Why are we obsessed with anime?

Societies engage in cultural exchanges in a variety of ways. Cuisine, dress, architecture, even elements of language find themselves transferred from one people to another. The result is imported cultural elements intermingle with native ones creating new and interesting trends. An example of these intermingling cultures is anime. Anime is the Japanese form of western cartoons which the Japanese modified to fit their interests and art style. TV shows that we grew up with such as Pokémon, Naruto, and Yu-Gi-Oh are forms of anime. Which brings about the question: How has anime, a foreign style of art, animation, and storytelling, established such a large fan base of adolescents in western countries?

I myself am an anime fan and spend a large portion of my free time watching it. There are many different categories of anime and it is hard to pick a favorite category or show since no two anime shows are alike. Anime has many different aspects to it from character details like hair color or clothing to plotlines to anime conventions, there is no one thing that describes anime. Of all of the people that are a fan of anime, everyone will like something different about it but will insist that whatever thing they love the most about anime is the best. There is always some aspect of fantasy present in the shows wither it is a future world or magical girls.

But what are the categories in anime? why is there so much fantasy involved? , and why is anime music so epic? These are just a few of the question that come to my mind when I think about it.

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One thought on “Why are we obsessed with anime?

  1. Well one way to break down anime into categories is first the demographics (anime/ manga targeted to a certain audience: shounen, shoujo, josei, and seinen. Usually by doing this, you can see some similarities and differences in regards to the type of stories/ genres being told.

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