Monday, August 13, 2007
Bringing back the ROARS
When I still used to run Hentai Neko, one of the most visited sections of the site was “Hear Me Roar.” It was a section that contained all my general opinions about hentai and the fandom in general. I would get letters from various other feminists and sympathizers and I’ve corresponded with the most intelligent of them.
When I sold HN, I had to struggle with the decision of including the roars in the new Otaku Fridge. Some of the articles aren’t very relevant to what the Otaku Fridge has become, although many still explain what kind of community we’re running here and what kind of a reviewer I am. I’m keeping about four of the articles and I am archiving them, the rest…will forever remain in my hard drive. They’re a reminder of what I was when I started and what I have become now. (While I still get major goosebumps over Yuki Yoshihara’s highly romantic erotic manga, sadly, the licensed hentai materials are still predominantly male-oriented and repetitive. I’m still on the lookout for the good stuff, though…hentai or not…)
The articles I’m keeping online will now simply be…articles. I don’t roar anymore. Except, perhaps, if a particular title (hentai or otherwise) disgusts me. Life’s too short for negativities (and quarrels that stem from differences). I’m cultivating a more open-minded atmosphere, where differences in opinions shouldn’t keep the members of this community from being friends. By that, I mean, let’s all happily disagree if we are to disagree. (I’d still kick you in the nuts if you dig rape and you go anywhere near me, though.)
If you want to re-visit the articles or you’re someone new, just click on this link.
UPDATE November 8, 2009 at 19:24: Since the site has yet again been transferred, I'm pasting some of the old comments in the comments section of this post.