To a large extent my experience with football and the 49ers mirrors my time with Gundam just like the 49ers I think that Gundam’s best days are well behind them at this time. Like the 49ers five super bowl wins I have five special Gundam series, four of them UC (0080, 8th MS Team, 0083, 0079/OYW) and one AU (G Gundam), just like my teams four wins with Joe Montana and the one with Steve Young. Many of the more recent Gundam shows have been short of the old greatness, with SEED and GSD being a similar low point to correspond to the plunge in 49ers fortunes. The last season being full of promise and yet so filled with anguish pretty much sums up my view on Gundam 00. In short my love for Gundam is like a truck the 49ers.
On a fundamental level football is a microcosm of war that is seldom matched in fictional media with, shifts in initiative, territorial changes, historic rivalries and fueds, bitterness between fans, memorable victories that alter the fates of franchises, and infamous betrayals. Similar things also occur in other sports but while sports has it’s own genre in anime I hardly see as many sports fans in anime fandom. I wonder why this is, sports isn’t stupid and it isn’t just a game it is a social event in and of itself. It can stir emotions in ways that most authors struggle to do, there is no substitute for real sports in fiction in my opinion because anything thing can happen while fiction is supposed to follow some guidelines or be accused of abusing deus ex machina. In sports it’s any given game miracles can happen, and the only bullshit that happens are bad calls.
There was a small showing for the Super Bowl Skype on sccsav, but I still wonder how many sports fans are really out there who also consider themselves part of anime fandom. If you have a sport and or a team that you cheer for in the good times and the bad, please share your fan experiences and your haterade for your rivals. I am certain that I am not alone and I am hoping that there are more than a handful of sports fans lurking about.
P.S. My Super Sunday commercial favorites are Pepsi Max, Love Hurts; Audi, Release the Hounds (aka hit’em with the Kenny G); Doritos, House; Chevy Camaro, Miss Evelyn; Chevy Cruze, Stalker Mobile; Coca Cola, Siege; Volkswagen, Black Beetle, and THE FORCE; Carmax, Gas Station; Snickers, Logging; Bridgestone, Reply All; Bud Light, Product Placement. CAPTIALISM HO, YAYIFICATIONS!