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Post Reply Do you watch anime for an escape from your life?
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Posted 9/7/12
no i watch it because it defys reality.like in anime one guy can kill thousands or in anime you can do destroy and never get introuble.plus i like animes with good interesting plots too
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pfff. anime is my life
Posted 9/8/12 , edited 9/8/12
It's been too long since I consistently watched anime for me to remember why I was doing it..I know I tended to go on PlayStation Home (a virtual world) instead of going out and doing things, and occasionally do that here when nothing much is going on in the real one (which probably explains why I come and go so often.)

But my question is, if anime is a real thing (a real person made it,) are we actually escaping reality or immersing ourselves in another part of it?
Posted 9/8/12 , edited 12/2/12
Hmm a part of me does yeah. Like I used to escape from my life by playing World of Warcraft, glad I stopped that, not missing it one bit, can't believe the amount of people on there who practically lived in that game, but having said that anime still speaks volumes to me and alot of the themes, situations, problems etc. can be applied to real life and you can learn alot from watching it.

I guess in the end it's about keeping a healthy balance between what you watch and your real life activities. Sometimes all I could think of was the current anime I was watching and it got a bit too much. It can still get like that when an awesome anime takes up too much space in my mind, but I really try to distance myself from that way of thinking and concentrate on what's happening in my life instead.
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Yes in a way, though i like to watch happy ending anime or anime like Bleach or Naruto. I'm very picky on what i watch and i like a little romance in the mix unless its like the above two. I used to work 8-9 hrs a day and play Warcraft for 6-8 hrs raiding 6 nights a week. THAT got old so when my computer crashed i just couldn't start back, but i find myself spending more time looking for an anime to watch than actually watching them these days which kind of sucks.
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Back then, yes I have but nowadays I don't watch that much since I want to be way more active in life.
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I think it's more of a "phase" people go through when they get severely attached to any form of stress outlet.

I have periods where I just want to sit, watch anime and not be disturbed. (Particularly tonight as well but I guess I wandered off to the CR forums D:)

I used to be a MAJOR ANIME FAN!! I'm talking staying up to 4am watching anime on Adult swim and having to wake up by 7am for Junior High/High School.

But honestly, what took over my life for a few months (which in a way I do regret and other times nope) was online role-playing. LOL I used to role-play as Hinata from Naruto (but we make our own version of it). It was sad that I was more enthused with my online life than my real life.

But I also had friends and interacted with other people.

Now I'm a closet anime fan. Not by choice but I can't find anyone that I can relate my anime-obsessiveness with. Now I watch anime as a study of other art forms. (I love writing so I love listening to the character's dialogue and scene setting).

And since I have a stressful job, coming home to the latest episodes of my anime favorites does help.

LOL sorry idk if this really answered your question. :o
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I won't write a dissertation here but simply yes. All entertainment is a form of escapism. There is no exception to the rule.
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Hyperion-XIC wrote:

I won't write a dissertation here but simply yes. All entertainment is a form of escapism. There is no exception to the rule.


Please elaborate. Is this for you, or are you saying this about everyone?
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deejayvee wrote:


Hyperion-XIC wrote:

I won't write a dissertation here but simply yes. All entertainment is a form of escapism. There is no exception to the rule.


Please elaborate. Is this for you, or are you saying this about everyone?


Ok I'm going to ask you a question. When you watch, play, or do something that is "entertainment" what is going through your head? Are you focused on school, work, family or any pressing issues causing you stress. No your not, unless your entertainment is directly envolved with one of the aforementioned things i.e. watching T.V. but you hard ass boss is present. But even with the stressor being present you still are being entertained and actively avoiding engaging or facing your stressor. Therefore it is escapism. It also seems that the word escapism isn't being properly used the definition is below.

escapism |iˈskāpˌizəm| noun
the tendency to seek distraction and relief from unpleasant realities, esp. by seeking entertainment or engaging in fantasy.
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Posted 9/8/12

Hyperion-XIC wrote:


deejayvee wrote:


Hyperion-XIC wrote:

I won't write a dissertation here but simply yes. All entertainment is a form of escapism. There is no exception to the rule.


Please elaborate. Is this for you, or are you saying this about everyone?


Ok I'm going to ask you a question. When you watch, play, or do something that is "entertainment" what is going through your head? Are you focused on school, work, family or any pressing issues causing you stress. No your not, unless your entertainment is directly envolved with one of the aforementioned things i.e. watching T.V. but you hard ass boss is present. But even with the stressor being present you still are being entertained and actively avoiding engaging or facing your stressor. Therefore it is escapism. It also seems that the word escapism isn't being properly used the definition is below.

escapism |iˈskāpˌizəm| noun
the tendency to seek distraction and relief from unpleasant realities, esp. by seeking entertainment or engaging in fantasy.


I also failed to touch on something that must make me look stupid. Escapism doesn't expressly mean your avoiding stressors. It could also be your bored. So people seek distraction in something more interesting then their actual lives.
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Posted 9/8/12
I do see your point. Quite a good one to I might add.
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I watch anime to get away from things but not the only reason.It's better than most TV shows and can match most movies.I think it's because they tend to be more crative for the most part.
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Posted 9/10/12
Anime and games have most definitely provided an escape when times were bad. I would go into my own little world for days, weeks, and sometimes even months. I also watched it when times were awesome which helped make those times even better.
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I watch for the enjoyment and inspiration for my writing.
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