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Do you think watching anime makes you a better person?
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Posted 11/20/13 , edited 11/20/13
Not really, I try to not let media and such affect the way I live day to day. I'm a firm believer in that good morals and values don't make you a good person, good actions and intents make you a good person. I'm one of those people who's morals are skewed and in general, I'm not a nice person. However, if some one needs help I'm usually one of the first to step in and help. Morals and values are just ideals of what a good person should be.
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Posted 11/20/13
If watching shows like One Piece or Naruto made you want to fight, whether or not it was for something you believe in, it would just further strengthen the resolve of those people who say Video Games make kids violent and go out and murder people.

So No, there is no way an anime would change my beliefs and reasoning to do something I would have never done before.

Also this might just be me being an ass, but if you require an Anime, or really any 3rd party system, to be a better friend... you're not much a friend in the first place.
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Yup, it definitely does. I haven't changed my views, but every once in a while I stumble across a show that lets me see an opposing viewpoint from a different perspective. It makes me happy too. So that is good.
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Posted 11/20/13 , edited 11/20/13
watching anime makes me a better person?

Watching anime has nothing to do for me to being a better person , I was already a good or better person before anime

but it makes me a silly person or rather a more silly person becuase a lot of the anime I watch are silly
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What doesnt kill me only makes me................ stranger. By all means to many I am insane because i watch A LOT of anime. Does it make me a better person meh. But when I asked my parents better use of my time anime or League of Legends they both said anime. So yea
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Posted 11/21/13
I'm gonna echo the overwhelming 'no' vote. Anime, like any activity, isn't going to make you a better person. It might instill some ideas into you that could point you in that direction, but it's up to you to act on those ideas, just as doing charity work doesn't make you a better person unless you're doing it willingly and for the right reasons. Being a better person consists of both thinking and acting like one. Anime could conceivably plant the seeds of moral growth, but it's up to the person to cultivate them, and it's the person improving that deserves all the credit.
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Posted 11/23/13
Does watching anime makes me a better person? Absolutely not. Anime is just amuses me when I'm depressed or down; it never makes me a better person. Only my conscience can do that.
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Posted 11/23/13

emanuel_a wrote:

Do you think that watching something like bleach or naruto would make you into a person who values a friend more than normal or makes you more likely to fight for something you believe in strongly.


Honestly, I think in a way.
I see everyone seems very against the thought, but I was actually thinking that the other day.
Not so much a "better" person, but I take in more that's around me.
Such as family and friends. Some of the animes give me hope in finding someone to love one day.
(I'm sure I sound stupid, but bleh.)

And to fall in love with someone like they usually do in animes never really happens but it seems nice to think about. ^.^
I think about it a lot.
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Posted 11/23/13
Make me a better person?
*what's wrong with me now?
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Posted 11/23/13
Not really, that depends
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Posted 11/23/13

TheChamp117 wrote:

Um no I don't think so. If it's going to teach me anything, it's going to be the Japanese language.


On the kindergarten level, maybe.
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Posted 11/23/13

Shrapnel893 wrote:


TheChamp117 wrote:

Um no I don't think so. If it's going to teach me anything, it's going to be the Japanese language.


On the kindergarten level, maybe.


Lol yeah just a few words.
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Posted 11/23/13
No. Following this acronym to the tee is what makes you a better person

Loyalty- Loyalty to your fellow man. Never betray them.
Duty- Taking Responsibility for what must be done.
Respect- Do unto others what you would like done unto you.
Selfless Service- Never thinking of yourself when you conduct something beneficial to the team or to society
Honor- Maintaining Discipline and always doing the right thing, even when unpopular.
Integrity- Always be honest, even if the truth hurts.
Personal Courage- Face your fears and never let them control you.

Anime is just something you like. What you do is what makes you a good person or not.

Best quote of it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SvJFoOEOYpE
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Posted 11/23/13
Any media that we consume impacts us in some way. It's usually a subtle impact, but an impact nonetheless. That being said, I think that people are going to gravitate towards shows that already confirm their current beliefs. You value hard work and friendship? You watch Naruto and One Piece. And those shows strengthen your current beliefs. Is that making you "a better person"? According to yourself, probably. Because to you, those values of work and friendship are what makes a better person, and watching Naruto and One Piece has strengthened them. Once values are strong enough, they turn into concrete actions. So, in a subtle way, watching some anime has made you act on those "good" values and thus made you "a better person".

The same can be said for any set of values and any media type, even if those values are deemed "undesirable" by other people.
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OP already admitted to poor wording. The original question seemed to be asking if what you witness in anime has an active effect in how you live your life. I suppose some people live by the example of fiction, and such a life is no better or worse than another--it's subjective after all.

Still, some of you need to pull your head out of your ass. Finding such inspiration in fiction of any kind doesn't infer mental acuity. Just because someone doesn't find the caricature of anime profound doesn't mean they're empty minded. It could just as well imply that they aren't easily impressionable. Typical anime is charming with only vague undertones. Exceptional anime that has more substance to it can be surprisingly thought provoking and meaningful. But I don't think there's any ideal or theme you'll find in anime that hasn't been more thoroughly explored by better writers.

Again, I say it's subjective. People discuss the objective appreciation of art (that some forms are inherently and unquestionably better than others) , but I find such notions incredibly condescending. What I'm really saying is that you should try to appreciate the range of fiction and how people relate to it before you get all self-gratified by your apparently deep understanding of a cartoon. I find literature to much more challenging intuitively speaking and more rewarding of analysis. I find anime pretty transparent and finite by comparison, so it doesn't affect me to the same degree. Does this make we shallow minded? Perhaps. Perhaps I shouldn't compare at all.

Often, it seems the point of fiction is to display something you'd find in reality in a more compelling way. It's to induce thought and reflection; or it's just for spectacle and thrills. Either way, you don't have to apply it directly to your life to be considered aware of what you're watching. Fiction doesn't lead my life, but it does influence me ever so subtly; just as you are shaped by anything your exposed to. I look closer to reality for inspiration on what actual action to take in my life.
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