On the latest episode of Portal Podcast (after another hiatus), Garfield and I discussed a very important question. We acknowledged the fact that after several years we are still watching anime. We asked ourselves….why?
(If you have an hour….or just scroll to the last 20 minutes….check it out)
Now if you’ve read any of these articles on AMG Portal, such as Badass Character of the Month, Reviews or even the Lists, then you know that both Garfield and I tend to take very long deep, hard looks at anime.
For me personally, anime has always fascinated me, with people being able to tell a story and create a world on a flat piece of paper. The way that dialogue is carried out between two characters and so many emotions and feelings are portrayed in simple drawings that move people in real life to tears. To me anime or any cartoon for that matter is just as deep and artistic as a book, painting, movie or even video game.
I will never forget the feeling that I had when Goku turned Super Saiyan and whopped Frieza’s ass.
I will never forget the final climactic battle between Naruto and Sasuke (In the original Naruto series) as Naruto desperately tried to stop his friend from turning evil.
“Even if I have to break every bone in your body….”
I will never forget seeing people being brought to tears as they saw A VILLAIN in Hunter x Hunter have a complete change of heart.
I could never in a million years forget how Nami in One Piece, brutally stabbed herself in the arm with a knife, crying her eyes out,as she tried to remove Arlong’s tattoo or how happy I was when Luffy saved his brother!
I will never forget jumping in my chair and throwing punches as I saw the second match between Ippo and Sendo in Hajime No Ippo.
Hell how many of you remember? “I’ll take a potato chip….AND EAT IT”
I could go on forever.
I will never stop thinking about the beautiful endings, the unfair endings, the deaths of characters that I grew to know and to some extent love in the 12, 24 or even 100s of episodes of a series.
These moments define so much in my life that it is hard for me to imagine never experiencing them. As we said in the podcast, watching anime is not just about us sitting around and talking about things that are cool or fun, but it is about watching art, a unique art form that comes to life for so many people.
So comment below and tell me, how long have you been watching anime and why do you still watch it?