Most people confuse anime with cartoons, and they think that anime is only for children and it can interest only children. However, anime is much more than just a cartoon and it is a very famous phenomenon in both Japan and China. It is so famous that there are more than 40 new anime appear on television per week and more paper is used to print manga than toilet paper in Japan.
What is Anime then?
Anime is a kind of combination of sketching and literature and it is a new form of art that attracted masses of fans in both the east and now in the west. Although it is basically composed of hand-made or computerized sketches, it has a plot, which develops in a complicated, dramatic and an exciting way.
If you are still unsure about starting an anime or not, we can give you three main reasons for why you should start watching anime!!!
1. Anime can attract people from different ages and different interest groups.
You can find anime in different genres including science fiction, robots, post-apocalyptic metropolises, dystopia/utopia, history, drama or supernatural elements. Some of them are suitable to watch with the children such as Dragon Ball, Captain Tsubasa or Pokemon, but some other anime series in horror genre such as Tokyo Ghoul or Van Helsing could include some violent scenes that could bother the little kids.
Therefore, you should pay extra attention when choosing the anime type that you are going to watch with your family. In sum, everyone can find an anime according to their interests and anime is not a blessing only for the children. 🙂
2. It can improve your imagination.
It does not matter how many animes I have watched, I can still admire at the imagination skills of Japanese and Chinese people whenever I start a new anime. Most animes have very interesting characters with supernatural powers and the events most of the time take place in imaginary places. The protagonists gain their special power by some special trainings and techniques and all the levels that they reach usually have different names. Therefore, admiring at the productivity and the imagination of the Mangaka becomes inevitable after a while when you think about all the designing steps of every character and their special power and their demonstration of how this power evolves in every episode. Therefore, watching anime can open a new page in your life and it can increase creativity.
3. Anime can be a good tool to learn the language and the culture:
If you are into the Japanese culture and you are a real anime fan, you can catch some minor cultural details in almost every anime. For example, most animes have the theme of the power of friendship, family or never giving up etc. Even in horror animes, it is possible to see the main character trying hard to save his/her best friend or to put his life in the line to protect others. In addition, you can also gain some minor tips about Japanese lifestyle and relationship. Especially in romantic animes such as Candy Candy, you can see a person embracing their beloved ones from their back, which is a sign of intimacy in Japanese culture and it means that they really care about that person and love that person from the bottom of their heart even if they cannot put it into words.
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- [An Illustration of Eren in Attack on Titan].(2015). https://womenwriteaboutcomics.com/2015/04/attack-on-titan-fans-unite/
- [An illustration of an anime girl with katana and kimono].(2019).https://www.uhdpaper.com/2019/09/anime-girl-katana-kimono-4k-4644.html
- Cover picture – Yanou, S. (2014). Manga mix fan art [jpg]. https://www.deviantart.com/sapphireyanou/art/Manga-Mix-FanArt-499489963