Anime: an important art form

Published: August 3, 2015
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It has been almost four years, though it seems like a lifetime ago that I was first introduced to the world of Japanese Animation or Anime for short. In 2011, as I would continually pass by the room of a student in my hostel, I would see him with his face distorted with concentration as he saw, what I presumed at the time to be, childish cartoons. I thought the boy might have some sort of a disability and so I finally confronted him, thinking that maybe an honest discourse can cure him of this unseemly obsession.

After failing to normalise him, I instead found myself watching this mysterious cartoon myself. It has been several years now and I have invested thousands of hours on this amazing piece of art. Choose whatever genre you want — sci-fi, thriller, comedy or romance — anime will not fail to amaze you. Most of the characters are built around people in Japan and so one is introduced to a very exotic and fascinating culture. The tendency to romanticise a lost age or the inability to fit into the modern world will be themes that most of us will not fail to relate to.

Although I have my own list of personal favourite anime titles, I would advise those unfamiliar with this world to pick a genre at first and explore it for themselves. Using Google to look up the best anime for any genre will not be a difficult task. Torrent users should look for anime that that has a high seed to peer ratio.

Usually an anime that starts out with strange ideas is not advisable since they turn completely ridiculous unless one is philosophically inclined (case in point — Kill la Kill or Neon Genesis Evangelion). Also remember to see if a good English-dubbed version is available.

Over the years, I have realised good dubbing is hard to find and so I am always inclined towards the subbed (short for subtitled) ones. Once you get used to the sound of the Japanese lingo, you wouldn’t want the English version yourself. Lastly, I would like to say, don’t be lazy; anime can possibly change your life, it did mine, so download a couple because it’s amazing and it doesn’t cost a thing.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 3rd, 2015. 

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  • Aug 3, 2015 - 6:09PM

    That’s always like that, people will think that Anime is owned by children program. But in the fact, almost 70% anime series are made for adult. That’s why in our country (Japan) there are lots of anime starts in the late hours.

    When someone starts watching it, they won’t stop. They will look for another epic stories!

    Regards,

    Takagi WeiRecommend

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