>>9777962>The best way I can describe it is /a/ was Genshiken, now its the asshole anime or manga club.
Probably one of the most accurate posts in this topic. What a lot of people are failing to grasp is not the division itself, but what it has left both camps with. I'd normally be ashamed to say this, but I've been coming to 4chan for a long time now and I've witnessed /a/ turn from "Anime" to "Anime & Manga", I've seen the beginning of the Touhou fandom on /a/, the beginning phase of newfaggotry, newfag summer, etc. I remember when the biggest "shitstorm" /a/ experienced was over a particular show that was deemed shitty yet popular. Shuffle!, Mai Hime/Otome, Gundam SEED and NOT Lucky Star or GL or whatever more recently. Seeing all of those things happen, I can safely say that /a/ was at its most enjoyable up until the board split.
It's not the fact that people have to "BAWWW BROWSE MULTIPLE BOARDS". /a/ WAS a culture, it was both relevant and completely irrelevant. Most of the anime discussion was unique and created its own memes and topics. Stuff like swimming lessons, kaminaclose.jpg, Giovanni would NEVER happen on your typical anime forums.
/a/ used to be a "club" in which the geekiest of us could join together and sometimes feud, but normally relate and achieve genuinely unique things. It got fast, sometimes too fast for those wanting to participate in certain discussions. Yet at the same time, if there were topics that pissed you off, no big deal! 20 minutes later you would probably never see them again and even if you did you had a plethora of other things to look at.