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Generally speaking of course.

For me the most glaring thing I see in a lot of Anime and anime-related stories are self-responsibility and community.

It's like a fantasy world far off somewhere to me.

How does a nation that preaches Independence like America lack so many self-responsible individuals? I see blame shifted everywhere but on themselves.

Best recent example

Eliot Rodgers: It's everyone's fault that I'm like this

Everyone else: "Eliot Rodgers was a right wing racist." "It's Libertards fault for raising P*ssy whipped men like Rodgers," "If only people taught their sons not to be sexist!" "If only women would have had sex with him!" etc.

Do you know who Elliot Rodgers Narcissistic behavior reminds me of? Sign in to facebook and see who updates their face book status every hour, uploads dozens of selfies, and writes autobiographies of how great they are. Chances are, you know at least one person. Heck you might be one of them without even realizing it. They exist in all genders and skin colors.

But why do we never say, "If only I/we/myself could have been there to help Elliot Rodgers," I don't care if it sounds cheesy, straight cliche out of an Anime like Great Teacher Onizuka. I just want to see people who still genuinely care.

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It teaches to be accepting or at least tolerant of others, regardless of who they love.



Kannazuki no Miko taught me that.



I will forever be in its debt.
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the power of friendship and that 2D gals > 3D gals
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The importance of loyalty and how friendship is important. In American society I think we care too much about romance and toss friends away (from what I see).

It also teaches that spikey hair makes males stronger and large breasts make women stronger, and yelling loud before you do something means you'll succeed
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Edit: I'm going to try again, this time with less emotion.

The person you've cited (Elliot Rodger) is not representative of the United States' population. The grieving parents, faculty, and classmates are. The policemen investigating the crime are. The people who are decrying this violent act are. If a significant number of people were sympathizing with Rodger, you might have a point. But they're not. Rodger is being vilified, and justifiably so. You want to see what the USA's character really is? Look at it in times of tragedy. In response to the attack on the WTC charitable donations for victims and first responders were raised, military recruitment experienced a spike, and a memorial was erected to forever mark the tragedy in the national memory. That's who Americans really are. That's the extent of the USA's sense of community.

As for what anime can teach us, anime has no universally applicable messages. It is a medium which presents conflicting perspectives on subjects such as friendship, community, family, and social values. It offers conflicting perspectives on war, on peace, on love. There are anime which laud breaking from social conventions and striking out as an individual, and there are anime which sharply condemn it. There are anime which cast criminals in a romantic light, and there are those which cast them in a shameful light.
Posted 5/27/14
Yeah.... I haven't seen the news in a bit... The content in the original post was a bit shocking.

My answer would have to be the following:

GayAsianBoy wrote:

the power of friendship


I honestly think many Americans think so little of friendship that sending a friend request(and accept) on Facebook is proof that they are friends with someone. Many shows, not even infamous "nakama power" shows, have plenty of themes on the topic of friendship.
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GayAsianBoy wrote:

the power of friendship


Anime DOES focus on the Power of Friendship to the umpteenth degree, and I love it. That's something that the United States and many other Western cultures are lacking. Here in the United States, it seems that it has to take a TRAGEDY each and every time for Us to stand together and band together. Any other time, We're so focused on Our greed and ridiculousness, that it would be completely unsurprising to Me whatsoever if I was to learn that this Country had forgotten every bit and ideals of what being fair to Your Neighbors and loving one another; Having trust in one another to the point that You could depend on this other Person in any detrimental situation. Japan, and since Anime comes out of Japan...They - THEY have brought those ideals to Me. Because I sure as Heck didn't learn them here.
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x-Cellar_Door-x wrote:


GayAsianBoy wrote:

the power of friendship


Anime DOES focus on the Power of Friendship to the umpteenth degree, and I love it. That's something that the United States and many other Western cultures are lacking. Here in the United States, it seems that it has to take a TRAGEDY each and every time for Us to stand together and band together. Any other time, We're so focused on Our greed and ridiculousness, that it would be completely unsurprising to Me whatsoever if I was to learn that this Country had forgotten every bit and ideals of what being fair to Your Neighbors and loving one another; Having trust in one another to the point that You could depend on this other Person in any detrimental situation. Japan, and since Anime comes out of Japan...They - THEY have brought those ideals to Me. Because I sure as Heck didn't learn them here.


Asians have a history of being loyal to friends... like they [or should I say we?] used to swear an oath of brotherhood/sisterhood if they really bond with a friend.
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GayAsianBoy wrote:


x-Cellar_Door-x wrote:


GayAsianBoy wrote:

the power of friendship


Anime DOES focus on the Power of Friendship to the umpteenth degree, and I love it. That's something that the United States and many other Western cultures are lacking. Here in the United States, it seems that it has to take a TRAGEDY each and every time for Us to stand together and band together. Any other time, We're so focused on Our greed and ridiculousness, that it would be completely unsurprising to Me whatsoever if I was to learn that this Country had forgotten every bit and ideals of what being fair to Your Neighbors and loving one another; Having trust in one another to the point that You could depend on this other Person in any detrimental situation. Japan, and since Anime comes out of Japan...They - THEY have brought those ideals to Me. Because I sure as Heck didn't learn them here.


Asians have a history of being loyal to friends... like they [or should I say we?] used to swear an oath of brotherhood/sisterhood if they really bond with a friend.


That's a beautiful thing My Friend. Most American's response to something like that would be a gigglesnort and a pssssssh. Oh because We're SOOOOOOOOOOOO ALPHA We can't express feelings without it giving Ourselves an emotional hernia..
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x-Cellar_Door-x wrote:

That's a beautiful thing My Friend. Most American's response to something like that would be a gigglesnort and a pssssssh. Oh because We're SOOOOOOOOOOOO ALPHA We can't express feelings without it giving Ourselves an emotional hernia..


Yes, my dearest friend, we understand each other <3

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