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Posted 2/26/14
i guess it kind of help me. i was into anime in high schoo then got out in college. then i was going to bars alot and spending alot money on drugs. adult swim air death note and i was hook on anime again since then. most of my money goes to cosplay and anime goodies. im a big sucker for mail ordering a lot ramune
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Posted 3/1/14
Motivation to get through life.
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Anime is my source of unwinding stress. It's like a friend to me because it helps me calm down after a sucky day at work. I know it's mainly escapism, but sometimes I REALLY need some "escapism" to return to my "normal less stressed out" self. Besides, Anime is a better stress reliever than turning to say drugs or alcohol, IMHO.
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Posted 3/1/14
Well for me I didn't start watching anime for any deep reason, I think mainly because I was bored, and wanted something to do besides reruns or games I'm bored of,but I think it is awesome for those who do have a deep reason. Iwould have to say I have learned to think a lot deeper on some things, or sometimes when I'm watching live action cop shows, which I like I start thinking really dark, like anime concepts and my family looks at me like o.o which makes me kinda laugh.
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Anime is an important stress reliever and motivator for me. It also helps me to expand the boundaries around my mind a bit. I'm not as narrow minded as I used to be. Whether it is some inspirational concept or an interesting plot twist I didn't see coming, I think there's always a little bit I glean from what I watch and try to apply to my life. This is true for a lot of storytelling regardless of media format, too. There's always a lesson to be learned somewhere. And if there isn't then there better be some fan service involved to keep things interesting.
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I had suffered with depression for a very long time. Every day was a struggle, and I was losing hope. With thoughts of suicide, and people constantly breaking me down, it became hard to find a reason to keep living. I've always kept to myself mostly, and although I do enjoy my solitude, it does get lonely. I never smiled, or laughed, or felt joy. Life around me was dark and damp, clouded and disoriented. Everyday, I locked myself in my room and prayed for a sign, for something to alleviate the pain. Not long after, I had come across my very first anime, Rosario + Vampire. I came across it while browsing through netflix, and thought, "people who watch this stuff are so weird, what is it they like about it so much?" What was weird to me, was how happy they were, while I was sad. And I guess I hoped I could be weird like those people, and laugh at silly things, and get excited over unique ideas and concepts, and become passionate about something. So, I gave the show a shot, and after the first episode I was hooked. It wasn't the best anime ever, or the coolest, but I will always love it, for it made me smile when I was sad, made me calm when I was angry, and gave me hope. I thought, if I can laugh like this and feel happy, I will be ok. So, my heart opened up, my eyes opened up, and I opened up. I would go back home everyday excited, for what my new passion had in store for me, every day was a mystery, filled with laughter, tears, and hard-fought battles. Sorry for such a long response. I guess in conclusion, yes, anime helped me. It saved me from my turmoil, and became my one friend who never failed me. It saved my life, and it still helps me even today, to be the best person I can be


That is amazing! That is good to hear. I liked Rosario + Vampire even though the story was next to non-existent. The characters is what made it worth watching. Anime has a lot of enriching aspects that Western shows will never have. Of course, Clannad/Clannad After Story is number one in that aspect, imo. Always remember to keep pushing, follow your passions, and get it done!
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Posted 3/1/14
Kept me from dying of boredom, I'll say that much.
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Damn after reading some of these posts it made me smile and shed a tear because anime truly is happiness for most of us!

My parents worked a lot, I'm an only child with barely any friends, I can count the ones I keep contact with on one hand. I've been lonely most of my life. Often bullied or alienated by others. 3 years ago my parents were going through the process of a split and I had not a single person to turn to, my life was in shambles, my feelings in disarray, I hated life! Hated every single person, envied some because of their happiness as I was going through a tough time. Spent the holidays away from everyone. At that point I contemplated suicide. Until one day I saw netflix had anime so I decided to try it out, the first one I saw there must have been Angel Beats or Baka no Test. I seen that after many tragic moments the characters still tried their best to be happy and to look forward to a future worth living for, so I did the same. Things cleared up after a few months. Throughout the entire time I saw that it made me happy and I had a connection to the characters. 2 years later everything patched itself up, I had a better outlook on life. Then I saw Clannad and AfterStory and it changed my way of thinking. For once I finally realized what I wanted from life, I just wanted to be happy and make others happy too! I want a happy life, happy family, great friendships. I got to make it happen with my own hands! I have a lot of work to do, I needed to stop being timid. Now I believe I'm a better person. I get down, feel lonely most of the time but I always remind myself that anime is there for me and it'll never leave me.

Anime has been the most crucial part of my life, it changed me for the better. I just love it! I wish my life can be like some of the slice of life anime. It makes my heart feel warm.
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Posted 3/1/14
ive been depressed for 15 year now. the past few have been the worst.
anime/manga keeps my mind happy and my soul content, im pretty sure i would not be alive with out it.
Posted 3/1/14
Yeah, I agree with you man. It helped me get over rough times whenever I hear my parents arguing and it helps me go through my pain.
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Posted 3/1/14
I didn't appreciate my life during my early high school years. I watched several anime(s) and they helped/cured me. They gave me never ending motivation and inspiration, and they still do to this day when I'm in college (2nd Semester). Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo pushed me to strive to work harder than people with immense talent. Sakurasou and Bakuman both inspired me to make AMV's and post them on YT.

Angel Beats, Clannad and Little Busters made me more aware of my life and motivated me to try new things to live my life to the fullest.

Prince of Tennis inspired me to play tennis in High School. I started in my 3rd year of high school. I was really bad in the 3rd year, but I was motivated by this anime and by the 4th year I ended up making the top team.

There's obviously a whole bunch more things anime/manga has helped me in my life. I really don't know any other way to repay anime/manga except by watching/ reading it everyday.
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Posted 3/1/14

Sornette wrote:


Sogno- wrote:


Sornette wrote:

I'm cuter now thanks to anime

lolololol


dang man which ones have you been watching?! i need to get on this!


Kaiji



thanks dude, changed my life. just look how cute i got

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Posted 3/2/14
I just enjoy anime,always have.It really hasn't saved me from any of my more dubious distractions, but it has taken up the time that could be spent with my 1911 doing drive-by's on streetlights and stop signs.
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Posted 3/2/14
The philosophy that many anime are imbued with has helped me get a better picture on the purpose, or lack thereof, of life. Also on self view and how others perceive me.
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