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?

anime girl - studying

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.

thinking anime girl

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.

mugiwara ichimi no utage - one piece

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.

sudowoodo cosplay- muscleman

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!

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  1. “You constantly learn new things and awaken new interests” – Yes! We built littleanimeblog on that belief. So many cultural, historical and social aspects collide in anime in a way that’s completely unique, you don’t even have to concentrate too hard to learn from it. Ahh, it’s great when you don’t even realise you’re learning 😆 Thanks, this was a great post.

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    1. Excellent foundation to build a blog. Good job! As for me, I just wanted to have fun. I know, I know. What an unexciting reason, but I guess it evolved from there. Indeed, when we have the proper mindset and discipline to watch anime, it’s a great resource of wisdom and knowledge. Aaaaw. Thank you very much. I’m glad to hear that you like this post. Keep on watching anime and blogging. Take care. Cheers!

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      1. Haha, we did it for fun too! That was our main reason just for starting the thing up, then we starting thinking of our direction from there as well. We felt like we needed to share our thoughts somehow and, well, the response has been beyond what we ever imagined at the start. You too 😄

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  2. It would be better on my end if I can actually meet live humans to share my interests in. Im tired of the internet; let me have a dose of old fashioned communication to satisfy my anime needs please.

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    1. But aren’t you Filipino? You should have a LOT of fellow anime fans out there. I was born in the Philippines so I know that I just had to go out of the house and all my friends will gather and discuss the latest DBZ episode. Those were the days. I don’t remember much anymore, though.


      1. The answer is very easy: they all grew up. Im now alone in my world of hobbies [where I live] and even if I could talk to people about these things, we can only talk about it during work or school, or in very rare occassions. What a life…

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  3. Number 10 on the list has to be my favourite by far. Anime fandom is not only one of the most accepting communities, but one where we embrace our weirdness ❤

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    1. Exactly! Weird is awesome in the community. It makes as more unique. And also keeps things alive. As for one of the most accepting communities, I guess it depends in the community within the fandom. There are dark corners within it that are also pretty brutal. But of course, if we associate ourselves with the right people, the sense of belonging we get from the anime community is very fulfilling and enriching. Thank you very much for dropping by and sharing your opinions. I appreciate it very much. Cheers!

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    1. Same here, my friend. My thoughts exactly. Life without anime is a lifeless world for me. I literally can’t imagine a time in my life that I’m not watching anime. Ever since I can remember even as a kid, I’m already watching anime.

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  4. I definitely agree with my anime experience broadening my appreciation for animation in general. I sometimes wish I could direct my own animation, but I have literally none of the tools to do that, haha. Being an anime fan is really something neat!

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      1. My passion for learning everything that I can about animation has definitely grown thanks to anime, but nope, I haven’t actually done anything “useful” or “pro” with my knowledge, haha. Just another humble fan wanting to know more about the origins of the art he loves 😀

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  5. I think your post hits the nail on the head. Honestly, the art styles in the industry could use more variation, but it’s pushing in the right direction.

    Funny thing is, I used to be against the idea of random fanfiction, but recently I was convinced by LittleKuriboh (of the Yu Gi Oh Abridged Series) that it’s a fantastic world of possibilities if you can write it well enough.

    I must admit that I’ve never been to a convention before, mostly because I’ve made excuses for myself over the years (I’m not a fan of crowds, etc). At the same time, however, I want a piece of this awesome community that my idols in the anime community love going to cons for, like the abridgers do.

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    1. Thank you. I think that for longer series, the animation really takes a dive in quality because they have to pump those episodes to keep up. For shorter series, the animation is generally of higher quality I think. Of course this is not always the case. Besides I think that it’s a big gamble for studios to try experiment all the time, so they tend to use the style that has proven successful before. We’ll see how it goes in a few year. I hope that we get to see more creative types of animation.

      Oh! Good for you. I don’t really read a lot of fanfic but I love viewing fanarts and even reading some doujinshi manga here and there. Depends on the story, I guess. Well, my friend. Make that a life goal. Attend at least one convention. It won’t hurt to try attend one. Best of luck! And of course thank you very much for dropping by and sharing your thoughts. I appreciate it. Cheers!

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  6. Awesome post this one, and I totally agree with all the points, but definitely point 6 lately has to be one of the points that is growing the most for me. Ever since starting a blog, and catching up with a lot of Anime I have yet to see, I keep meeting these awesome fellow bloggers, and just enjoy meeting new ones every day. Already looking forward to part 2 lol 😂😂

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    1. Thank you very much! Indeed, same here. I’ve blogged about other topics before but this is the most fun that I’ve ever had as a blogger. The community is not perfect, but the sense of belonging it provides is awesome. I’m gad that you’re enjoying yourself meeting with a lot of our fellow anime fans. We learn a lot of things from them every single time. Thanks again for dropping by and commenting. I appreciate it. Cheers!

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  7. Excellent list ARIA !! All of those most important points of why it’s awesome to be a anime fan. For me it has added excitement to my life in many ways !! Another amazing post by you !!!

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    1. Thank you very much, Lita. Indeed, anime has added so much excitement in our lives in many ways. And of course, if not for anime, I don’t think I would have met you on the web. Many thanks as always for dropping by. I always appreciate it. Keep on watching anime and blogging. Cheers!

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  8. All of these are great reasons! Except I don’t think I want to cosplay in my life ever?
    If there’s one reason I will never stop watching anime, its the simple fact that there’s always something new to discover from it 😆

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    1. Ahahaha. That’s fine. I personally don’t cosplay either but I do enjoy admiring cosplayers with their amazing artwork. They’re so awesome. And indeed, I agree with you. The scope of genre for anime is just so wide and diverse that there’s something new to discover. Thank you very much for dropping by. Keep on watching anime. Cheers!

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  9. This is a great list of reasons why it is awesome to be an anime fan. I think my number one reason would be because it’s fun but the range of stories, meeting other fans, and learning interesting things would all come right underneath that reason. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you very much. Indeed, more than anything else, anime is fun. Because if it’s not, we wouldn’t be blogging about it so enthusiastically and discussing it like we are doing now. Thank you very much dropping by and commenting. I appreciate it.

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    1. I agree 100%. Indeed, anime is not just a simple entertainment to pass the time with. It could be a great motivation and learning tool for life if we just view it with that kind of mindset. And thank you very much for dropping by and your wonderful comment. I appreciate it.

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