So the Inverseman, when he’s not scheming the demise of the human world as an abomination of reality, likes to don the guise of a family man and have one of these “Thanksgiving dinners”.
Hey all, hope you guys had a great Thanksgiving weekend. So it turns out my little eleven-year-old cousin has taken a shine to my K-On! season one DVDs, so logically, I lent them to her. So I figured, with a typically moe moe slice of life anime, you can easily find the perspective of a teenage or college-aged adult’s opinion, and any creepy connotations that may or may not follow, but what about a kid’s perspective? How would a little sixth grader view this series? My cousin has been exposed to various anime and manga before and is kinda getting into things. Her first series other than Pokemon was Cardcaptor Sakura and by that I mean in the original, not the horrid dub! As such I sat her down for a talk, this is more or less how it went after organizing our discussion.
1. How did you find out about the series?
She found out about the series from watching videos on the internet and hearing some of the songs. And from there got into it.
2. What is your overall impression of the series?
It’s cute and she loves the characters.
3. What were any high points? Any low points? And would you be interested in watching season 2?
She didn’t have much to say here, it’s good overall. She’s happily satisfied with the series and can’t wait to sink into second season when she gets the chance.
4. Who of the cast is your favorite and why?
Yui because her friends say she resembles her and she loves cake.
5. How did you first watch the series?
Online streaming subs and everything
6. Do you own any merchandise?
Yes, she said she owned figurines of the cast.
7. So you first streamed it online and only had access to the DVDs through me, if you saw a box set for season one at a Best Buy, would you get it?
Yes, she says most anime is hard to find/she never sees any at her local DVD store.
8. Okay, and how do you read most manga? Is there a good selection?
At the local library, she said the selection is on and off on what she finds.
9. And finally, what kind of manga and anime do you normally prefer?
Comedy and slice of life, she mentioned Azumanga Daioh as one of her big favorites.
Okay, so from the little interview we can glean some interesting things. For a kid not even in middle school, she knows what’s up, where to find her reading material and where to go to watch. My cousin also seemed to know a few classics as we talked. And the kicker is, she’s no raving fangirl otaku. She was her usual reasonable self as always (and just pray she doesn’t turn out like a rabid fangirl). Most of her enjoyment had to be from online, as access to the official DVDs was scarce. So from a younger userbase, there is a market (at least from one 6th grade girl) of viewers who want to watch quality shows but can never rely on the local store or DVD rental to provide them. Kids are resourceful these days, as children of an internet age, they can look up and learn about new shows, manga, and games right as they’re released. In fact, she and her big sister were listening to some Vocaloid songs after our meal. What does this mean for the anime industry? Well, if I learned anything from the talk, it’s if you can let viewers access it, they will come, even as kids. If you want DVD sales, get them on shelves (granted, easier said than done), if you want online streams, contact sponsors and get on Hulu. In the end, it did my heart good to see this little one so happy having a discussion about the hobbies she enjoys with a family member.
Join me next time after I buy someone a Gibson Les Paul as a Christmas present.
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