Ever since I started writing about anime, I’ve been using my brain a little bit more than usual. What can I take away from this? Does this really make sense? Is this what people would call a fun anime?
If I were to be completely honest, I have no clue most of the time. I literally take exactly what happens in various anime and dump it in my blog posts as if I’m saying something new. Honestly, I guess it’s just cause I like to view anime as it is. If they say something I like, I’ll quote it and write my thoughts about it. I just take the anime I watch straight on no matter what.
While anime has been a real good pass-time for me to lighten my mood, it has also gotten me real depressed a bunch of times. Be it due to the nature of the story or the terrible ending that left a sour taste in my mouth.
As I’ve mentioned a couple of times before, I’m that idiot that jumps straight into an anime without reading the synopsis as long as the cover art looks nice. Sometimes, I have a fun watch because of that. Other times, I get hit by something entirely different from what I was expecting. No matter what I anime I watched though, I always ended up finishing it…
Okay, not always but that is just 1 anime out of 700!
Anime allows you to watch people doing a bunch of things and enjoying it from the viewers perspective. I don’t know about you guys, but when I think about it, lots of things they do in anime are things I’d hate to do if in real life. Be it going to the beach, karaoke or whatever large social gatherings. Of course, I also don’t want to get eaten by titans or ghouls or be a victim of spontaneous human combustion or something. Those are rather painful ways to die after all…
I don’t hate all of the things they do in anime though. Those chill slice of life anime where friends just meet up everyday and have fun together makes me wish I had childhood friends or schoolmates who live nearby. Just think about it! If your friends came over everyday to study together, play games together and stuff. Even if you’re not good at keeping a conversation going, you could have a really talkative friend that always livens up the mood!
Putting aside the feel-good feeling chill slice of life anime almost never fails to give me, I feel like your typical shounen or sports shows are great at riling me up to do something. For example, when I was losing my motivation to try hard at tennis back when I was in Junior College, after watching the Baby Steps anime, I really felt like trying hard again. Or perhaps, I’m just easily influenced by anime.
Well anyways, no matter what anime has made me feel, for most anime, I always felt like there was some kind of life lesson or inspirational thing to take away. However, after mass consuming an unreasonable amount of anime, I finally came to the realisation that most anime have pretty much the same lessons.
1. Persevere/Never give up (any anime – sports, music, adventure, fantasy, etc.)
2. Work Hard (any anime – except of school work, no one does school work)
3. Dream big (for shounen series)
Another very common lesson is that “friends are important!”
Despite that, there will always be a few anime that have a little more to offer than others as well as anime that simply make you reflect and think about things.
While I may have said all that though, slice of life (drama) tends to focus more on intricate human relationships while shounen tends to focus more on just the big dreams, friendship and working hard which I mentioned above.
Ultimately, anime always has what you’re looking for and sometimes something that you’re not but end up enjoying anyways. I think that’s great and it will always be something I look forward to or simply go to when I’m bored and looking to kill time. Well, depending on the anime at least.
Not sure if my title was entirely relevant to what I ended up talking about in this post but oh well, hope you guys found this to be an okay read.
– K. A.L.T