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Posted 11/16/14 , edited 11/17/14
it's been 2 years of anime viewing, and this question just came to mind.

why do i like anime?

i'm no anime expert, and i'm very sure others have watched even more anime than myself. that must must mean others can empathize with what i'm experiencing. but when i watch anime i often find myself mockingly trying to predict what's going to happen next. and more than half the time i'm right. at times it just gets plain repetitive and predictable... and there are times i when i watch it for the sole reason of mocking the generic characters, plot, and situations. it's present in most all genres i watch.

and yes, there's been a few times where i'm just like, "why even" and i take a break from it.

even so, i always come back for it. so i'm wondering why? i'm under the impression that most anime is trash, and isn't worth watching. yet i keep watching it.

the only concrete reasons for this insane behavior that i've developed are: the art is beautiful, there's all different kinds and it's nice to see all of the artists' contributions. like old gainax, or the new trigger studio.. and possibly my favorite, shaft. the other possible reason, is relatability. for example, when i have a bad day at school due to fickle, mindless peoples at school, i sometimes come home and watch a few episodes of watamote. tomoko always cheers me up. but i feel like these reasons should be outweighed by the overwhelming amounts of trash in which most anime is. it's digging for diamonds in a sandpit.

anyone have anything to contribute to the reasons for my insanity? or anything at all to say really. open thread.
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Posted 11/16/14
Anime is like a drug to me. When I want to feel motivated, I'd watch something like Slam Dunk. It would inspire and motivate me, but I don't really direct that motivation to anything other than finishing the anime itself.
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Posted 11/16/14
it's for the hidden gems/ It's repetitive and it's dull at times, but no worse than any other television or movies. BUT, you keep watching for the hidden gems. Also, unlike regular TV, a series tends to actually END. So you get complete stories, which in my mind increases the ods of finding something really awesome and worth watching.
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I once saw a cartoon and saw a character with cool hair (Goku) thus I began to watch DBZ. Then my sister showed me Miyazaki's films and I was deeply in love with that, especially Spirited Away. Sooner or later, my brother showed me Naruto and by this time, I still didn't even know what the hell anime was, but I founded a Bleach episode that was featured in one of my Naruto DVDs and I figured the art style of the shows I was watching was unique compared to stuff like Tom & Jerry and what not. I didn't know what anime was until I first joined here! Didn't know much about it but I sure loved the hell out of it!
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Posted 11/16/14
Cuz it's awesome. And I'm awesome. Cuz I party. Hard.

Posted 11/16/14
the simple answer is usually the correct one, you're trash.

hha just kidding.
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Posted 11/17/14
Miyazaki films bore me. If I was in a room and someone told me to watch it with them, I would be more incline to do something else with my hands while pretending on watching it. I would be checking my phone, tapping the pen like drum sticks, reading magazines, etc.

Same thing goes when I watch football and soccer. I get bored watching it by myself or with just one person with me. It's a team sports where I get my energy within a cheerful, enthusiastic group.

Basketball? I'm ok watching it by myself.
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Posted 11/17/14
it is relaxing and easy on the eyes
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Posted 11/23/14
Hmm, well... I like anime because of the art and stories. Like reading a good book and all the emotions that come with it.
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Posted 11/25/14
its fun to watch and is a great escapism that has good stories and values to it.
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Posted 11/25/14
Enjoyment and the stories

It's not really important to my life; I wouldn't be affected if it happened to all vanish the next minute. I'd just move on to Netflix and watch something else or pick up a book
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Posted 11/26/14
I have always been a fan of a good story. I am the type of person who just gets unbelievably invested and immersed in any given stories world. Hence it is a form of escapism for me; a way for me to deal with the world without actually having to interact with it.

Other than that, I have now found more reasons for my love of anime. I love the specific art style, the amazing stories, and the over-the-top comedy that we just do not see in western media. Its the entertainment medium that appeals to me the most, and I will likely stick with it for many years to come. Most likely for the rest of my life to be perfectly honest.
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Posted 11/26/14
Because we enjoy the events that take place in the anime we watch or the manga we're reading.

It is true that the people concerned in them are not what we would call 'real people.' But none of the feelings which the joys or misfortunes of a 'real' person awaken in us can be awakened except through a mental picture of those joys or misfortunes; and the ingenuity of the first novelist, or mangaka, or director, or author, lay in his understanding that, as the picture was the one essential element in the complicated structure of our emotions, so that simplification of it which consisted in the suppression, pure and simple, of 'real' people would be a decided improvement. A 'real' person, profoundly as we may sympathise with him, is in a great measure perceptible only through our senses, that is to say, he remains opaque, offers a dead weight which our sensibilities have not the strength to lift. If some misfortune comes to him, it is only in one small section of the complete idea we have of him that we are capable of feeling any emotion; indeed it is only in one small section of the complete idea he has of himself that he is capable of feeling any emotion either.

The author's happy discovery was to think of substituting for those opaque sections, impenetrable by the human spirit, their equivalent in immaterial sections, things, that is, which the spirit can assimilate to itself. After which it matters not that the actions, the feelings of this new order of creatures appear to us in the guise of truth, since we have made them our own, since it is in ourselves that they are happening, that they are holding in thrall, while we turn over, feverishly, the pages of the manga or the passing seconds of the anime, our quickened breath and staring eyes. And once we're brought to that state, in which, as in all purely mental states, every emotion is multiplied ten-fold, into which the manga or the anime comes to disturb us as might a dream, but a dream more lucid, and of a more lasting impression than those which come to us in sleep; why, then, for the space of an hour we're set free and all the joys and sorrows in the world, a few of which, only, we should have to spend years of our actual life in getting to know, and the keenest, the most intense of which would never have been revealed to us because the slow course of their development stops our perception of them.

It is the same in life; the heart changes, and that is our worst misfortune; but we learn of it only from reading or by imagination; for in reality its alteration, like that of certain natural phenomena, is so gradual that, even if we are able to distinguish, successively, each of its different states, we are still spared the actual sensation of change.
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Posted 11/27/14
not only does anime allow me to escape from society's expectations and just feel a sense of freedom, or at least less stress from the world - but of course it is incredible entertaining too. anime, along with books, movies, and a lot of other forms of entertainment are very similar in the way that a lot of issues are presented through creative means. they all present a sense of realism and reality through their characters and scenarios, thus enabling us to relate and actually learn from them. even things that are more on the fantasy side of things, such as naruto, has taught me to many things about life and how to go about situations. it may be unusual to say this but i really do think anime has helped me for the better, and those who aren't into anime won't understand this. just because it's "cartoons" or animated doesn't mean there are great messages portrayed through it. anime is also one of those things where it doesn't focus on just one thing; there are a lot of genres and types of animation that are suited for all types of people. i just love it, man.
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