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Mental Health and Anime
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I'm not crazy all of you are crazy.
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Well, I don't know about you, but I get any and all ambition from anime and manga highs. Sometimes, after five hours, the lines between anime and reality become really blurry, and I walk around making absurdly exaggerated facial expressions and motions. On lonely nights, I practice swinging my sword replica of Zangetsu in preparation for a street fight. One day, ONE DAY, when I shout "BANKAI" or "GETSUGA TENSHOU" shit will happen... in the meantime... Maybe I should watch Bleach and practice?(•‿•)
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thatoneisme wrote:

Well, I don't know about you, but I get any and all ambition from anime and manga highs. Sometimes, after five hours, the lines between anime and reality become really blurry, and I walk around making absurdly exaggerated facial expressions and motions. On lonely nights, I practice swinging my sword replica of Zangetsu in preparation for a street fight. One day, ONE DAY, when I shout "BANKAI" or "GETSUGA TENSHOU" shit will happen... in the meantime... Maybe I should watch Bleach and practice?(•‿•)
I want to live in a circle of friends where I can use Japanese expletives in conversation without it being weird.

But first I must capture some "friends" and arrange them in a circle.
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I actually have friends that talk like that ALL the time, and I join in. People stare but we all make crazy faces and freak them out or ignore them. I never watch anime with my friends though.... I guess it's cuz I get too into it that they would just bother me!
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hickey1992 wrote:

Anime is a form of escapism but then again so are a lot of things.
I would not class anime any differently from those other things.

I could have sworn I said that. Maybe you missed that part.


M3lvinp wrote:

uhh... yea i dont have mental problems and i like anime.


Seeing how you got thru 4 pages and dont understand the topic, maybe you do.
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I understand its a form of escape for some people and I respect that. But how can you conclude that someone has "mental problems" just because they read 4 pages of what people have to say?
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M3lvinp wrote: uhh... yea i dont have mental problems and i like anime.

Seeing how you got thru 4 pages and dont understand the topic, maybe you do.

M3lvinp wrote:

I understand its a form of escape for some people and I respect that. But how can you conclude that someone has "mental problems" just because they read 4 pages of what people have to say?


Yes, Your comment showed real respect for the discussion. NOT! If you hope to get respect you must give respect.
This is you not getting flamed.
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I have social anxiety, but I don't believe anime is the cause of it nor do I watch anime because of it. I've been watching anime since I was probably five, and I have always had some sort of social anxiety/shyness. My friends who watch anime have no mental health issues, so I don't think anime has much to do with it. Sometimes, I guess it could, but just about as much as many other interests people can have.
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Your 100% right kennk5, to get respect, you must give respect.
But what I'm confused about is, how am I being disrespectful? All I did was write my own opinion.
What I posted was not directed towards anyone.
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Posted 5/16/13 , edited 5/16/13
I think he just meant the thread is about people with mental health problems who like anime (and whether there's a correlation), not that people who like anime have mental health problems. So your first post was slightly out of place.


kennk5 wrote:

This is you not getting flamed.

Otherwise known as "this is me flaming while simultaneously covering my ass."
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I suffer from an extreme case of YOLOism as well as SWAG syndrome.
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ghostshell101 wrote:

I've always Wounded why anime attracts people with mental health problems especially aspergers and depression. I myself suffers from aspergers and depression and so do a lot of my friends who like anime. And none of us can really put a finger on it. But this seems to be unique to the anime community. Is it because most anime communities are accepting and generally safe place to to be or is it because people with mental health problems see something in anime that they can't get from more mainstream media. for me when I watch Anime for does 5 or 10 hours I dont suffer from aspergers and depression I'm Just lost in the story. But what do guys think.....


tl;dr all the replies above so perhaps this has been said already but...

As another person afflicted this way I think it is because the emotions in anime are so obvious. When someone is feeling shy or ashamed or in love they blush so red in the cheeks, when they are feeling stressed they have obvious sweat drops, their face goes blue, when angry they get that red squared symbol on their head. In addition to the visual cues the seiyuu cry, scream, laugh... all in a very over the top way. And the music is so emotionally charged.

I think people with aspergers have trouble reading the expressions of real people in real life but in anime there are so many obvious cues that we feel we can understand anime characters better than real people in real life.

Even when anime is sad I think it helps with depression because you aren't feeling depressed for no reason, you are feeling sad because the show is sad.

And most of the time anime is uplifting.
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thatoneisme wrote:

Well, I don't know about you, but I get any and all ambition from anime and manga highs. Sometimes, after five hours, the lines between anime and reality become really blurry, and I walk around making absurdly exaggerated facial expressions and motions. On lonely nights, I practice swinging my sword replica of Zangetsu in preparation for a street fight. One day, ONE DAY, when I shout "BANKAI" or "GETSUGA TENSHOU" shit will happen... in the meantime... Maybe I should watch Bleach and practice?(•‿•)




I have found myself doing the unlimited blade works chant from Fate in the hope that something will happen.

You are not alone.

People may laugh, but one day I shall crush them within my Reality Marble.
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thatoneisme wrote:

Well, I don't know about you, but I get any and all ambition from anime and manga highs. Sometimes, after five hours, the lines between anime and reality become really blurry, and I walk around making absurdly exaggerated facial expressions and motions. On lonely nights, I practice swinging my sword replica of Zangetsu in preparation for a street fight. One day, ONE DAY, when I shout "BANKAI" or "GETSUGA TENSHOU" shit will happen... in the meantime... Maybe I should watch Bleach and practice?(•‿•)

My 8 year old does this too. He is very serious about it.
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I have Asperger's Syndrome, and speaking from my own experience, I tend to like Anime as a form of escapism. The animation and enthralling story lines are sufficiently distant from my own reality that I can just forget about it and get absorbed in the world that they have created instead. I hate reality TV shows for precisely the same reason, among others.
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