Kai’s Philosophy on Watching Anime
Anime had always been a favorite past time ours, in fact, a lot of us had watched them for a number of years, decades even for some. However, why do we watch anime? Have we ever ask this very fundamental, yet vague question to ourselves? Over the years, the ambiguity of this question still remains strong.
As for me, I watch anime for several reason, and the first, and the ultimate main reason I watch is escapism. Facing reality is important, but sometimes, we just need to rest and have a brief escape some place else, somewhere we can forget about the harsh reality, at least for a while, and anime became the perfect place as a source of escapism. To me, anime is a wish-fulfillment device that possesses infinite possibilities; it is where all magic comes from. Stories of fairy tales actually do happen; unlike in real life where such unlikely scenarios are usually bounded by the law and physics of reality. Such is the beauty of anime, and is also one main reason why I usually favor anime more rather then real life dramas, after all, anime is ironically much more expressive.
Through escapism, comes immersion. Because anime is like a world of fantasy, immersing into such a world became the most pleasurable experience. It doesn’t had to literally be a fantasy genre anime, even simple slice-of-life anime like Clannad and Toradora are one of the few most beautiful fairy tales. Immersion also helps me to widen my viewpoint. Before I watched anime, I was only interested in hard-boiled action movies, and it’s only through anime’s immersion abilities that allow me to accept and enjoy the other genres that I was least likely to enjoy. Anime broaden my horizons, which is no small feat, given my stubborn self.
Sometimes when watching anime, one can even draw inspirations from them, be it major or minor. Other then escapism, anime also helps viewers look and relate in a perspective they least expected to. Anime can help re-motivates one in life, regain one’s passion that were once forgotten, and it can perhaps even help one better his or her own lifestyles. I gained a few inspirations myself when watching anime as well, although a minor one, and one of them is related to my musical ventures.
I had been doing music for a considerable amount of time, playing piano, guitar and even the drums (almost all of them are self-taught), but due to the clutches of reality, I dropped this hobby somewhere along the line. Music isn’t something I can gain money here, it’s not something I can use to survive as a professional occupation. I admit I used to think big when I was a kid, but I get more realistically paranoid the older I grew. However, watching anime like Beck, rekindles that passion that I once had and made me dust off those cobwebs off my guitars. While it was still impossible for me to go for major goals with it, I figured I should at least play for fun anyway and tried to regain the skills and momentum I lost. Recently, Sakamichi no Apollon reinforces this thought of mine much more. Why do I only see music as a money making machine? Why not just treat music as a hobby, and just have fun playing? Just like how the rest of the Sakamichi no Apollon gang were doing, and just had fun messing around jamming. It may be a very small inspiration, it may be a tiny thing, but it helps elevating my life just a slight bit, which I regard as something precious.
Watching anime, one can surprisingly gain a sizable amount of knowledge. Gaining all kinds of knowledge is always a good thing, and as anime sometimes tend to go for the more niche themes, it actually provided an extensive cognitive representation of certain themes. It can be anything, ranging from technical knowledge like gun or tank models, to scientific time-travel theories like the Wormhole theory, Quantum Gravity theory, and so on, to even the ambiguous philosophical ideas like the symbolism of an apple or the prospect of heroism. Some very intellectual anime instead raised questions to their own viewers, asking them for their perspectives and opinions on the ethics of a certain theme.
Last but not least, anime is fun, and is my main source of entertainment. It’s because anime is fun, that it bestow upon me the feelings of wonders like escapism or inspirations. Anime is fun, enjoyable and even relaxing. It is the perfect media to go for when I’m stressed out or just exhausted. Anime is one of the best thing that had ever existed in life, and I’m blessed to have had the chance to experience it.