There are so many misconceptions about anime. Some people believe anime is meant for children. Some people think anime is pornographic. Some people think every anime is exactly like Pokemon. And none of that is the truth.
Anime is for all ages and can fall under the category of comedy, drama, adventure, or action. There is something for everyone.
Even though you might be used to watching live action films and television shows, creating an anime takes just as much hard work and talent. There are a lot of intense battle scenes, detailed characters, and vibrant background visuals to create.
Every art style is different, so you could watch a dozen different shows and never seen a character drawn the same way twice.
Films like Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke have breathtaking character designs and background artwork that looks surprisingly realistic at times.
However, it doesn’t always have to be that way. When it comes to anime, there are endless possibilities. A character can have superhuman powers or shape-shift or have any combination of features.
There are no limits with anime. The scenes are not restricted to what can realistically be filmed on a set with physical people, which means a show could have ghosts, pirates, samurais, or space cowboys. Anything could happen. And it will look beautiful in the process. It might even inspire you to start drawing yourself.
Even though you might associate ‘cartoons’ with children, in anime, there can be blood and gore. Characters die. Weapons are used. Disturbing scenes take place.
There are a lot of deep, adult themes in anime. Most anime shows and movies revolve around death, acceptance, morality, or even war.
Grave of the Fireflies is about two children who lost their mother during aerial attacks on Japan in World War II and are left to fend for themselves.
In Blood-C the main character fights against brutally violent creatures with a taste for human flesh.
Mardock Scramble is about a pre-teen prostitute who is violently killed by the man who took her in.
Anime is filled with storylines that will draw you in and keep you guessing. There are some scenes that will disturb you as much as any horror movie you have ever seen and there are other scenes that will make you weep for hours.
Even though you aren’t watching real people, you will experience real emotions.
Anime will give you an escape from the real world. Instead of worrying about your problems, you can forget about them while you watch characters you love dealing with their problems.
When you need a little escapism, shows like Cowboy Bebop, Attack on Titan, Ghost in the Shell, and Samurai Champloo have soundtracks you will want to listen to again and again.
The right music can capture the heart of the scene. It can make a death scene even more depressing. It can make a battle scene ever more intense. It can make a love making scene even more romantic.
Even if you don’t have the time to watch anything new, you can download the soundtracks to episodes you have already seen and listen to the soothing background music while you are driving in your car or studying for a test.
Overall, the best thing about anime is how many shows and movies you can find on the internet for free. So the next time you’re bored, you might as well see what all the fuss is about. Then you can discover firsthand why people really love anime.