So, before starting on my work, I was wondering what to blog about today, and then Edrei points me to Jeff Ooi. Now for those who’ve read my 100 things, you’d know that I’m no fan of his. However, his latest report is quite interesting, and bears very dire straits for anime fans like me.
It is obvious (and hearing calls and reports from everyone else) that the award-winning Faizal Zakaria has mixed up anime and hentai. Hentai is the sub-genre of anime. It is the genre dealing with porn, sort of how erotica is merely a sub-topic of literature, and does not form the whole of it. Anime is the whole genre.
In fact, anime is simply the Japanese term for Japanese animation. Although this is a point of contention by anime fans, even Japanese animators have stated that anime means animation. It is not a special term.
Anime has evolved into a genre, from simply being distinguished from the drawing style against the American style into a full-fledged genre with many sub-genres. Just as there are erotic and pornographic comics, so are there such anime content. However, as mentioned before, these are called HENTAI. This makes them easy to distinguish from other anime, which tend to be more innocous in nature.
Some of the better known anime these days include: Naruto, Sailormoon, Spirited Away, Dragonball, and even the innocent Doraemon are anime. Does this mean that they are porn? I don’t think so. It is quite obvious that someone was sleeping when this article was written.
I would like to challenge this reporter to show me evidence of this so-called easy availablity of such porn. If he does have such evidence, he should have lodged a report with the police, as this is clearly a distribution of illicit and obscene material. However, if he does not, it just goes to show what kind of a fool that he is. I do not mean to insult, but merely to point out the facts.
I understand that journalists do not have the time to do checks all the time, but that does not excuse them from sloppy journalism, as this is what it amounts to.
Please, do not embarass yourself and Malaysian journalism any more by printing anything without checks. This would have taken you only two minutes to verify, yet you insist on printing it anyway.
Shame on you.