Why do people like anime? And why is anime so addicting?
Is anime really as “awesome” as some fans claim?
When most people think of anime, they see it as childish, weird, and something only freaks are interested in.
But when you and me think of anime? We see anime for what it is. And there’s a good reason as to why we do since we’re part of the industry.
Regular entertainment like films and TV are good. But anime takes entertainment to a new level of quality. Making it the best.
Let’s talk about why that is…
Why Anime Is The Best:
1. Unbeatable visuals
You can’t challenge anime when it comes to visuals. Why? Because that’s the point.
Anime is short for animation, or Japanese animation to be precise.
Before anything else and all the other things that make anime great, visuals is what makes anime so unique and fresh.
It’s the first thing you look at. Just like any other piece of entertainment.
With the exception that:
- The backgrounds grab your attention in ways regular films can’t.
- The character designs are made to be as beautiful as possible.
- Facial expressions in anime are also unbeatable. Especially when it comes to smiling, frowning, and so on.
- And the animation gives the creators more power to do things regular films could only dream of.
And even though anime by definition isn’t “realistic” like regular entertainment… It still manages to share a form of “realism” despite it being animated.
That’s why anime is nothing like cartoons. Because anime is both semi-realistic and relatable, regardless of how it looks.
It’s the perfect middle-ground between realistic TV and cartoons.
2. Unbeatable comedy
We all know of comedy shows like American TV show: Friends.
But you can never compare regular comedy to the comedy seen in anime. Because animation allows you to do things regular shows can’t.
Like the stupidly funny faces characters pull. Or the ridiculous effects studios are able to throw in to add context to the humour.
I mean, just look at these facial expressions:
This is one of the reasons anime comedies are so priceless.
And I haven’t even talked about the real comedy yet, or Japanese humour, or the unique flair Japan has that helps its comedy stand out.
3. There’s something for everyone, no matter what you like
The thing with regular TV shows and films is: there’s only so much.
Sure there’s comedy, thriller, supernatural (Spiderman), horror and things of that nature. But if you compare it side by side to anime, it’s pitiful.
Anime has too many genres to name, and even more topics each anime explores.
- Space exploration.
- Ghost themes.
- Arms dealers.
- Being reincarnated as a slime.
- A society where dirty jokes are banned.
- The devil Satan being forced to work part-time.
I could go on and on forever. Anime has such a massive catalogue of themes and subjects, it’s impossible to NOT find something you like.
And there’s a good reason which leads to my next point…
4. Unbeatable creativity
The anime industry is still in its startup phase. That means studios, many employees, artists and mangaka’s have it harder than most.
It’s a hard industry only the most committed are able to break into.
What’s that got to do with creativity? Everything.
So many anime studios have less money to work with compared to Hollywood, or western entertainment companies in general.
This forces them to get creative and produce shows like:
- Neon Genesis Evangelion.
- Kemono Friends.
- Cowboy Bebop.
- Tanaka Kun Is Always Listless.
These shows were mostly produced on a low-budget. And yet are well-recognized and unique.
And then you have shows like The Devil Is A Part Timer which is creative in general.
5. Music unlike anything else
Music aired in anime shows, whether it’s the opening song or the music played during an anime, is unique at its core.
After all – it’s Japanese music. So it sounds nothing like what you’d hear in the west (or any country) when it comes to regular films and TV.
Anime music stands out because it’s a taste of Japanese culture, and there’s nothing like it.
6. Life lessons that run deep
Do regular films have deep life lessons? Of course. But not in the context and style that anime is capable of.
Using Hinamatsuri as an example, this slice of life teaches you a lot of things.
But one of the most important lessons is: the day-to-day struggles of being homeless.
Homeless people are overlooked, ignored, belittled, looked down on and treated like they deserve to die.
But what Hinamatsuri does is put homeless people under the microscope, and lets you experience the cruel, harsh lifestyle first-hand.
You get to see a completely different side to homelessness you never would have considered possible.
And the beautiful animation gives it something a regular film can’t.
Whenever an anime highlights a set of life lessons, they almost always run deep and help you connect to the characters in ways regular films could never do.
7. How “friendship” is portrayed
Friendship in anime is shown in ways no other entertainment can pull off. Because it’s purposely made to be so emotional, and every feeling is captured flawlessly.
Can the “friendship” trope be over exaggerated sometimes? Yep, but that’s kind of the point.
- “Real” friendship is rare in the real world. And anime highlights that fact in emotional ways.
- Friendship is underrated in the real world, but anime shows you why it deserves to be valued and treasured.
- Having true friends you can actually count on and trust… This is difficult. And anime expresses that beautifully.
And the animation makes it even better. Because the emotions we feel are best shown animated, since it’s hard to express those feelings so strongly in real life.
8. Unbeatable Action
This one isn’t debatable. Not even X-Men, Spiderman (or any supernatural film) can beat the action in an anime series.
There’s no contest.
Why? Because again, the effects, animation and features makes the action TOO good in comparison.
- Akame Ga Kill.
- Dragon Ball Z.
- Sword Art Online.
- Attack On Titan.
- Fate Zero.
These are just a “few” shows with some outstanding action scenes, and enjoyable battles.
Regular films can’t pull that off, that’s why live action films (like DBZ) failed so miserably because it can’t be done.
- Unique character designs.
- Relatable characters.
What do you say?