So not a review but rather a discussion, and I’d love to hear your thoughts below.
Why do you watch anime?
I often wonder why this question ever even gets asked. Its like walking up to someone standing on a football field in their uniform and carrying the ball and asking why they play football. Clearly they get something from it. Even if you don’t get what that thing is. And yet this question comes up over and over again.
Why do you watch that?
You watch anime? How come?
Why would you watch that?
It occurred to me that the majority of the askers have no idea that anime is not a genre in and of itself and they really haven’t been exposed to much beyond the biggest of anime titles. Now, instead of sighing when asked this, I see it as an opportunity to educate. I ask the asker what their favourite movie/TV show/book is and then I list at least three anime titles that I feel they might probably find enjoyable. Sometimes I even convince them to give one of them ago. A much more satisfying exchange.
But how do others deal with this question?
Turning to everybody’s favourite corporate friend I decided to see what the internet had to say:
Good to know that anime beat out tv, movies and Game of Thrones.
Reddit of course weighed in:
Lastly, after dodging a large range of shots of girls in vaguely compromising positions, I came across this image that I think sums up a lot of the frustration anime lovers have when confronted with someone who still thinks Pokemon defines the medium.
My question this week: Either why you like anime or how you deal with this question when asked it, or why you think people still ask this question?