The world of anime is one that encompasses the realm of infinite possibilities. It is the best of both worlds with the combination of astounding artistic visuals, the most well-orchestrated soundtracks, and effects accompanied by intense narration to set the tone of the story and realistic anime characters.
It is truly something unique and in a league of its own.
Anime target segment extends to all age groups so whoever you are, your personality, things that you’re into, anime can cater to it all! Some people are under the misconception that anime is for kids, but that’s not true.
There are some shows that children can enjoy but the prime focus of most anime is usually based on characters both teenagers and adults which often resonates with themes centered around betrayal, the loss of a loved one, incompetence, racism, and even bullying. Anime arguably can also have more emotional weightage than a standard TV show.
Here are some reasons why do people like anime.
1) Incredible anime art style and storytelling
Anime has a diverse art style. It requires massive dedication, countless re-edits, and exhausting all resources of talent to create a brilliant anime. From the breathtaking visuals to the detailed characters, anime is limitless.
It has an impressive way of storytelling and there are a lot of intense battle scenes, detailed characters, and vibrant background visuals to create. Every anime art style is unique, so you can watch many different shows and never see a character the same way twice
2) Well orchestrated anime music and soundtrack
Music plays an essential role in capturing the entire essence of the anime scene being played out according to the scenario in question.
Meticulous care to song selection is crucial when setting the appropriate mood for a particular situation to capture the full essence of the scene in addition to enhancing the viewer’s experience while watching it.
The “right” anime music has the ability to trigger emotions that the respective scene demands and thereby, capture the heart of the scene. A death scene of a character can trigger feelings of disbelief and sadness if enhanced with a dark gloomy soundtrack. In addition, the immensity of two characters battling each other can be magnified to showcase the gravity of the situation with an intense soundtrack as well.
3) Interesting and relatable characters
Anime throws an entirely different complexion in terms of the protagonists selected to drive the plot of the show. Protagonists normally feature the loners, the outcast; the ones society would normally turn a blind eye towards.
Viewers can empathize and relate to what the characters are going through the same problems as people like trying to fit in, facing your fears. This is highly unlike a typical high school drama or comedy show where it’s normally the popular stereotypical teenager with their superficial issues concerning power status and popularity.
Anime characters have diverse personalities, they have their goals, dreams, and also struggles and failures.
What truly makes these anime characters relatable is the character development and their personal growth as the story advances; to break free of their comfort zones to attain a goal or how an initial villain can turn into a hero by the end of the series.
It teaches us to never give up and all we need at times a little belief in our own abilities.
They’re ninjas, warriors, pirates, ghosts, office workers, high schoolers, detectives, fighters and the list never ends. It’s limitless!
4) Diverse anime genres
Anime essentially draws its inspiration from the manga which is Japanese comics much like in the West how Marvel movie takes their inspiration for their creations from Marvel comics. There’s an incredibly diverse anime genre.
Some of the broad categories that anime can fit in are action, adventure, comedy, drama, slice of life, sci-fi, thriller, psychological, fantasy, supernatural, horror, mystery, romance. These are the typical anime genres that are used to classify other mediums such as movies, books, and series
5) Inspirational stories
Apart from the thrilling sensation it exudes, people like anime because of the inspiration it provides to all those struggling with personal hardships.
It can be very motivational and emotionally therapeutic to watch your favorite character overcome difficulties and strive forward. It’s always been about the underdog rising up to meet challenges.
Dragon Ball Z is one of the most popular anime that teaches us consistency and how to believe in ourselves. Its main protagonist Goku was initially pronounced as one of the weakest fighters with a pitiful fighting potential.
With grave threats that kept terrorizing the earth, however, he always found a way to push himself past his limits and strive to attain higher plateaus of strength. He is one of the strongest anime characters ever created.
Naruto is another popular anime that taught us that dreams can come true if you strive for them. It was his dream to be acknowledged by the people of the village who ignored and avoided him.
He wanted to become the Hokage (the strongest ninja leader in Konoha village). He never lost sight of that dream and pushed himself beyond his struggles to be a hero.
6) All about the action
The fight scenes in anime are spectacular because with the help of animation the possibilities are endless and not bound like live-action scenes. The battles are intense because of all the visuals that are used in the creation of thrilling anime action sequences that will definitely make your adrenaline rush.
Top 5 best anime action scenes of all time
- Sasuke Uchiha Vs. Naruto Uzumaki (Naruto Shippuden)
- Edward Elric Vs. Father (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood)
- Nanashi Vs. Luo-Lang (Sword of the Stranger)
- Ichigo Vs. Aizan (Bleach)
- Saber Vs. Berserker (Fate Stay Night)
7) Easy to Binge-watch
We all know that feeling of starting a new TV show or series that is super interesting but doesn’t have many seasons to binge-watch.
Anime has a vast variety of long shows like Naruto and One piece that has over 700 episodes. It also has short shows like Death Parade, Cowboy Bebop, Ghost in the shell, etc.
You can binge-watch anime easily on sites like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, Crunchyroll, Funimation, Kissanime and the list goes on.
Did you know that Japan has the biggest Netflix library of anime? Hong Kong and Taiwan are also considered to have the most and the best collection of anime.
All anime movies and series are not available in the US, UK, Canada, and other regions but you can get access to these libraries easily by using a VPN to avoid regional restrictions.
So the next time you’re bored, you might as well watch anime shows or movies only then you’ll be able to understand firsthand why do people like anime and are even obsessed with it, be it for the diverse anime genre, exceptional art style, music, action sequences, or interesting characters. People can relate to anime and explore the possibilities of what these movies and shows can offer them.
© 2021 Alicia Fonseca