Why Anime Is “Apparently” Bad For You, According To The Internet

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Written by Theo J Ellis

It’s not often I read anime blogs, articles and especially news from other sites.

Every now and then though I’ll come across something and be baffled by the:

  • Ignorance
  • Propaganda

And out of context criticisms and opinions related to anime. And what it “supposedly” does to you.

There’s a lot of pseudo scientists writing articles in a way that assumes what they say is an actual fact. Which is dangerous when paired with influence and authority.

I’ll be focusing on this and breaking down each point that’s been made.

 

1. Anime is bad because it’s fiction

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Take a look for yourself at the image. It says:

Anime is bad is for you because It pulls you into a fantasy world instead of letting you be in reality.” 

This article starts off claiming anime is bad because it pulls you into a fantasy world. The odd thing is this is written by a so called academia website.

The argument is “instead of letting you be in reality.”

This is an elementary argument and nothing but drivel put together to “sound” smart.

  • Harry Potter is fiction.
  • So are video games.
  • Films are fictional.
  • Cartoons are fictional.
  • Drawings are fictional.
  • Art is fictional.
  • Novels are based on fiction.
  • Folklore is fictional.

All these “other” things are fictional, with only one of them still criticized to this day. And that’s video games.

My question is: why is anime “bad” for being fantasy while other works of fiction are “not” bad?

Is Spiderman, Superman and Batman “bad” for pulling you into a fantasy world? Or is it good because a person says so according to an agenda?

Is Dexter’s Laboratory “bad” because it’s a cartoon where reality doesn’t exist?

You can see this article makes no sense and is written in a nonsensical way, almost for the sake of it. It’s almost as if they’re criticisms were pulled out of a hat.

 

2. Fan service

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In anime the first few episodes they have is inanest but when you get deeper in the episode it’s start showing woman with bigger boobs, and start putting on short clothes that you can see some of their skin.”

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If you’re wondering what inanest means, the definition is “lacking in substance” or nonsense in one word.

The way this article is worded tells you a lot about how hard the writers trying to claim anime is bad, and their lack of real knowledge of “what” anime is.

They even started by saying “in anime“, meaning not some anime, but all anime.

First of all – anime is NOT a genre. It’s a medium just like films, games or music.

Within the medium there’s:

  • Romance
  • Fantasy
  • Psychological
  • Slice of life
  • Horror
  • Comedy
  • School

And dozens of others. Some of which have “fan service” in them.

The constant hypocrisy I see with these empty arguments is American films, TV shows and other forms of entertainment also have fan service.

  • Half naked men with 6 packs.
  • Certain types of women.
  • White Knight characters.

And other versions of “fan service” are swimming through western media all the time.

It’s a petty criticism that holds no real weight or value, and is easily destroyed with equal facts.

 

3. Violence

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For example a school girl likes a boy and other girls like him and she thought the only way to win the boy is by killing everyone in her sight.”

What they’re describing here is a Yandere. But that’s besides the point of their “anime is bad for you” message.

The hypocrisy here AGAIN is:

  • Films
  • TV shows
  • Documentaries (which are real)

And other forms of entertainment all have violence. Especially when it comes to “fantasy”.

This myth people spread about fiction causing violence, hatred, or anything in between has been proven over and over again.

None of these mediums are considered bad for you either. Except anime and video games (so they say).

In this case though – anime is the target, and the point being made is mute and holds no weight in the real world.

 

4. People die from watching anime

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People can die from watching anime. Many people have died trying to be their favorite anime character. For example Leonid Hmelve, age 14 died by jumping off an apartment building after his favorite TVcharacter (Itachi) died.

Some people are being send to the hospital trying to do techniques that action anime does. 

When you dig deeper to anime it can change your emotions, personality, and behaviors. When you watch anime you can copy your favorite character and it can change your appearance and who you are. Watching anime can make you dumb.

Some anime cannot teach you anything at all, it only teaches you how to make a fantasy world where you cannot come out of.”

You can’t make this sh*t up. It’s there in black and white.

What this person is doing is cherry picking and using confirmation bias to “prove” themselves right.

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The case this person’s talking about is a teenager who committed suicide because of Naruto.

A case that happens 0.01% of the time in the anime community.

Or any other community people cherry pick “news” from to stereotype it as a whole.

People don’t die from watching anime, people die when they have self esteem issues. This type of thing rarely happens in the anime community or any other.

Instead of focusing on the real issue and actual solutions, these outlets blame anime as a whole to deflect from the truth and push a narrative.

And to the point of “some anime can’t teach you anything at all”, the same is true for ALL mediums. And yet they’re not painted as bad.

That’s obvious.

The agenda here is shameful and pure propaganda.

 

5. You can become a hikikomori by watching anime

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You can become a hikkomori by watching anime. “Hikkomori” are people who completely withdraw from any form of social interactions,isolating themselves from others. They usually lock their self in a room by their self.

Anime are some of the reasons that people don’t get boyfriends or girlfriends. Because they are imagining their lovers instead of going out to the real world and find one.”

Their main last point is anime is bad for you because you can become a hikikomori.

In Japan a Hikikomori is someone who’s a shut-in. Someone who isolates themselves from society.

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The flaw of this point yet again is anime is NOT the culprit. No medium is the culprit for this behavior.

It’s a simpleton argument because you don’t have to “think” too hard about it. But in reality when you think hard enough you see this behavior is a result of something deeper in that person’s life.

  • Maybe their shy.
  • Or insecure.
  • Or hate their own physical appearance.
  • Or their parents died.
  • Or they lost their job.
  • Or they were rejected.

In other words – real life problems lead people to use outlets LIKE anime to deal with their issues.

It’s ridiculous to use anime as a scapegoat when anime or any other medium is never the problem to begin with.

It only shows the level of intelligence people are willing to indulge in because it’s easier to be lazy and make brash, out of context and weak arguments for why someone does something.

 

The writer finishes by saying this:

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Conclusion that watching anime is far worse than just watching cartoons.

I have learned that watching anime can sometimes lead to injuries and death. When you try to copy your favorite anime character it change emotions, appearance, and how you speak.

Some anime can have too many bloody scenes to the point you hate the anime. Some anime can lead you to watching hentie and it can half naked woman or just plain naked.

Watching anime can make you be a hikkomori. And plus anime can make you be in fantasy world that you can never comeout.”

“Hentie” – they obviously meant Hentai but that’s another story in itself.

It clearly shows the level of ignorance and lack of understanding of the subject they touched on.

I wonder when the ATTACK on anime will stop. I doubt it’s stopping anytime soon.

One more thing: the website isn’t an education affiliated site, despite having “.edu” in its domain name. That explains the nonsense coming from some writers on there.

 

Source: www.academia.edu/36836619/Why_Anime_Is_Bad_For_You

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Karm
Karm

Anime does suck…Anyone who watches it is gay

Silla
Silla
Reply to  Karm

KEKEKEKEK WOW HOW STUPID CAN SOMEBODY BE, anybody who watched cartoons is gay, it’s not even a bad thing to be gaayyy

Hatz
Hatz
Reply to  Karm

suck deez nuts bro

Kam66
Kam66
Reply to  Karm

*slap* Shut up you homophobic piece of sh*t

gggggg
gggggg
Reply to  Karm

Omophobic piece of shit

Anos Voldigoda
Anos Voldigoda
Reply to  gggggg

Calm the f down dumbass.What are you [email protected]?

Peachy
Peachy
Reply to  Karm

Ain’t nothing wrong with being gay.
Besides, anime is great.

Anos Voldigoda
Anos Voldigoda
Reply to  Peachy

People use the word [email protected] because they don’t mean it as bad,but it’s more like ‘lame’ or ‘weird’. So people being [email protected] is weird but because of you tending to favour your own gender doesn’t mean it’s wrong. You are born like that right?Not everyone is the same so?Damn get that message.

frosty
frosty
Reply to  Peachy

Stfu Anime is bad

Kam66
Kam66
Reply to  frosty

Let people have their own opinions man!

Persona69
Persona69
Reply to  Karm

Anime is good. And i can see what i want. I am most definitely not gay.

Anos Voldigoda
Anos Voldigoda
Reply to  Persona69

You are really lol.

hika
hika
Reply to  Karm

yes

Wong
Wong

I don’t get it, how can people just judge something without looking deeper into something?

I mean, of course I’m just assuming but you could clearly tell this guy is only making blatant assumptions that obviously says nothing about whatever he’s criticising.

And yet this article is plagued with spelling and grammatical errors smh

KOTS/Kokichi Ouma The Second
KOTS/Kokichi Ouma The Second

Im feeling some intense despair

Madhukar
Madhukar

I love comics manga anime cartoons

Nrrr
Nrrr

Get a life you blue-pill addicted virgin fkfaces instead of justifying your no-brainer cringe pedobear shows.

Kam66
Kam66

To be completely honest, this is kinda stupid. I get that anime could change a person’s life but it really depends on the person. A person could choose to reject reality and embrace the anime world. And with all you anime haters, just stop. You don’t have to like anime but you don’t have to bash others for liking it. It’s like telling two people to stop playing tag together because you don’t like it. I know this has nothing to do with the article, but I noticed some anime haters in the comments. I’M LOOKING AT YOU KARM. Bottom… Read more »

ANIMD THE BEST BAKA
ANIMD THE BEST BAKA

I have never been so f*cking pissed in my life- y’all call us homophobics for liking anime? Dude u guys are like people against black ones- we have nothing wrong- OUR DECISION OUR CHOICE! Just also…I can tell only the anime haters came here to humiliate us- IDC bc We are all different Mannn what happened…I think ima make a hate page on this site lollll everything is wrong with me- YOU SUSSY BAKA!

Harveer
Harveer

This is stupid just because you hate anime does that mean you make other people hate anime and some people are different

Sergio
Sergio

In my opinion. You see what you want and have a different opinion. But yes, everything with too much hurts and seeing too much of this Japanese animation can affect the mind. The Japanese do all these animation that according to them is to “Make the world happy.” I say it’s true. It gives you a happy moment for the moment. And almost everything they do is good and that is almost everything. But you have to remember that most of these programs are filthy and even have offensive things. It seems impossible and I know that many will tell me a lot of things. But it… Read more »

Im a guy
Im a guy

So think abaut watch anime, but then i read this and i dont want to see naked. Its just not my thing. AND ITS NOTHING WRONG TO BE GAY CAN ANYONE UNDERSTAND ITS JUST THAT U LIKE SOMEON THATS YOUR SAME BOY/GIRL.

Anos Voldigoda
Anos Voldigoda
Reply to  Im a guy

I tell you just stfu no one cares about a minority population being queer and all that stuff.

Kam66
Kam66
Reply to  Anos Voldigoda

SHUT UP!

Nunya
Nunya
Reply to  Anos Voldigoda

Rude much?

Irfan
Irfan

Movies, TV shows, animes or other types of fictional mediums they have a bad influence. I think all should be stopped step by step

Noone
Noone
Reply to  Irfan

So what type of entertainment do you recommend for people then.

Kam66
Kam66
Reply to  Noone

Breathing. Pfft

Fukc anime
Fukc anime

Listen, I’ll I heard was
SOME anime’s aren’t riddled with porn and sex and violence
SOME ANIMES don’t cause suicide
SOME ANIMES aren’t fake horseshit.
and also, the rest of your reasoning was, (there are other things out there that are bad, so anime is good)
just cause there are other bad things out the that exist and meet these reparations, doesn’t excuse anime for being just the same.

Sergio
Sergio
Reply to  Fukc anime

That true. But including good stuff have a are based on things that one does not know. I know there are good and bad things. But yes, you see what you want. Always moderately of curse

Sir
Sir
Reply to  Fukc anime

He was debunking all the reasons that website stated. Although it doesn’t excuse anime, he wasn’t trying to excuse it. He was just saying that singling all these problems on anime is wrong because it’s in many other mediums.

Delbert.c
Delbert.c

That is right sometimes when i like anime then i want avoiding the urge to watch anime with watch history and game that contain with historical accurate place and battle

Delbert.c
Delbert.c
Reply to  Delbert.c

It was true anime could become addiction if not been stop imagine anime i just want comment but not destroy someone feeling

Unknown
Unknown

So dumb asf anime is entertainment, just watch it and find the main topic of story to gain value but people who find fault of it have brain damage or just jealousy about the anime community cuz of getting fame in social media so dumb asf

Jay
Jay

Punks like them, outrageous sometimes what people write! Maybe the writer could have been under someone’s influence or some person forced the writer to do so. But I really don’t want to get defensive on this.

Abrar Sajid
Abrar Sajid

lol!is this real!

Naruto
Naruto
Reply to  Theo J Ellis

Ironically I got an ad for Anime while reading the article

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