I have always wanted to blog about anime, but never found the courage until stumbling across the awesome Daily Post challenge. Somehow, in between discussing books, writing and music, there was little room for anime. But it’s a big part of my life, just like any other entertainment option.
Up until last year, or the year before, I viewed anime as nothing more than a children’s form of entertainment. Shows like Digimon, Pokemon, Sharman King didn’t alter my views. In fact, I was completely ignorant to the brilliant artworks that can also be aimed at an older audience until a friend of mine introduced me to her favourite anime.
I started watching. To be quite honest, I didn’t like that anime much, but watched all the way through because I loved the graphics. The scenery was beautiful. The exaggeration which lies in the person’s happiness/unhappiness/embarrassment, etc.
But most of all, I loved how every slight shift of the eye, every wavering of a lip was zoomed closely upon. Every facial expression has a meaning in anime.
Maybe this is why I fell in love with it.
My favourite, at the moment, is called Working!! (yes, with the exclamation marks) which is set in a restaurant with quirky, lovable characters, and lets the viewers watch the characters morph into someone different. The writers behind the comedy sketch are geniuses.
Every character is lovable, has their own unique set of quirks and are extremely weird, yet relateable. How do the writers pull it off so well? I have no clue. But the comedy aspect, the whole “bonding workers” theme, and the lovely animation draws me to the story.
If you are not an anime fan, or have not indulged in anime before, you are missing out. I personally love anime as much as books. Also, it does help that the worst anime I’ve watched is a million times better than the worst book I’ve read. Or maybe that’s the overall win-factor for me.
Still not convinced?
Only in anime can you get beautiful scenes like this:
Only anime can portray horror exactly as the writer/creator intended it. Not with low-budget cuts, actors who half-suit the position or inconsistent character development. The following wallpaper is of the first horror anime I’ve watched (and is currently one of my favourites) Another.
And lastly, only anime show so many facial expressions on a single person and have them easily detectable.
I am not degrading movies or television shows. But anime has something so extremely special, I can’t put it in the same category of entertainment, despite me loving television shows almost as much. It’s a category on its own. And whatever that category of entertainment is, anime is top-class there.
Do you watch anime? If so, do you have a favourite? What are you currently watching? Drop me a comment below! I love hearing from you guys. 🙂
Also, if you are looking for recommendations (regardless of whether you already watch anime or are somehow convinced by this post to start), tell me what genres you like and I’ll try and match you up with some of my suggestions.