Well, watching anime or reading manga is just a hobby of mine. If doing this when I want to forget about my problems or if I am stressed is a definition or a part of escaping from reality, then you can tell that I am sometimes escaping from reality. But still, I always make sure to look to the real world.^_^
I Love Being Able To escape From Reality..... IN FMAB And Clannad/AF I did alot of escaping Those may seem like Dramatic anime But I enjoyed so much I felt as if I was there.. SO yea I Laughed, I cried But that just what makes it amazing to watch!!!!!
Al_Gore said: everyone has some form of escapism from reality whether it be anime, video games, sports, sex, drugs, etc.
I don't think you have to live in your parents' basement and never come out in order to be someone who uses anime to escape. There are tons of things people use to temporarily escape reality. We all do it with one thing or another. Some people read books in a quite place, some people play golf and so on and so forth. I use several things to escape reality. Anime happens to be one of those things although not as much anymore.
smashwagon said: It seems to me that ducking out from society for a while to play games or watch anime is not escaping reality at all, but simply escaping society. There are plenty of reasons worthy of escaping society, but reality is ever present. I don't think it is everybodies responsibility to solve all the problems in the world. Much of what the general public, crowds, courts, and the like do, they do without any control from you. You can form an opinion on whether or not you agree or disagree with the majority, but very few people are involved in actual problem solving. Ultimately even if you disagree there is often little more that you can do but shrug your shoulders and say "well, you can't stop stupid"
The vast majority of my FB friends, are people I know personally, and just having a FB account has gotten me out of the house a lot more frequently. There is less of the hiding behind the computer screen, and more of using a computer screen to bring your friends closer.
You don't have to deny reality in order to escape it.
n10sity, I was mainly refering to the fact that, for instance if I spent all day imagining I was a 17 foot tall blue hamster with bionic legs, that would be escapism pure and simple, but if I were to chronicle the adventures on paper, to model him, to draw him, to give him a name and dimension then that ephemeral hamster would have become something tangible, something that exists in this world, dragged kicking and screaming from some horrible psychoses into reality perhaps, but certainly a definable thing.
At that point if people were to enjoy my stories or art, they would not go off on some random tangent about it, but most likely enjoy it as simply an artistic creation. It is a third person perspective generally at the closest, like looking through a window at something, and in fact tv and computer moniters are much like windows (even Bill Gates thought so)
Sorry for digressing so much, I just don't feel like simply enjoying a few brews, or watching some shows, or reading a book is escapism, rather I feel it is what humans excel at, it is living itself... and if it does fire up your imagination and allow you to bring forth your own inventions into this world, then you get to make the leap from indulger of reality to creator of reality.
I also feel that refering to creative works as "escapist" trivializes it, and while it might not be as important a creation as suspension bridges or artifical hearts, I do think there is a lot of value in them.
I definitely do. But I also read, play video games, play/study chess, and cook to escape reality too. I also love doing all these things, so that isn't always the reason. I truly love everything from the stories to the artwork
I guess I use anime to escape from reality, like if I've had a really bad day and just want to forget about it I'll start watching and before I know it I'm laughing along with the characters, but I use drawing and writing as more of an escape than anything. Then again, I draw manga style so I guess it's still technically anime-related >_<
No, anime is a hobby is mine, nothing more nothing less. I enjoy the different unique story telling methods as well as the many different archtypes in anime that don't exist in western media. I do tend to get absorbed in it, but it's not escapism, rather appreciation.
Not intentionally but while marathoning anime all day you sort of lose your worries you had. I sort of recognize that feeling when you start to remember things you had to do/worry about as 'coming back to reality' xD
I argue that pretty much any form of entertainment is used as an escape from reality. It doesn't mean that we hate our reality but of course you want to change it up cause the same thing all the time in boring.
I'm worse if it's an online game. I tend to watch anime with characters i can relate to, and whom remind me of my close friends as well as the times we shared together. I wouldn't necessarily consider that escaping reality, more like reminiscing.
I guess you could say that i watch anime to escape although i can come back anytime i want to if i want to. But i do worry a lot about everything and it does make everything seem so easy when you do watch anime, if you know the feeling. And i do other things that help me escape as well
Nobody would desire any form of entertainment if their own lives were satisfying. Needing to invest in the stories of fictional characters to derive enjoyment from life is, whichever way you look at it, pure escapism. Why else would people enjoy romances and the like if not their own failings preventing them for feeling the same emotions and dealing with the same issues in reality?
JRPGs and anime require long-term investment and tend to include elements that appeal to... the lonely. It's no surprise anime has a bad rep among 'normal' folk.
Me? Sure - I NEED something to distract me. Whether it's movies, books, animation or masturbating, as long as I'm not thinking about myself, that's my happiness. It's a fake, superficial happiness but it's the best I can do.
i wouldn't call it escape but considering this tells me that the anime i have watched adds up to about 280 days if we do at least 6 hrs of sleep i have been running for about a year now and i plan to keep on running till i get away
I guess it can be a form of escapism.. but not really.
I don't watch anime with the sole intention of escaping from reality.
For me, it's just something I can use to either waste a shit load of time on or to actually enjoy an experience (which is the escapism-ish bit).
It's not like reality is shit. I'm not trying to get out of it.
Iit's just sometimes something is interesting to read.