|I'm not just weaboo trash I like Greek mythology too|
At work yesterday I saw a kid wearing a Fairy Tail necklace, he looked to be about maybe 10 or so, and he kinda reminded me of myself at that age. I don’t watch or read Fairy Tail, but I am familiar with Hiro Mashima’s work in that it isn’t very child appropriate. Not that I think the kid shouldn’t watch it, if he’s into it then good for him, ima let him have his fun without judgment, because when I was around his age I was really into Rave Master and looking back now, I probably shouldn’t have been, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.
When I was younger my family would try and filter anything having to do with anime/manga because we all know it can be inappropriate, and at the time I had resentment for that. I didn’t see why I couldn’t just read or watch what I wanted without someone saying if it was ok, but knowing what I do now, I don’t disagree with how they went about my slow rising weaboo obsession.
But Rave Master. It’s cool. I still think that, but I acknowledge for a kid my age at the time, someone probably should have told me ‘no’ when I first started watching/reading it. The biggest reason I have for that is when I got my first ever manga book (this was a big deal for me) it was the 6th book of Rave Master, and I was so fucking excited. After reading it though, I wouldn’t have admitted this at the time, I was seriously disturbed by some of it. Ex: Haru had a hallucination that his mom set herself on fire, not accidentally, happily, and then her body was slowly melting/burning away. That messed with me. (real good book checking on my families part) along with other bits but I won’t go into them all.
I know half the stuff I read/watch now is by no means appropriate, and doesn’t even compare to was I was looking at back then, but I can appreciate the filter my family attempted to do now, and I’d probably recommend the same to other kids.
Eventually I just became numb to it all and it doesn’t bother me anymore, but I also know when to put something down if I’m not feeling it, back then I didn’t. I was so obsessed with getting my hands on anything anime I would commit to it even if it was bad story wise/inappropriate.
I’m not trying to judge the kid for liking Fairy Tail, if anything I encourage him to watch anime because I still think its pretty cool, and this is mostly about issues I personally had. I just wanna say that reading that kind of stuff at a young age doesn’t necessarily make you ‘edgy’ as I used to think, if you’re disturbed by something maybe don’t read it.
Just a thought I had.