Anime: Psychology / Sociology
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Posted 10/26/13 , edited 10/26/13
This thread is designated for those who would like to evaluate our attraction to anime from a scientific perspective, those who would like to break down the behavior of character archetypes and that, that are atypical, and those who would like to discuss the sociology of genres, tropes, and racism represented in anime.


This may be a bit confusing at first, but here is a few questions that can be used for discussion:



*Why do we watch anime? (From a psychologist's perspective) or (From a sociologist's perspective)

*Are races properly represented in anime? If not, what does this say about Japanese culture and how they perceive others?

*What is the appeal of netorare in it's core and it's innuendo in anime/manga?

*Is there a deeper meaning to an anime character's shade of skin?

*Watching anime consumes our physical senses and time, some watch casually and some spend 10+ hours on it, why do they need to do-so to an excessive extent, is it addiction... or?

*How does the international audience, view fanservice/ecchi as, in contrast to the Japanese?

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Let's discuss.






Posted 10/26/13 , edited 10/26/13
Hmm.. I'm not sure but I'd look into

- Color psychology for the why

- The races, i'm good with one color even if they are supposedly from different races, it's kind of annoying to look at different colors of skin, it steals my attention from the story or whatever I should be focusing on like what's being said lol...umm if they are all brown great!

- No idea what netorare is

- To me there is no deeper meaning, maybe if I had a complex... since they all speak Japanese in the anime shows, so maybe there is a psychology about language helping people to be viewed as one.

- Probably personality, attention span and sense of time. I get easily distracted, i can't even get through a whole eps before I need a long break doing other things but by then I forget to go back and watch.

- I think it's over the top (too much), another distraction from bothering to write good plots etc..i feel the same way about excessive fillers but most people like to watch echi stuff so I can't speak for them.

I'll come with more interesting stuff after I watch an eps of Hannibal, that's my get into the mind zone show lol.
Posted 10/26/13
*Why do we watch anime? (From a psychologist's perspective) or (From a sociologist's perspective)

Because we understand the jokes?
If you're a foreigner who doesn't get the Asian/Japanese humour/culture, you're obviously going to hate anime.

Also, because as anime fans, we understand that animation is not for kids. Some people avoid anime because they have this mentality that it's for kids only.


*Are races properly represented in anime? If not, what does this say about Japanese culture and how they perceive others?

Could say the same about Hollywood, what does this say about USA?

Hispanics are always maids, black people are there for comedy, and Asians are always ugly.



*What is the appeal of netorare in it's core and it's innuendo in anime/manga?


I don't understand the definition of "netorare".


*Is there a deeper meaning to an anime character's shade of skin?

That most Japanese people prefer pale/whiter skin as opposed to dark skin.


*Watching anime consumes our physical senses and time, some watch casually and some spend 10+ hours on it, why do they need to do-so to an excessive extent, is it addiction... or?


Just like a person can read a book for 10 hours, we can watch anime for 10 hours if the stories are engaging and suspenseful.
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*Is there a deeper meaning to an anime character's shade of skin?


This is interesting, there's been a stereotype going around that Japanese people tend to personify themselves as "white" in anime. It was created by Americans, and I'm not sure as to why they see it that way... possibly white supremacy?
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So much anime is misogynistic.
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Large breasts are a symbol of fertility. XD

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Why do I watch anime? One reason is for the entertainment factor. Anime, as a specific Japanese cultural phenomenon, intrigues me - a western culture raised being from mid -America!
Though the story line's plot or situations, as seen through the perspective of its Japanese authors / writers & artist / animators, may provide a limited, exaggerated, or incomplete "view", but it is still different / foreign enough to trigger intense curiosity.

I have found myself confounded by recurring situations in anime & manga, & have wondered just how realistically they are actually represented. For example:

* Getting caught in the rain, falling into a fountain or lake, getting drenched by any means & not drying off or warming up immediately, inevitably results in catching a head cold. This cold, likely lasting 12 to 24 hours, is commonly treated with rice gruel, canned peaches, or apple rabbits.
*Additional apparent causes for catching a cold are falling asleep on the couch or floor.

*Festivals & themes frequently center around the blooming of the cherry blossoms, yet I don't recall any mention of the resulting fruit - aren't the cherries used?

* " I'll never forgive you !" is an incredibly powerful phrase invoked to completely motivate someone, friend or foe, to do or not do what the speaker intends. The results are apparently very effective. ( Yeah, that'd never work for me! )

*Precocious preschoolers are adept at catching a person's weird reactions to an unexpected or embarrassing event. This same child never hesitates to point out said behavior, which then prompts their mother to quickly admonish the child with " Don't look ! " ( Actually, I add this example because it seems so universal for kids that age, right?!)

*An obento seems to require either an omelette (sweet or salty ) or the little hotdogs cut into octopus shapes.
*In meal preparation, or restaurant orders, there are frequent mentions of various fish, sometimes pork or beef, but I honestly don't remember ever hearing of a meal specifically involving chicken - - - must not be watching / reading those...
* There seems to be a serious affinity between large hothouse strawberries & cakes heavily "frosted" w/ whipped cream for special occasions - & there seems to be very few cake choices other than this one.

To even call attention to these situations is proof of my ignorance of cultural habits not my own. These are only my innocuous observations, not judgments.
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*Why do we watch anime? (From a psychologist's perspective) or (From a sociologist's perspective)
Just like why we watch any entertainment, catharsis, to escape reality, stress relief.. that kind of stuff.

*Are races properly represented in anime? If not, what does this say about Japanese culture and how they perceive others?
Probably not, most of the time it's either stereotypes or idealizations. I don't think it says anything particularly about Japanese culture, though it does reveal their stereotypes on other races, but all movies portraying another race does this in some way. For instance, the Rocky 'baddy' is nearly always from a country US was not having the best relations with... Jet Li or any other asian portrayed in movies is amazing at martial arts or smart/nerdy+techy, and so on.
Ultimately, it's what stereotypes the audience is comfortable with watching, understanding, relating and often provides as least some laughs.

*What is the appeal of netorare in it's core and it's innuendo in anime/manga?
Had to look up netorare cus apparently i'm completely out of touch.. at least in this area lol.
Same reason as watching horror movies.. (http://filmmakeriq.com/lessons/the-psychology-of-scary-movies/ - skip to "8 INCOMPLETE THEORIES ON OUR ATTRACTION TO HORROR")

*Is there a deeper meaning to an anime character's shade of skin?
I personally don't see it and don't think so, i think it's just character design. (this is most likely the 'art' person in me speaking)

*Watching anime consumes our physical senses and time, some watch casually and some spend 10+ hours on it, why do they need to do-so to an excessive extent, is it addiction... or?
It really depends on the person and circumstances. I mean.. if i was stuck in a hospital room and theres a decent anime available for me to watch, i don't see why i wouldn't watch 10+hrs of it. ..

*How does the international audience, view fanservice/ecchi as, in contrast to the Japanese?
This obviously varies with individuals, really not good to generalize people based on their ethnicity/race without at least some data/info. .. and i'd think how diff genders+sex view fanservice would be more interesting than how diff races do.

i'm most likely speaking from a psycho-pov, having majored in it and all... though my focus was social, culture+media, so i had a LOT of (maybe even more) socio classes too.
Posted 12/8/13 , edited 12/8/13
You are attempting to convince yourself of being interested in the scientific perspectives of anime when the majority see how covered over all that is with distracting sex and violence. However, sex and violence are succinct sciences in themselves when we penetrate deeper in the two subjects. The psychology of anime often borrows from reality as does the sociology, where we see interactions between characters and the consequences of it.

With sex, we have social science and biology. With violence, we have, again, social science, martial arts, weaponry, military, chemistry, and vice versa. How often have we seen real world firearms placed in anime? Very. Plus more than enough pornographic or borderline pornographic material to wet a few whistles.

The average viewer could give a shit less about psychology and sociology in anime, as they are forever disjointed from the requirements to appreciate anime as a scientifically valid form of entertainment or perhaps even appreciate science all together. They are after sex, violence and bits of dubbed potty language. They are blind even to the simple science of why we are so allured by artificial instances of a few basic hooks to get people to watch something. Toss in some promiscuous girls with guns or whatever to pull in the average people, then lay down some scientific sincerity for those who happen to be wearing their science goggles which filter out the tantalizing females and, for those who care, badass dudes who may or may not be blowing shit up with firearms and super powers.
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*Why do we watch anime? (From a psychologist's perspective) or (From a sociologist's perspective)
Why does one read a book, or watch a movie or tv drama, or listen to others about their day or past life experiences? The reason is the same. The experience is the same. Does it matter that the characters are drawn, that they (typically) speak Japanese, or that the unrealistic or impossible could occur?

*Are races properly represented in anime? If not, what does this say about Japanese culture and how they perceive others?
Considering that the only sentient beings we are aware of in our universe is humans and there are no races among humans, I'd say they are represented much better in anime. There are all sorts of sentient creatures, species, and races represented in anime. I guess it could speak to the imagination present in the Japanese culture to come up with such variance.

*What is the appeal of netorare in it's core and it's innuendo in anime/manga?
I don't really know how much netorare you would see in anything on Crunchy. Isn't that more the realm of adult animation/manga (hentai)? It also doesn't exist solely in anime manga, and could be found in numerous other media.

*Is there a deeper meaning to an anime character's shade of skin?
No, is there a deeper meaning to your shade of skin? There isn't one to mine, except when I get burned. Then the deeper meaning is that I spent too much time in the rays of the sun.

*Watching anime consumes our physical senses and time, some watch casually and some spend 10+ hours on it, why do they need to do-so to an excessive extent, is it addiction... or?
Or....they enjoy it?

*How does the international audience, view fanservice/ecchi as, in contrast to the Japanese?
Some like it, some don't. Same as the Japanese audience.
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