Anime, a famous form of entertainment that brought in USD 19 Billion and steadily increasing every year, but what exactly does it mean to the Japanese people? Whenever you hear or talk about japan, things that you'll most likely think of when it comes to the country are none other than Anime, Manga, and Otaku culture. Being the weeb that you are, you might be under the assumption that every Japanese person is more or less into anime as much as you are. But is this really the case?
Let's get one thing straight with you, not all Japanese people are as "cultured" as the nerd in your school. In a post, for Japanese people who don't really watch anime, to them, it's pretty much just another form of entertainment. As long as it's animated and not live-action it is then considered anime.
Anime Has Quite The Bad Reputation
People on the other side of the world would stay away from this media because they get the wrong idea because they think that anime is filled with abnormally large-breasted girls with squeaky voices, though that is not entirely wrong, it's these types of stereotypes that give Anime a bad image, a platform for perverts, creeps, and outcasts to escape reality.
Speaking of bad image, well-known animator and co-founder of the famous Studio Ghibli, Hayao Miyazaki shows hostility to modern anime. Perverse anime tropes, unrealism, and weird fetishes that helped create these perverts, creeps, and outcasts are some of the reasons Hayao Miyazaki despises what anime has become.
Back to the main topic, not all Japanese people are head-over-heels whenever their favorite manga gets adapted or if their favorite character dies. But that doesn't mean, they don't watch it at all. And if they do watch anime, that doesn't mean they're immediately an otaku.
Regular vs. Otaku Anime
I'll categorize anime into two types, let's call the first one "regular" anime. Anime that is well known like Doraemon, Pokemon. and Ghibli movies. these are the shows that kids can claim as their childhood anime, or anime they grew up with. it's pretty much the Disney/Pixar of anime. Popular anime falls under this category as well, anime like One Piece, Naruto and Bleach. Though I wouldn't say these can be enjoyed by the entire family but since these types of anime are everywhere even outside of Japan. These are going to be considered regular.
Then there is what we're going to refer to as "Otaku anime". Anime that targets an older audience (and Otaku). The Rick and Morty type of shows. These shows are definitely not for children, shows like Neon Genesis: Evangelion, Ghost in the Shell, and Berserk. Now you'll have to be really into otaku culture (and of appropriate age) if you were ever to discover one of these and like them. Although these shows are great, no doubt about it, these aren't shows that kids, elders, or people who just don't watch anime will recognize let alone watch.
Anime is definitely up there. It's a great source of entertainment, it can be weird sometimes, but that doesn't mean it's hated (mostly). Anime is famous around the world, and of course in its home country. I know it's easy to assume that all Japanese people watch anime, but in reality, they're just like the rest of the world. You probably jumped to that conclusion, but it's understandable, considering how exposed japan is to anime. I mean, it's literally everywhere. Billboards vending machines even soda cans. To sum it all up, anime can have your all-time favorite show or just a random one. It all DEPENDS on the viewer's preference.
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