I am a big time anime lover. My life has never been the same after I started watching anime. In this post, I am sharing with you guys why I love anime so much. So, without further ado, let’s get started 🙂
Once upon a time there lived a young boy Ken Kaneki. He was an orphan whose best friend, Hide (pronounced hee-dae) was his whole world. One day he goes on a date with an attractive woman who turns out to be a flesh-eating monster a.k.a. a ghoul who kills Kaneki but gets killed herself after a bunch of metal pipes fall on her. Kaneki’s life is changed forever after her organs are transplanted to him making him a half-ghoul and a half-human. Interesting? Intriguing? Or do you find this story disgusting?
Welcome to the world of anime. Call it whatever you want, but the world of Anime is just plain fascinating, inspiring and crazy to me. Anime has charmed its fans for a long time and it continues to do so. Anime is usually the cartoon (I’d like to think of it as an art form) format of a Japanese manga (a comic). Japan has contributed so much to the world and this is surely one of the most significant contributions. It is written with a story whose subplots usually involve romance, drama, mystery, friendship and fantasy.
What is so special about Anime you may ask. To me it is the subtle story lines and the notorious characters. Villains are loved as much as the heroes are. Everyone is both a villain and a hero at some point in an Anime. These characters explore the gray areas of human behavior in a way no English tv show has ever done ( in my opinion). For example, there is this poignant scene in “Tokyo Ghoul” (the anime I described above) where one of the main characters, Touka, tells a human being who attacks her (something that goes along the lines of this), “why is it wrong for ghouls to exist? Is it our fault that we were born like this? Why should we not be allowed to live when we are not the monsters everyone says we are. We have families too!”. The truth is everyone has so many sides to them that sometimes is best told in the format of a fantasy story. Anime does that for me. It fills my soul and leaves me with a million philosophies at the same time.
The impact of Anime is vast. Anime has globally become a business and an industry on its own. It has also resulted in the formation of cosplay events (where participants dress up like their favorite characters) and anime clubs. Millions of fans fiction and artwork has spawned due to it. Anime is so precious as it is one medium where one can express things as it is. Life, Death, Love, Eroticism, Adventure, Fantasy and other themes are all expressed exactly as it is. The content is not watered down to serve interests. It has something for everyone from a ten-year old to a ninety -year old, Anime may be superficially child-like but it has a depth which consumes your soul before you can realize.
All in all, if you have never explored Anime, you should do so at the earliest. There is clearly more than what meets the eye in this art form. “Arigato Gozaimasu” (Thank you in Japanese) if this article has inspired you to watch it. I will do more analysis on various Anime shows as time goes by so don’t forget to keep watching this space for more.
(P.S. if you are going to watch anime please watch “Death note” as your first. It is a classic and will surely leave you shivering and craving for more).