I said before that I wasn’t very well liked back when I was a kid. I’m not sure if that was the cause of me liking anime, or if it was because of it. But regardless of how it really started, the end result was me being a devout fan of Japanese Anime.
It’s become a part of me, to say the least. I’m not sure why I’m such a fan of it either. It might have something to do with the animation, or maybe it’s the stories that they produce. Personally, I think the stories of Japanese Anime are no different than the other stories, animated or otherwise.
The thing is, I’ve grown up with people who don’t understand anime as an art form. Hell, I’ve gone to school where they actually refuse to acknowledge anime as an art form. They were more concerned in conforming their students into animators for Pixar or Disney.
I can see why some people wouldn’t like anime. The art style is very different than from the animation in the west. When you look at Western animation, most of the characters are very masculine, and pay lots of attention to detail in the actual figures. In Japanese anime, most of the characters are very feminine, with little detail in the forms, but lots of detail in everything else related to them.
I’d say that I try to take the best of both worlds in my art, however I don’t seem to grasp the detail from either art form, more of the simplicity of it.
In all honesty, I prefer Japanese Anime over Western Animation a lot of the time. It’s not always the case, since I have a lot of movies and shows that are western animation, but anime always holds a dear place in my heart. Maybe it was the fact it made me different from the other kids at school. Maybe it’s the fact that the community, while it can be very unpredictable and harsh, can also be very kind. Maybe it’s the fact that it’s a way for me to be introduced to different genres of media in the world.
I may never know for sure why I like anime so much, but I can say that I hold it in high regard.