Rambling #2: Aggretsuko And The Social Media Machine

It’s that beautiful time of the year again.

Crystalline snowflakes falling onto the icy covered ground and onto the spindles of coniferous trees. Warm gingerbread cookies carefully taken out of the oven with its sweet scent wafting in the air. Coloured packages wrapped up in ribbon sitting under the Christmas tree donned in garland and ornaments.

The holidays are a time to spend with your loved ones: family and friends. Holiday themed TV commercials and nostalgic Christmas TV specials heavily emphasizes this concept for a good two months or so.

But the one-shot X-Mas special, Aggretsuko: We Wish You A Metal Christmas, tells us otherwise.

This post won’t necessarily focus on the single life and the difficulty of finding a hot date or people to hang out with on Christmas, which would lead me to talk about our best boy, Haida.

Nah, I kinda already tackled that one before.

Today’s short rambling has already been revealed in the title of this post.

We know that social media is a form of communication meant to connect people over any distance and at any time of day.

What Aggretsuko: We Wish You A Metal Christmas does is make clear of facts that we’re all familiar with when it comes to social media;

  • We are able to present our best selves and best lives – the best versions of said selves and lives. The reality of it is that it’s a big vanity project meant to feed our egos. Nothing is better than being recognized and gaining acknowledgement from people, who aren’t your mother checking up on your well-being by skimming your recent Facebook posts and engaging with them before anyone else can.
  • As a way of branding ourselves, social media is a challenge. Social media does have a formula depending on the social platform, like Instagram. You can learn the best angles, the best positioning of your light sources and use photo editors to add a little something extra to make your posts (a.k.a your life) interesting to strangers (and everyone else in your life).
  • And once you’ve figured out your brand and understand the game, it’s addictive.
  • As much as the game of social media is enjoyable and fun, comparing yourself to others and making a hobby into a contest for likes and follows can be pretty poisonous, if you don’t stay grounded. But if you’re into that kind of thing and don’t succumb to negativity, power to you.

I’ll be honest here.

Using social media for personal use and dealing with the dilemma of earning likes and follows for the posts I’ve made never was a big deal to me.

My life isn’t particularly interesting. I don’t oftentimes go to events or eat gorgeous looking food consistently to create nice photos for Instagram, for instance.

I’m a casual (and REALLY LAX) user.

But when it came to trying to promote my own work or writing for a start-up company for a three-month internship where I created a schedule of social media content to drive traffic for a company website, it took energy, time and dedication that I had to muster with willpower to do.

I own a couple of accounts over on Twitter, separating some accounts to focus on different aspects of my life. I have a Twitter and Instagram account as spaces to promote my anime blog and use Twitter and Youtube for my voice-acting hobby.

And my posting schedule is a joke because I’m never consistent.

I always post whenever I make new things but nothing else. But as I’ve learnt from my internship, if I really wanted to work to build a following for my social medias and by connection, my blog, I should be churning posts out like a machine and releasing content related to the purpose of my social media on a daily basis to make any noise in the deep web.

So, why don’t I do it?

Because time isn’t my best friend.

Neither is commitment, but I digress.

But I should get off my ass and do it.

Social media and my use of it is meant to help me practice my skills as a writer. Learning how to market myself with extra skills is a bonus but necessary as a freelancer.

The way in which Aggretsuko: We Wish You A Metal Christmas tackles a social media machine like Instagram and its ways of making us obsess over our lives and others is brilliant in its relatability.

The one-shot does present us with a little solution that is quite obvious in its ending. We shouldn’t get too carried away with making ourselves glamorous. Instead, we should be hanging out with people who make us happy and vice-versa.

Sure, pictures last forever but they only come so close to the memories we create and the experiences we lived.

Aggretsuko: We Wish You A Metal Christmas was written and directed by Rareko. The one-shot Christmas special was released on December 21 on Netflix.

I wish everyone happy holidays! What is your favourite Christmas anime special/anime film? Let me know down below!

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