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Dec 11, 2018 12:37 PM
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flannan said:
Probably because you're a pansy conformist incapable of critical thought, that's why.

lel that escalated quickly. You made me look deep into myself and rethink my life up to this point ... I can see it now. Totally!
But seriously anime did gave me a lolita fetish so, I'm kinda speaking from experience here.
 
Dec 11, 2018 12:45 PM

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No, I'm still doing fine, but thanks for asking.
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Dec 12, 2018 3:43 AM

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Eh only if you let it. It can be bad of you come to depend on it too much, so in that way it's a lot like video game or internet addiction.
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Dec 13, 2018 5:28 AM
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Like any interest, it depends on the person.
 
Dec 13, 2018 8:31 AM

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Depends if you're mentally weak or not.
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Dec 13, 2018 8:32 AM

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Nothing is 100% good for you. . . . .. . ,.,,
 
Dec 13, 2018 8:41 AM

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Yeah, I had 130 IQ before I watched my first anime. Now it's down to 56.
 
Dec 13, 2018 9:27 AM

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definitely lmao too many Hikikomori and weeaboo, I understand the escapism but damn some people get wayy too into it hopefully sports anime make them go out more :((
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Dec 13, 2018 9:48 AM

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Anime isn't /bad/. What's bad is an obsession. The obsession with anime, obsession with games, obsession with K-pop, obsession with porn, etc. I think out of every aspect you mentioned, escapism might be the most powerful effect of anime (as do the rest of these obsessions). But interestingly, that's what it's supposed to do. All of the mediums I mentioned are entertainment and what entertainment does is to provide people an escape or distraction to their otherwise dull or unfulfilling life.

The only way you can win against these media is to set a limit and balance between the reality and the fantasy, enough to at least function as human beings that society would consider 'normal'.

The only demography that I think would defy this theory is children. If they saw something ONCE that impacted them a lot, they're bound to be hugely affected by it even if they're not obsessed with it.

When I was a kid, another kid got hurt badly when they tried to imitate Naruto's way of climbing the tree (you know, the one with chakra beneath the feet? Lol) which was so fvcking stupid. But my younger brother's friend committed suicide which might've been influenced by how anime gave him a different perception of death. He had family problems to begin with, but the articles that reported on his suicide mentioned that this kid also watched a lot of anime and might've been affected by Angel Beats (I haven't watched it so idk how powerful the show is).

I don't trust the article completely but I didn't find it hard to believe coz the drive might be due to the kid's irl problems but he can get the idea through animes/other media. So, in this case, anime /can/ be bad, regardless of the level of obsession.

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Dec 13, 2018 6:41 PM

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No people that actually do engage in harmful behaviors have issues that are more related to their own mental health or disposition. Anything can be addictive and any sort of medium can give one unhealthy expectations again that isn't the mediums fault its the fault of the individual person.
 
Dec 13, 2018 7:01 PM

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Well i don't agree with the OP one bit. Look i watch anime almost exclusively but i still manage my studies efficiently.
At the end of the it's the individual and not the media being consumed to blame.
As far as escapism goes whats wrong with it? When your lifes shit sometimes its actually good. As long as you remember that even tho its shit its real and you gotta come back to it lol.

 
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I think MyAnimeList is more harmful towards it's viewer.
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Dec 14, 2018 11:14 AM

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It's not. Now move on, next question pls.
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Neolavender123 said:
The only demography that I think would defy this theory is children. If they saw something ONCE that impacted them a lot, they're bound to be hugely affected by it even if they're not obsessed with it.

When I was a kid, another kid got hurt badly when they tried to imitate Naruto's way of climbing the tree (you know, the one with chakra beneath the feet? Lol) which was so fvcking stupid. But my younger brother's friend committed suicide which might've been influenced by how anime gave him a different perception of death. He had family problems to begin with, but the articles that reported on his suicide mentioned that this kid also watched a lot of anime and might've been affected by Angel Beats (I haven't watched it so idk how powerful the show is).

I don't trust the article completely but I didn't find it hard to believe coz the drive might be due to the kid's irl problems but he can get the idea through animes/other media. So, in this case, anime /can/ be bad, regardless of the level of obsession.

"Different perception of death". Lol. It's not like we have any idea what it's like to die, and most religions depict afterlife as a far better place than Angel Beats. And clearly a better place than the life of a kid who already has "family problems" at the age when you expect them to just imitate television and try to run up trees.
Angel Beats isn't particularly powerful. It's a slow and slightly sad story similar to many Key works. Except it's set in an afterlife where people would come back from the dead if hurt.

On a more positive note, if something in anime impacted children, it can just as easily be something that will lead the child to good things.
 
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Like, it gives you unrealistic expectations, promotes escapism, degenerate fetishes, lowers your IQ, encourages feelings over critical thought. And that are just a few surface level examples. But then again, what isn't harmful nowadays. Anyway, I'm not attacking the medium, just wondering. Discuss!

Yes anime ruined my life and I regret being a fan of it.

Srsly though, being casual fan is good. Just like any fans.
But once you fell into obsession, it's where it'll become harmful. I'm not talking about anime only. Any fictional medium is harmful if you become too obsessed.
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Everything is harmful without moderation


 
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Completely agreed here. There's small wonder why Japan is facing a birthrate problem when anime keeps pumping out degenerate filth catered to the sick desires of weaboos everywhere.

tfw Japan is facing a birthrate problem and everyone cares.
While my country is gonna go extinct in three decades and nobody cares.


their birthrate problem comes with their work culture... exessive amount of work hours and so thus most can't be bothered to deal with relationships or have sex as they are too exhausted from work.

seriously.. hardcore weaboos ain't that much an issue. And wtf it means "harmful" ... do you expect every non-harmful person to be workaholic and "provide for society" ?
 
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That first post alone is pure comedy gold. Thanks for reviving that thread!
 
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flannan said:
Neolavender123 said:
The only demography that I think would defy this theory is children. If they saw something ONCE that impacted them a lot, they're bound to be hugely affected by it even if they're not obsessed with it.

When I was a kid, another kid got hurt badly when they tried to imitate Naruto's way of climbing the tree (you know, the one with chakra beneath the feet? Lol) which was so fvcking stupid. But my younger brother's friend committed suicide which might've been influenced by how anime gave him a different perception of death. He had family problems to begin with, but the articles that reported on his suicide mentioned that this kid also watched a lot of anime and might've been affected by Angel Beats (I haven't watched it so idk how powerful the show is).

I don't trust the article completely but I didn't find it hard to believe coz the drive might be due to the kid's irl problems but he can get the idea through animes/other media. So, in this case, anime /can/ be bad, regardless of the level of obsession.

"Different perception of death". Lol. It's not like we have any idea what it's like to die, and most religions depict afterlife as a far better place than Angel Beats. And clearly a better place than the life of a kid who already has "family problems" at the age when you expect them to just imitate television and try to run up trees.
Angel Beats isn't particularly powerful. It's a slow and slightly sad story similar to many Key works. Except it's set in an afterlife where people would come back from the dead if hurt.

On a more positive note, if something in anime impacted children, it can just as easily be something that will lead the child to good things.
It's not like I have watched Angel Beats myself. I couldn't care less what's in it. I was just retelling what those articles said about where the boy might get ideas about suicide/after life in addition to the boys' family situation himself.

All I'm saying is that a kid is gullible. Whatever they see, whatever medium it is, regardless of level of exposure, if it impacted them once, it may stain them for life. It may be positive, but speaking of the main topic of this thread: it may be negative.

Your argument ain't wrong. But neither is mine.

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Neolavender123 said:
flannan said:

"Different perception of death". Lol. It's not like we have any idea what it's like to die, and most religions depict afterlife as a far better place than Angel Beats. And clearly a better place than the life of a kid who already has "family problems" at the age when you expect them to just imitate television and try to run up trees.
Angel Beats isn't particularly powerful. It's a slow and slightly sad story similar to many Key works. Except it's set in an afterlife where people would come back from the dead if hurt.

On a more positive note, if something in anime impacted children, it can just as easily be something that will lead the child to good things.
It's not like I have watched Angel Beats myself. I couldn't care less what's in it. I was just retelling what those articles said about where the boy might get ideas about suicide/after life in addition to the boys' family situation himself.

All I'm saying is that a kid is gullible. Whatever they see, whatever medium it is, regardless of level of exposure, if it impacted them once, it may stain them for life. It may be positive, but speaking of the main topic of this thread: it may be negative.

Your argument ain't wrong. But neither is mine.

Agreed.
I just wanted to share my impressions of Angel Beats so that you would understand how unreasonable the articles were.
 
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it would only be harmful if the person already has these problems to begin with. but as some already pointed out, this logic can be taken with pretty much anything.

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Like, it gives you unrealistic expectations, promotes escapism, degenerate fetishes, lowers your IQ, encourages feelings over critical thought. And that are just a few surface level examples. But then again, what isn't harmful nowadays. Anyway, I'm not attacking the medium, just wondering. Discuss!


Well for me I feel like it’s given me unrealistic expectations and made me a degenerate, affecting the way I view 3D women.

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Anime won't lower your IQ, but the community sure will. Before I became a weeb I had 0 IQ now it's down to -200



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May 31, 1:57 PM

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It certainly is. Anime is some sort of natural selection process, if you stop to think about it.
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Its real easy to blame the hobbies, instead of the real source of the problem, the individual.
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I seem to be in the minority here but anime has actually IMPROVED my life. Anime has motivated me to actually do things like improve my appearance from a fat neckbeard to a normal looking person. Anime has also been helping me find out more about myself and getting me pass some rough times. It has even given me ideas for what I want to do with my life. I can't speak for everyone here but it mainly seems to come down to what the individual gets out of it that determines if it's harmful, helpful, or even neutral.
 
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The things you mentioned aren't really harms:

unrealistic expectations = positive outlook on life

promotes escapism = stress reduction

degenerate fetishes = more ways in gaining sexual pleasure

lowers your IQ (?) = less responsibility

encourages feelings over critical thought = spending less time on questioning or being critical about unimportant things and just live happily

In this ridiculous world where people have to work like 70 hours a week to pay rent (at least in where I live), I won't even consider poisons as harmful substances

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It all depends from person to person, you got someone who sees it as a medium to enjoy and can distinguish fantasy from reality, even though their morals don’t like what’s being portrayed which is completely normal. Then you got a person who can’t distinguish fantasy from reality, and they assume what they see in anime is what they see in real life. Whatever is portrayed most of the time it’s completely unrealistic, but sometimes stuff like Perfect Blue comes out where a lot of the stuff in the movie could happen or has happened in real life, that’s what made it scary for me and the thing with the “social media” aspect adds so much relevance to what’s happening right now with people putting themselves out there. Anime is just a medium for anyone to enjoy just make sure you know that it’s just fantasy and nothing more.
 
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Stupid people will get influenced by stupid things, that's all. If the person is somewhat not stupid, the person will not develop unrealistic expectations or anything such as that.
 
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Any hobby can be harmful if you become obsessed with it. Anime isn’t forcing you to spend all of your time on it, you’re the one who chooses how to spend your own time. If you choose to spend all of it on anime, then prepare to face the consequences of your actions. It’s kind of like when someone plays a game for 2-3 days straight then ends up unfortunately passing way, the game didn’t force him to stay there and play it for all that time, therefore it’s not really the fault of the game... It’s his/her fault.
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Not unless you max out the brightness and contrast settings on your television and listen with headphones at max volume with bass boost on until you go blind and deaf. Otherwise no.
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Only harm anime can possibly do is to help escapism, in which case it's a fault of the viewer and not medium. Since there are plenty of other mediums that can be used for it just as well. In the end every negative thing is merely caused by human weakness, and anything can be used to aid it if people do not wish to keep it in check. No use blaming other things but humans themselves. Consumed reasonably it causes no harm.
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i mean compared to the other shit ive put in my body over the years anime cant be that bad. so idc


Have to say I agree with this view compared to any others I've read here, compared to my younger years anime is a pleasant change of pace, and gives me many hours of enjoyment.

I do agree that it depends upon the viewer though, and with any form of entertainment, it can be turned into an unhealthy obsession for the user, although I'd imagine in reality this doesn't often happen. How many people do you think that read this thread will believe anime has truly ruined their lives, and there being no other external variables that were the result. If there are, please seek help, but not from MAL.
 
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i think that this can be dragged on for about any kind of entertainment, so I think it has more to do with the person who consumes it, rather than the media itself.
 
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If a child grown up with anime i mean, his/her mind will be filled with anime mess for sure.
 
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