Why Do We Like Anime?
A lot of us watch anime, some perhaps have been watching for a year or two others may span into years or decades. I guess it doesn't really matter how or when but my question is why do we watch anime and continue to watch? And why do we like anime?
Personally I fall into the category of more than a decade of watching and despite a brief hiatus I still continue to watch and enjoy anime. I believe at first it started as something different than what was normally shown on TV, the way the characters were drawn and the actual character of the characters. Then maybe the expanding stories and seeing the story and people evolve over time kept me coming back. I will admit back then some of the more adult anime was over my head and going back and watching them again, being older now, has given me a better perspective and understanding for them. As time went on, the style changed and eventually became easier to obtain meaning more to watch and more variety which I believed led to a deeper appreciation.
Besides being a form of entertainment it has been a form of relaxation of the mind, trust me a good anime series will help you forget about your problems, however, I want to go beyond that. I love watching movies but I have never truly experienced an emotional response for a character or particular situation like I have in anime. I've never just had my heart sank for an animated character or experienced joy for a particular character when they achieve their goal.
The last point I want to make is about inspiration, anime has a variety of forms, ideas, and plots that would be almost impossible for someone not to find something they like but also it inspires innovation or new ways of perceiving different things. For me anime has inspired me musically and how I play my bass guitar.
So what would you say is the reason you like anime, watch anime and still continue to do so?