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Influence of anime on children (any age)
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This is a forum anybody can join in, its not suppose to be negativity.
After reading some websites about the influence of anime on children, it got me thinking about how when I look back to how I was when I was younger I realized I was a total brat, I was really selfish and didn't often care much about other things unless I benefit from it, but after watching anime shows like Bleach, Fairy Tail, Gintama, etc, without realizing it I changed after watching and learning the moral lessons from the shows. I began caring more for my family and friends, like being more respectfuly and showing more appreciation for everything I have, I started to try help others whenever they needed it, always be accepting of others, don't try to take on everything by yourself as you have people who will be there for you and to never stop believing in yourself, as the path to any road you take will be hard, but you shouldn't give up when something blocks your path. And to stay strong when life hits you hard. Pretty much I couldn't believe how I was, I was pretty much a spoiled brat.

My point of all this is write down your opinion of the influence anime has on kids or if it has, how anime has changed you or made you a better person.
Put down facts you've read on research websites (links are optional) or put down your own experience of how its changed you.
Its not suppose to really have negative things like (Ex: Ive come across this on different sites, it was about Death Note, it happened in America, where students wrote down peoples names who they don't like in their notebooks as well how they would want them to die) so something like this is negative, but to be fair you can put both sides the good and the bad, but they have to be actual goods ones you cant just say "oh it has violence and that's bad for our children", but a reasonable opinion of how it can also have a bad influence on kids. Actually put reasonable things not stupid things because then you will just sound like someone who doesn't really know what he/she is talking about and is saying it just cause they want to.

So whats your opinion/experience?
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I don't think any form of media has had any real impact, with the exception of the news media. People change all the time. People just feel the need to find a reason for their change, and will always choose a scapegoat. I didn't change because of anime. I changed because I changed. Whether it was experiences had or anything else, I changed because of change. Actually, I just got colder. That's about it.
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I don't think any form of media has had any real impact, with the exception of the news media. People change all the time. People just feel the need to find a reason for their change, and will always choose a scapegoat. I didn't change because of anime. I changed because I changed. Whether it was experiences had or anything else, I changed because of change. Actually, I just got colder. That's about it.


I... woudln't go that far, certainly. The messages you absorb have a pretty big impact on who you are and how you think.

On anime specifically, I doubt it's a big deal, because in the states anyways people get into it later than they would otherwise. You're not all the way solid by 12-13, but you're pretty close.


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That being said, the messaging is actually pretty negative, especial on the subject of gender relations.
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firefox39 wrote:

I don't think any form of media has had any real impact, with the exception of the news media. People change all the time. People just feel the need to find a reason for their change, and will always choose a scapegoat. I didn't change because of anime. I changed because I changed. Whether it was experiences had or anything else, I changed because of change. Actually, I just got colder. That's about it.


I... woudln't go that far, certainly. The messages you absorb have a pretty big impact on who you are and how you think.

On anime specifically, I doubt it's a big deal, because in the states anyways people get into it later than they would otherwise. You're not all the way solid by 12-13, but you're pretty close.


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That being said, the messaging is actually pretty negative, especial on the subject of gender relations.


Not really. A child who is 12 or 13 might stop trusting people if they were abused or attacked, just like when someone becomes a rape victim or hits rock bottom. They might turn to media for comfort, but it doesn't change who they are. They're not going to change. It's all about lessons learned and experiences learned. I've never seen media used for anything other than an escape from reality. Just because one dresses as Batman doesn't mean he/she is like Batman. All they'll have is the "mask effect" (people will always be more honest and courageous if their is a mask on their face).

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Looks like you have an agenda with this thread. My experience doesn't follow any of it so you probably don't care but...

What anime did for me at an early age was make me interested in Japanese language and culture to the point where I ended up learning the language and even living and working in Japan for a while. So for me it was, is and always will be a very positive experience.

I also played a lot of violent video games as a kid and you know what... I'm not a violent person from anime or video games. Barking up the wrong tree here I think. All positive for me both anime and games.
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There are good and bad sides to everything. Such is life, such is anime.

EDIT: So, we also had a similar discussion to this fairly recently.

http://www.crunchyroll.com/forumtopic-828511/do-you-think-watching-anime-makes-you-a-better-person#44943353
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Posted 11/29/13

iblessall wrote:

There are good and bad sides to everything. Such is life, such is anime.

EDIT: So, we also had a similar discussion to this fairly recently.

http://www.crunchyroll.com/forumtopic-828511/do-you-think-watching-anime-makes-you-a-better-person#44943353


Funny thing with these discussions is that it's an anime fan site.

So of course the vast majority is going to be 'anime is good for you, it massively improved my life, all people should watch it always!!!'
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Seeing as how video games makes all children into full-blown psychotic massacring machines, I'd think anime probably makes them into physics-defying perverts with no sense of how to appropriately respond to social actions. And furthermore most likely will all end up obese, hermitic japanophiles whom, given enough time and resources, will attempt to communicate in Japanese.
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Nothing beats cable television. That garbage on MTV, even Disney and Nickelodeon, all is just as bad if not worse then whatever flavor of the month people attack, whether its anime, violent games, online content, etc.. Todays TV for kids is rotten compared to the past. And just distasteful in general. And ABC Family, ugh I DESPISE it.
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Alienshroom wrote:

Nothing beats cable television. That garbage on MTV, even Disney and Nickelodeon, all is just as bad if not worse then whatever flavor of the month people attack, whether its anime, violent games, online content, etc.. Todays TV for kids is rotten compared to the past. And just distasteful in general. And ABC Family, ugh I DESPISE it.


That's a dangerous trend though, we don't like to think of anime as being the same as all the other mass-media (although it is).
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I guess it also depends on the generation the kids are growing.

I was exposed to anime when I was about the equivalent of 8th grade. I remember not paying attention to certain things but it sparked my interest in the way the characters are drawn which got me started drawing the style thereof and then the boy-girl relationships got my attention too but it didnt stick in my head long enough to influence me becuase I ended up not watching anymore anime , when I was growing up coz we have no television set.

So I guess it also depends on which show or games and how much one watches it...young children nowadays are exposed to alot One can get used to a certain thought if one watches it all the time .

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Posted 11/30/13

windsagio wrote:
So of course the vast majority is going to be 'anime is good for you, it massively improved my life, all people should watch it always!!!'


Actually, in that thread, people almost UNANIMOUSLY said that watching anime did not make them better people. It was fascinating. And, to me, kind of scary.
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Posted 11/30/13

iblessall wrote:


windsagio wrote:
So of course the vast majority is going to be 'anime is good for you, it massively improved my life, all people should watch it always!!!'


Actually, in that thread, people almost UNANIMOUSLY said that watching anime did not make them better people. It was fascinating. And, to me, kind of scary.


I feel bad then, I was selling the community short ><
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Posted 11/30/13 , edited 12/12/13
if you're PLANNING to TEACH young people things with Anime... The same applies as with any show. Everything around you will should leave influence. So don't loiter and take influence from boring stuff, watch anime!
A protip though, if you don't want kids to take after bad language, watch out for Gintamas huge amount of bad words even though it's a fun show, Attack on Titans gore (i look away!) and so on.
Also don't forget that western cartoon often have bizarre logic like surviving a fall off a cliff despite landing on the belly. If anime has scenes like that, at least 90% of the animes have characters who can be believed to actually survive it realistically. (the point i'm trying to make is that anime can be both realistic and fantasy.)
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I... would not look to anime for any kind of positive relationship advice. Teen relationships is where I Think it's generally at it's most destructive.
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