>Why do we watch anime?
December 7, 2010 2 Comments
>First off, I’d like to apologize for the absence of posts during last week. Believe me, I’d love to write all over this blog, but work often gets in the way. Anyhow, here’s a long post to make up for all that.
Now, of course, I can answer this question with the nice and simple answer “Because it’s fun and we love it.” But for those who don’t watch anime, allow me to explain. Anime is an artform completely unique and different from any other form of entertainment. Any other person off the street might think anime is just “cartoons for kids”. But the matter of fact is, that there are shows that are certainly not for kids. For example, Elfen Lied. There’s no way that would ever make it to 4kids (God forbid too). They’re just so damn easy to pick up too.
|Elfen Lied. Just 4 kids.|
Long running tv shows are difficult to get into, because it feels frustrating to be left behind on many seasons. The usual length of anime shows is only 12-24 episodes. About 1 or 2 complete seasons of an average tv series. Not to mention you’re pretty much guaranteed that the anime will end, most of the time. I’ve yet to see a show cancelled midway through the series (seasonal shows exceptional). On the boob-tube, tv shows can be cancelled just about whenever. The show doesn’t get enough rating, then bam, it’s done, over. For animes, even if a show gets poor ratings, it’ll still continue airing regardless. The shows are already pre-made, so not airing them would be an even larger waste of money.
|All the crap I hate in one picture. Awesome.|
Animes are like books and movies. Even though there are people who don’t consider them so, the basic core of it are similar. Both are comprised of various types of genres, story-telling styles, direction, and so on. There’s an amazing amount of variety in anime. It baffles me whenever someone claims to not like movies, books, even music. How is it possible to have a distaste for something with so many options? There’s something for just about anybody. Just like books and movies, anime and manga are enjoyable to analyze and discover from different perspectives. There’s just something so darn special in thinking in-depth about an artform. Anime allows crowds of various types to form, just based on the genres they find appeal to. There’s the goth/steampunk crowd, the romance crowd (I’m part of this one), the psychological crowd, and so on. It’s its own community, in a way.
|Every anime needs romance. YOU HEAR ME? EVERY ANIME!|
It’s bothersome to me, knowing that anime has to be this closet obsession to many people. Because it’s foreign, the typical society doesn’t cope well with something so different. You’ll never see something of Miyazaki’s in your everyday theaters, but mostly Pixar and Dreamworks movies, We all know Pixar and Dreamworks are the only animation companies in the world, right!? It’s rather sad and depressing to think about it. I think how many people who will never know of the magic of Spirited Away or the uniqueness of Summer Wars, because those kinds of animations will be pushed off into the area of, again, “cartoons for kids”.
To be straight, I simply wish more people would be more open to the idea. It’s not exactly as difficult as rocket science to comprehend.