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Aug 28, 2019 8:02 AM

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Why are you so invested in anime? What anime has other forms of medias doesn't? Why you keep watching them?

Obviously, the thread is based on the assumption that you only watch anime and ignore other forms of media.
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Aug 28, 2019 8:09 AM

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I watch it because it takes on ideas and concept that most western shows won't venture out to do. I'm also a fan of the general animation style they use in general and the overall feel of the culture put into it.
Aug 28, 2019 8:14 AM

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Anime can play with much more color, actions or logic that cannot be expressed in live action show. As the case for live action, people change overtime so it might be a bit sad to learn that your 3d waifu suddenly got involved with drugs, alcohol or worse perform in a live action ntr if you get what I'm saying.

Live action shows story generally builds plot from drama or characters bonding with each other unlike anime that can just start off with anything that you can or cannot imagine.
Aug 28, 2019 8:15 AM

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I don't know, it's kind of different.

I am sick and tired from Hollywood recycled trash and games.
Only anime, manga, some western cartoons and some western webcomics can ignite my curiously.
Aug 28, 2019 8:17 AM

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because when you draw something you can do whatever you want with a ton less resources, not like in real movies or series in wich you need a whole team just for CG or for the cameras, etc.

And because Anime has it own personality, not like west animated shows that are usually just to entertain people while they are having lunch or dinner

Aug 28, 2019 8:18 AM
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I primarily watch anime, but also sometimes watch documentaries/true crime/art films. Which is a kind of weird mash-up I guess? I blame my dad for influencing my media taste.
Anyway the reason I prefer anime/manga to most Western media is just that I feel it has a wider breadth of creativity and personal expression. It's difficult for me to explain, I guess that it's just most Western stuff being produced right now is either offensive humor type adult comedy or 'gritty realism plot twist excessive violence/sexuality' stuff. It all feels really samey and unimpressive to me. Not to get into how I feel about blockbusters or superhero media..... I just like interacting with stuff where you can tell a real human being made it and not a focus test group.
I know I'm rambling but I guess it comes down to like... I feel like there was a certain point in the late 80s where American visual media, like comics and TV, should've matured into being far more multifaceted than it is today. The anime industry is one where people are allowed to be original, experimental, and subversive in ways that American stuff doesn't get to be. As an artist, that's really important to me.
Aug 28, 2019 8:19 AM

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I watch other media too but prefer anime these days because it is newer to me than Hollywood or my local media and hence remains unpredictable.
Aug 28, 2019 8:22 AM

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Anime brings me what I've never felt before and so many unique stories. Stories that I can really learn with, laugh and cry. With tons of different atmosphere in different shows with different form of story telling. Unique character personality, many genres, with creativity given to it and things like that.

I would not stop watching them.
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Aug 28, 2019 8:22 AM

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anime for me is magical and unique, unlike any other media I've consumed. There are many factors to it and I can't explain much more in words because my vocabulary would fail. I might not watch anime for a long time, but I know it will always drag me back in some way or another. just started watching demon slayer and shield hero lately and it looks like it's pulling me back in
Aug 28, 2019 8:23 AM

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Because shitty reality TV, cartoons or animated shows, and just about every other show now a days are pretty shit. Breaking Bad was the last show I really invested in and looked forward to new episodes, but shit like stranger things, 13 reasons, GOT, or Rick and Morty just don't appeal to me in anyway.
Aug 28, 2019 8:24 AM

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Because it takes animation a lot more seriously and marturely than many other mediums.
To me western studios see animation mostly as a way of making sticoms or kids shows, and as a huge fan of animation who grew up with many cartoons, it felt like animations werent taken as seriously.

Animation is just a way to have so much more freedom with how you tell a story, show characters and expressions, and any other type of thing you want to do.
And its nice for once to see animation being treated more seriousl

Ps. I dont ignore other forms of media. Despite how anime seems to be treating animation most seriously, it doesnt mean western live action shows are also bad
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Aug 28, 2019 8:24 AM

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Because hollywood has been letting me down lately
I really enjoy those "helicopter ride" memes
Aug 28, 2019 8:55 AM

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It's easier to binge, for one. With episodes being only 22-24 minutes instead of the 40+ min regular television episodes have. I'll sit down to watch something on Netflix and it seems so long in comparison.

It's also more diverse in its setting or plot, with more unique world-building and characters. It's also weird, but in a good way. The art style also gives a lot more room for creativity in action animation as well as everything else.

Anime sometimes makes boring things (sports, history, SoL) more interesting, even if it has to make them a bit over-the top or unrealistic.
Aug 28, 2019 8:59 AM

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I watch anime to unravel the mysteries of the universe, I do not simply watch it for entertainment. Unlike other forms of media, anime can let you ascend into a higher plane of existence if you're continually exposed to tropes. Your entire body will eventually transcend the boundaries of known reality and you will become a god, but it's a very slow process. During my studies, I discovered that having good taste and bashing people's favourite anime will let you ascend a little faster. Giving low scores to highly rated anime might also speed up the process, but I'm not quite sure about that. I will keep researching and doing whatever I can to unlock the secrets of the universe. That is why I watch anime.

Aug 28, 2019 9:00 AM
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Hollywood and western forms of entertainment (for the most part) have become infested with political and cultural agendas which end up detracting from the story and hinder character development and growth. You still get the odd diamond in the rough, but they are becoming few and far between.

The medium itself can also do things which live action just can't. Look at the night and day difference between the live action lion king and the animated version back in the 90s.

It might just be a phase because I've not sat down consistently watched anime for a long time, and once I catch up on the acclaimed series' that I've been missing out on, I may get bored, but for the time being, it's fantastic.
Aug 28, 2019 9:25 AM

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I like anime because it has more freedom to express itself and tell a story due to:

1. Lower costs and more "fluidity" when it does outrageous scenes with physically impossible action, ethereal or fantastical imagery... (that wouldn't be realistic if portrayed in real life)... Some things are too unbelievable irl, but it can maintain a certain "believability" in 2D media because our brain don't associate 2D imagery as strongly with our understanding of the real world (ie laws of physics).

2. Unique, striking characters which are unbelievable or off-putting if portrayed by life actors can be pulled off well by anime character designs and voice actors.

It's also harder to find someone in real life who looks, sounds, and acts exactly like a fictional character the creator came up with. With anime characters, the probability of the end product being closer to one's vision is higher because there is complete freedom to design the exact look you want and a huge pool of talented voice actors to choose from.
Aug 28, 2019 10:03 AM

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Although technology, special effects and cgi have really improved over the couurse of the previous years I still think some things are kinda difficult to be depicted in live action movies/series.

Plus I believe the anime industry provides a wider range of shows and genres to watch. You can pick anything you want out of thousands of options. There's always something for everyone.
Aug 28, 2019 10:30 AM

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I watch only anime, I've tried to watch TV series but I don't like them, so I've continued to watch anime only.
Aug 28, 2019 10:57 AM
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Love the 80's / 90's hand drawn style of anime.
Aug 28, 2019 11:02 AM

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alshu said:
I don't know, it's kind of different.

I am sick and tired from Hollywood recycled trash and games.
Only anime, manga, some western cartoons and some western webcomics can ignite my curiously.

My dude, you summed my thoughts so well regarding anime and those non-Japanese recyclables. I'm not saying all of the latter are bad, there's some good ones, ofc, but not as engaging as stuff you get from watching anime.
Aug 28, 2019 11:09 AM
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Anime is my first girlfriend...
It hasn’t betrayed me ever...
It’s faithful little domestic girlfriend...
It’s full of lolies and is the realm of oppai...

It’s a happy place of hentai, ecchi...

Whatever u say... I don’t want your opinion...
Weebs know their stuff... so we don’t Need to know what u think about anime...
For us it’s our first and last love... it’s our wife...
Aug 28, 2019 11:27 AM

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Because anything in Western media, video games, animation, comics or gn where you see detailed women body lines and volume, from top to bottom, is considered degrading and pornographic
While in anime even romance manga feature it
Aug 28, 2019 11:38 AM

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Well I do watch TV series and the occasional movie (live action). So this does not apply to me, ciao.
Aug 28, 2019 1:02 PM

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alshu said:
I don't know, it's kind of different.

I am sick and tired from Hollywood recycled trash and games.

That would be like dismissing anime because you are tired of isekais. There is much more out there than just hollywood trash.

Overall I watch movies more nowadays. I like dark / horror type stuff and that is hard to find in anime.

For niche works, movies are just better. Lesser appeal shows are very rarely made in anime; they aren't allowed to take risks in such a limited industry. Nothing in this current season appeals to me, but there are plenty of upcoming movies and TV shows I'm looking forward to. There's even a Junji Ito tv show coming out in the west which I'm pretty ecstatic about, especially considering anime has failed miserably in pulling off his works.
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Aug 28, 2019 1:11 PM

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I don't know, Honestly, I think it is a habit issue............
Aug 28, 2019 2:29 PM

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Open-Dice said:

That would be like dismissing anime because you are tired of isekais.

But there are not that many isekai (like 4-5 a season), you can skip them and there would enough.
Also I don't like battle shounen that much and I usualy skip it too and there still be enough to choose from.

But what would happen if one skips everything that is the latest rage in Hollywood...and if one also filters what generally dislikes? 2 movies for the whole year...max.
Well this is me.

Same goes for TV series. Even big names like GOT or Westworld are snorefests to me.
(But I have a soft spot for space opera.)

Open-Dice said:
There is much more out there than just hollywood trash.

Not from where I am standing.
And I invested decades in it, everything looks derivative to me at this point.

Yes, manga and anime also use formulas and some very tired tropes but:
- They are doing relatively better job at rehashing them.
- If you doge the worst offenders there is still stuff left.
- Manga and anime reuse some cliches and tropes that I like more than the Hollywood ones.

Open-Dice said:
I like dark / horror type stuff and that is hard to find in anime.

Good for you, I hate those.

Open-Dice said:
but there are plenty of upcoming movies and TV shows I'm looking forward to

Except The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, The Expanse 4 and Mandalorian (which will be unavailable to me by streaming, so I will hope to be picked up for airing by some local the years to come) nothing gets my interest.
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Aug 28, 2019 2:38 PM

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FuriousNutSlaps said:
Obviously, the thread is based on the assumption that you only watch anime and ignore other forms of media.
I too find it a generally good assumption to make that the general dweller of a place such as this is a bourgeois, feeble man that would seriously unironically do such a thing.

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Aug 28, 2019 2:47 PM

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FuriousNutSlaps said:
What anime has other forms of medias doesn't? Why you keep watching them?
The character art and the music are nice, and the settings are often interesting in fantastic ways (specifically fantasy and sci-fi). And sometimes they explore interesting premises too.

FuriousNutSlaps said:
Why are you so invested in anime?
I'm less invested in anime as a whole and more invested in specific series that I like.

FuriousNutSlaps said:
Obviously, the thread is based on the assumption that you only watch anime and ignore other forms of media.
What if I don't?
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Aug 28, 2019 3:52 PM

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Aug 28, 2019 3:55 PM

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What got me into anime were the beautiful hand-drawn sceneries and characters.

Modern anime doesn't quite have that, sadly.
It's still good, don't get me wrong, it's just not as good as it used to be. Everything looks more... plastic. For lack of a better word.
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Aug 28, 2019 4:00 PM

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I first started watching anime through the modelling I used to do, of course girls und panzer just naturally pops up on modelling forums so I then just started watching more and more anime and as I grew up I found that there's more and more crap on TV nowadays. I only watch about 3 "western" shows religiously and I pretty much never watch movies now

Came for tanks and stuck around for cute boys and good story, perhaps it would be different if UK TV producers could actually make more shows which are actually interesting...
Aug 28, 2019 4:10 PM

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I found Hellsing on youtube for around 10 years, toke a interested in what I saw.
Talked with friends about what I saw and they told me it was something called Anime.

From there I started to watch Shounen and Harems.

And my interested only grow.

For 5 years ago I got sick and anime become something more then a hobby, a bit like a medicin that makes my life easier and happier.

The last 3.5 years I have stopped watching anything else then anime, I don't have a interested in it anymore.
I see people talk about the new Super Hero movies in some communitys and it's just not for me anymore.

Anime is a fun thing to explore and it always make the time fly and put's a smile on my damn mouth.
Aug 28, 2019 4:26 PM

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Because I love storytelling in all of its shapes and forms - Books, comics, movies, TV etc...
I am always looking for good stories in every medium, ever since I first learned to read.

And I particularly love animation because of its endless stylistic and creative possibilities, with every artist having their own style of expressing themselves and not being bound to actors or cameras, just straight from the imagination of the artists to paper. Drawing, and by extension animation, has always fascinated me.

So I was always gonna be interested in anime because of that, but of course there are also anime-specific things that I enjoy a lot. I love battle shounen and sports anime for example (never found any remotely as captivating sports stories in any other medium), I love the innocent take on romance that a lot of anime have, I love the sheer volume and variety that Japan puts out and I love how they have a whole subculture dedicated to animation, which is something that does not really exist in my country. And, yes, I love lolis as well.

Sorry that I don't fulfil the requirement of only being into anime, but for the most part I am into anime, or movies, or comics, or books not because of what they have that other forms of entertainment don't have, I'm into all of them because of what they have in common. I simply love experiencing a good story through the lens of an individual artist's style, be it an artstyle, a writing style or a style of directing. I never got into any non-narrative hobbies to the same degree (even with music I mostly just like songs and artists that focus on lyrics and can tell a good story), but I don't discriminate between mediums when it comes to good storytelling.
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Aug 28, 2019 4:30 PM

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I think the concept of anime is really cool. A conservative and polite nation use this medium to express their hidden weirdness and its the weirdest stuff on the planet. It expressive, ambitious and fully into itself making really easy to obsess over
Aug 28, 2019 5:22 PM
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It's far better than the other forms of entertainment.
It offers more variety as well.
Anime just fits my tastes far more just from the art, animation, etc.
Aug 28, 2019 5:28 PM

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Its an art and a form of entertainment, and I can appreciate both.
Aug 28, 2019 5:48 PM

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because my internet service doesn't like me downloading American shows and stuff and I've never had issues with anime. My parents won't give me the Netflix password

there are a few cartoons on tv that interest me. Chowder, Amazing world of Gumball, Ed Edd n Eddy these types of cartoons were pretty great. Found it pretty hard to get into actual live action shows, but I could enjoy some of the things my parents watched when I was younger like Criminal Minds or Downton Abbey. The only shows outside of anime that I ever watched episodically were Lost and some the cartoons I named above but these all happened after I had started with anime. I guess anime was the first media that I actually watched and reminded me that I could watch this stuff episodically but I never assed myself to venture outside of this media. There's still so much stuff here that I wouldn't want to open another world of content, y'know?
Aug 28, 2019 6:11 PM

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Variety and ease of access I suppose. Quality aside, anime has an inherent potential to be more creative by nature than live action stuff and there are so many neat concepts/ideas that it's relatively harder to run out of interesting things to watch. It's one of the main reasons anime has been my favorite medium for so long, with the occasional watching of western shows and movies.

Though lately I've been getting more into western media (tv/movies/books) both out of a current boredom of anime and to broaden my horizons. So my perspective may change in some time.
Aug 28, 2019 7:51 PM

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Well, I prefer animation over live action, and back when I first got into anime, what was enticing was that anime had actual continuity and high stakes in its stories, and often had female leads, something that western animation of the time near completely lacked. Nowadays things have definitely changed, but I still prefer the artstyle of anime over most western cartoons.

Also, I love how anime is a diverse medium that can appeal to a wide variety of different people, there's bound to something for everyone.
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Aug 28, 2019 7:57 PM

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Everything live-action that I've seen airing now has been done before. I can't imagine how many cop, hospital or supernatural shows are being aired. There are only so many ways you can write a concept before it becomes literally unrecognizable from any of the other shows about the same thing.

Anime takes concepts I had never even thought could be imagined and makes them into something fantastical. The beauty of animation is that you can pick whatever setting you want, make up whatever rules you want for that world, and make the characters look however you want, and it can all still fit. It's infinitely more vast than another cop show

Aug 28, 2019 8:02 PM

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Nowadays I don't put too much thought into it; if I'm going to sit down for 30 minutes then I'm going to stick with what I'm familiar with it.

That being said, I got into it because animation is my favorite way to tell a story, and anime's no-holds-barred method of story telling is what attracted me to it in the first place, as I was not getting that in western media.

Then of course the art style which I love, and I love having a take on media that is different from the culture that I am way too familiar with. In more ways than one, it's a breath of fresh air.
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Aug 28, 2019 9:13 PM

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I don't just watch anime, I watch domestic films too. To a more limited extent I also watch live action TV and some domestic animation but I mostly do that through streaming services or home video.

I watch more anime than anything though, because that's where the interesting stories are, anime has the balls to take on subject matter domestic stuff won't touch, and there's more of a variety of genres.
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Aug 28, 2019 9:53 PM

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Even though I do enjoy other forms of media like soccer, werstling and novels, it's indeed the one I consume the most and one of the reason is just the bigger range of stories it has. I remember back in 2016 when gigguk mentioned how anime was basically the only medium where you would have so many different shows airing at the same time (which were historical figures fighting each other in a fantasy setting in drifters, girls fighting with their butts in keijo, jojo bizarre adventure, march comes in like a lion, yuri on ice etc). The format too helps a lot as well because when it comes to western tv shows even when I like some of them I would most of the time end up losing interest after 3 or 4 seasons which I rarely feel in anime even with long running shounens
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Aug 29, 2019 12:22 AM

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I watch other media usually, but lately I watch only anime. Although I usually have different criteria compared to the community. It seems a lot of people (and thus a lot of anime, as it is after all a product to sell) focuses on a cute female characters (even when it is not shounen). However, a lot of anime have ideas and stories that are:
- more interesting and unique than other media;
- it can implement ideas that will be difficult to implement in other media. For example, "Game of Thrones" is similar in idea, but the budget used to create war scenes could have been a lot cheaper if created by animators.
Aug 29, 2019 12:34 AM

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In anime you have just a wide variety of ideas that you can't find in other media. Like there is a show about cooking contests and one about horse riding. If I turn on my TV here in Germany it's either a series about the police or hospitals. American shows are a bit better, but still mostly stuff that "works" and brings money.
Aug 29, 2019 12:46 AM

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I've only ever watched anime for the past 6 years.It's actually hard to explain why, probably my way of coping with reality and stress, my way of escaping from my messy life and so on.
Aug 29, 2019 5:05 AM

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I do watch other stuff sometimes but if i have to boil down one reason why i chose anime......It's because i grew up with it basically.

I love the animation style, how passionate the voice acting is, it's humor style, etc is just simply what i grew up and ends up shaping my taste around it
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Aug 29, 2019 5:09 AM

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Well, too many reasons.

I can only say that after I started watching anime often, when I tried to watch/consume other media I had a feel of dissatisfaction.

I didn't realized why I had that feel, and it took me some months to understand that I basically hated every type of western media.

So yeah when I realized it I said "fuck it" and completely started to ignore everything else lmao
Aug 29, 2019 2:59 PM

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I like the visuals, which stand out more than other animation mediums, and it's easy to find anime that appeal most to you. The anime community is very diverse and you can always find people to discuss your interests with, but there is the toxic part of the community (Elitists or over-the-top fans, for example.)
Anime soundtracks and music seem to have a different type of appeal to them, which I really like.
Aug 29, 2019 3:17 PM

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Why movies? Why series? Why so serious Why did i left the last question without the question mark? Such answers can't be answered by normal means.
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