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Anime Is Not Just For Nerds

by Anna Tsuchiya

People have many impressions of anime fans and their craft. The main one that has stuck most often is that they are generally nerds with little or no social ability to interact with others. However, while many might dismiss them as such, anime fans do not approve of such opinions.

However, is such a reputation fully justified? Fans of the genre would vehemently disagree and have their own reasons to do so. There are, in truth, many sound arguments supporting their case.

First of all, anime is just another form of entertainment media. It just so happens to be in a form that is often associated with children. However, within the genre itself there are many different types of content matter, many of them which deal with adult issues.

Secondly, anime fans are just people who are passionate about it. Others like to make fun of this passion as a nerdy personality trait. If that is the case, then action movie fans are just as nerdy, even though their genre might involve violence, cars, women and everything else that real men might boast about.

Within anime itself, one can often come across material that handles a wide spectrum of issues. They could be anything from romance to fantasy, politics to science fiction. In essence, they are no different from what other media involve themselves in.

Many also associate nerds with behavior that hints of being someone who has hardly been exposed to the practical world of ours. For those who have had experience interacting and dealing with people working in the anime industry, most of them do not exhibit traits of such form.

At the end of the day, it is also unrealistic to prevent others from thinking what they believe to be true, even if they have been disproved. There is too much generalization even beyond the world of anime. It simply shows how limited people’s belief systems can be.

Most anime fans do not pay heed to such biasness though. They prefer to concern themselves with what they love instead, and there is much to indulge in when it comes to anime. Their willingness to share their passion with others will also indirectly help to expose the real essence of their art with the rest of the world.

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5 Animes That Every Fan Enjoys

by Anna Tsuchiya

Anime is the short form for animation films or series. It is more commonly used for Japanese animation that has grown in following worldwide on a huge scale. Even though they are cartoons in essence, both children and adults have become passionate fans of the genre.

There is nothing childish about anime as there are series and movies that explore different categories. There are plots that are made especially for the younger generation to enjoy, while there are also many stories that have been created to explore more serious issues like life, romance and friendships.

The problem for anime fans is that there are just too many interesting series that deserve to be seen. Different individuals will have their own tastes, but there will be many unanimous selections that should be in the priority list for many fans.

1. Naruto – There are few anime fans who have never heard of Naruto. This anime series explores the adventures of a young man known as Naruto, who is a ninja. The plot is full of his trials and tribulations in becoming the best ninja in his hometown and features an assortment of interesting characters and stories.

2. Fist of the North Star – This anime touches on more serious plots and angles that originated from a world destroyed by humans’ involvement in nuclear wars. Some have complained about the level of violence featured, but it is hard to separate that from a future that is depicted to be dire and cold.

3. Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann – Simon is the name of the lead character in this mecha anime that balances futuristic robots with characters that have realistic emotions. It is hard not to feel for Simon as he wrestles with his fear of the unknown in a bid to fulfill both his and his brother’s dreams.

4. Toradora – Female anime fans and the more sensitive male demographic will enjoy this anime series that will live long as a favorite with the teenage crowd. Toradora has a young couple who become best friends on their crushes for the opposite individual’s best buddies. However, Ryuji and Taiga develop their relationship to hint of more in the future. There are many light moments coupled with touching scenes that highlight budding love.

5. The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya – No top anime list can be complete without including this wildly imaginative anime series. The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya has a hardcore following that continues to grow till this day. The series rests on a fantasy premise but is wholly realistic, while exploring the deepest emotions and thoughts that exist in many of us.

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5 Top Animes That Are A Must Watch

by Anna Tsuchiya

There are few who are unaware that anime is another name for cartoons, specifically those that originated from Japan. There are literally millions of fans all over the world who are passionate about anime series. These fans are made up of both children and adults since their interests in different niches are well serviced.

Anime series are not just the property of children, with many of them containing touching on themes that go beyond those that concern kids. Adults will find series that actually look in detail at issues of a social and cultural nature. There are also thought provoking animes that children will not understand.

The downside for fans is that there are too many anime series to choose from. In order to help those with less time to spare, here are five series that are a must-watch for any self-respecting anime and manga lover.

1. Naruto – This famous anime series has fans from every country that has access to Japanese cartoons. Not only is Naruto serialized on film, but it first grew from a wildly popular cartoon strip that continues till this day. The young ninja Naruto welcomes viewers to his endless adventures that are part fun and part madness.

2. Fist of the North Star – This is a classic anime adapted from a famous manga series. The plot tells of a devastated Earth in the future by nuclear war, and how the survivors have to overcome rampant unrest and barbaric tribes to become the best in the land.

3. Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann – Simon is the name of the lead character in this mecha anime that balances futuristic robots with characters that have realistic emotions. It is hard not to feel for Simon as he wrestles with his fear of the unknown in a bid to fulfill both his and his brother’s dreams.

4. Toradora – Ryuji and Taiga are two contrasting but equally lovable characters in this romantic anime series. One is a kind and thoughtful gentleman while the other is a hot-headed but sensitive lady. They both help each other in vying for the targets of their affections, but inevitably end up growing to like each other in a way. Toradora is a anime that has all the right elements of romance, comedy and classic Japanese cuteness rolled into one.

5. The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya – This series could perhaps be hailed as one of Japan’s most popular anime ever. The character Haruhi Suzumiya has now seeped into the consciousness of fans and the public in general. With a quirky plot that has the protagonist owning a fantastic power that shapes reality, the Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya is an unadulterated success.

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