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Do you think Anime is a waste of time, even if you enjoy it?
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Posted 4/9/08
I just thought of this question..and i couldnt find an answer to it..because if u enjoy something..it isnt a waste of your time. .but anime is really addictive..and each ep..is about 21mins . .?? So i'm intrested in what Cr users have to say! ..(^_^)
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Posted 4/9/08
yeah. i like wasting time. =p
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Posted 4/9/08
its wasting time but its fun.
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Posted 4/9/08
Not wasting, investing.
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It's nice to kill some time with anime.
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no but my parents seem to think it is lol
Posted 4/9/08
if you like it then no! people do what they like and dont think its a waste so we can watch anime cawse we likes it and it not be a waste cawse we enjoyed it!! ^^
Hahhaaa ^^
well tis what i thinks anyways
Posted 4/9/08
yeah but i still like doing it.
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Naruto3510 wrote:

if u enjoy something..it isnt a waste of your time. :wacko:


Well put. What you've said right there is along the lines of utility calculus, as defined by Jeremy Bentham. He claimed that there were only two values in the world, pain and pleasure. His work regarded all pleasure as equal. Something was utile if it decreased pain or increased pleasure, and was not utile if it increased pain or decreased pleasure. So because anime increases pleasure, then under Bentham's definition, it would indeed increase utility.

However, at the same time, utility can be used to counter what you said. One of the most famous lines in J.S. Mill's Utilitarianism is "It is better to be a human being dissatisfied than a pig satisfied." He divides pleasures into higher and lower orders, the distinction coming mainly from the presence of intellectual stimulation. Anime I would argue falls into lower order. Sure sometimes it may bring out intellectual stimulation (such as the concept of war featured heavily in Gundam, or the idea of one person passing judgment on supposed criminals in Death Note), but the same ideas could be studied at a much amplified volume via studying the theory behind it directly.

So long story short, since I always bought into Mill's theory of utility more than Bentham's, I'd have to go with yes, it's a waste of time. Similarly though, a lot of things are a waste of time (it's nearly impossible to be in the first world and not waste time, really), and so it's more a matter of what you do to minimize your wasting of time rather than whether or not you waste it at all.
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Whatever you do, you will die and nothing of what you did will matter to you since you no longer exist.

So no, it's not a waste of time, and I find anime to have more real life characters, stories and morals compared to sitcoms and other TV shows.
They even behave more human like, just that they are able to overdo them 1000% if they want.

Anime picks out all the personality in people and illustrate them well, even if overdone.
Sitcoms picks out the most extreme personalities, the bitch, the clumsy, the childish, the normal, the angry and just make them do the same that every other sitcom/show has done before just in a different place.

Anime of course has a lot in common, and there is of course a lot of it that does the same that has been done before too, but I find it to do it better.
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Posted 4/9/08
Not really, no, but my parents say that I should study rather than WASTE time on animes.
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i think not because if you enjoy something and you really like watching it your not wasting time (my parent thinks it not a waste of time)
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Posted 4/9/08
its just my favorite past time..
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Posted 4/9/08

AHTL wrote:

Not wasting, investing.


lol...how so?
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Posted 4/9/08
Who cares...If u compare it to study then it 100% is waste of time. So wat i find anime interesting and rather watching it than study. Sometimes i think sleeping is more of a waste time than watch anime. Just guess u sleep more 9hrs a day, if u shorten that time up, you'll plenty of time to spare...
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