Post Reply Anime and the Human psyche
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Posted 11/27/17 , edited 11/27/17
Hey guys I was looking around the news articles and I came across this article

http://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-feature/2017/11/25/the-real-world-spots-of-blend-s

Do you guys think that anime can affect our psyche by painting what we see in anime as too bright and perfect while the real world counter part is drab and disappointingly normal?

Maybe that's why people around the world love anime but at the same time why there are Otakus that choose anime over reality...

I'm not shitting on the anime community of course, I'm part of it after all, just shooting the shit and seeing what other people think about this.

Do you think you are vulnerable in anyway to this or do you think you are completely immune to this influence?
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Posted 11/27/17 , edited 11/27/17
Anime is not meant for the west and western cultures and western influences on anime only degrade anime into a ubiquitous form of entertainment.

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Posted 11/27/17 , edited 11/27/17
perhaps that might explain why some just prefer the 2d realm and not the 3d, yes there are people in Japan who marry their ideal partner they created on a device, a pillow and now a robot. so, it could be corrupting some minds, however were these said minds already corrupted to begin with and cartoons just finished the deal. granted if someone watches something for too long they can start to develop a mentality loop to it, such as any addiction or drug, they have to get that fix or complications will begin. thus, this could cloud a person's mind and cause them to have issues such as seeing the world differently, seeing it in their dreams, but, there again, too much of something will do that. such as video gaming, live action and so forth. perhaps that's why creators create gore, horror and the likes, to show that it's just a cartoon, or not real, however, there are those corrupted minds who reflect and see said violence and it starts to alter them. a "normal" brain would be able to tell the difference from reality and not, a corrupted or insane mind (at a certain level) will not and that's when complications begin. just my opinion based entirely on personal research.
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Posted 11/27/17 , edited 11/27/17
Anything can be dangerous, anime and all media can influence the various ways we relate/see ourselves,others, and the world. An example of this would be back when T.V was black and white apparently some people dreamt in black and white. I'm sure old propaganda cartoons in america swayed how some people viewed the world. Those are just some extreme examples but I'm sure if anyone reflected back in their lives they could find extreme or more subtle ways in which some form of media influenced them.

I think nowadays when misanthropy and nihilism is so "hip" and "in" and people are so depressed, numb, angry, disconnected, and unsatisfied with things, that it isn't hard to latch onto something like anime where characters and environments are supposed to look really appealing, exciting, and fun. Like if you'd have to choose either living in a shit world with shit people or some idealistic fantasy world where most everywhere/everything looks nice, and almost all the "bad" stuff we don't like as a culture is gone then it isn't hard to see which one you'd gravitate towards. Shits funny tbh

Am I vulnerable? Yeah sure, tho not as much as others since I think about how things influence me from time to time and have cultivated a little awareness in that area.
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Posted 11/27/17 , edited 11/27/17
Very little entertainment media is realistic. I would say there is also a lot of anime that is drab and depressing.

I doubt many people feel like they want to live in a world like Akame Ga Kill, Kings Game, School Days, When They Cry, Cross Ange or the hundreds of other violent and repressive worlds portrayed in a lot of anime.

If the media wasn't there, some people would escape into creating their own worlds.
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Posted 11/27/17 , edited 11/27/17
I argue that anime, cartoons, books, video games etc... are the way they are because reality is the way it is, not the other way around. There's a reason why the term "escapism" is used in relation to media, because the point is to seek refuge in fiction, if only for a short time. It is a gross generalization to say that fiction, anime or otherwise, is intended to be more "bright and perfect" than the real world. As we can readily see in darker anime, fantasy may, instead, be worse.
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Posted 11/27/17 , edited 11/27/17
Storytelling has been around for thousands of years. Why would you pin any such "disappointment" on anime?
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