I think I already wrote something about this, but I’m going to try and re-word things, make it easier to understand, maybe even learn a thing or two myself. There are several common misconceptions by those who view anime in general from a distance, with little to no actual interaction with the genre of anime itself.
I decided on the idea of this post when talking to my good friend and ISSS idealist Robert, whose site gives both credibility to the term, “ISSS” and delivers thought provoking/witty humor to all who veiw it.
We were chatting on this thing called “AIM” I think, and he said:
After my witty and sharp tongued comeback, I thought to myself, “Yea that does sound kind of gay.” But then I remembered, Anime rules, and if you don’t understand this, then I really need to explain this in a really awesome and awe-inspiring post on my grand ISSS, which I am proud to say, FINALLY reached triple digits in daily views with a flat 100 views yesterday. However, I wrote this instead. So fuck you.
First and foremost here is why people don’t watch anime:
- People base their knowledge of anime off of what other people think of it. The same is true for everything. People follow each other and imitate each other. Just ask Jean Piaget, imitation is in human nature. A better way to explain is would be that people are “Jumping on the Bandwagon”. And right now, the bandwagon says that anime sucks. Too bad the bandwagon knows nothing about Anime, therefore, all of their comments are nothing more than baseless assumptions.
Most people believe that because Anime is animated, it automatically is for a younger age group, automatically sucks, or automatically means that anyone who chooses to enjoy anime has no life. Sometimes it is made for a younger audience, but it works on the other side of the spectrum too, as some anime is so fucked up that even I can’t watch it.
Some anime is good. Some anime sucks. The same is true with genres of all forms of entertainment though. Watching anime is really no different than listing to a brand of music, it’s simply a form of entertainment, some people take it to extremes, and other choose to indulge moderately. I probably fall somewhere between moderate and extreme. Honestly, I don’t understand why anime is categorized as “gay” and “for faggots” (not that there’s anything wrong with that [being gay….I’m not though]).
Here are some American anime that people seem to love, and that are accepted as opposed to Japanese anime:
- The Simpsons
- Family Guy
- South Park
Before you say something really fucking stupid like, “Those aren’t anime!” let me just tell you that you’re a fuck head. Anime is simply short for animation (I think this is obvious), therefore any cartoon is animation, thus anime, but why are Japanese animations viewed so differently? How come if you happen to watch Japanese Animations you suddenly suck and have no life?
Japanese Animations all follow similar styles of artistic design. For the most part you get spiky hair and huge fuckin eyes. The character’s rarely even look Japanese, but instead look more western, if anything. I must say that this style draws me in a lot. I like art (am an art major), and as a young white male, it seems to be mandatory that I love all things Japan (this is an extreme understatement). Japanese art rules. Anime looks sick. This is one reason why I like it. HOWEVER. this post is not about me it’s about commons misconceptions. I always get off-topic.
In terms of general plots, people seem to think that anime is all little kid plots, like Digimon and Pokemon (they are, but so are most anime shows televised in the U.S.). However, the good shows are never broadcast here for some reason. And the good shows that do make it on air in the States are heavily censored and changed to fit the mold of little kids. America effectively ruins anime (I feel). A good example is One Piece, which the U.S. completely ruined. For the most part, I find that the plots in anime are more involved, include more dynamic characters, and are generally more complex/stimulating then any shitty reality show or piece of shit citcom that airs in the U.S.
A good example is Deathnote, which contains so many unexpected plot twists and developments that it’s ridiculous. For the most part, anime contains many adult themes and designs. I mean, true, sometimes anime is as brainless as any other type of shit out there, and sometimes this anime could be good (comedies?) and sometimes is sucks completely (pretty much anything with fan service). But for the most part, anime has much more depth to it than other shows and cover several genres.
Anime with great depth:
- Full Metal Alchemist
- Samurai Champloo (not really, but the fact that it involves hip hop into it makes it fucking awesome).
This brings me to what is hopefully the last point in the pointlessly long post. Romance in anime. You know what, show me a show that doesn’t have some romance. Even disney movies have romance. For the most part, I stay away from anime that is straight romance. (I don’t actually think that I’ve seen any straight romance). Almost all romance anime have some form of comedy in them, and then get serious toward the end. Why are romantic cartoons bad? Because they’re drawn? Does drawing or animating a show take away anything from the plot? Not really, in fact, I’d say that when you draw something, you are given a lot more freedom to develop and portray your ideas. There are no borders and boundaries when you draw. You want to have a giant octopus attack a pirate ship? No CG needed, all you need is a pencil, some paper, and a bit of imagination.
The Common Misconceptions were pretty much lost in this long rambling post, so here they are in case you missed them, (in numbers like time):
- Anime is for kids – A large amount of anime is made to older audiences, and contains adult themes.
- Anime does not share the same level of intelligence/plot development that live action shows have.
- Anime does not project the same levels of feeling/emotion that live action shows do, because it is animated.
- Anime is not exciting.
- Serious tones, such as romance/drama, can not exist in Anime, because Anime is……well……..animated.
But the biggest, worst, and stupidest misconception that is taken by those who don’t like anime is:
It doesn’t. It rules……look at this cat…\/