Like I said, the Brony fandom isn’t so much the first fandom around a girl franchise in general but the most publicised one so far. There were already (pervy, straight) male fans of Sailor Moon, Minky Momo, Winx, Totally Spies, Witch and Archie Comics before. But since their fixation involves 2D women, they would’ve ended up being more lowkey than Bronies, who are dangerously close to the dreaded furries of yore.
That is save for Minky Momo which attracted surprised its studio executives and producers once they found out about the programme’s other fans. That doesn’t stop women from enjoying MLP, Archie, Totally Spies, Winx, Sailor Moon and Witch and may even outnumber their male counterparts at least with some of these franchises but that also lends credence to the possibility of either one of them being a precursor to the Brony phenomenon.
Technically, Bronies should (and do) have more in common with the older Furry and Disney fandoms as these involve heavily merchandised anthropomorphic animals. In fact, it’s been suspected that Disney created the Furry fandom. Sailor Moon, Totally Spies and Kim Possible might be better precursors to the Brony fandom in that these involve female fighters and adventurers of sorts.
Archie Comics should stand out as one of the earlier franchises with a lasting mixed gender fandom despite being mostly aimed at girls. There are straight male fans who sexualise the likes of Betty and Veronica just as what Bronies do with the Mane Six. If Archie’s an older franchise (around since the 40s), then there’ll be a lot more older Archie fanboys than there are Bronies.
Most of the earlier Ponyfags, prior to the Bronies proper, were women. The fact that there were already male Archie fans prior to the Brony phenomenon shows much much of a harbinger Archie Comics was when it comes to men consuming female franchises like these.
The MLP fandom is at this point already past its peak, being initially some kind of novelty that gained notoriety over liking girl stuff. In reality there were already adult male fans of anything intended for little girls from Kim Possible to Archie Comics and Minky Momo. In fact, adult Minky Momo fans caused some furore especially with studio executives.
I also suppose that adult male fans of both Kim Possible and Archie Comics tend to be more low-key. Not that female fans are nonexistent and might be fairly common but there’s substantial heterosexual male fan activity for Archie on DeviantART to make one consider them to be a precursor to the Brony fandom proper.
It’s not that male fandom of any feminine franchise is nonexistent but that it’s the Bronies that brought it to the fore big time. Especially outside of Japan where thanks to Minky Momo, that subculture was recognised early on for better or worse. Bronies have already peaked with some members branching out to the furry scene proper.
But Bronies also made male fandom for female stuff more visible. It’s not the first one to be publicised but the first one to be recognised globally especially outside of anything with 2d human women in it.
I guess that’s true in theory but among some superhero fans, the only politics they’ll ever tolerate and endorse is conservative at that. It’s possible to have nonpolitical stories, it’s actually not that hard. Though the suspicion is understandable and yes it’s possible to have LGBT, disabled or Muslim characters without being blatantly political. In fact, the game Dramatical Murder has almost everything without being too political.
Whatever that is though one suspects these characters show up for fetishistic purposes. The thing is it’s always possible to have such characters without being too political, at best implicitly so given the context. But the biggest problem isn’t a matter of shoving politics (the X-Men stories are guilty of this before the SJW thing and Mystique was going to be Nightcrawler’s father).
But that a good number of superhero fans tend to be seriously politically conservative. You know adhering to the love of warfare, all-American/European stuff. What’s really blinding them isn’t so much of SJW politics but rather idealised, cherry picking nostalgia. It’s a coincidence that fans who detest SJW politics a lot endorse seemingly conservative minded stuff.
That includes GI Joe, Cable and The Punisher. Again not always the case but seems like it to me.
This was known as ‘Electric Town’ which sold electronic goods (including computers and video games) which predictably attracted nerds if you believe 80s-90s stereotypes about them. Unsurprisingly due to nerds patronising this place, it turned into a nerd mecca or Vatican of sorts. The closest American equivalents to it would be the West and East Coasts respectively.
The East Coast was home to the Big Two ever since DC moved to the West Coast, joining in other publishers such as Image and Dark Horse. The West Coast also includes Hollywood which predictably houses several movie productions that are beloved or popular among nerds and normies alike such as The Avengers and Star Wars.
In Japan, the fangirl counterpart to Akihabara is Ikebukuro. (This might not always be the case among Japanese fangirls so.) I suspect there’s yet to be a non-Japanese version of it but because I suspect that US nerd scenes are (increasingly more) unisex albeit with some resistance. The West Coast moreso due to being allegedly infested by SJWs.
Maybe these are the only things I can think of which somebody else would educate me on that later on.
To be fair, I’ve known one dog owner (or dog person if you will) who admits to being irritable and introverted (though I suspect he’s irritable from being bullied a lot by his father). And that there are dog owners who aren’t close to their dogs for whatever reason, psychological or sociological/cultural (some communities encourage this kind of attitude).
Extrapolating from my old obsession over dead dogs when grumpy, Hirohiko Araki’s habit of killing them off (despite admitting to liking or owning them) tends to occur whenever he’s having a bad day. That could be projection but one suspects that makes him as human as he gets. As I admit to writing violent stories when irritated at somebody else (or triggered by something if you will), I won’t be surprised if that’s what he does albeit unconsciously so.
If Araki’s easily upset (hence his strong fear of cats and misdirected anger at dogs resulting from being bullied as a boy, as inferred from one character in Diamond is Unbreakable), that would explain why he writes stories like these. Admitted I’m shocked by how he feels about the latter but since I admit to teasing some cats when upset, I do understand him better now.
If Rohan Kishibe is regarded as his idealised self image and that he’s compared to Squidward, who’s often grouchy these would make comparisons apt. But it could be me having an epiphany and relating to him better (interest in fashion and music too).
Like I said, as annoying as Hirohiko Araki’s portrayal of cats get (for some, I assume) it’s due to a bad experience of being scratched by one but as I suspected that he may’ve been bullied, it would aggravated him to the point of being cautious around and irritated at them at times. Hence such portrayals. As for dogs, like I said it’s really more of a misdirected anger stemming from that very trauma from being bullied.
If you wanted me to be honest, at some point I was obsessed with poisoned dogs with the mistaken belief of being concerned for their welfare and that I did obsess over dead dogs whenever I got angry. It took a case study about an avoidant boy obsessed with violence to realise why. And possibly for Araki, though I suspect we have to wait for him to open to what’s bothering him.
Since his habit of killing off dogs bothers people, including his fans logically assistants would be just as upset. I admit that my obsession with dead dogs has upset other people in my life before to the point of trying to tone it down in the form of evil dogs and stuff. Araki similarly did with sick dogs. Not necessarily hateful but I do sense him to be sensitive and easily angered at times.
Since I admit to writing violent stories and obsessing over similar things in a bad mood, I suspect such use of cruelty happens whenever Araki’s having a really bad time so.
I think escapism will be divided into different schools of thought and approach especially with all the new scientific discoveries turning science fiction into fact. Crime fiction for instance would gravitate more towards database consumption in the sense of following characters and admiring them independent of the context they appear in. Worldbuilding will do the opposite and moreso if it’s used to address wider, uniting themes and beliefs.
It might not be clear cut in practise but enough to imply differing approaches to escapism once technology advances enough to realise certain science fiction elements like robots and virtual reality. Especially these are going to be more common and sophisticated in latter years that writers need something more fantastical to escape with.
Historical fiction will be really popular because it’s escapist without being too out of reality. I think the less geeky masses will gravitate towards both historical fiction as well as nonfiction but the geekier ones will go for either moe crime fiction or worldbuilding fantasy. If that’s the case, that’ll lead to a change in consumption.