Friday’s Feature – Why Do You?

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:

Why do you watch

Good to know that anime beat out tv, movies and  Game of Thrones.

Reddit of course weighed in:

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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?

16 thoughts on “Friday’s Feature – Why Do You?

  1. This has been such a great discussion and I’ve loved hearing all the different reasons why people watch anime and how they feel about it.

  2. Hard question to answer! I hated and I stress on that word, because I once tried watching it when I was a kid and I shunned it because I couldn’t understand a thing (blame it on a kid who couldn’t keep up with the subtitles). It was my brother who stumbled upon animax three years ago and I haven’t turned back since then. I don’t know why I watch anime. Its just something to keep my mind busy, I guess (I get bored quite easily!) 😅

  3. I think my main reason for why I watch anime is my background in art history (really I blame my art professor for everything, he’s cool with it.) Anime made me fall in love with the Japanese culture. When I watch it, I can see the “personality” of the Japanese culture. Their history, life-style, sense of humor, spirituality, and their sexuality, it’s all in there. I love it, can’t get enough of it. I love how some artists are able to express thoughts and feelings about subjects that are generally thought of as “taboo” there.

    I watch it because it’s complex and beautiful.

    And I watch it because some times after a bad day at work I just really need to see a student of the Tendo School of Anything Goes Martial Arts, turn into a girl when he gets splashed with cold water, and get into goofy situations that make absolutely no sense. 😉

  4. I have never been asked this question. I usually get asked, “You watch anime?” in disbelief. And I used to be the kind to refer to them as cartoons, mostly to annoy my husband! He really got me into watching it and it’s one of the few interests we have in common, so it’s a way of bonding for us. Also, though CGI and special effects are really good now, there are absolutely no limits to what can be animated. We enjoy fantasy/sci-fi/mecha genre and outside anime, there isn’t really that much for us, especially in TV shows.

    And like Moka, it’s something to watch to escape the harsh realities of this world. I can live in someone else’s world for 23 minutes. Wow, I didn’t know I had so many reasons to watch anime. Thanks for posing that question!

    1. I love that you said there are no limits to what can be animated. Its so true (and becomingly increasingly true that they can animate things you wonder how they ever thought of trying to animate). Thanks for sharing.

  5. I was bored out of my mind when I started watching anime. Still applies, but these days it’s more about the escapism for me.

  6. Personally, I turn to anime as an escape or stress-reliever like how other turn to smoking and alcohol. It’s not the best motivation for watching anime since it can develop into an addiction which I have unfortunately experienced. Fortunately, I discovered blogging about animes and that really helped change my motivation into something more productive and it enabled me to appreciate anime more along with all its different aspects. Great question by the way! It really made me think about my past experiences and motivations.

    1. Anime is definitely a good stress reliever. Nothing better than coming home at the end of of a long day and just falling in front of one of your favourite shows and watching characters doing what they do. Thanks for your comment.

    2. I can agree with this! It’s a great escape, that’s why I like slice of life so much, it’s a quick trip to a more pleasant fun world.

      1. I have to say it’s the fantasy genre for me. It completely relieves me from real life and immerse myself into a totally different world!

        1. I suppose that’s why so many people like fantasy eh? I personally am not really one for fantasy unless it’s sci-fi, I like to escape to familiar worlds myself, my imagination is pretty low!

  7. I watch it because I like it. I dunno, I’ve thought of this as well but there really is no grand reason for it. I like the art and the range of shows. I have always watched cartoons and anime can portray a lot of different feelings and themes that are not seen elsewhere.

    No one has posed this question to me about if they did I would say “’cause I do” and why people might ask it is simply because they don’t really get it.

    1. And I think that’s it. Most people don’t have any ‘grand’ reason for anything they do. They just enjoy it so they keep doing it. Thanks for stopping by and for your comment.

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