Remember when you were a kid and you used to wait for Pokemon and Digimon to come up on Toonami? You didn’t know back then, but these were “anime” and not cartoons. The basic difference? Cartoons usually do not have a story stream, while animes do. Each anime is based on a distinct plot, where you can find everything, and I mean EVERYTHING. But these are weeb materials, right? Cool people don’t watch animes, right?
Well, let me give you a few reasons why one should watch anime. You can decide for yourself whether animes are cool or not.
Don’t you want to know what the hype is all about? Does it not confuse you why so many people all over the world wept with nostalgia and sadness when Naruto came to an end? Do you really not want to know why people get hooked to these hand drawn pictures? If you are the human version of a cat, then let your curiosity get the best of you. It will NOT kill you, and you will get introduced to a world so vast, so endless that you will wish you could just stay there.
2. There’s something for everyone.
It doesn’t matter if you like horror, rom-coms, fantasy, sci-fi, comedy, tragedy- any genre you can name will have at least one masterpiece in it. You like short series that consumes less time? We’ve got you covered. You like to commit yourself to a show for years? We’ve got you covered on that too. You would like things to get a little heated along the way? We definitely have you covered. It’s simply impossible to not find what you’re looking for in the anime universe. If you’re still having trouble, ask me or anyone else.
3. The music.
If you have the ability to enjoy music despite not knowing the language, then you will definitely like the anime themes. I do not know Japanese at all, and I can sing the opening theme of “Your lie in April” without missing a single word. Just imagine how catchy a song has to be to get people to relate to it on that level. And it’s not just the upbeat, catchy music that grabs your heart. Try listening to “one more time, one more chance” from 5 centimetres per second. Turn the subtitle on, and if it doesn’t tug on your heartstrings, then you are made of stone, my friend.
4. Because of unadulterated entertainment.
It’s often hard to get into a few branches of art because you simply do not understand what the artist is trying to express. You don’t have to suffer through that in anime. Most animes are pretty straightforward, with predictable storylines and a few twists here and there. There are animes that require a higher level of concentration and thinking, just don’t start with those if you’re not up for it. You can start with a lighthearted series like “Barakamon” or “Usagi Drop” and slowly move onto “Steins Gate” and “Mirai Nikki”.
5. And it will leave you awed. Every time.
Starting from harmless magic to people killing each other for game points- each anime has a distinct flavor. Once you get into it, you will find masterpieces that nobody talks about. Tatami galaxy- for example. This beautifully sarcastic, slightly confusing, funny and agitating anime is not very well known. But once you get the hang of it, you will understand just how brilliant the entire work is.
I understand that there are many sub-par animes and it’s not always lucrative because everything is hand drawn. But once you get past that prejudice, you will see that art should have no distinct form of expression, and anime is just one of many. It has also been doing its job brilliantly.
So go ahead, my friend. Pick a series and start watching it. A world full of surprises is waiting for you.