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Posted 2/25/14
I'm cuter now thanks to anime

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Posted 2/25/14
Say "i love you" made me discover and feel what love is like. I was able to feel what the characters were experiencing.
On a more general note, it gave me an interest in conventions and cosplaying, and I started to look around for activites.
I stopped thinking that I was the only one with that kind of interests and started searching to find other otakus/g33ks to hang out with.
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Posted 2/25/14
Not particularly manga or anime as a whole, but a character from an anime has really changed my view on social interactions and stigmas.

And that character is none other than Hikigaya Hachiman from SNAFU.

His views on youth and social interactions really helped me see through the bullshit that is 'kindness'.

And a specific quote of his really hit home:

"As a veteran on this battlefield of life, I've gotten used to losing."
~Hikigaya Hachiman
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Posted 2/25/14 , edited 2/25/14
Not having much in the way of role models, manga actually really helped me with social guidelines as I grew up. Shojo manga in particular was fantastic, because girls fight all the time and worry about social appropriateness, like how late are you allowed to arrive to plans with friends, what is acceptable to wear when, how to admit that you're jealous of a friend without destroying everything, how to admit you're jealous of someone who isn't a friend without becoming a green eyed monster, how to apologize to friends, what to do when you discover a huge and possibly life threatening secret, and stuff like that. It gave me a wide variety of perspectives to see through, so I could understand other people when we came to conflict.

I mean, shonen manga had great morals and stuff too, but how often am I going to get to decide whether to save my country, or to save my friends? :I

And there were a few series that really picked me up when I lost my confidence.
Telling through Colors provided absolutely no answers, but it gave me solace, and the courage to try again. All the characters in there were lost, unsure, but they plowed ahead anyway. There was no straight path, like a doctor's, where you hit certain goal points until you get there. No, artists meander. And that's okay. It told me that it's okay to become an artist.

Dragon Zakura, who found me fetal position on the floor, upset and afraid I wouldn't get into college when I applied again, that I was a complete dumbass, and kicked my ass and told me that it doesn't matter if I'm a dumbass, I can still get in if I try.

Then Kaku Kaku Shikajika, which is about the author and her struggle to success. She got into her dream college, after intensive and unpleasant labor that she was half unwilling to do, then struggled some more because she was a dumbass, and didn't do her homework. But if she can be a dumbass through four years, graduate, and go on to write the super popular Princess Jellyfish, then I can do it too.

I might be in a very different place if I hadn't found those at the times that I did.
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Posted 2/25/14
Not Per se Anime, but Toonami(anyone from America who grew up in the 90's will attest to this) showed me the truth.

This old toonami bump proves my point

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TfadJj4d5K4
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Posted 2/25/14
Nothing as life changing as some other people but all it does for me is allows me to be myself and have fun. The only negatives is my mum and sis poke fun at me for liking anime but meh.
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Posted 2/25/14 , edited 2/25/14

Gremorysan wrote:


saksiss wrote:

Well one example is this.
Madara Uchiha has taught me that this world is nothing but trash.



You see! we all learn important lessons through the power of anime! Even if it is that lol


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Posted 2/25/14
It cures my boredom.
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Posted 2/25/14

BeyondTheGrave007 wrote:

It cures my boredom.


Same here
Posted 2/25/14

saksiss wrote:

Well one example is this.
Madara Uchiha has taught me that this world is nothing but trash.



But Naruto will prove him wrong!

Sogno- 
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Posted 2/25/14

Sornette wrote:

I'm cuter now thanks to anime

lolololol


dang man which ones have you been watching?! i need to get on this!
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Posted 2/25/14 , edited 2/25/14
Anime is a big part of how I spend my leisure time besides sports and a little American TV.

I don't know what I'll be doing with my leisure time when I was younger besides go to sports forums which talked about the same thing over and over again or watching pointless YouTube videos. But honestly, I don't really remembered what my life was like before anime besides sports. And I had been watching anime since I was a child although I didn't knew about it.

The fact that there's new anime every season that I can watch every week makes up for the boredom and hard economic times that is everyday life (despite my final feelings...SAO...). And anime definitely motivates me through the weeks of work with news seasonal episodes every week.

Plus, when there are sequels to animes I enjoyed or discovered a new anime I loved, there's not a better feeling for me entertainment-wise. Alongside the fact that there are so much older anime I can look to if there aren't enough new anime that I enjoy. There's always something else with anime, and that's something sports doesn't have.

Anime is my main source of entertainment. I lost interest in Hollywood and whatever American TV can bring out. I don't think that will ever change.

That's how much anime means in my life. A lesser extent to manga because I don't read as much manga as I used to.
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Posted 2/25/14
Anime has kept me sane. I had a hard time in high school and even now, though I'm granted a full time job, I fall back on anime. I am a loner and don't interact well with other people, for which I've never understood why. Anime helps me connect to people and keeps me on the right path.
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Posted 2/25/14
my personality and ideals were shaped by watching anime and reading mangas
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Posted 2/25/14

awesomeesper wrote:


saksiss wrote:

Well one example is this.
Madara Uchiha has taught me that this world is nothing but trash.



But Naruto will prove him wrong!



OKAY LETS GET THINGS STRAIGHT OUR WORLD IS TRASH BECAUSE OUR WORLD GOVERNMENTS ARE TRASH AND BEING RULED BY AN UNSEEABLE ORGANIZATION THAT WOULD BE THE EQUIVALENT TO THE AKATSUKI (SORRY I DONT KNOW HOW TO SPELL IT) BUT HUMAN IGNORANCE IS BAD ENOUGH THAT KNOW ONE WILL BELIEVE UNTIL THE WORSE HAPPENS AND SOMEONE PROVES THEM RIGHT OR POSSIBLE WRONG DEMOCRACY WAS ORGINALLY CREATED FOR GOOD REASON, BUT HAS FALLEN INTO A CORRUPT SYSTEM TO KEEP THE SECRET MEMBERS FROM THIS ORGANIZATION FROM BEING KICKED OUT..........MMY RANT IS DONE WHAT YOU MAKE OF THIS INFO IS ENTIRELY UP TO YOU IDC
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