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Posted 2/6/16
I don't know, really. I've been a fan for so long that I don't even think about the why of it any more. I just am.
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That's like asking why Star Wars or Star Trek is enjoyable for Americans. Nerds will gravitate toward nerdy stuff.

It's no coincidence that those who like anime also love video games, comics and other nerdy stuff.
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I believe part is an emotional connection to the characters/story. I've cried multiple times times watching anime and I never have any problem telling people that. But I've never cried watching a movie or regular tv shows. Such a wide variety of series to choose from and there's some for everyones taste. Anyone who pushes anime/manga away without even giving it a try just because they think it's nerdy or something is missing out and I feel sorry for them
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I wouldn't say anime is enjoyable to Americans in general. Some people find anime interesting when they find them on TV or otherwise and expect something interesting. Anime isn't enjoyable for Japanese people any more than Americans.
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It's probably different for different people. I myself am often drawn to anime because it has things I pretty much can't get anywhere else. I'm primarily speaking about certain slice of life series that would never get produced in the States because they don't cater to any audience out here. And if you think about it, animation is an extremely powerful medium that can be used to make almost any story possible. It's pretty much only constrained by imagination. Despite that, the US (and many Western nations for that matter) have pigeon-holed animation into a very narrow range of premises and target demographics. Japan does so as well, but animation doesn't seem to be fettered to the same kind of premise and demographic restrictions, thus making it almost like an exportable commodity.

That's just how I look at it though. If the US made animated shows of the type I was interested in, ii'd probably stop watching anime. But as it stands, they almost have a sort of monopoly on my animation interests just because no one else seems to want to animate things of the type I want to see - and even Japan doesn't always animate things I want to see as it iis, which was one reason my watch list was so sparse last season.
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I always liked cartoons as a kid, watching anime now just seemed like a natural progression.
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xetherealx wrote:


Sir_jamesalot wrote:

It might be the culture shock.
For me, I don't just like anime because it's anime, I like it because scripted programmes are far far better than reality tv.


Culture shock in what context? Like explain what you mean by that


Anime usually has a Japanese setting with Japanese characters with Japanese mannerisms.
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Sometimes it is just that the stories are so good, stories like Another, Attack on Titan, Strike the Blood, Aldnoah.Zero or Future Diary could be done as live action but it would be insanely expensive and Hollywood would be unable to resist "improving" on the stories by making them more like something else that was successful. Anime can be repetitive, but in its own way. I mean, really, Harem / Reverse Harem is all you need to say about some shows.
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Anime and Manga kind of has a way of drawing you into the characters and making their relationships seem much more significant than Western media does.

I don't know, it may be the way the characters are written, maybe there is more room for interpretation or something, but for me at least I tend to get more personally invested in anime/manga than I do in other types of stories. When it comes to western stories on the other hand, Breaking Bad, Lost, Dexter, I am intrigued by the plot and want to know how it turns out, but I don't feel personally invested in the stories. Rarely when a character dies do I feel sad or broken, rather I want to simply know what happens next.

To put it simply:

Anime/Manga : I feel as if I am involved.

Western : I feel like a spectator.

I really have no idea why it is that way for me.
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Posted 2/6/16 , edited 2/6/16
This is a great question. Great animation (in movies usually) and unique, wild and wacky content that would never sell or fly in the USA is one draw. I've seen so much weird shit in anime. Something like Kancolle or Monster Musume, that would never fly at an American network.

I remember there was a Scientific American article in maybe 2008 or 09 that claimed that Japanese manga characters were as universally cute/appealing as it was possible for a cartoon character to be. This was due to child-like facial features, which they argued triggered some kind of subliminal protective response in humans.

Another possibility is that anime can be more appealing because of Japanese values or rhetoric. Like for example, the Japanese are all about "taking responsibility", "working hard" and stoicism, ideas that are not really popular in the USA anymore...


Kanudelgruber wrote:

I
- like animation
- like weird things
- am 18 and (technically) an adult
- am a socially inept nerd

Anime
- is animation
- is weird and foreign
- is often made for teens and adults
- often caters toward socially inept nerds

It's a perfect fit.

This is a great post.

I've started to think recently that some people are just "wired" to anime...
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Posted 2/6/16
Us Canadians like our anime too! something to watch in our igloos druing those long cold winters
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1) Unlike most american cartoons there is new content every 3 months.
2) Unlike reality shows anime takes place somewhere else.
3) It show the world like we would like it to be not as the suckfest it really is.
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I think if you think any country isn't creating the kind of content you want to watch, you aren't looking hard enough. We're sort of in a second renaissance of Western animation, and you're doing yourself a disservice by dismissing all anime or all American animation, or by not looking into animation that's from neither country. We get a lot of American and Japanese cartoons here, but often we ignore China, Korea, France, Canada, the Middle East, India, other regions that have fantastic animation that are unlike anything we've ever seen.

All forms of animation are enjoyable for me. Hand-drawn, stop-motion, Flash, CGI, rotoscoping, you name it. There's good anime and bad anime and stuff that's well animated but just not about subject matter I care about, and that's why I can't say I'm a fan of all anime ever. There's too much of it to ever watch, and it's too varied to say I'm a fan of 100% of it. But the stuff I love, I love immensely.
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Art style and story is what drags me to it. And they tend to be more darker then current t mainstream animated shows on TV. Sure steven universe has its dark sides. But its still also toned down to not be AS dark as it could be.

Sure I like shows like family guy and Bobs burgers, but they don't really have any story to follow. it just random things that happen that have some minor things that follow along with the show. Like for example if someone dies or leaves in the show they stay dead or gone.
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I don't think western TV really has much competition for it, honestly. There's a market there that likes what Japan's got, but America doesn't have much to compete with Japan in that market. Older skewed animation in the west is almost exclusively comedy. Often including, references, social or political commentary thats unique to the west.

On the rare occasion I see a well written animated English show that bridges age demographics it gets cancelled. Typically while ignoring half of its audience in the first place. Then if you're really lucky it gets replaced with drivel.

Case in point. Avengers: EMH. Solid show. Nixed and replaced with Avengers Assemble. A weekly 22 minute dumpster fire. Young Justice? Nixed.

They're simply isn't much comparable in English to what anime offers ( all ages, all genres, serialized stories instead of episodic )

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