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"Life Changing" Anime?
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Clannad, or Clannad After Story in particular has changed my life forever.
It has learned me to see the beautiful things and to care about the smaller things in life.

This Anime is in my opinion the closest Anime to emulate the real world.
I love this Anime so much.
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Space Brothers no doubt.
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Every series you can get into changes your perception of the world to some degree. I'm sure I'll forget some important ones but I'd say these series' had the biggest impact on me:

Code Geass
Steins;Gate
Usagi Drop
Wolf Children
Gintama
And just about everything Clamp has made (most notable are Tsubasa, xxxHolic, and Chobits.)

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Totally agree with the Shin Sekai Yori praise; after watching it you can't help but look at life a bit differently. NANA also opened my eyes but more so in the vein about what anime could be as a medium. I really really enjoyed the last few episodes of Hyouka as well because of the palpable catharsis in the characters. The Eccentric Family was s show I really related with and was glad that the show not only touched me but so many other people too. Haibane Renmei is at the top of the list though because how powerful its message is and it's one I often look to share with people new to anime.
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Beck! Mongolian Chop Squad and Kids on the Slope. They both made me have An even greater appreciation for music that I originally did. Hearing Taira's baseline in Spice of Life made me want to learn the bass guitar.
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Golden Time and Welcome To The NHK, 100%. They both gave me a completely different perspective on life and made me want to make some changes.
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SaintJames012 wrote:

My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU probably has the most insightful quotes and remarks I can think of in recent memory.

^ Going to have to agree with this one. I'm surprised how unpopular it is. So funny, such wit, wow.

I'd have to say Kemonozume for 2 reasons.
1. You know that saying "never judge a book by its cover"? I thought I followed that saying until I watched this show. The animation quality is so terrible that I almost immediately dropped it 2 minutes in. I thought I didn't care how bad the animation was. I'm so glad I was convinced to try it again and overcome my aversions. I feel like now I have a lot more leniency towards outward appearances. Before, I unknowingly judged how good the anime was as a story based on how much money they spent on their animation team.

2. For the first time in anime, the show treated me like an adult (I was 14 at the time). No babying, no fan service, and no censorship. As an example from the first episode: 2 adults meet on the beach, the next night they make love. That's that. It was such a breath of fresh air compared to all these slice of life teen romances that take 20 episodes simply to confess their undying love only to promptly be thrust into another pointless and easily solved "problem".

I don't know if it's a good thing, but Kemonozume was probably the reason I stopped watching romance. Every romance I saw after that felt faded and fake in comparison, I couldn't even bear to watch most of them for more than an episode.

As a side note: there's nothing "deep" or "thought provoking" about kemonozume's art style. It just sucks, get over it.



A few others..

Fate/Zero taught me what it means to be a leader and making morally ambiguous decisions

Welcome to NHK made me want to be a better person

Mushishi encouraged me to calm down and take everything in stride


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Shin Sekai Yori - "From The New World"

All around eye-opening show to me. The plot was fantastic and the final few episodes were really eye-opening on topics like racism and segregation as a whole. Also, the show sparked a change in physiological behavior in me which lead to me becoming interested in psychology and other peculiar studies.

Forgot about this one. I never watch the credits, but this one had me staring off into space for the next few minutes and I'd end up watching all the credits each episode just thinking..
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Wow, so many. I used to think Anime was stupid and for losers, and then funnily enough I was getting high and Netflix suggested Sekirei to me. I watched it and fell in love. Then I remembered that when I was young, some gaming magazines I owned had 'Love Hina' shit in it and I was always interested in it because it was rated 16+ and had hot girls. So I gave that a shot and it was also amazing. Like, so great. Ugh.

Those two Anime made me see things differently, because once I was stoned and understood why Anime was so great, I actually got into Japanese culture and went to school to become an English teacher in Japan. Conservatives(mostly) always whine about marijuana, and the legal equivalent, but it's stupid. It made me a better person.
I used to hate everyone I didn't know and was absolutely uninterested in them and anything they liked. Cannabis changed me and not only made me more accepting but showed me what I wanted to do with my life. It's absolutely ridiculous to suggest that it's more harmful than fucking alcohol when I have an alcoholic family and I can tell you with certainty that it's better. But I'm not here to get into that argument.

Love Hina, Sekirei, Ano Hana, SAO, Madoka, Omamori Himari, Shuffle!, Clannad, Eve no Jikan, Kokoro Connect, and Mushishi are all Anime that have changed me as a person and made me see things differently. All for different reasons, obviously.
They're all amazing in their own ways. I attribute my growth and life goals to them; Absolutely.
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I couldn't name every anime that has impacted my life in some way, but I'd say the most recent was "Love, Chunibyo, and other Delusions".

It has two seasons, it's premise is rather interesting, but as someone on the verge of turning 18, I have to say it reminded me of the inner child inside me, that I cannot give that up no matter what society pressures me into becoming, that there are unique kinds of love and dreams that exist in the world, and that humanity and our history is apart of one greater story. To those characters who are willing to break the bounds, the dimensions of that very story in order to achieve happiness and what they love without losing themselves in the process, those are the individuals who live the most fulfilling, the most spectacular, the most magical lives.

It doesn't matter what reality is: rather, shape reality to make it what you want it to be, no matter how wild the delusion. (delusion being symbolism for one's aspirations and outtake of the world). Perhaps I'm reading too far into it or perhaps I simply managed to create this meaning for myself. Either way, it's a great romantic anime that deserves some attention, and to those moe haters, seriously, just put your hatred aside a moment to enjoy the innocence, the purity, and the craftsmanship of this show. I don't watch moe specific shows; I just like a good story and you have two seasons (and ongoing) of excellence here.

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Naruto, One Piece, Mirai Nikki, Shugo Chara. there are probably some more but I can't remember right now
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OlympianRed wrote:

Golden Time and Welcome To The NHK, 100%. They both gave me a completely different perspective on life and made me want to make some changes.


Golden Time? I watched that show and didn't learn any new life lessons! What did you learn? I am intrigued.
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The writing in HunterxHunter is unparalleled. They've blurred all the lines between right and wrong, good and evil, and constantly challenge you to sympathize with all living beings, no matter how seemingly awful they can be. I've only cried once for an anime, and it was the death of a villain.
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Gurren Lagann was one of those shows that reminded me how much I appreciate anime.
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piratequeen369 wrote:


OlympianRed wrote:

Golden Time and Welcome To The NHK, 100%. They both gave me a completely different perspective on life and made me want to make some changes.


Golden Time? I watched that show and didn't learn any new life lessons! What did you learn? I am intrigued.


Well for me the last episode especially was sort of a wake up call. I think the biggest thing that I took away from it was that the past is the past, of course in reference to
But at the end of the day, people are going to come out of a situation and have a different interpretation of that scenario so what I took from that show might not be what you took from that show. I've been hung up on the past for years when the reality is that I could be making new memories instead of dwelling on the old ones.
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OlympianRed wrote:


piratequeen369 wrote:


OlympianRed wrote:

Golden Time and Welcome To The NHK, 100%. They both gave me a completely different perspective on life and made me want to make some changes.


Golden Time? I watched that show and didn't learn any new life lessons! What did you learn? I am intrigued.


Well for me the last episode especially was sort of a wake up call. I think the biggest thing that I took away from it was that the past is the past, of course in reference to
But at the end of the day, people are going to come out of a situation and have a different interpretation of that scenario so what I took from that show might not be what you took from that show. I've been hung up on the past for years when the reality is that I could be making new memories instead of dwelling on the old ones.



Amazing. I like that. I used to be hung up on the past but I'm long over it now so I guess that's why I didn't learn anything from the show. I hope you get over the past, it's hard but you can do it! I'm cheering for you!

The life-changing anime for me is Naruto, people say it's just another shounen anime but I can't believe that. Although, other things besides Naruto saved me, without the show, I might be dead. Me and that guy were both shunned, as kids, by people even though we had done nothing wrong but the difference between me and him was that he didn't think: "I should just disappear, I'm a bother." Naruto made me realize that in this world which is so big, there are bound to be real people like him - that was when I decided I'd become one of those people, putting aside my depression.
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