We’ve all known people who go deep when it comes to anime. Whether it’s a series, a movie, or an animation in general. And they can become obsessed with watching those episodes over and over again. They may even become obsessed with dressing up as their favourite characters, and talk endlessly about their performances and their eclecticism in video games and on the Internet.
Thus, they become emotionally invested not only in the offer itself but even in the production of new markets such as shipping wars.
Anime and the Causes of exaggerated love
The question that comes to the human mind now is. Why does it take so much more than it takes to collect costumes and even go to conferences and spend so much money on them?
And why do anime cause so many people to be immersed in it so deeply?
And why is it a lifelong passion for some people, while for others it is something they can easily give up and leave after it’s over? All this we will try to answer in our next article. Follow us.
Why do people love anime?
Which is our fundamental question for today’s article, why are people obsessed with anime? Many people today often watch anime of various tastes and genres. Some of us have a realistic view and consider anime to be immature. This is basically how it should be in reality.
However, the producers of these animations are professionals, of course, and rely on attracting the viewer’s feelings with various interesting methods and patterns that penetrate his subconscious mind. Here are some of the most important reasons that attract the most anime episodes.
The most attractive reasons for young people towards anime
Their favourite characters are usually young, aesthetically pleasing, and possess desirable traits, such as confidence, determination, and a positive attitude.
And since teenagers are often targeted, the young hero or team of heroes must save the world from evil and corrupt people who are older, wiser, and more experienced. who often have a sad, bitter, and stressful outlook on life. So the anime resonates with people who value positive thinking and critical situations wherever they can be. Especially when considering the popular teen-focused categories like shounen and shoujo.
Filled with positivity and self-confidence, these personalities often attract teens and adults who are shy, withdrawn, and lack confidence. For such people, cartoon characters are heroes and role models. In some cases, it may be the opposite that individuals are attracted to and sympathize with the bad guys.
1- Disguised characters “Curiosity”
One of the suspense elements in the anime is that there are masked heroine characters, as well as masked villains. Some of them are morally interesting because they have a villainous protagonist who wears a mask so strikingly.
This is what makes getting to know the true overall features of their favourite characters the talk of social networking sites and global trends. Just like what happened to Kakashi’s features in the Naruto anime and how the situation developed for Trend at the time.
The evil characters may also be disguised and embarrassed to show their face, and this creates a psychological aspect to sympathize with them in addition to their intelligence. Which generates from that masked background an obsession for individuals to watch it and get to know its features.
2- Anime is about pictures
Anime is often adapted from manga or comic books, and these books are considered visual mediums. So anime is primarily a visual novel medium. Its creative concepts and imaginative special effects often transcend Western animation.
The light, dark, colour, intensity, and light sources in animation play a major role. It is in itself a visual language in general. So much is conveyed by the posture, colour, mood lighting, and even the character’s hair, eyes, and facial expression, that if the scene is animated well enough, words become almost superfluous.
The animation criticism I hear often has to do with the lyrics, like the dialogue lacks value, is poorly translated, or that some people don’t like certain voice actors at all.
3- The music and sound effects are top notches too
One of the great things about anime visuals is the character designs. Whereas cartoon characters are often very beautiful and visually unique. They are drawn and animated in a way that instantly conveys to the viewer their personality, but they can also challenge conventions and stereotypes in fascinating ways too.
It is not limited to what is considered normal or normal in terms of hair color, eye color, or body shape. Anime visuals are more concerned with aesthetics than with real physics or logic. I think that’s a good thing! Therefore, you often find that these images have become more aesthetic, popular, and an important attraction for teenagers and adults.
The anime is about doing something that would be difficult to do in a live-action movie. It is about surrealism, anything beyond reality. Sometimes, Western animators and cartoonists are too shy and don’t make full use of their potential.
4- Anime creates elegant alternate worlds like no other
Anything that is both real and affected by aspects of the real world. Writers consider it meaningful. Many people like it when the settings are as diverse, complex, and interesting as the characters.
For example, Trigun takes place on a desert planet, so people are as violent and ruthless as the place they live in.
Cowboy Bebop takes place in many human colonies scattered throughout space, so people are more distant and slow to form personal bonds. So in almost every Anime, the setting plays an important role in the plot, and you can’t say that for many Western stories.
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Even in stories with a normal Japanese setting, the way Tokyo looks and acts in the various anime can be surprisingly variable and tailored to the mood of the story. The cheerfulness and human diversity of the city are emphasized, for example, in Death Note. Decisiveness, mass media panic, and the sheep-like behavior of the crowd are also used to emphasize the dark horrors unfolding in the show.
In almost all of the anime, the moods of the characters are in sync with the mood of the setting, and it seems that roughly equal time is spent developing the back story and characteristics of places as those of people. So thinking this way should not only be part of Japanese culture.
5- Anime’s strength lies in its focus mostly on the relationships between the characters
Perhaps this is a Japanese cultural specificity, as it focuses more on the dynamics of groups and groups than on individuals. But the anime’s strength is that it focuses most of the time on the relationships between the characters. The dilemmas these characters face about their duties, their desires, and what society thinks of them.
Love, friendship, and group collaboration also contribute greatly to the exacerbation of this addiction. There is a big difference between the way these things are portrayed in Western Fantasy vs. Anime. Western storytelling tends to focus more on one character, and what that person does on their own.
Friends, family, and romantic interests do not play huge, active roles in the story, since everything is reserved for the protagonist. So, we may find that this pattern has become ancient from ancient Greek times.
In anime, the focus on multiple characters’ points of view is often prevalent, and retelling the same story from different points of view is also common. Anime writers, therefore, understand that each person is the hero of their story, the world is rarely changed or saved by the efforts of one person acting alone, and important events affect more than one person.
We find that many stories, especially long ones, revolve around relationships that are formed over time, which are not easy and require continuous effort. But relationships do evolve and become easier when the characters understand each other.
It’s a sophisticated, realistic depiction of things like friendship, teamwork, and romance. It turns out that these things happen over time, and that even the best of friends have disagreements sometimes.
In Western animation, especially, being a “good” character versus an evil character can usually mean that you have the same aims and perspectives as other “good” characters. In the anime, it’s more realistic, being “good” has different degrees of meaning to different people.
6- Study Japanese history, language, and culture
Japan is an amazing place. Seen through centuries of solitude, and still so obscure to Westerners today, getting to know her feels like a privilege. Anime allows you to put yourself in someone else’s shoes, experience a different culture than your own (unless, of course, you’re Japanese), and get to know the wonderful people, their history, and their mannerisms. Modern animations with lots of destruction are commentaries on World War II and its devastating effect on the Japanese psyche.
Through Anime, you can learn a lot about Japanese history, philosophy, literature, aesthetics, and feelings on a wide range of topics. So it’s not just about appreciating the talent of artists, it’s also about learning the ‘why’ behind what they do, which makes it very captivating for inquiring minds.
7- Emotional impact
This is the first psychological factor, I think anime has the most soulful, yet evocative landscapes of any medium. It seldom feels as hasty as it does in Western films, where the happy ending is often pushed to the audience before they have had time to react to the darker things that precede it.
Emotional scenes in Western media can be deceiving, as you can see from the strings. But in the anime, it’s somehow more realistic and naturally occurring.
I think it’s because emotions in anime are rarely streamlined in childish cartoons. for sure. But this rarely happens inside the characters’ heads (their thinking). They often suffer from myriad inner struggles.
It is not only about the characters’ current feelings but also their emotional auras from the past and their hopes for the future.
Anime taught me life lessons
Many have always really believed that anime is always better than Western media. It offered a lot of better content than Western content. And it is wrong to say that every anime will have a great setting, compelling characters, emotional drama, etc. Various emotions and things may change your view of something bad.
In addition to the psychological and emotional factors, we have all learned from childhood the sacrifices that are made within these circles, which enhance confidence and give us lessons on the priority of protecting family, friends, and the people we love. And this is not necessarily to be a mysterious or introverted person, but to be fun and easy-going in everyday life.
The anime comedy Quan Pace, for example, talks about oneself, and this is within the framework of achieving our goals, patience, and not abandoning them, whatever the reasons and this is by appreciating what you do without any injustice or disparagement of others.
Anime today has also developed a lot and has become deeper in its discourses and dominated by the deep analytical and educational and philosophical side, and tight plots and plans, perhaps death note, kaiju, and Detective Conan, the most prominent of which. This makes the possibility of benefiting more from this type of television program, which has become more simulation of reality, a good thing. And it contributes to generating a greater imagination and mental capacity that some aspects of it can be employed in reality.
Finally, anime is often overlooked. But I think it’s a good thing because those who truly appreciate this unique art form will find solace in the various forms of this medium that will stay with us forever.