Whenever you go to a concert or any events, you can always see people or rather mostly teenagers ‘fan-girling’ over some person or a certain piece of art (like movies, games etc.). So almost every teen has an obsession that eventually becomes the centre of their whole life. Well mine is anime.
Anime…So what is an anime? Google states anime is “a style of Japanese film and television animation, typically aimed at adults as well as children” .So to a normal person, it may look like just some random animation but for an anime fan it is much more than just a TV animation. Once you get hooked onto anime, it can literally ruin your life. Imagine combining suspense with romance and dreamy characters and then adding some amazing tunes and dialogues – yup that’s anime. However just like TV shows, all anime are not that good. But if you pick the right anime, it will get you addicted.
I remember just two or three months ago, I literally had no idea what is an anime. I had often heard about it from others but never thought of trying it out as it made no sense why some 15/16 year olds would be obsessed over some animated character. However one day as I was just casually browsing, I stumbled upon an anime website and decided to give it a go. ‘Well the worse that can happen is me wasting half an hour’ was what I thought but little did I know that this one decision will make me waste half of my life stressing over two animated, imaginary guys fighting for their lives.
The first anime I ever watched was called ‘Sword Art Online’. I wouldn’t describe it as the best anime ever created but to be honest, it was quite good. It is all about a virtual reality game called ‘Sword art online’. The main protagonist, Kirito, one of the million users of the game, logged in one day to find that they can’t log out and return to the normal world. So they stay struck on this virtual reality fighting to go home by completing all 100 levels of the game. It’s not that stressful to watch and has a good amount of romance.
I think the best anime I have ever watched is ‘Death Note’. Its really very thrilling and is full of twists and turns. I absolutely loved it. It is about a high school boy called Light Yagami (quite a unique name) who one day find a death note, a diary that can kill anyone whose name is written in it. After acquiring the diary, Light goes on a killing rampage, killing all the criminals in the world to make a world of justice. However a mysterious detective ‘L’ tries to stop him.
There are also a few anime that are in my ‘watch list’ :-
1. Yuri!!! on ice (I don’t know why everyone is so obsessed about this)
2. Free! (why do these anime have unnecessary exclamation marks)
3. Attack on Titan
But apart from the fact that they provide great entertainment, it can ruin your life (as I mentioned earlier). And its not just anime, any sort of obsession over fictional or virtual character can prove to be quite dangerous. For an instance, instead of doing the million important tasks that I have, I just procrastinate by watching anime (which is not at all ok). Every time I have a task at hand, my mind starts generating thoughts like ‘it wouldn’t hurt to watch a single episode’ . But oh god, believe me when I say it is impossible to watch just one episode of an anime.
Also another problem I have is that my parents or my friends don’t understand my deep emotional attachment to it. So whenever I get emotional over a character’s death, they just look at me like ‘You are weird’.
So I feel like while obsessions are a great way of keeping one self entertained, but if it gets out of control it can be a great disaster in one’s life. But then again most obsessions do not last the entire of teen years.
So do you watch anime or is this a complete new term for you? Also let me know what obsession are you into?
(Sorry if you didn’t like the post. I promise I can do better. I wrote this on one of those days when I don’t feel like doing anything. : P)