To clear up confusion within the Sailor Moon fandom
First of all, this post is NOT aimed towards a particular person, and I am NOT doing this to be spiteful. I’m doing this to clear up the confusion and misconceptions that I have seen within the Sailor Moon Tumblr community this past week. This post is to teach/clarify terms and their CORRECT usage.
Often used as a synonym for Wapanese. Someone who is obsessed with Japan/Japanese Culture/Anime, etc. and attempts to act as if they were Japanese, even though they’re far from it. They often use Japanese words, but usually mispronounce them or use them incorrectly. These people see Japan as a haven, a heaven on Earth, filled with kawaii desu people and anime and manga in every nook and cranny. Trust me, they are VERY easy to spot. Oftentimes they exhibit inappropriate behavior and sometimes poor hygiene.
(Please note that the term used here has been adopted and changed from it’s original meaning) A person who enjoys the original version of something. This applies to many fields, not just anime/manga. They usually use the original terms and definitions of something and dislike adaptations. However, normally purists are respectful of the people who enjoy these adaptations. “Purist” is not a negative term.
A person who believes they are better than another person because they act/like/think a certain way. They are often snarky and condescending towards people who don’t share their likes and opinions. Very easy to spot. This is VERY important. Purist does not equal elitist and elitist does not equal purist. These two terms are confused often and it’s incorrect. Elitists are usually vocal about their opinions and don’t think twice about tearing others down.
Once again, this post is simply to bring awareness. I hope this has cleared up any misconceptions!
I'm a purist. Big deal.
In entertainment, a purist is a person, gamer, or audience member who considers modifications to a particular entertainment item unnecessary or even offensive, vehemently so if against the specific wishes of the item’s creator. They also may make it a point to correct fanon, which they stereotypically detest.
- Anime purists tend to vocalize their distaste of dubbed animation, and the dialogue (and sometimes plot) modifications that the dubbing process introduces. They prefer subtitled anime in the original language to the dubbed version. Many of them also object to the availability of anime through mainstream channels such as the Cartoon Network or the Sci Fi Channel, as anime often has to be edited to remove violence or profanity, or to have other changes to meet American broadcast standards. In order to meet the 1980s daily syndicated minimum guideline of 65 episodes, for example, Robotech was created by merging three unrelated anime shows and their storylines rewritten so that they relate to each other. This resulted in possibly the best-known case of anime purist hostility as reportedly, death threats were issued against series creator Carl Macek.
- Comic book, manga and novel purists sometimes voice their dislike of conversion of material into television or films, which is allegedly often modified to appeal to a more mainstream audience to varying degrees of skill.
- The Lord of the Rings purists are fans of J. R. R. Tolkien’s fantasy novel The Lord of the Rings who dislike changes in New Line Cinema’s film trilogy adaptation. Again, the use of the term varies extremely widely; it may be used offensively, in a complimentary way, or neutrally. The term may be meant to connote more sophisticated appreciation than that of “fangirls.” The definition especially refers to those who adamantly detest the Peter Jackson-directed trilogy for deviating even in minor detail from the original text. As many of the book’s dedicated fans also enjoy these films, purists have been contrasted with “revisionists” who accept and like the changes.
- Harry Potter purists are fans that despise various alterations made in a Harry Potter book to film adaptation. They expect to see most details, scenes and chapters included in the film while not taking note of the cinematic form and context needed to create an adaptation. The purists have claimed that Potter directors, such as Alfonso Cuaron and David Yates, have ‘ruined’ the series due to their cinematic themes which have resulted in amounts of plot details cut from the novel. However, author J. K. Rowling has approved of all these changes and stated that it is “simply impossible” to include every single storyline in a film with time and budget constraints.
- Star Trek purists detest the alleged alterations of established Star Trek history in Star Trek: Enterprise.
- Star Wars purists often decry what Lucasfilm has done to the Original Trilogy and the changes of the original films (such as the refilming of the Han Solo–Greedo shootout scene in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope). Alternatively, a Star Wars fan who believes that only the films (with or without Lucasfilm’s changes) reflect George Lucas’s universe and that the spin-off novels, comic books and other stories are not continuous or worth consideration can also be called a purist. Often the preferred term for this type of purist is a Star Wars fundamentalist.