the sheep fire

Lately on here I’ve been getting a lot of anons of veterans who are basically lecturing me why me liking Awakening and Fates is a huge shame in the Fire Emblem fandom, and while I’m not easily hurt emotionally, especially on tumblr, is because I’ve handled bullshit fans before in my life, so this wasn’t anything new, but I’ve gotten some nice anons giving me history and lore about the older fire emblem games and I appreciate them greatly.

But the last four anons I’ve gotten last night was a repeat argument: that Awakening fucked up the lore of Fire Emblem, especially with Echoes around the corner, and it’s honestly killed my interest to even want to play Echoes right now or anytime soon.

I hope the veterans feel great that they got a casual player to not want to play a remake of an old game in the franchise because seriously putting down a game that got me into this fandom will NOT make me want to play any of the older games.

I never heard of Fire Emblem in my life UNTIL Brawl and my friend got interested in Awakening.

I played Awakening in June 2015 then in February 2016 I played Fates.

Yeah my knowledge for this franchise is those two games, but why you have to make me feel like I’m a stupid person for not knowing the lore of the series? It makes me feel less like a fan and more of a punching bag for people to point and laugh at saying ‘you know nothing of Fire Emblem! You should be ashame for liking these characters!’

Again, not ALL veterans are like this, I’ve met some nice ones who like the game and respect my opinions, but the assholes who keep lecturing me why Awakening and Fates is literally the shame of Fire Emblem

Fuck you guys.

I don’t want to play Echoes because of you dickheads, hope you feel glad.

Don’t be ashamed of liking SAO no matter who tells you otherwise!

I cannot stress this enough! I am so sick and tired of people constantly kicking SAO over and over again as if it’s what keeps their heart pumping. Every time I look up SAO on Youtube, do you know what I find besides the scenes and soundtracks? Every anime review on the planet with a somewhat decent following bashing the shit out of it. There’s no mercy, no regret, no apologizes and more importantly no regard for the people who do like SAO. If there is, then it is very, very, VERY little regard. Guys like digibro, mother’s basement and now arcadea are among the many who won’t leave it alone because apparently it’s the worst thing since the holocaust and therefore must be shamed into oblivion. To those reviewers I ask you. If SAO would it have a 7.80 (a C+, not great but still passable for those of you going by the educational grading system) on myanimelist if it was so terrible? would there be as many people as there are cosplaying sao characters at conventions? would there be as many fanfics and fanarts? people who say that sao helped them irl with anger (https://www.reddit.com/r/swordartonline/comments/3bofs8/discussion_sao_helped_me/?), exams (https://www.reddit.com/r/swordartonline/comments/4zlx7h/i_think_sao_helped_me_pass_my_exams/), and autism (https://www.reddit.com/r/swordartonline/comments/4ayaxd/im_glad_i_am_not_alone/, https://www.reddit.com/r/swordartonline/comments/4ddpu6/how_sao_anime_helped_me_to_level_up_irl/) ? would have a few games already made? would be getting an American adaptation? Would it be getting a movie? Would it be allowed to go as long as it has if it was utter garbage? No because it wouldn’t make logical sense. Not unless SAO had enough of a following to stay devoted and keep it so popular. Look I won’t act like it doesn’t have problems. The Aincrad arc could have been expanded a bit longer, the harem aspect probably wasn’t needed, a certain”romance” in the fairy tale arc couldn’t have been changed to something else, sughu is kinda over the top and death gun isn’t necessary a deep character, and the whole Calibur arc probably could’ve been dropped. However this complaints still aren’t enough for me to sway my opinion that SAO, for all its flaws, is still a good anime. A good starting point for people getting into the genre at least. The things people complain about and Hell the things I complained about don’t bother me because I’ve seen it all before. Don’t get me wrong I’m all for seeing something new and different but seeing something I’ve seen before doesn’t bother me either. we all want new things but too many and we forget what we’re familiar with and love. OP main character? Seen it. Harem (not even an anime one)? Seen it. Over the top or boring villains? Seen it. Stories not particularly complex? Seen it. Deus ex-machina? Bitch please, I’ve seen that in spades. All these, while not new things, are things that I’m used to seeing that I just don’t mind it anymore. If I did then there would be a lot of other popular things out there I should hate that I don’t. If we were all like that than we might as well give up on entertainment all together. I know SAO isn’t perfect, but it’s not the garbage fire the sheep preach it to be. If someone hates it, don’t take there word as gospel if you haven’t seen it. If you want to know truly, I believe the best way is to experience it yourself. If you like it great. If you don’t I’m sorry but don’t go around scaring people and saying you have a “moral obligation” to keep people from liking something that is a work of FICTION! If you don’t like it, turn it off and move on! DO NOT berate, insult, or degrade ANYONE for ANY REASON, especially for something that’s not even real and gives people happiness even if you don’t understand it. I know I’m probably gonna be called every bad word in the book just for this post alone. It just proves my point that they don’t have anything better to do than hop on the band wagon of “SAO is shit” with there quick and easy views on there videos of how much it’s anal fire. If you’re one of the people that gain happiness from SAO YOU! ARE! NOT! ALONE! don’t listen to those who say it sucks because they’re either doing for attention or they don’t like it and refuse to understand how anyone could or they do understand and just don’t care otherwise they wouldn’t be passing along the message. however if they insult you are say things to negate your opinion you are allowed if you want to to fight back. No one should be told they’re an idiot ot have low standards for finding enjoyment in something that others don’t and refuse to join the herd. Feel free to let your emotions and thoughts speak highly of the series as much as you want. If the aggressors are allowed to be loud and hurtful than so are those who oppose them because no one should allow themselves or their opinions to be treated as shit. Don’t support those who hate on the series and don’t be afraid to say how much you love SAO. And don’t be afraid to support or at least try out other series that people despise to see how you think of it. It’s better to trust and regret and doubt and regret. At least than you can keep being hopeful and that’s really all anyone ever needs.

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Shadows of Valentia Countdown

It’s April 19th, which means Shadows of Valentia releases tomorrow in Japan; however, Western fans still have a month to go, so we at HotE have decided to hold a countdown to make the wait a little more bearable for the rest of us.

What will this entail? Posting all the Gaiden and (non-spoiler) SoV content we can find. Of course, even more important than hyping up excitement for the game and its remake is bringing attention to community artists and writers, so we invite you to submit your own art, fics, videos, meta, etc. that we can reblog/post and call attention to all the wonderful talent we have in the Fire Emblem fandom (as if our art contest wasn’t enough).

Gaiden has historically been the black sheep of the Fire Emblem series, so content is unsurprisingly difficult to find. Our plan is to post fanmade content once a day until May 19th, with character appreciation and meta posts written by the HotE mods scattered throughout.

Interested in contributing? Simply follow these guidelines:

- content can be anything from artwork to fanfiction to detailed analyses about the world/characters

- content does not have to be made specifically for this countdown; simply send us a link to/submission of your work and we’ll reblog it (if it’s on Tumblr) or post it (if it’s hosted off-site)

- content must be related to Gaiden or Shadows of Valentia, but try to keep major story spoilers to a minimum

- if you would like to reserve a date for your work to be posted, please let us know and we will eagerly await your submission! (for example, we would love to see artwork posted for the final 10 days)

- if you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask

Thank you!

- Mod Ree & Mod N