Achieving Enlightenment the Otaku Way
Osu! It’s been a while, shokun! This is Cross-shishou presenting another set of Fujinsei Kempo lessons. I hope that you enjoyed my previous original ONE PIECE story written entirely in haiku, a traditional Japanese poetry, titled “Straw Hats VS. Monster”. And for my fellow anibloggers out there, I hope that you learned some helpful blogging tips about how I decided to start this Fujinsei Kempo Series in another previous post titled “Fujinsei Kempo: Achieving Enlightenment the Otaku Way”.
Today’s lesson is essential to each and everyone of us who loves watching anime. I’ll list some of the ways on how watching anime regularly can make us smarter. Let’s begin the lesson now, shall we? Osu!
How Anime Makes You Smarter
1. You Learn a New Language
These are for those who watch anime in original Japanese. At the beginning, you’ll learn some common Japanese words like “Nani” and “Baka.” (For more information, refer to “10 Little Everyday Things You Can Do To Be More Otaku”). If you’re serious and persistent enough, you can even become proficient in the Japanese language.
In addition to learning the Japanese language, you’ll also learn some specialty terminology. Am I the only one who learned sports lingo through anime? I had no idea about “cadence” until I watched Yowamushi Pedal. And now I know that “love” means “zero” in tennis because I watched Prince of Tennis. It’s not just sports anime that you can learn some new technical lingo. I learned what a “name” is in manga-making by watching Bakuman. If you’re into military or even mecha anime, I bet you can also learn a lot about military ranks.
2. You Gain Knowledge You Normally Won’t Encounter
Similar to my previous point, you gain new knowledge by watching anime. It’s not only new languages that you can learn. Even if it’s not the most accurate, anime can be a great resource. I learned about the important historical figures in the Shinsengumi by watching Hakuouki. Like I said, it’s not the most accurate because it’s fictionalized, but it triggered an interest within me to learn more about the Shinsengumi and its key figures after watching the anime.
Another great example is watching sports anime. I’ve never been a big sports girl but by watching sports anime, I don’t feel out of place anymore whenever a conversation veers to sports. I may not know the current popular players of a sport, but I can at least understand the lingo most sports fans use. Not only am I familiar with sports terms, but I now know how a sport is played. Before watching Major, I had no idea how you score in baseball or that there are different kinds of pitches. I thought that all a pitcher needs to do is to throw the ball and the batter to hit it. I am truly grateful to anime for fixing my ignorance regarding sports.
3. You Expand Your Skill Set
In addition to learning a new language and gaining new knowledge, you expand your skill set by watching anime. Watching the right anime inspires you to try new things. Watched Slamdunk? You become interested in basketball, and this interest turns into passion. If you work hard enough, perhaps you’ll even become the next basketball superstar just because you watched an anime about basketball. Pretty cool, huh?
Watched Yakitate!! Japan? Then you’re now on a quest to improve your baking skills. Not only do you learn some cool skills from anime, but watching the characters’ struggles and triumphs inspires you to do the same.
4. You Mature as a Person
If anyone tells you that anime is only for kids, you are now mature enough to pity them and then dismiss their ignorance.
Why? Because if you’re a real anime fan, then you’ve watched a LOT of anime, and that means that you’re one of the most open-minded people in the world. If you’re a real anime fan, then you know that it has one of the most diverse genre out there. Sex, violence, homosexualism, gender confusion, incest. . .these are just some of the themes that are readily available in anime. Now if you still think that anime is only for kids despite knowing all of these, then I’m not sorry to say that you’re a dunderhead.
The anime world is vast and diverse. The things that you learn from watching anime can positively or negatively change you, depending on how you apply them in your life. Watching anime where antagonists frequently transform into comrades teaches you that life is not black and white. There is not a single right or wrong decision. Just take Death Note as an example. Light’s ambition for a better world devoid of evil is admirable, but his ideals are too rigid and his methods too extreme.
Watching a lot of anime provides you with a wide array of resources you can constantly refer to whenever you need help in dealing with challenges in your life.
5. You Meet and Learn from Fellow Fans Smarter Than You
If you are passionate enough about anime, then I guarantee that you’ll find ways to connect with other anime fans to whom you can discuss anime without any shame. I’m fortunate enough that I grew up in an environment where watching the latest episode of an anime was considered cool. I remember regularly discussing the latest episode of Dragon Ball with my friends when I was a small kid.
As a teenager and now an adult, I mostly discuss anime online. When I was in my teens, I mostly talked anime in forums. Now I mainly use this blog, Fujinsei, to share my passion about anime. What I love the most about being an aniblogger is the community of like-minded individuals that encourages my passion instead of shaming me. Through this sense of belonging, I learned how to be proud of my love for anime.
But it’s not only the anime community’s acceptance that I treasure, it’s also the wealth of information I constantly gain from fans that are way smarter than me regarding their anime knowledge and wisdom.
So my advice is that if you’re going to be friends with other anime fans, find people that are smarter than you. Find those who can spew 100 recommendations by just telling them the title of one anime you liked. Find those who know every single anime forums on the Web. Find those who know other anime fans that are smarter than them. Why? Because by regularly interacting with these smart people, you’ll learn from them, in turn making you smarter as well. You’ll not only gain new friends to whom you can discuss anime freely, but you’ll also learn new things from them.
These are 5 ways How Anime Makes You Smarter. Tune in tomorrow for 5 ways How Anime Makes You Dumber.
Enumerate these 5 ways how anime makes you smarter, and no one again will be stupid enough to tell you that anime is only for children. If there are still people who tell you that anime is for kids despite telling them these 5 points, then just dismiss them. Those people are dunderheads and not worth your precious time. I hope that today’s lesson provided you with some tools on how to use anime to make yourself smarter. That’s all for today, shokun. I’ll be back tomorrow with How Anime Makes You Dumber. Osu!
Founder of Fujinsei Kempo
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