’t watched that yet?!” or “Wow, you’re really behind”. I’m not going to say that I haven’t said something of the sort in the past since I would be lying. But when I do say this or when someone says it to me, I notice there is a slight discomfort and people (myself included) tend to get a bit defensive when hearing these phrases.
I tend to hear these phrases a lot—especially by certain people—after creating my blog (which I don’t really understand why—probably because they expect me to have seen absolutely everything or be up-to-date with everything which is nearly impossible), and to be honest, it gets really annoying especially if it’s said with a certain tone. I’m not talking about the initial shock that genuinely comes upon hearing that you haven’t seen a certain series, but when someone says “you’re really behind,” to me that has a bit of a chastising undertone/meaning.
So when is it too late to watch a series? In my opinion, it’s never too late—whether it’s still a hot topic or not, you should enjoy a series regardless of when you watch it. There are still anime, dramas, etc. that were released/completed over a decade ago and I have not watched it. Same goes for games. If you haven’t played a certain game during the first month or two that it was released, people will start to give you the stink eye or at least a very judgemental one because you’re “behind” on it—which in my opinion, is stupid. You should be able to enjoy whatever you want when you want. Also, not everyone is going to be able to be up-to-date. Everyone has a different circumstance in life—whether it be work, family, etc. If the person wants to recommend a certain series or game, I think they should just say “I definitely recommend it” not “you’re really behind” because then that will just take the fun out of doing so and it also makes you look like a total (trying not to curse but fails) ass. Believe me, the power of language and tones are incredibly powerful.
That came out more like a rant, but I hope you enjoyed reading this nonetheless. Until next time, keep your paws and bowls of ramen up, everyone! Nya! 🐾
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