Orine, who proclaimed that she intended to succeed Sachiko, becomes the target of hate mail – an interesting dynamic previously unexplored in idol anime that I’ve seen. While I know there were attacks on Ranka’s website, catty conversation about Sheryl, stalkers and psychopaths for Mima, but there are no straight-up, uncomplicated haters. Orine makes for an ideal subject as far as the narrative goes, because she has easily established points of sympathy: earnestness and being an orphan. She quit high school to work in a machine factory and got by through the kindness of acquaintances who pool their leftovers so she has something to eat.
She gets hate mail from a Sachiko fanboy and he was well, hateful. But since this is a feel-good show…
[The above images are not of haters. They’re militant otaku. Basically, expys of Zentraedi LOL. They have practical combat variable itasha fighters. OMFG]
His reasons for hating is because he is attached to Sachiko. His behavior is the otaku hyperbolic version of fanboys in general who spew hate on sequels and remakes. People refuse to accept the performances of new entertainers (writers, directors, actors, singers) alongside the material of the original, as if the new material diminishes it.
In anime, I welcome remakes, retellings, rebuilds, and the like. I don’t think they all succeed. Obviously some fail, and fail spectacularly. But I like the idea of them – primarily because many of the shows I enjoy are old and were produced using crude methods, with many limitations (budget, time, etc.). These works would benefit from new animation. I love the Berserk anime and manga, and am looking forward to watching the recent production – knowing full well that it may fail in a big way. If it does, it’s unfortunate. I’m not one to act like Orine’s hater.
But I don’t hate him, and Orine finds a way to go beyond fear and hate – but also incorporate his feedback into something useful, for her to improve her own craft. This is both touching and special. All of us who submit a performance – whether it’s work output at the office, a blog post, a piece of music, etc. are in some way at the mercy of the beholder. Feedback is feedback, we just need to distinguish and discern what’s important.
…Because there are haters, who are just gonna hate you know.