As the title suggests I would love to hear what folks on these boards have learned in their lives from Anime.
As a person who spends my free time thinking about the intrinsic educational value of media in general and as a very much “Western” white male, one of the reasons I consistently come back to anime as a source of entertainment is because it has so many new experiences to offer, on a canvas that is visually appealing and usually very immersive.
Anime has taught me an awful lot of things, some good, some not even close to being right, but I still value the experience and to this day I give new anime a shot when I can find the time.
Last big lesson I got (the kind that left this 34 year old man all weepy) was the genuine fragility of the “regular” teenage male, as represented in Re:Zero’s main character. This isn’t a new concept for anime (See also Neon Genesis Evangelion and a dozen others), but the Groundhog’s Day Style of presentation and death/pain cycle that Subaru goes through in this show destroyed me on an episode to episode basis, and his absolute devotion (something that jaded me thinks only a teenager could really continue to manifest when faced with such horrible trials) really stuck with me in the most cathartic kind of way. This show had me feeling things I haven’t had to even think about in my comfortable adult life for a long time, and had me empathizing and dreading along with Subaru in a really effective way. That type of experience is why I come back to Anime again and again.
Other valuable take aways include lessons on introspection compliments of shows like Evangelion, Serial Experiments Lain and His & Her Circumstances. Lessons on understanding that every person is a collection of stories, and that to develop meaningful relationships is to understand and engage with those stories from shows like His & Her Circumstances. Then there’s just the brutality of anime that was doing the “kill your favorite character” thing way before Game of Thrones and Walking Dead ever hit the air.
I’m working my way through Flip/Flapper right now, in-between episodes of Dragon Ball Super to give you an idea of range for me.
But what about you? “What have you learned from Anime?”