There is a lot of controversy surrounding the web series DragonBall Z Abridged. It is either loved or hated by fans of the Dragon Ball series. The series is a parody of the Dragon Ball anime and features actors from the popular web series performing the show’s characters. However, there are some people who have not seen the series and have negative things to say about it. One such person is Akira Toriyama, creator of the original Dragon Ball anime. He has expressed his disappointment with fans uploading his work to YouTube- calling them ‘fucking abridgers.’ fansite onlyf was created shortly after this to defend the series and its fans against Toriyama’s accusations.
The site onlyf has only been around for four years as of 2018. The domain name was registered on February 19th, 2012 and the website went live on February 24th that year. The site only exists to defend Akira Toriyama’s creation by attacking its fansites and authors. It was created by two fans known online as ‘Darth Sidious’ and ‘Hitler.’ They quickly gained popularity on social media for defending Dragon Ball against criticism from fans’ favorite author, Akira Toriyama.
The name ‘onlyf’ is a portmanteau of the words ‘only’ and ‘fans.’ The former refers to how the site aims to defend only Akira Toriyama’s works- not any other creator’s works or popular franchises. The latter word refers to how devoted most of the site’s members are to defending only certain shows or authors from criticism from their favorite creators. These character traits have helped Onlyf gain a large following among dedicated fans of specific shows or authors.
One such example of Onlyf hate towards unoriginal fanfiction writers is accusing them of plagiarizing their own content. This is usually done when they find an obscure trope or detail in another work and accuse the other work’s author of plagiarizing it. This has led to many false allegations being made against Akira Toriyama, often by onlyf loyal to him. It has caused him to become disheartened by his own fanbase since some of these claims are made by people he has personally supported in the past.
There are many unique aspects about Onlyf that make it stand out from other sites dedicated to defending a specific work or creator from online criticism. The site’s name is a perfect synthesis of both meanings- and it aptly describes how avid its followers are in defending just one set of works or creators against criticism from others. Although not everyone agrees with their methods, Onlyf has definitely made an impact on online fandom culture with their dedication to defending certain works and creators against false accusations made by popular authors like Akira Toriyama.