For those of you who may not know, or fully appreciate the Japanese cultural phenomena that is anime; here are five reasons why you should be watching it.
1. AWESOME STORYTELLING!
Every anime that I have seen or heard about tell the most interesting, action packed, romantic, or crazy stories. The story lines are so well written, that people are always begging for more. No matter how outrageous or just plain weird an anime is, the story is compelling enough to keep you invested.
2. NEAT CULTURE EXPOSURE!
When watching an anime, you not only get invested in some pretty epic stories, but you also get a sense of the Japanese culture through their storytelling, character design, dialogue, and animation. I am not an anime "purist," I watch anime that is dubbed in English, not the ones with the original Japanese dialogue and English subtitles. No matter how you watch it, you pick up on the Japanese language and culture in a very fun and unique way.
3. INTERESTING CHARACTERS!
I can't tell you how much I absolutely love several anime characters! Every character is complex and complicated, but in the best way possible. Also, anime loves to play with gender and stereotypes. Don't be surprised if your watching an anime and you come across a character that is transgender or agender. And since anime characters are written so well and so realistically, it is easy to become very attached to them...so if anything happens to those characters, you feel it too. I have cried so hard, so many times over the trials and deaths of my favorite characters. So many feels!
4. MAGNIFICENT WORLDS!
The imagination and the clear dedication that goes into making a whole new world for each anime to take place is absolutely astounding! No two anime worlds are the same. Each one is unique, no matter if the anime is fantasy based, action/adventure based, or romantic based. From all the anime that I have seen or heard about, each one takes place in a special, remarkable world and it is so much fun learning all about those worlds and how they work.
5. EXCITING ANIMATION!
Alright, let's talk about the animation for a minute. Each anime has its own unique animation style, but what makes anime fun is that the animators are not afraid to break from that style for the sake of humor. There are definitely some animation stereotypes like line blushing and glasses flashing white when the character moves, it's all fun. Even the more serious anime will have moments of absolute absurdity and it will be intensified by a slightly more cartoon-like animation style.
So the anime/manga fandom: or otaku is one that is dedicated, loyal, obsessive, weird, and hilarious and being a part of it is just so much fun. It is like being a member of a secret club, especiall ywhen you make specific anime references...but it is like that with every fandom. Anyways, have you watched any anime? If so, which one(s) or if not WHAT ARE YOU DOING, GO WATCH SOME ANIME! Keep an eye out for my next post and I will see ya when I see ya!