10 Reasons Why I Watch Anime

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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Published by Arria Cross

Blogger at fujinsei.com since 2014. Currently a webnovelist. Check out my work "His Genius is a Superstar".

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  1. I think anime world is in parallel universe and you people by chance got the gift of. Magical realms of. Animania god Shinto of Japan which shows supernatural. Reality of life beyond earth in many other galaxies that been going on but we are watching it on TV screen and internet

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  2. Hi Arria! I was an avid reader of your blog. I also hadn’t become active on WordPress for a year as I became busy with uni. It feels eerily nostalgic reading this post. Congratulations on your new novel! Will you still blog about anime series?

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      1. I only recently graduated. So I can sort of become active on WP now. Currently at the confusing stage of post-grad life trying to find my place in the real world haha

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  3. Some concepts can only be accurately expressed through poetry, in order for the truth and beauty to be seen …
    Some ideas might be best communicated through art, or maybe a serial novel to convey intense emotion.
    Well, anime can often express themes in ways that a “regular movie” really cannot, thus the genre is just as valid as any other.

    Of course some ideas have to be performed by sock-puppets, but still …you get the idea.
    )

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    1. Thank you very much! I appreciate it. I edited the cover myself. I’m relieved that it turned out well. But I’m currently requesting for a pro cover. Hopefully, it’ll turn better than mine. Thanks for dropping by! 😆

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  4. I also grew up watching anime when I was a kid such as Dragon Ball Z, Yu Yu Hakusho, Rurouni Kenshin, Pokemon and etc. I still watch anime because it’s an inspiration to me because I always have an imagination to be creative and have fun. I’m happy to bond with people who loves anime as much as I do. Whenever I feel, Anime will always make me feel better. 🙂

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    1. Indeed, anime makes us feel better. I guess that for us who grew up watching anime and are still watching as grown-ups, it just feels natural because it has been a part of our lives for so long. Thanks for dropping by. 😊

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  5. I totally agree with you. Anime does inspire creativity and I am one who loves imagination. I grew up with watching Pokemon and then later Yu-Gi-Oh! and Dragon Ball Z. Anime is something I can enjoy as a past time. Anime has also help me meet new people and try new things.

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    1. Exactly. Anime just has a way with connecting people. We have some of the tightest & most passionate fandom there is. It’s not always good things because everything has a dark side, but overall if it wasn’t for anime, we wouldn’t even have encountered each other talking like this. Thanks for dropping by, brother. 😀

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      1. Yeah so true. Anime is something we can relate because of the story, themes and characters. If it wasn’t for One Piece, I wouldn’t have met you. Thanks for sharing this, sister. ^^

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  6. Fully agree with all of this, especially the points on inspiration and mood improvement (honestly I thought that last one was just me). There’s something really freeing that I get from Anime, because there’s literally no restrictions on what can make a good storyline, and the emotional sincerety and visual symbolism in some of the best Anime series is just beyond words. Really good post!

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    1. My thoughts exactly! Indeed, although there’s some effort involved filtering through the good stuff, once we find that anime that gets us going, everything just falls into place. The inspiration just keeps on flowing and it just makes us feel good. Thanks for dropping by & sharing your thoughts. 😁

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    1. This is very relatable! I remember watching anime as little kid but I didn’t know what it was. It was also part of why I bonded with a few people during my school days, at this point, I think anime is a lot better than other forms of television and I’m patiently waiting for the day it gets the credit it deserves.

      p.s I have no idea why the first comment is just the letter T. I’m staring at it confused as I type this

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      1. Exactly! I guess it’s gaining more recognition as there are more live-action film adaptations. Although I wish the adaptations are better and really gives justice to the anime. And indeed, anime is a good way to bond with friends

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  7. Reason for me that I started to watch anime/ read manga was simply to kind of “escape” into another world. Sure I read tons of books but with anime/ manga it is different as you have the visuals rather than just written text. Besides those anime and manga often last much longer than any normal tv show or book and thus gives you some place in another world for sometimes many years 🙂
    Sadly I do not have any time to read or even watch so I am left with just the memories I have from back then

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