As you may already know if you come to this site regularly, there’s a Mass Effect anime coming out soon. Freddy Prinze Jr. reprises his role of James Vega and is naturally doing the rounds promoting the damn thing. During one of the interviews he used the terms “Japanime” and “Japanimation” when talking about his favorite anime from back in the day. There’s nothing wrong with that right? Well, apparently there is because this sent anime fans into a tizzy.
Fans were so upset over Prinze’s terminology that he had to go and make an apology video. This is yet another case of fans being ignorant or too young to know what the fuck they’re talking about. For the uninformed; let me hit you with some facts.
First off, “Japanimation” was the correct term used to describe anime back in the 1980s and early 90s. This is what my friends and I called it. Hearing the term nowadays is a bit weird I’ll admit. However calling anime “Japanimation” is the equivalent of calling a car a “horseless carriage”. The term is outdated but not inaccurate.
Secondly, and the most ironic, is that the term “Japanimation” is actually used by the Japanese themselves. In Japan the word “anime” is used for ALL animation from all over the world. The term “Japanimation” is what they use to describe animation that is specifically from Japan.
In the grand scheme of things this isn’t a big deal but as an anime fan and as a fan of all things geek, this kind of stuff really pisses me off. Why must “fans” act this way? So Freddy Prinze Jr. used old terms. So what? If you actually watch the videos it’s clear that this man is a fan of anime and is a geek too. He may not be a super hardcore fan of the stuff like some of us are but it’s obvious that he really likes it. As far as I’m concerned Freddy shouldn’t have had to apologize but since he’s a cool guy, he did anyway.
Anime fans need to spend less time worrying about what a celebrity calls their favorite genre of animation and more time WATCHING anime. Shut the fuck up and play bitches!
The video where he uses the offensive terms:
The apology video: