Achieving Enlightenment the Otaku Way
Osu! Greetings, shokun! It’s been a while. Today’s lesson is Part 1 of a 2-Part Lessons Series titled “10 Reasons Why It’s Awesome To Be An Anime Fan”. Next week comes Part 2 titled “10 Reasons Why It Sucks To Be An Anime Fan”. Let’s focus on the positives of being an anime fan today. In this lesson, I’ll be teaching you why it’s awesome to be an anime fan. So stand tall and be proud! Are you ready? Let’s begin. Osu!
10 Reasons Why It’s Awesome To Be An Anime Fan
1. Your imagination can put published authors and film creators to shame.
The genre spectrum of anime is so vast and diverse that nothing surprises you anymore. You accept that nothing is impossible in stories, so there’s no limit to your imagination thanks to anime.
The above creative and imaginative photo of Japanese high school students is an inspiration taken from the anime Prince of Tennis and Roronoa Zoro’s santouryuu sword-style from ONE PIECE.
2. You constantly learn new things and awaken new interests.
Who says you can’t learn from anime? From sports rules to military terminology, samurai history to baking breads—there are so many things you can learn from anime if you just let yourself. Anime can also inspire you to gain new interests. Amazed by Kuroko no Basuke? Perhaps you decide to play actual basketball as a result. Read “How Anime Makes You Smarter” for more information.
3. You kickstart your Japanese language education.
If you prefer watching anime in original Japanese language, you’ve probably already learned a few Japanese words and expressions. Many anime fans are now proficient in the language just because of their passion for anime. Some are successful English teachers in Japan, while some are working as Japanese-English translators in different parts of the world. Who says anime is useless now?
4. You sharpen your analytical mind.
In lesson #1, we focused on your creative imagination, but that’s not the only part you’re exercising whenever you watch anime. My blood boils every time I hear the ignorant comment “Anime is only for kids”. As a mature anime fan, you already know that this is untrue. Of course, there are a lot of shallow anime out there, but if you just look carefully, you’ll find plenty of gems with stories that’ll blow your mind. Watching anime that explore serious themes develops your ability to understand the nuances of different concepts and issues relevant to our society and humankind. As a result, you hone your analytical mind which can be helpful, especially in your academic pursuits.
5. You appreciate art, design, and animation.
Anime is a very visual medium. If you’ve watched a lot of anime, then I’m sure that you already observed different styles of art, design, and animation from different series. You may or may not prefer one style over the others, but ultimately you develop a keen sense of appreciation for these arts.
6. The awesome anime community
As a 21st Century anime fan, you’re literally connected to millions of fellow fans from around the world. Regardless of your culture and language, you all have one thing in common: your passion for anime! In a way, it’s like being a global citizen. You get to meet awesome people from different countries and befriend them. How awesome is that? Of course, the anime community is not without flaws, but the sense of belonging you get from associating with the right people is one of the most fulfilling feelings in the world.
7. Yay cosplay!
Halloween ideas are endless. Cosplay is not just a simple dress-up anymore. It’s art. The ability to transform yourself into various anime characters is a novelty neither CG nor Photoshop can ever attain.
8. Yay conventions!
Not all anime fans go to conventions, but it should be a goal for every fan to attend at least one in their lifetime. We know that this is an excellent opportunity to personally meet and connect with fellow anime fans in one place. But more awesome than this is the opportunity to meet your favourite idols face-to-face. Many big conventions invite industry personalities such as J-Pop idols, musicians, seiyuu, even mangaka, animators, etc. You can learn a lot of the industry directly from the people working in it. As a result, you develop an even deeper appreciation for the anime industry. Awesome, right?
9. You have an outlet for relaxation.
Exhausted at school or at work? Stressed at life in general? Save your money because you don’t need to pay a hundred bucks an hour for a counselor to listen to your woes. Anime lets you unwind after that long day, make you feel a lot better, and depending on the anime you watch, even motivate you to tackle next day’s challenges.
10. You’re perfectly alright with being weird.
In fact, you’re damn proud of it. For you, “weird” is a compliment. It means you’re not average. You’re unique. Embrace it. Have fun living a life of anime fulfillment with your other awesomely weird fellow anime fans.
Recommended Post: “Anime Fans Are Weird (Or So They Say)”
I hope that you learned in this lesson that being an anime fan can be awesome. If you just open your mind, I’m sure that you’ll realize that anime can be enriching. But of course, like I what I frequently say in my lessons, everything has a dark side. Next week, I’ll present you the last part of this lessons series discussing “10 Reasons Why It Sucks To Be An Anime Fan”. That’s all for today, shokun! I’ll be back again next week for another set of Fujinsei Kempo lessons. Osu!
Founder of Fujinsei Kempo
Disclaimer: Study and follow the teachings of Fujinsei Kempo at your own risk. Fujinsei and its main author Arria Cross accept no responsibility whatsoever for the content of this post, or for the consequences of any actions taken on the basis of the information provided above. Arria urges you to blame Cross-shishou for any issues you encounter while following Fujinsei Kempo teachings. But Arria wants you to remember that Cross-shishou is a mere alter ego, someone without tangible form. So if you want to blame someone, you might as well blame yourself. You’ve been warned.
Support Fujinsei by using the following affiliate links whenever you shop online with these websites:
Fujinsei is also a WordAds member, so if you would be so kind as to turn off your ad blocker when using this site, that would be greatly appreciated.
Read Disclosure Policy for more information about how this site uses affiliate links and ads. Thank you very much for your support!