Anime!

Large glistening eyes, brightly coloured hair, obscure nose and exaggerated facial expression reminds me of only another thing.

Can you you know what it is?

If your solution is Anime, then BINGO, you simply read an otaku’s mind!

Anime (pronounced: “Ah-nee-may”) is a kind of animation usually from Japan. They have his or her style and it may show that in strange and wonderful ways. Anime has its own a feeling of comedy and possesses a unique thought process. It can get really deep and, or it could possibly become silliest (like: “Lucky Star”, “Kill Me Baby”) and craziest (like: “Death Note”,”Gintama”) thing you have ever seen. Most Anime shows provide popular mangas (Japanese Comics), just locating a little more life into them. Anime often covers more dangerous topics than typical cartoons. In America, cartoons are thought a form of entertainment intended for children. In Japan, people of nearly every age (no, not newborns!) watch anime. Most shows and flicks are centred for children, adolescent or teenagers, but additionally, there are many anime that happen to be made for older crowd even businessmen and housewives!

The word “Anime” may be the abbreviated pronunciation of “animation” in Japanese, where this term references all animation. Outside Japan, anime is utilized to refer specifically animation from Japan or Japanese disseminated animation style often seen as a colourful graphics, vibrant characters and fantastical themes. Japanese animation began in twentieth century. Katsudo Shashin is claimed being the earliest Japanese animation. The 1923 Great Kanto earthquake generated widespread destruction including demolition of earliest Anime Studios and anime works; leaving Kouchi’s Namakura Gatana because oldest surviving animation.The first anime television series was Otogi Manga Calendar aired from 1961 to 1964.

My review of anime is at class four when I watched “City Hunter” within a T.V. channel, Animax. Though I saw anime (really should be fact the plural of anime is anime) like “Doraemon”,”Shinchan”,”Avatar-The last airbender”,”Summer Days with Coo”, “AstroBoy”,”Dragon Ball-Z”, “Naruto” long ago before yet I did not realize the profound feeling of anime mainly because it was dubbed in Hindi (rather I would say “contaminated” as an alternative to “dubbed” by old, ridiculous male voices in Hindi who crack unnecessary, slap-stick jokes deviating viewers from your plot and land you inside a hotch-potch of indianised anime). My sister ( 36 months younger than me though I will not admit she’s more mature than me) took strange curiosity about Japanese anime like ” Tears to Tiara” and “Stigma with the Wind” aired in Animax: which I thought strange then as my “patriotic inertia” would prevent me from accepting not Indian products. I was first repelled by the fact that each of the voice casts were in Japanese and understand the story I had to adopt trouble of reading the English subtitles coupled with to correlate the speech using the video shown; in which great deal of attention was required. It was impossible that i can do both those tiring tasks concurrently, so I returned to my old T.V. channels: Cartoon Network, Nickolodeans, Hungama, Pogo, Boomerang and Jetix.

After an extended hiatus, at college seven, I again started experimenting my skills to understand anime which turned out for being a success, when I first indulged in anime like “Hayate the Combat Butler” and “Fairy Tail”. Oh! Such a sweet poison! After a whole hectic day at school, tuition, swimming classes, art and music classes, and whole other heck wide range of activities; I waited merely to sit back and relax to observe these anime. At that time, nothing mattered in my opinion; even if it’s just my parents, friends and teachers. In that virtual realms of ale I could tackle my defeats and sufferings just as easily as I had consumed successes. Nothing bothered me, except when I needed to attend messages or calls or to open door, if any guest comes once the anime shows were ongoing. However, anime hardly did affect my studies as after watching two hour long program, I endured PADS (Post Anime Depression Syndrome) which is why I suffered the guilt of wasting time which had been more intensified by my mother’s rebuke (I would like to describe it as “Kata Ghaye nuun-er Chheta”) which guilt would propel me to analyze harder, concentrate and be employed by longer hours which occurred as daily routine to me; so I could easily outdo most from the students whether studying or swimming or another work.

Thus to any or all guardians, I would like to request allowing your kids to look at anime because it worked out for me personally (maybe I have strange wirings inside my brain!). Watching anime definitely help you to hone your literary, vocabulary and analytical skills. More importantly, it will serve as an enormous source of entertainment, at the least way in the evening league of daily Indian soaps.

Understanding the culture of origin is essential to realize the plot, whether it’s Japanese anime, Korean Aeni webtoons, Chinese Manhua Anime or American sitcoms (which I suffered when I was novice in watching anime). If you have watched any anime, you’ll probably notice that the characters behave differently and things normally (like houses, transportation, eating etc.) are bit completely different from what you familiar with. Probably the most readily apparent differences between Japanese animation and others may be the artwork where huge eyes (greater than nose), brightly coloured hair, some well-endowed characters and exaggerated emotional expressions and gestures are routine of anime. Being hand-drawn, anime is separated from reality providing the perfect path for escapism into which audiences can immerse themselves with relative ease. The production of anime focusses less about the animation movement and more for the realism of settings like “The Garden of Words”.

The opening and credit sequences of the majority of anime are coupled with Japanese rock or pop song which maybe related with all the anime series, by popular bands. “Nanairo Namida” by Tomato n’ Pine of anime “Beelzebub” and “Just Awake” of anime “Hunter X Hunter” are a couple of my favourite anime songs, which you’ll want to try out.

As there are various types of anime, one must classify them in numerous genres, many of them are: Action, Music, Mecha, Adventure, Mystery, Bishounen, Yuri, Yaoi, Akuma, Seinen, Shoujo, Shounen, Kodomo, Slice of Life and much more. Whether you’re die-hard anime fan (just like me generally labelled as “otaku”), an informal watcher, an intrigued onlooker or commoner from non-anime domain: anime genres shall equip you by incorporating basic knowledge and enable you to venture the anime world effortlessly and delight.

I want to share some memorable quotes of anime which etched my heart are:

• Motoko Kusanagi of “Ghost from the Shell 2: Innocence”

“We weep for blood of any bird and not for the blood of an fish. Blessed are the types with a voice.”

• Shinchi Akiyama of “Liar Game”

“People SHOULD be doubted. Many people misunderstand this concept. Doubting people is simply a part of observing them. What some people call “trust” is absolutely just giving up on wanting to understand others understanding that very act is a lot worse than doubting. It is actually ‘apathy’.”

• Hachiman Hikigaya of “My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU”

“If facts are cruel

Then

Lie has to be kind

Then

Kindness have to be lie”

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