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Unpopular Opinion: Anime is Great

animeUnpopular opinion: anime is great. I use the word ‘unpopular’ for lack of a better term. I’m sure that there are plenty of people who agree; anime is awesome. However, I feel that ever since anime (and i’m not just talking about pokemon) has existed, it has received criticism for its weird animation style (huge eyes) and it’s sickening fan base (weaboos). For those of you that don’t know what anime is, the full definition is a style of animation originating in Japan that is characterized by stark colorful graphics depicting vibrant characters in action-filled plots often with fantastic or futuristic themes, and what many refer to as “trash.”

Now let me explain why I believe anime is great. The plots are great, Anime has lots of depth in the stories. There usually is a deeper meaning or underlying plot you can get out if it. Unlike, American cartoons, it can get really serious with certain topics. Cartoons are based around light topics. In animation, characters grow a lot in person and you watch the characters change through their experiences.

“Its got genre for everyone, action, romance, comedy, sci fi and sports. The quality is often amazing as well and there are so many talented artists in the industry like Hayao Miyazaki from Studio Ghibli,” said Elizabeth Ettheton, junior.

If you love great fight scenes and the power of friendship, then anime is for you. Anime fight scenes are incredibly violent and thought out. Every move has meaning to it and every word uttered is poetry. The best part is when it seems like the main character has been defeated, he or she remembers some sort of inspiring message a friend left them before they went into battle. At this point the character seems to rise from the ashes and then continues to defeat the enemy without fail.

“It’s so over exaggerated, that it keeps you captivated. The colors make your eyes never want to leave the screen,” said Colton Richards, junior.

Like Richards says, the color and animation is outstanding. The color pallet is always vibrant and captivating while the scenery is actually taken from real places in Japan, making it authentic.

Yet another reason is the pure originality of some of it: the Japanese are not afraid to experiment. They have tons and tons of anime that are just straight up weird. You kind of have to have an imagination to get into anime in the first place. Most shows feature really crazy concepts that you just can’t view realistically. Plus the value of friendship in animes places emphasis on what real friendship looks like.

Finally, anime explores meaningful concepts regularly, most shows teach a lesson and explore deeper meanings behind love, corruption, death and loss. It’s the cure for any bad day. You see, anime isn’t just what you see on the surface or what you hear from people who make fun of it. If anything, it is an art and something that is overlooked by most people. Nothing is impossible with anime.