Here's How NOT To Be An [Eggplant Emoji] To Your Friends Sad Over Dragon Ball Super Ending

I'll be real honest: I don't watch enough Dragon Ball to be considered a fan. But because just about everyone I know is a fan of the series, I still like to stay abreast of what's going on during whatever season with whichever character. 

That wasn't always the case though. In fact, it's up until as recently as one or two years ago that any hyper-obsessive fangasming over anything related to Dragon Ball would get a hard roll of the eyes from me, despite my being fully aware of the massive cultural impact this series has had around the world.

Like, where's the appeal in overly muscular men (with maybe three or four badass non-men characters sprinkled in for fanservice's sake) scream-powering up while bellowing at each other for six or seven episodes before we finally see the actual battle begin?

Nah. Who has time?

Turns out, a lot of people. A lot of people have time.

And as a lifelong fan of anime and manga, the last thing anyone should be doing is downing a fellow nerd who is sad to see any particular drastic change come to their favorite series, whether it's the death of a character, the end of a season, or the completion of a series (or worse; to see a beloved series go on an indefinite hiatus for x-amount of years).

It's easy to dismiss a series because you have no interest in for whatever reason. But never forget that just because it's not relevant to you doesn't mean your friends and loved ones who enjoy it aren't emotionally impacted by whatever events transpired.

I've got friends who have literally never even read a single chapter or seen an episode of Ai Yazawa's Nana, but still know how deep my love of this series is, the emotional and mental impression it left on me, and do their best to comfort me whenever I start lamenting valid fears over the series coming out of hiatus. 

Something else I'll probably never get over are the deaths of Nina Tucker and Maes Hughes, and sitting through that trauma a third time during the live-action FullMetal Alchemist had me ugly crying like a Black church mother during Pastor's sermon.

Likewise, I have friends who possess a full awareness of the cultural impact of FullMetal Alchemist, and could care less about it, but are still there for me with a shoulder to cry on a perfectly clean shirt to ruin with my nose jizz.

The bottom line is we're all nerds; each of us has a deep passion for a particular series, or a love of a particular character, and have taken plenty of ribbing for enjoying what we like.

But because we're all nerds, that means we as a collective should, could, and can understand our collective highs and lows that come with loving something in a way of which your life might be completely different without.

Don't 'yuck' someone else's 'yum', and try your hardest to supportive of your friends that call, text, or inbox you genuinely distraught that their favorite series has come to an end (for now).

Let 'em grieve; and then turn them onto a series you both know you'll like and enjoy the ride together. 

I highly recommend 'XOGenaSys' by Nikolas Draper-Ivey, 'Arms Of The Dragon' and 'Ordinal Tempest' by Team Arms, and 'Try Again' by Will Brown.