I recently published a blog post titled: “Why I Still Love Anime”. During this post I discussed one of the many reasons why, after a whole decade, in which my life has undergone some pretty dramatic changes, I’m still head over heels for anime. As part of an attempt to integrate myself into the aniblogging community and to prompt some positive reflection, I posed this question to my fellow bloggers. I challenged them to consider why they still love anime and continue to commit their time, money, and energy to it, despite all of its shortcomings. Below I attempt to collate my findings.
There’s a reason why, after nearly 10 years, I still love anime. In fact, there are many reasons why it’s as much a part of my daily routine as eating my breakfast (a single Pop Tart every morning – yum! nutritious!) and taking a shower. But for the purpose of this post I wanna expand on just one of those reasons.
I thought it might be neat to turn this into a community-wide project of sorts, partly because I’m still trying to introduce myself to all of the new faces that have popped up during my five year absence and partly because I want to know what other people have to say about this topic! There are many bad things about anime, for example: its treatment of things like mental illness and minority groups, the industry’s tendency to play it safe and churn out the same uninspired, monotonous schlock every season, and toxic fandoms. BUT, in spite of these things, many of us continue to watch anime and have committed a sizable chunk of our lives (and finances) to this hobby. So why is that? Let’s explore this question together!