Death Parade EP6: Are Fandoms Truly A Waste Of Time?
In our practical and results-oriented society, fandoms would be defined as meaningless and idle activities. As a fan, you accomplish nothing except gaining irrelevant information about the celebrity.
No profits generated,
But time has been wasted.
No knowledge gained,
But time has been neglected.
No achievement attained,
But time has been squandered.
No contribution to society,
But time is gone…
Why then are there still so much fandom around the world? This is because the concept of fandom is not as superficial as pointed out above. There are many indirect consequences of fandom that will significantly benefit the individual, which will hence, result in advantages for the society as well.
1) Fandoms bring people of similar interests together. With a common passion towards something, people have something to converse about and through interaction, they will get to understand more about one another. Even if both parties may be complete strangers, they will still be fawning over that wink their idol just did in the live concert. Therefore, fandoms also instill fans with a sense of community and belonging.
2) Fandoms can increase happiness among fans. When life just sucks and causes you to feel down and depressed, your celebrity can simply cheer you up by singing you a song or even tweeting about his/her life. Due to their significant influence on fans, their actions, as insignificant as they may be, can entirely change an individual’s current state of emotion by 180 degrees.
Furthermore, not only the celebrity has an impact on the fans, the fandom community also has an effect. For a preponderance of fandoms, they have an online forum whereby they discuss about the latest happenings related to the celebrity. These forums tend to have an ‘Others‘ section, where it is open to anything completely unrelated to the celebrity. Here, fellow fans can encourage and motivate one another through difficult times. Therefore, due to this multi-prompt approach, fans tend to be less sad and upset.
Additionally, fandoms can alleviate medical conditions as well. For example, this girl was able to converse naturally due to Geek Culture despite Autism.
And even if certain medical conditions are incurable, at least they can raise one’s spirits! I learnt about this through the comments of a fellow aniblogger’s post, so credits to her 😀 Basically, the ending of One Piece was revealed to a child cancer patient, who was also a major fan of One Piece. Tragic but sweet :3
3) Not only is an individual defined by the unique DNA or fingerprint he/she possess, but he/she can also be identified through his/her distinctive set of characteristics.
For example, the set of special characteristics that make me who I am include:
- I watch anime and I blog on anime 🙂
- I am a Singaporean
- I have Strabismus Amblyopia, also known as Lazy Eye
- I am a Fudanshi
- My favourite food is chocolate waffle :3
- My favourite celebrity is ‘Marina and the Diamonds’
See the last point? By being in a fandom, it adds one more layer of characteristics to a person. Just like uniforms, they provide another form of identification of the individual.
However, not only do the fans benefit from being in the fandom, the celebrity him/herself will also have a greater drive to continue what he/she is doing due to the incessant support from the fans. Thus, it is a two-way relationship where both parties assist each other in order to reach to greater heights.
In conclusion, I think that it was a FAN-ciful idea to display and explicitly describe celebrity-fan relationships. I hope that this anime continues to illustrate atypical and rarely seen interactions between people, instead of the overused couple scene. And I really like how there were so many plot TWISTs in this episode, similar to previous episodes. And I hope they include more CHA-rming guys and girls in the future episodes 😉
((LOL those 3 puns pretty much summarises the entire episode haha))
Anyways, thankew for reading! Share your opinions in the comment section below! :3