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This is a question I have been asking myself recently. The thing is that when I try to answer, I couldn't put it into words (which is unusual for me). All I know is that it makes me feel good. There are so many types of entertainment out there like American Movies, TV shows, comic books and just regular novels but why am I drawn to anime more? What makes it different and why do I like it? I am a 21 year old dude who has been watching anime for over 11 years and I still can't come up with an answer.

So I decided to ask the CR community, why do you guys love anime? Maybe I can figure something out through your responses. PLEASE NO JOKE ANSWERS!

Also sorry for writing so much, I just had a lot to say.
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What if I dont...?
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To me, I love pretty much all forms of entertainment and they all offer something different. I don't think I could ever really get the same thing out of some of the movies I've watched or books I've read from another medium. Anime is the same way. I think much of what is presented through the medium of anime is something that couldn't be accessed the same way in another medium. Part of that comes from the differences in storytelling between Japanese and Western media and different cultural norms, part comes from the limitless creativity accessible through animation.

That said, I can't tell you what personally speaks to you through anime.
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I dont. I just can't stop. help.
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I love anime because, out of all visual media, it is the one that most suits me. Movies are usually really boring, pretentious, and rely too much on one self contained story which they deliver (usually at a very slow pace) throughout a 90-120 minute time frame. TV Shows, I feel, have the worst acting out of the three. TV shows hardly deliver believable performances, and while it is true that anime only has voice acting, this does not remove the fact that TV Shows still have yet another thing to work around : the acting prowess of the actors themselves.

There are movies better than TV shows, TV shows better than movies, and both can be better than anime depending on the project. However, that doesn't change the fact that TV Shows and Movies, on paper, have more OBJECTIVE things for the writers and producers to be concerned with than with anime. With anime, you can make big explosions or big events happen without practical effects or CGI. With anime, you can have a wide character set without having to worry about the believability of their bodies, costumes, etc.

In other words, creators have less work-arounds with anime compared to other visual media. Because of this, I think that anime has been given more room to grow compared to other media. Shows and Movies have to pander to a western demographic and even with flexual budgets bugets to low can make certain things nearly impossible to execute. With anime it's just up to how dedicated the animators and creators are, though budget does play a role(I'm looking at you shitty hentai that i'm too young to watch but watch anyways).

I think these factors have just made anime a better candidate for better projects. I have been watching movies, TV shows, and anime in a serious fashion for a few years now. And even though anime is my newest found love(february of 2015) and I hardly watch it, I have found more life changing anime than movies.

For TV shows :
Sopranos
The Wire
Six Feet Under
Twin Peaks

For Movies :
American History X

For Anime:
Fullmetal Alchemist(duh)
Welcome to the NHK
Neon Genesis Evangelion(duh)
Kino's Journey
Ghost in the Shell
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1. artwork
2. voice actors
3. good stories and humor
4. its 10x better than the pure crap produced by every other media company in the world.
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If I had to name a reason, I'd say it's because of how different Japan treats their comics (and by extension, their cartoons). When most people in the US think of cartoons, they think of comedy shows like the Simpsons, or kid's super hero shows like Justice League. There's not really anything else made in animated form. In Japan, however, cartoons are made in a wide variety of genres, for a wide variety of audiences. There's something for pretty much everyone, the trick is finding it.
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Well... I get to experience such a wide variety of waifus, I mean stories it's hard for anything to compete.

For me it's all about the imagination. Anime does it so well.
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I love stories of any medium. Anime has great storytelling and also brings me back to my youth. Love it for both!
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I think anime (or animation in general) have the ability to tell stories that cannot be visualized in any other medium. Since almost all anime comes in the form of seasons, you can get a better quality of story telling. The longer format allows the anime to follow the source material more closely that movies based on books, comics, etc.. (with some notable exceptions. I'm looking in your direction Akame ga Kill).

Combat can be frantic and climb to heights that movie makers can only dream about. From giant robots in epic space battles to a lone samurai facing a horde of drooling beasts, there is no limit to how amazing anime combat can be.

I also enjoy the escapism of slice of life anime, the ecstasy and agony of magical girl anime and even cute girls doing cute things with cute (fill in appropriate item here) anime.

When people ask me why I watch anime I tell them: There are stories being told in anime that you never see on TV or in movies because of the limitations that make them incapable of pushing the boundaries of action, mystery, gore and romance.

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Quarlo wrote:

I think anime (or animation in general) have the ability to tell stories that cannot be visualized in any other medium. Since almost all anime comes in the form of seasons, you can get a better quality of story telling. The longer format allows the anime to follow the source material more closely that movies based on books, comics, etc.. (with some notable exceptions. I'm looking in your direction Akame ga Kill).

Combat can be frantic and climb to heights that movie makers can only dream about. From giant robots in epic space battles to a lone samurai facing a horde of drooling beasts, there is no limit to how amazing anime combat can be.

I also enjoy the escapism of slice of life anime, the ecstasy and agony of magical girl anime and even cute girls doing cute things with cute (fill in appropriate item here) anime.

When people ask me why I watch anime I tell them: There are stories being told in anime that you never see on TV or in movies because of the limitations that make them incapable of pushing the boundaries of action, mystery, gore and romance.



Hmm, the first manga I was exposed to is Doraemon back when I was young, and I was instantly hooked. The visual style definitely plays a role, though I cannot remember why I liked it so much, was it the sexual appeal? I never got into manga like Fist of the Northern Star which my sensei likes to read. The visual did not appeal to me and I was not into violence and blood. Although being in the eastern side of the globe in school I was quickly exposed to other manga and or anime. I like the 絶対無敵 mecha show, the character visual has to appeal to me. I did not get into Cyber Formula, but I liked it when I got older. I like the Ranma manga. It worked well on my developing brain at the time lol. People know how to captivate the young mind with the fantasy and art style and power. It was rather tricky. Right and don't forget 劍勇傳說, the manga is really good.


P.S These days Yokai Watch, child's play lol
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I don't.

I like good stories.

I simply know what to look for in anime, to find the ones with the good stories.

I think there are probably as high a percentage of good books as there are good anime, I just don't know how to find them, and I don't like wasting my time on things I don't like. (I watch about 1-3 anime per season, sometimes none. So that's about 10%).

Movies... I don't know. I stopped even paying attention to movies. I used to go a lot, like 2007-2010, but after that, there just started to be more disappointments than good movies, so I stopped going...


Quarlo wrote:

I think anime (or animation in general) have the ability to tell stories that cannot be visualized in any other medium. Since almost all anime comes in the form of seasons, you can get a better quality of story telling. The longer format allows the anime to follow the source material more closely that movies based on books, comics, etc.. (with some notable exceptions. I'm looking in your direction Akame ga Kill).

Combat can be frantic and climb to heights that movie makers can only dream about. From giant robots in epic space battles to a lone samurai facing a horde of drooling beasts, there is no limit to how amazing anime combat can be.

I also enjoy the escapism of slice of life anime, the ecstasy and agony of magical girl anime and even cute girls doing cute things with cute (fill in appropriate item here) anime.

When people ask me why I watch anime I tell them: There are stories being told in anime that you never see on TV or in movies because of the limitations that make them incapable of pushing the boundaries of action, mystery, gore and romance.



Yes.... for animation vs. live action film. Not specifically for Japanese animation (though Japan is the only place where people bother to explore the potential of animation.)

(Side note: I don't think action/violence makes anything superior. I actually think that wasting their time/energy on those parts makes anime worse, but that's just me.)

But aside from film... I think that live theatre has the same potential. And I think that purely text media can't really be compared to other things in that way...

As for stories, any story can be told in any medium*. Certain types of stories end up being commonly seen in one medium or another, but that's just because of the habits of the community of creators/producers who work in that medium, not a limitation of the medium itself. (e.g. many anime are based on novels, and have stage play adaptations).

*...... within reason. It'd be hard to adapt a detective novel into a ballet. Though... they do have K Charalive dance shows, and K is sort of a mystery story, but those aren't really an adaptation...
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The eternal hunt for awesome sound tracks and groupies.
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Awesome artwork
Cool characters
Sci-Fi themes
Dudes and chicks with guns tearing shit up
Giant robots
Robots that tranform
Great stories
Fantasy
They can do thing in anime that cant do on tv or movies
Plus I've been watching it for 35 years and I have NO intention of stopping
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Because I cant live without anime
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