Taking anime too seriously

Why Study Anime? What a good question…
This week I wanted to write a blog about why people study anime, and I wanted to look into how anime culture got to become so popular throughout the world. I am basing this blog post off an article I read online from The Japan Times. The article was called “Taking anime too seriously”, and was written by Michael Hoffman.
I was trying to research why Japanese anime culture became so widespread when I came across this article. I find that Japanese anime is very intriguing as it is different to other animations. Anime caters to both children and adults (and sometimes, only to adults. I feel like you either love Japanese anime and can get incredibly involved in its culture, or you don’t have a very strong interest in it. You can get very attached to the customers and to the way in which these films are made, which is what makes it so popular.
In his article, Hoffman stated, “there are reasons, of course [As to why people study anime]. The wildfire spread, the global reach, the character-transforming impact it has on fans — the world-transforming impact it has on fans’ world — all elevate anime to something beyond mere entertainment. It is a phenomenon. Enter, therefore, the cultural anthropologists, sociologists, philosophers, media scholars, Japanologists and other trained and dispassionate academic observers, all seeking to penetrate “the soul of anime.”

One comment

  1. People often compare anime to Western cartoons, which although can be considered a cultural equivalent, isn’t always an accurate comparison (or at least not in my opinion). What makes some anime unique is the fact that they can be both comical and have the features of a cartoon, and cinematic and magical. For example, one of my childhood favorites is Spirited Away which also has a pretty lovely soundtrack and detail to scenery. So I think what I am suggesting is that you look at what anime can do that cartoons can’t do.


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