In a recent article on Anime News Network, executive producer Zac Bertschy made an interesting point about Stella Jogakuin Koutou-ka C³-bu. He claims that it promotes and glorifies gun culture.
“…this is straight-up little girls lovingly caressing handguns and assault rifles and shooting each other – albeit with pellets – and it’s just too goddamn much given gun culture as it is now.”
Let me begin by saying that I enjoyed the first episode of C3-bu, and I’m not a big fan of firearms. I’m critical of gun culture in the US – I know it’s an immensely big deal and at the end of the day I believe that the less firearms available to the public – the less people will get shot. This seems obvious to me. I don’t live in the US though so this is an outsider perspective.
I belive that Zac has a right to be concerned about gun-culture, and he has the right to be disgusted by it. However – he’s using a distinctly American problem to criticize a Japanese cartoon. This is… well, entirely uncalled for.
Zac’s issues with a local problem are completely irrelevant here. It’s not fair to criticize anything on the grounds of a social issue that’s totally unrelated to it. I shouldn’t even have to mention that the show is obviously hyperbolic, and blatantly tongue-in-cheek anyway. Zac’s article dismisses the fact that anime is an extremely niche market to the West.
At the time of writing, C³-bu has aired one single episode. In Japan. What does this have to do with gun-culture in America?
Absolutely fucking nothing.
Zac does not have to like C³-bu. If it makes him think of gun culture then that’s his own problem. However, it’s unfair and unprofessional to criticize Stella Jogakuin Koutou-ka C³-bu on the grounds of a social problem that it has nothing to do with. It would make a lot more sense for him to take aim at something like the Call of Duty series instead.