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Brainwashed by Anime
Posted 11/21/10
Oh, hell yes. ANIME HAS BRAINWASHED ME. I've acted like anime characters, adopted their beliefs as well. Especially "cold attitude" characters, I've adopted their nature of ignoring and not caring about others.
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23 / M / Dublin
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Posted 11/21/10
Subliminal messages?:
(two off the top of my head)

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24 / F / Philippines
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Posted 11/22/10
i think it's a choice if you want to be brainwashed or not. so... learn to watch in moderation.
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Posted 11/22/10
I wouldn't say i'm being brainwashed though. Although i know is that i sometimes may lack the self-control to properly manage my time when i'm watching anime, and not do my school work. I guess the reason for this is that sometimes i want to 'escape' from reality, from the harshness of life and all the piles of work to do, so i enter the anime world where everything feels so...blissfully perfect. Ok maybe not all that perfect, but hey at least most of the time, the good people (the protagonists) eventually wins - this surely somehow brings comfort to me, unlike in our real lives whereby life is not all that fair all the time.
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Posted 12/5/10
Oh, anime! How I love thee! After thinking about this for a few minutes, I've come to the conclusion that I do get a bit brainwashed by anime. Not in a "I'm so obsessed with anime that I spend all my free time watching it and need it! Neeeeeeeed it!" kind of way. It's more subtle; I start imitating the mannerisms of characters in the series that I'm watching at the time. For example... if I'm watching a cheery shoujo series, I'll probably start saying things along the lines of "Do your best!" and such.
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Posted 12/5/10
Everytime I watch an anime involving an older brother and a younger sister....it always makes me think I could so easily do a better job at kinship. Though I bet its hard as hell
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Posted 12/6/10
My attitude on things have become a bit more cynical from watching too much tragic series, but other than that, not at all.
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49 / F / Center of the Uni...
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Posted 12/6/10
This is a personal answer, It came in about three stages. As a child I liked my saturday morning cartoons unfortunately due to where I lived at the time. Most of them were in french. Fortunately, since the french discovered anime long before north america did... there were some cool cartoons on those french channels Like "Albatar, le corsair d'espace!" (Captain Harlock). Even later there just seemed to be a depth of world building and unstated underplot present in shows like Battle of the Planets that was lacking in say... Scooby Doo.

In college, I learned that all those 'really cool' shows from my childhood, the ones I really liked, had been adapted from Japanese ones. At the same I time got to see, in a dimly lit after hours classroom on someone's betamax, the stuff that North America never dreamed of importing. In Megazone 23 the heroine (or perhaps she was only the romantic lead) attempts to secure a spot as an idol by agreeing to go to hotel room with the show's manager. (the hero interupts to save her chasity but...) the show also had government conspiracies violent death and ... Moral Greyness... (Bad guys who believed they were doing good, Good guys who weren't... always right) at time when the most shocking thing on TV was the A-Team. (where there was a lot of gun generated property destruction but NO ONE EVER got hit by a bullet), or the Dukes of Hazard. Robotech as also airing on tv and it wasn't long before I got the complete collection of episodes on VHS

Not long after I saw a few ecchi and hentai animes. There was a dark fascination to the idea that someone could get away with even producing some like Urotosukidoji... (which depraved as it was, had more plot and posed more philosphical questions than a lot of concurrant TV shows.) However, I'd also started to notice that some of the freshness I'd found in Amime was due to it having it's own set of conventions and tropes. No less rigid than North American fare... just different. And I was exposed to enough anime now to start recognising it. Anime kinda fell by the wayside but since Sailor Moon was being broadcast at the time I did at least get the occasional episode of that show.

The truly addicting moment with anime for me was When I watched Neon Genesis Evangelion. I was doing my Psych module in nursing school and well, just about every character in that show deserved to have his or her picture heading a given chapter. In order to watch it, I acquired a VCR and started regularly renting anime from my local comic book store (he started with about 4 tapes of Ranma 1/2 but at this point he had more floor space devoted to anime rental than he did comics). I watched a number of classics, El Hazard(OVA), El hazard TV, Tenchi Universe. I also finished some classics that I'd only glimpsed at conventions and the like Oh My Goddess (OVA), Tenchi Muyo (OVA)

Now that I can, through Netflix, This place, and the occasional illegal stream when no one has got their legal act together to let me watch some cool new show. Watch more anime than I have time to afford... well I've learned to be choosey. Also a lot of the new stuff, while it blows the 'classics' away production wise... somehow ... lacks for something. Even still, Claymore, Black Lagoon, and of all things Squid Girl still manage to keep me interested. but it's a hobby, I don't get incensed when people call them cartoons (I used to, or when they compared something like Ghost in the Shell to Pokemon) And I don't devote every waking moment to anime. It's just what I watch instead of cable tv.


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20 / F / Downstairs
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Posted 12/6/10
What are you talking about geso?
Anime couldn't brainwash us geso.
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Posted 12/9/10
Well from what I hear from my psychology class. The human brain when stimulated creates new connections, so just by observing we can be changing the way we think. So what ever is visually, phonically, and even emotionally stimulating can change the way we think physically directly to our brains. So I would not find it surprising that one may think their mind have been "reprogrammed."
With discoveries like mirror neurons, I think we are finding out that humans are biologically programmed to reprogram ourselves based on what we observe and feel, which anime can be a medium for.
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Posted 12/9/10
I agree with I'd rather watch anime than watch network TV. The only TV I watch anymore is NCIS and House otherwise it's background noise as I watch anime off the net. There is a wider variety of shows that I watch anime wise. I hate reality TV and performance shows ie Dancing with, or Insert country here Idol. If I didn't watch anime I might be watching the same tired syndicated TV shows over and over again and even that was tired before I found anime, and now there are only four weeks of no anime and that's between the seasons where you will get a solid 12-13 episodes straight without preemption.
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25 / M / California
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Posted 12/9/10
Huh... Interesting perspective. Yeah I could agree that people have been subject to a sort of brainwash factor by anime. Still you could compare that to almost any form of media.
I wouldn't say I have been completely brainwashed by Anime, but I will agree that Anime has allowed me to open my mind to many forms of entertainment outside of what I've come to know in America.
Anime was my door to what I called "Adult Cartoons". Not necessarily adult as in nudity, but more so that a complex and involved story could be told as a cartoon animation. Although most animes seem to be targeted at teenagers and children, I still look for the more complex stories and such in animes and although they are rare, they do in fact exist.
I'm not necessarily a fan of anime, but more of a fan of good writing. Since I'm dedicated to wanting to find good writing and interesting plotting, I don't really have that brain wash effect when it comes to anime. I just call them as I see them.
However one thing I will definitely admit is that because of Anime it has definitely changed my perspectives and taste on what kind of writing I enjoy. In fact it was anime that made me realize that I can enjoy a good romance story or even a strange fantasy story.
If I never started watching anime then those tastes might have never been opened up to me as before anime I was strictly a non-fiction and science fiction kind of person.
Posted 12/9/10

what are you talking about desu~
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Posted 12/10/10
Well I can definitely say that I'm obsessed with watching Anime. Not crazy weeboo obsessed, but it's the only thing i watch obsessed. Anime is just too awesome to not watch.
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Posted 12/10/10 , edited 12/10/10
it has had an influence on my behaviour, but i noticed this and try to get a hold of my normal self whenever it leaks out.... i mutter random japanese words to myself without putting them in actual context... I think it'll only be a matter of time until I start saying radom words to people.
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