1. I grew up watching anime.
As a 90’s kid, anime is a big part of my life. I used to watch anime with my dad who loved watching Dragon Ball and Yu Yu Hakusho. When I started attending school, I would discuss anime with my friends and classmates because most of us were into anime at that time. Pokemon, Hunter x Hunter, Sailor Moon, Magic Knight Rayearth, Voltes V, Daimos…you name it, we watched it and talked about it.
Even now as an adult, I would say that anime is still a pretty significant part of my life. Rewatching the anime I used to watch as a kid takes me back in time. Ah, the nostalgia. How wonderful! It’s like retaining the child in you. Forever young, yo!
2. It inspires creativity.
Whether you’re a writer, an artist, or even a musician, or generally consider yourself as a creative person, you can obtain endless inspiration watching the right anime. I say the “right” anime because as much as I love anime as a whole, unfortunately there are a lot of (cough cough) trash series out there. There are so many titles being pumped out every year that it can be difficult to filter and find an anime that will resonate to you so deeply that your creative juices will just overflow.
I’m currently a webnovelist writing an ongoing romance fiction titled “His Genius Wife is a Superstar”. I’m not going to lie. There are definitely elements in my novel that are inspired by some of the anime I watched. Not everything, though.
My point is that anime series are stories. Stories inspire us. The right ones, at least.
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3. Meet new people.
Yes, anime bonds people. Growing up, I bonded with my dad, my friends and classmates by watching anime together. As an adult, anime has been a way for me to meet fellow fans from all around the world. It’s amazing.
The sense of belonging just proves that anime means something. It’s so much fun to meet new people living in different countries from all walks of life. It’s like having your own global organization. Awesome, isn’t it?
4. I blog about it.
I created this blog, Fujinsei, because of anime. Without anime, there will be no Fujinsei. Then you wouldn’t be reading this post today.
Blogger is the general term. You may consider me as an aniblogger (short for “anime blogger”) or perhaps an otaku blogger (the term I prefer – embrace your inner otaku!). Simply speaking, as a blogger of this niche, I have to watch anime. It’s the field I chose to write about. How can I call myself an aniblogger if I don’t watch anime? It’s like claiming you’re a surgeon and performing surgery when you’ve never even studied medicine.
5. Comforts me when I’m feeling down.
It’s like my junk food, like that tub of ice cream or that bar of chocolate, which instantly gives me a boost of much-needed endorphins whenever my spirits are running low. I tend to watch my favourite shows such as ONE PIECE, Hunter x Hunter, Bakuman, most sports anime and reverse harem anime.
Anime, in this situation, is used to escape reality. I would say that this is true to most of us. There are so much sh*t in the world that we experience every day. Sometimes we need to take a break from everything.
Most of the time, anime is effective in making me feel so much better. Granted, they don’t solve my situation. But they improve my emotions enough that I’ll feel like I have enough strength to finally tackle and solve the problems myself.
6. Pass the time and have something to do when I’m bored.
I’d rather watch an anime and laugh, cry, and rage like a lunatic while doing so than stare at the ceiling doing nothing when I feel bored. It will not only improve my mood but also provide me with more material to write about in my blog. Definitely more productive than staring at nothing like an idiot.
7. Reward myself for a job well done.
Completed all my tasks for the day? I’ll reward myself by watching anime. Feels so good, trust me.
8. To fangirl on my favourite seiyuu.
“Seiyuu” are voice actors and actresses. I have my own favourites like Kamiya Hiroshi, Ono Daisuke, Miyano Mamoru, Namikawa Daisuke, Maeno Tomoaki, Suwabe Jun’ichi, Nakai Kazuya, Okamoto Nobuhiko and so many more for the males. For the females, I love Sakamoto Maaya, Sawashiro Miyuki, Mitsuishi Kotono, Kugimiya Rie, and oh my gosh, there are so many that this post is not enough to mention all of them.
Sometimes, when I hear that one of my favourite seiyuu will voice a character in a certain anime, oh boy, expect me to watch that freaking anime. Even if the story is trash, I’d probably still watch it just to listen to my favourite seiyuu’s voice. Shallow, I know. But that’s what fangirling is.
9. To prevent my Nihongo from being completely rusty.
I’m not fluent or proficient in Nihongo, but I can watch a Japanese show without subtitles and understand what’s going on. I was so much better before when I studied it in university but now I’m really becoming rusty. I already forgot most of my kanji, but I’m still okay reading and writing in hiragana and katakana. I also can’t converse that comfortably anymore, but at least I can still understand what’s being said as long as the topic is not too complicated.
Watching anime in original Japanese really does help in preventing my Nihongo language skills from completely rusting over. Whenever I rewatch my favourite anime, I usually disable the subtitles just to immerse myself in the language for the duration of the episode.
10. I love it!
Why is there a need to have a complicated reason to watch anime when I simply love it? I love it so I watch it. Simple! If you have something you’re passionate about, it’s natural to want to do it on a regular basis. Anime has become a significant part of my life because I love it.
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