First  Prev  1  2  3  4  Next  Last
Do you think watching anime makes you a better person?
5447 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
54 / M / Tacoma, WA. wind...
Offline
Posted 11/19/13
"Do you think watching anime makes you a better person? "

Not for even a second....

I gave my cousin's kids anime DVD's, Manga... They turned out to be a bunch of selfish fucks . . . It begins at home...
If you are compassionless and that's what you teach or were taught, you'll most likely end up like that...

There is always differing ideas of what a better person is . . .

25095 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
21 / M / Around
Offline
Posted 11/19/13
I'm not any better or worse off, than if I watched anime or not
22408 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
24 / M / CR Forums
Online
Posted 11/19/13 , edited 11/19/13
No more so than any other form of Media, like Film's, Books, and Television shows.


So....yes, yes I do. Now, perhaps not in the way your question asked, but it's a form of media, and I find media to be good for you.

Of course, Media can also be bad for you, so perhaps it even's out in the end.

People are shaped by everything, and if you watch Anime then Anime is a part of your everything. If you identify as someone who watches anime, that identity shapes you. If you hang out with people because they also watch anime, then how they shape who you are would indeed be a cause of watching anime, and the same goes to you shaping them. Whether or not you become a good morally upstanding person or not depends on every one of your experiences, not just watching that Anime. But I believe it has a much large effect than this thread's given it so far.

7311 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
Florida, US
Offline
Posted 11/19/13

seekerperson7 wrote:

Does it? No - not passively.

But if you're watching anime that has morals you agree with, you can actively use it to make yourself a better person. Its like how you can read a moral from a story or a book and apply it to your life. In that way, you might argue that the story made you a better person.

But for that to happen, not only must the anime actually have a good moral, but it also requires that the moral means enough to you to actually implement it into your life.

So in some sense, can anime make you a better person? I'd say yes. But does it automatically and passively do so? Certainly not


This person has it spot on!

I've taken certain morals from anime and work to apply them in my life. Also other things... maybe some not so good. But I think I've established myself as a good person overall, despite certain eccentricities. But I think this is because I have the capacity to make change. Being normal is boring!
15760 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
21 / M / Kalamazoo, MI
Offline
Posted 11/19/13 , edited 11/19/13
.....Yes actually. But only if you try to be different.

I never thought anime would make me a better person and I didn't want it to, but (and I know it is going to sound cheesy) when I did drum corps I would feel like giving up most of the time, but then I would think about how much Ichigo from Bleach is determined to fight for what he believes in and never give up. That knowledge alone kept me going. I never had anyone to support me during drum corps, nobody cared about you, everyone yelled at you. It really was not fun like everyone had told me it was going to be. I just kept pushing onward and kept thinking about the reward. So in other words, yeah Ichigo from Bleach actually did motivate me.

That was more of just a motivation and determination thing though. What REALLY changed me was after I watched Elfen Lied for the first time. I really thought Elfen Lied was just needless gore and nudity... It was awesome actually because of that. Once I learned the back story of Lucy and Kouta though I actually like to think the show was teaching a moral. You cannot watch all of Elfen Lied and tell me there is no moral in what Lynn Okamoto was trying to portray with Elfen Lied. I mean the fact that young girls were getting tortured only because they were different than everyone else. The whole show is about treating everyone the same, I don't understand how this message didn't get across to anyone else, but me... I even went as far to send Lynn Okamoto and email telling him how grateful I was for the story he told. It really did mean something more to me and I started treating people who get bullied a lot better. It is not fair to say the least. Lynn never sent an email back, but I really hope he at least received it and viewed what I had to say.

So to answer the question again, yes it *can* make you a better person, you just have to see it as more than just meaningless entertainment. Even if I am the only one in this whole thread that responds this way then that is fine by me. I believe in my opinions and I know what I feel. All of the people above me can go ahead and continue watching it for whatever gains they may have whether they agree or not, but anime is my Religion, and I for one do not give a shit what anyone thinks.
19054 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
Offline
Posted 11/19/13

Felstalker wrote:

No more so than any other form of Media, like Film's, Books, and Television shows.


So....yes, yes I do. Now, perhaps not in the way your question asked, but it's a form of media, and I find media to be good for you.

Of course, Media can also be bad for you, so perhaps it even's out in the end.

People are shaped by everything, and if you watch Anime then Anime is a part of your everything. If you identify as someone who watches anime, that identity shapes you. If you hang out with people because they also watch anime, then how they shape who you are would indeed be a cause of watching anime, and the same goes to you shaping them. Whether or not you become a good morally upstanding person or not depends on every one of your experiences, not just watching that Anime. But I believe it has a much large effect than this thread's given it so far.



Yeah i think i delivered the question poorly. But like one of the people that responded said it was more of a motivational thing than making them a better person. I know that whenever i feel like wanting to give up my mind goes to something to bleach or SAO or some other anime of that nature.
19054 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
Offline
Posted 11/19/13

Tomoya8595 wrote:

.....Yes actually. But only if you try to be different.

I never thought anime would make me a better person and I didn't want it to, but (and I know it is going to sound cheesy) when I did drum corps I would feel like giving up most of the time, but then I would think about how much Ichigo from Bleach is determined to fight for what he believes in and never give up. That knowledge alone kept me going. I never had anyone to support me during drum corps, nobody cared about you, everyone yelled at you. It really was not fun like everyone had told me it was going to be. I just kept pushing onward and kept thinking about the reward. So in other words, yeah Ichigo from Bleach actually did motivate me.

That was more of just a motivation and determination thing though. What REALLY changed me was after I watched Elfen Lied for the first time. I really thought Elfen Lied was just needless gore and nudity... It was awesome actually because of that. Once I learned the back story of Lucy and Kouta though I actually like to think the show was teaching a moral. You cannot watch all of Elfen Lied and tell me there is no moral in what Lynn Okamoto was trying to portray with Elfen Lied. I mean the fact that young girls were getting tortured only because they were different than everyone else. The whole show is about treating everyone the same, I don't understand how this message didn't get across to anyone else, but me... I even went as far to send Lynn Okamoto and email telling him how grateful I was for the story he told. It really did mean something more to me and I started treating people who get bullied a lot better. It is not fair to say the least. Lynn never sent an email back, but I really hope he at least received it and viewed what I had to say.

So to answer the question again, yes it *can* make you a better person, you just have to see it as more than just meaningless entertainment. Even if I am the only one in this whole thread that responds this way then that is fine by me. I believe in my opinions and I know what I feel. All of the people above me can go ahead and continue watching it for whatever gains they may have whether they agree or not, but anime is my Religion, and I for one do not give a shit what anyone thinks.


I sympathize with you. For a moment i though i was the only one that thought like this, it made me feel a little hen. But looking at your post you seem to have the same connection to anime that i do and i think that this is what more people should be getting out of watching anime. not just watching it for mindless entertainment.
15760 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
21 / M / Kalamazoo, MI
Offline
Posted 11/19/13 , edited 11/19/13


I just simply believe if the moral is in something and you choose to do it, then at least consider it. I mean say you are not Religious and you go to a Christian summer camp simply to go swimming in the lake that is at the camp..... You could easily go there and LEARN something, but instead you are just using it for your own personal gain making everyone who actually wants to be there look like an idiot. They are there because that is there passion so don't ruin it for them.

That being said, that was just an example that came to mind, NOBODY start a Religious debate please. The mods don't need that, I assure you.
95164 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
43 / M / Canada
Online
Posted 11/19/13 , edited 11/19/13
maybe a little

I do credit anime somewhat for helping me be more accepting of LGBT issues. It exposed me to enough good Homosexual and Transgender characters that they became a part of my comfort zone
38909 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
24 / M
Offline
Posted 11/19/13 , edited 11/19/13
Oh, yay, I get to be the dissenting opinion.
YES.

Now, to qualify:

The answer is yes, if you engage it and take things from it.

seekerperson7 wrote:
But does it automatically and passively do so? Certainly not

There is NOTHING in this world that will automatically make you a better person just by interacting with it. Person development comes from experiencing something, engaging with it and accepting those pieces of it that you wish to incorporate into yourself. I am honestly shocked to see all of the "no's" already up in this thread. I don't see how anyone could watch, not just anime, but any sort of film, television or engage any sort of media and not be made a better person unless they accepted the bad things or just didn't care enough to engage beyond a simple mind-blanking.

If something is totally rotten, you can reject those things & that will make you a better person. If something is half good and half bad, you can take what is good, reject what is bad and that will make you a better person. If something is all good (nothing is), you need only to accept the good and that will make you a better person.

If I didn't think that watching anime had the potential to make me a better person, I would have to give up watching it. This is my personal philosophy, but generally I can't justify engaging with media that won't make me better than I was before watching. I say generally because I do think there is value in just watching something just for sheer entertainment. That's why I love stuff I kind of think of as crappy anyways, because it just entertains me and makes me happy and makes me laugh.

EDIT: I should also say that since beginning to watch anime, I have become radically more conscious, accepting and interested in other cultures generally (not just Japanese culture, but culture worldwide).
15760 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
21 / M / Kalamazoo, MI
Offline
Posted 11/19/13


I am glad to see that there is actually some REASONABLE people in this thread. I don't understand how this topic is so blatantly oblivious to some people,
2648 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
32 / M
Offline
Posted 11/19/13
No, but it makes me happy
19054 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
Offline
Posted 11/19/13

iblessall wrote:

Oh, yay, I get to be the dissenting opinion.
YES.

Now, to qualify:

The answer is yes, if you engage it and take things from it.

seekerperson7 wrote:
But does it automatically and passively do so? Certainly not

There is NOTHING in this world that will automatically make you a better person just by interacting with it. Person development comes from experiencing something, engaging with it and accepting those pieces of it that you wish to incorporate into yourself. I am honestly shocked to see all of the "no's" already up in this thread. I don't see how anyone could watch, not just anime, but any sort of film, television or engage any sort of media and not be made a better person unless they accepted the bad things or just didn't care enough to engage beyond a simple mind-blanking.

If something is totally rotten, you can reject those things & that will make you a better person. If something is half good and half bad, you can take what is good, reject what is bad and that will make you a better person. If something is all good (nothing is), you need only to accept the good and that will make you a better person.

If I didn't think that watching anime had the potential to make me a better person, I would have to give up watching it. This is my personal philosophy, but generally I can't justify engaging with media that won't make me better than I was before watching. I say generally because I do think there is value in just watching something just for sheer entertainment. That's why I love stuff I kind of think of as crappy anyways, because it just entertains me and makes me happy and makes me laugh.

EDIT: I should also say that since beginning to watch anime, I have become radically more conscious, accepting and interested in other cultures generally (not just Japanese culture, but culture worldwide).


Lol making me feel like i could have delivered the question much better than i actually did. But i completely agree with you. I didnt really mean that just because you watch it it will turn you into a better person. I more or less wanted to say that you can learn valuable things from it. Actua
Posted 11/20/13
Isn't the correct answer: It depends?

I remember finishing Persona 4 the video game and then watching that video where some kid gets tasered at a John Kerry Rally, then I did extra research regarding why people thought his tasering was justified and it opened my mind to the truth, but overall the morality in anime is already common sense stuff, it's nothing really new.
20295 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
http://myanimelis...
Offline
Posted 11/20/13 , edited 11/20/13

but i like watching anime ...
First  Prev  1  2  3  4  Next  Last
You must be logged in to post.