Stunning visuals, moving music, twisting plots, one-of-a-kind characters: anime.
Uproarious comedy, heartrending tragedy, touching romance: anime.
Cause for introspection, time for reflection, an underrated media: anime.
Human beings have been given the power to create, and we do so regularly. On a smaller scale, we have been granted a power otherwise unique only to God. Some live by the creative impulse. When we write poetry, therein lies power. When we compose a score, therein lies power.
I relate strongly to the quote below.
“The truly creative mind in any field is no more than this: A human creature born abnormally, inhumanly sensitive. To him… a touch is a blow, a sound is a noise, a misfortune is a tragedy, a joy is an ecstasy, a friend is a lover, a lover is a god, and failure is death. Add to this cruelly delicate organism the overpowering necessity to create, create, create — so that without the creating of music or poetry or books or buildings or something of meaning, his very breath is cut off from him. He must create, must pour out creation. By some strange, unknown, inward urgency he is not really alive unless he is creating.”
-Pearl S. Buck
I create every day; I can’t live to the fullest without artistic expression, without being able to feel and experience the creation of others. Through anime as through other media, people create worlds and characters of their own design; they create emotions, they create consequence, and the impact of of said creation is enormous to me.
Each medium of creation allows for a different experience. As such, though there are various outlets and means of experience, anime is truly something special. It’s unique. It allows for storytelling far outside the realms of reality and yet has the refreshing capability to maintain relatability. It gives different voices to situations and allows viewers to experience a breadth of emotion without consequence, yet holds the power to irrevocably move or motivate. Things that don’t happen in real life—that don’t even seem plausible—can happen in an anime title, and it seems perfectly appropriate to a viewer, a fan.
In any case, there is no anime that I wish was real. Do you know why?
The beauty in such creation is that is already real. As Albus Dumbledore says when meeting Harry at the crossroads:
“Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?”
-from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
I don’t WANT any show or universe to exist in the same physical confines as my own. I don’t want to meet Okita in person, or play kick the can with Tamaki, or travel with Yona in my own space. I want to continue journeying with them in theirs.
Anime doesn’t have to be real to be real.
This is what I think.