*cough* damn, it’s dusty in here *cough* *cough* This is an extremely late entry for Kai’s (deluscar) carnival project on “why do we watch anime”. I’m almost certain those of you who would chance upon this post would most likely know what I’m talking about (if not have participated in it and have written their own posts). So yeah, getting right to it; the reason I watch anime is because –
It’s fun. :3 A plain and simple answer. Quite possibly boring even. But I earnestly believe that that’s as deep a reason I got for watching anime. Of course, we can further expound on that by explaining how I would describe “fun”, but that strays from the question at hand. I watch anime because it’s fun. It’s one of my cherished past-times for a little over four years now, and it’s something I look forward to when I get home from uni.
I guess you can say I have a very malleable attention span; wherein the only way I can continue doing something, is if I don’t feel tediousness and such. Watching anime, for me, has never felt like “work” in the slightest. Sure I pick and choose what I watch to feel that way, but that is in itself another beauty to this wonderful medium. I’ve watched well over a hundred shows. There’s probably a hundred that I want to watch still. A hundred more that I don’t even know about. And a hundred more in the making. It’s a well-celebrated craft and I think it deserves the affection it gets from fans even outside of it’s immediate viewership.
Being in the Philippines though I suppose it’s not as “alien” as it is in the Western parts of the world though. Rather it had it’s fair share of the spotlight in our culture for some time. The chogokin 80’s mecha Voltes V is, even up to this day, considered a very iconic snippet of Philippine history. Yeah, that’s right, history. We’ve also dubbed a lot of shows locally really just about any mainstream shounen from the 90’s. In essence, anime was just always right there. I spent a lot of mornings in front of the TV because of that. Pretending I was sick to watch re-runs, man, those were the days.
However, it was never really something that I grew out of, as supposed to other things that I did/watched back in the day. I always just assumed that the more “complex” anime were merely for those like my older brother. Like a natural progression of interests – cartoons, to anime, to live action stuff, to news (lol, I watch the news nowadays though so I guess that’s valid). I suppose it’s because it can still cater to someone of my age, and possibly deliver even more entertainment than it would five or so years ago. People change over time. Stuff like preferences, ideologies, interests, perceptions and pleasures. Anime covers so so much ground that it’s easy to level with it.
I could go on and on, touching more bases in terms of how I experience fun through anime, but I think I’ll never be able to pinpoint something concrete. Though I think that goes for most of the things I find enjoyable. Like, I can say I like music and reading as much as I like anime, but not in the same way(?). Now it’s starting to sound very school girl-ish, but I’m gonna go ahead and assume that you know what I’m talking about. This is not me being intentionally vague or anything, but it’s “that” kind of feeling when you’re doing things you enjoy.