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Hey, all! It's me, Machooga!
I haven't been active on this forum for quite some time, but when I was last here, I was going through a bit of a rough patch and anime (and the community here) really helped me out by making be feel slightly less alone. In my time of need, I came to you guys and you guys really helped me out. So really, thank you. Even if you have no idea who I am, thank you for just being a part of the community.

But more importantly!
I'm really curious as to what anime has done for you, why do you watch it? Why do you love it? I wanna know!

No judgements, just stories. Leave all judgements and biases at the door please!
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Hi there,

It is nice to meet you. For me, Anime has become something that I can rely on every single day. I deal with a lot of stress while at school, as well as at work, and Anime has helped keep me happy, simply knowing that I am able to watch it when I get home. I love Anime because it's a way to escape from the world around us. If something upsetting has happened, I feel that I can watch Anime to temporarily avoid that sadness. Although it may not always be the best method for dealing with something, at least I have been given options. Another reason I love Anime is just because it gives me something to do in my free time. I do not like being bored, and if I focus greatly on developing a hobby, I feel that I will be able to enjoy my life even more than I have in the past.
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Hi there,

It is nice to meet you. For me, Anime has become something that I can rely on every single day. I deal with a lot of stress while at school, as well as at work, and Anime has helped keep me happy, simply knowing that I am able to watch it when I get home. I love Anime because it's a way to escape from the world around us. If something upsetting has happened, I feel that I can watch Anime to temporarily avoid that sadness. Although it may not always be the best method for dealing with something, at least I have been given options. Another reason I love Anime is just because it gives me something to do in my free time. I do not like being bored, and if I focus greatly on developing a hobby, I feel that I will be able to enjoy my life even more than I have in the past.


basically this, additionally, its a time sink
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Anime gives me something to look forward to throughout the day. I have horrid anxiety and school overwhelms me, so I just needed an outlet to let me take my mind off things. I tried various other things, but the only one that stuck was watching anime. Now everyday I come home looking forward to watching new episodes and I am not as stressed. I know it may not be a good thing to be so dependent upon anime to get me through the day, but it really helps me.
Posted 1/9/15
it's a unique way of storytelling. there's just so much more you can do with animation because drawings are only limited by your imaginations. you can build an entire universe. and... then you can make the anime come to life with the right voice actors. with the right music, you can make the anime become emotional.

a lot of humour and storylines are unique to anime. it's like some anime are so f.cking weird, you end up thinking it's normal because it's anime... but if you compare that storyline to another media... it seems weird (e.g. TERRAFORMARS... idk any nationalities besides the Japanese who would come up with such a weird plot concept ) [Not that it's a bad thing...]

Weirdness is good.


Anime Parodies are like... cure for my cancers. Because they make me laugh so hard. I love it when animes make fun of mainstream anime.

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Anime has done very little but I value what it has given. Anime has made me feel more comfortable with myself for example: Laughing by myself, smiling, and helped me express emotion more. It also is just a way for me to escape from life for a bit I watch it because I like the stories they tell and they cool designed characters. The only real purpose for watching anime for me is just entertainment (and I guess an escape from life). The effect it had on me was pretty much unintentional but I'm happy it did have an effect on me.
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I feel as though anime has had a positive effect on my life.

It's hard to explain, but whenever I'm having a bad day I know I can just watch a few episodes of a funny anime and escape my troubles and laugh them away.

I love the majority of worlds where anime takes place, it's nice to suspend your disbelief for a while and explore these mysterious worlds with likable and relatable characters.
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Anime has sculpted my sense of humor and helps me through tough times.It has introduced me to conventions, which are spectacular. Unique visuals and giving me a love for drawing manga. I met a lot of people and made friends through liking anime. Plus its fun and my hobby.
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Anime most likely helps me though tough times. They're fun, and enjoyable enough to keep me smiling and make this better for me to live a happy life. There are many different types of animes to watch and keep you smiling. It's that amazing.
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A positive one, thats the point of watching it right?
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It's my everything <333 XD I love it because it takes me into a whole new world ;D Distracts me from problems or when I'm down ~~ ;D It's given me my love for Japanese music and Japanese life style and culture and led me to take Japanese classes ~ Which even until now, are my absolute favourite class ;D ~ It's also introduced me to graphics making which has now become a huge part of my life and free time <3 I've also met new people and made friends through our common interests in anime ;D

I just wouldn't be me without anime ヽ(´ω`○)ノ.+゚*。:゚+
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Anime has allowed me to rise from my personal rock bottom to aim for the very top, and I'm proud to say that I've managed to make it far.

Middle school was, in general, a depressing time for most people, but due to marital conflicts, I reached an unintentionally emo phase of my life that I'm not particularly proud of. Ultimately, I had a really good teacher that helped me out of that, but I also had another ally, an unexpected ally during these hard times: manga and anime. Over the next five years, I would slowly immerse myself into the world of manga first, but then anime as I grew to learn that manga is expensive (and there were no manga sharing sites in my day).

As I expanded my anime repertoire, I began analyzing anime series from a writer's perspective (for writing would also become prominent to my future) and looked at anime in-depth. I shifted my focus from broadening my scope and focused on re-watching particular series instead to gain mastery over understanding why they were successful, why some anime became underdog favorites, and why some anime didn't succeed at all.

As sophomore year of my high school career fell upon me, a revolutionary in the Japanese Club decided to break off from the club to form the Otaku club, the beta version of what would one day become the Anime/Manga club that focused on Japanese pop culture. I rose through the ranks prominently and became an officer come Junior year, aiming to become President in senior year after the founder/president retired. I didn't have to wait long. Only a year after forming the Otaku club, the founder and president disbanded the club; hence, the Otaku club came to a hasty end...but my ambition remained. (begin dramatization)



A quote from a fantastic anime echoed from deep within my soul...



"I'm going to tell you something important now, so you better dig the wax out of those huge ears of yours and listen! The reputation of Team Gurren echoes far and wide. When they talk about its badass leader - the man of indomitable spirit and masculinity - they're talking about me! The mighty Kamina!"

"Listen, Simon. Never forget. Just believe in yourself. Not in the Simon that I believe in; not in the Kamina that you believe in. Have faith in the Simon who believes in you."

"Later... buddy..."'

"...He's gone! But he's right there on my back, and here in my heart! He lives on as a part of me! If you're gonna dig, dig to the heavens. No matter what's in my way, I won't stop! Once I've dug through - it means that I've won! ... Just who the hell do you think I am? I'm Simon. I'm not my Bro! I'M ME!! Simon the Digger!"



I knew what I had to do...

Alongside a tech supervisor of incredible skill, I assembled a team of skilled elites from the original remnants of the Otaku club to become my officers, a team who would fight with me to the bitter end. From the ashes, I formed a club that would change everything.

The revival of a great ambition took a new banner, the Anime/Manga Club, and as its president, I would lead it into a new era of prosperity, where the good name of anime can be spread far and wide. With determined spirit and against all odds, despite every struggle we still face, we continue living on!

For we, the Anime community, are a band of brothers and sisters who unite under the same great cause!

We are the Great:

Posted 1/10/15
No discernible impact, other than my listening ability for Japanese has probably been improved by all the years watching subs.
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I love eye candy. Shiny things, bright things, pleasing to the eyes. That is what brought my attention to anime with a rainbow-effected Scryed. Or, Scu-yud-o. But what kept me was storytelling that was able to connect with my emotional center. It really has been the stories in anime that have kept me with subjects that bridge certain areas of life that no other shows have covered. I had never ever heard of many things in society because of self-imposed blinders that I didn't even know that I wore.
While I don't always like the stories, even hate some, I won't wear the blinders anymore.
In answer, anime has had significant impact on my life and rates right up there, even above reading and novels. When I wake up, I look to see what anime I will watch in the coming hours. If there is nothing new, it'll be repeats. But there is anime in every day.
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It's caused me to have far more appreciation for art as a genre in whole. The art of anime is gorgeous and I find it hard to retract my eyes from the screen. Anime with its constantly moving, fast paced artwork actually works quite well with my attention deficit self, and it actually helps me keep my attention on the screen.

Anime has helped me with my struggles mentally as well - with severe bullying by classmates when I was in middle school, verbal/emotional abuse from my mother, and harassment from when I was on tumblr. Over the years, anime has been a distraction from the pain in my life, and has averted quite a few tragedies, I owe gratitude to certain characters, at times when I felt like resorting to self destruction, many of them helped me not to harm myself.
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