Why Anime May Be Our Best Teacher
"It's just fiction, a mere cartoon. What in the world can you learn from something that's not real?" Day by day I see ecstatic fans lose their burning passion when faced with people who don't support their beliefs. It's happened to me before as I found anime that I relate to greatly. I learn from these various work of art, but they're constantly ridiculed for being "fake."
So just like that, people stomp on my dream. "Don't even try relating this to real life, it's nothing like it." What do you mean? Our anime is written by real humans, so how can it not be based on their experiences?
The next thing people say is "Well, in real life you can't do all these amazing things that take place in anime. Our world doesn't have these amazing conflicts and battles, it doesn't have all these fictional creatures, and humans are nothing like anime characters. You're just delusional."
So what does this have to do with anime teaching us? Well, the point I was trying to make is that we all learn differently. Some people learn things through their life experiences, others learn from the teachings and wisdom of elders. There are many methods of learning, but the ones I mentioned don't necessarily work for everyone.
For me, I learn from anime. Watching the experiences of characters and relating to them, is a part of the anime's teachings. Looking at the events that take place and the viewing conflicts between characters, I can then relate them to my own real life events. I mentioned in another post that despite being in the real world, we fight battles everyday. We have our own conflicts, no matter how small. We fight our bosses, gain experiences, and level up. We are the main characters of our own lives. So whats the harm in learning a few life lessons from animation?
If anything, the fact that we watch anime may explain the wisdom and intelligence we gain. I've noticed that people tend to learn more from things, when they enjoy them. Forcing something onto someone does not make them enjoy it. Therefore, they might learn, but they won't learn as much as the person that loves it. On top of this, they probably won't like it either.
Again, this is just my outlook. I progress through my life looking at anime for answers and realizations. It's for this reason that inspirational anime are my favorite. It doesn't matter if we don't have superpowers in real life. It doesn't matter if we can or cannot fly. It doesn't matter if aliens do or don't exist. These things exist in our imaginations, (and in reality if they haven't been disproven.) which is a part of us. Telling someone that they're taking a series or anime too seriously is crazy. (So please be careful with your words! ^^;)
|"We can learn a lot from anime. Being lighthearted and having a laugh is one of them!"|