Another carnival to participate in. Well, it’s being hosted by a Nation Member, so it’s all good. That host is Kaio-sama of deluscar. The topic in question: Why do people watch anime? Here are the OG-Man’s reasons. Don’t expect any thought provoking analogies or depth in anime from me though.
I’ve been an animeniac for over a decade now and like many of my fellow anibloggers, anime has played a role in the making of Overlord-G.Technically, both Eastern and Western animation had a hand in molding me.
Emperor-G was a premature fool who did not understand that the digital world can be just as cruel of a world as the real one. When I got the promotion to Overlord, my mind was clear and everything was set. I knew what kind of anime catered to me, I knew who I could trust and who I could not and lastly, I knew what I wanted to blog about.
Anime, in my eyes, is a superior alternative to Western animation, or cartoons. Granted, I believe both deliver equal amounts of inspiration, epiphany inducing material and entertainment. It’s just that anime has more of what I look for in entertainment.
Real life does not suck, it is merely a difficult existence that is difficult by default. How else are you going to get your anime fix without working hard to buy a computer to download or watch anime, read manga or buy stuff? That being said, the anime universe is an intriguing one to be a part of if it were possible. I firmly believe that anime breaks more boundaries than cartoons do when it comes to what can and can’t be shown and discussed. Even in kids shows anime can have some serious themes…sometimes. Mostly they’re pretty kid friendly, I suppose. Anime didn’t start off as my escapist world until recently. Video games were my ultimate source of escapism for the longest time. Eventually, I became more invested in anime…but video games come in close second.
Sometimes I get absorbed in an anime world. So much so that I imagine myself as part of that world, either as a “face” or a “heel”. I get the motivation to write poems because of certain shows. I haven’t written a poem in a long time but I would like to write one again soon.
I watch anime to have fun, not because I am looking for thought provoking storylines or epic tales of souls and swords, eternally foretold. I rarely write editorials and I do not consider myself to be a philosopher. I am still a young adult (as of this post anyway) but I already feel like I have seen and read enough stories to satisfy my thirst for deep plots…meaning that I don’t NEED or demand life changing stories anymore. If one just so happens to pop up out of nowhere…cool. I’ll watch it, judge it and move on. I mean, if I were to create a top 10 anime list (Which I will never do), chances are pretty high that…3 of the 10 shows would probably qualify as “deep” and they would not even be in my top 3. If you made a show that I enjoyed a lot and it happened to be deep or loved by millions…good for you, show.
Anime storylines aren’t that much different than the one of a cartoon when it comes to the messages and morals they want to convey…it’s just that cartoons mostly focus on depth in action shows rather than slice of life or comedies. There are some non-action cartoons with deep messages but they are far and few…or aimed at adults.
Anime can also be educational while still applying a gimmick to keep the viewers’ attention, be it breasts or moe. While Moyashimon doesn’t have a lot of fanservice, it’s still there. Sadly, when it comes to shows like Seikon no Quaser, biology classes aren’t enough to make me watch it again, no sir. Besides, shounen also have the tendency of pausing the action to lecture the audience and opponent (During the fight, mind you) about how they pulled off an extraordinary technique or strategy. How nice of the opponent to stand still during these expositions.
In case I haven’t mentioned it before, if I were to compare myself to an anime character, it would have to be a hybrid “Wien” and Taichi from Tari Tari.
Last but not least, the question everyone wants me to answer: What does all of this have to do with yuri? As mentioned in this post I didn’t really get into lesbian romance media until after I discovered yuri. Howard Stern, 1-3 AM Spanish dubbed movies and dad’s secret porn stash were my access to lesbianism. It wasn’t until I saw Strawberry Panic when I began seeing yuri as more than “raging otaku boner” material and more as another layer of human romance. Then I found yuri manga and those went deeper still in the art of lesbian. It’s so hard finding Live-Action lesbian romance movies without torrenting them online. Good luck seeing one on my home turf.
As for slice of life, I got tired of shounen and decided to take a break with shows that have simpler settings and less ridiculously overpowered teenage boys with brains as big as cashews. One day, I realized SoL shows were more to my liking and…the rest is history.
Last but not least, I watch anime more than cartoons because there are more humans and less anthropomorphic animals or walking/talking appliances in anime. Like ecchi fanservice or not, you can’t help but stare at those curves when they grab your attention…as long as they look like they’re teenagers and not little brats.
Here are some other participants, besides Kaio-sama: