Anti-fandom is stronger than it could ever hope to be
Anti-Naruto fandom in recent months has gained a solid foundation of smart and active members, has developed a strong and consistent collection of arguments, its own patterns of stating and defending its territory. More importantly - it developed its own sense of pride. The banners are bright and morale is high. Despite operating in opposition, anti-fandom has gained and displayed creative strength, digging deep into canon material, extracting ins and outs of what we were reading for 15 years, enlightening each other and supporting\ nourishing fanon. If anything, anti-position has shown its rightfulness by surviving so long and growing instead of diminishing. In the situation when people generally slowly drift away from finished story, anti-fandom being so solid only shows that there was and IS real substance to people’s critique of canon.
With recent chapters of Gaiden, including the last one, the anti-fandom has received even more ground to operate. Despite all odds, despite SP and Kishi having all resources to sugarcoat their mutilated canon, antis received complete confirmation for their arguments. And yet, antis never even needed to see dysfunctional families and stagnating world to stand firm. Anti-fandom was established when the story ended, after 700, the moment it became obvious that the development and important plot themes were dropped, the moment the story opened up as a hive of toxic ideas and destructive statements. Anti’s mission was to analyze and denounce bad and harmful writing and their source was 15 years worth of material, not some expectations. It was decided that people with both logic and love for Naruto series have lost in their hopes, including some rational canon-pairing-fans and non-shippers. Yet, through stating their anti-position they have found their solid place that cannot be overrun by hoards of children.
And yet pros act like there is still some kind of competition with winners and losers. They act as if some new material can change anything and prove someone wrong. It is absolutely not how it works. Antis can be proved wrong if their arguments about the whole story are rationally answered. Just pointing at some superficial and - truth be told - controversial panels in new canon goods is not an argument about anything. This is what they fail to understand. Lets be realistic, anti-fandom could never grow so strong if it depended on canon material giving them further and further ground to highlight bad writing, it just came as a surprising bonus. SS, NH, whatever, were supposed to be dipped in honey, it was not hope to see them destroyed that drove us to establish anti-fandom, it was what we already had and rebelled against.
Pros should really understand - there is no more race to the finish.