By Katie Flack
Anime is becoming increasingly popular among students in recent years due to the unique qualities it possesses. Its distinctive style has helped it become an acclaimed form of entertainment. Many people appreciate the different elements that go into anime and continue to enjoy it.
Anime is a style of animation originated in Japan. The word itself is the Japanese term for animation. Many people enjoy different forms of anime because of its themes, visuals and storylines. Senior John Litton, president of Anime Club, said, “The reason I like anime so much is the creativity to what's behind it and the amount of stories, the plot. . .the characters that are in it and sometimes it can be a lot more interesting than what reality T.V. shows have to offer, anything like that.” Anime fans prefer anime to other types of television shows and movies because they enjoy the elements it possesses. Many find that the content of anime is different from those of other shows and movies and they appreciate the sense of individuality that many forms of anime tend to display. Sophomore John Fetu said, “[What is special about anime is] it’s mostly that it's a different art style or category of cartoons and. . .it's just a little bit of everything there, slice of life or adventure or anything. . .I think it’s [my favorite thing is] how it's relatable.” Due to the unique creativity present in different anime works, a multitude of people find it to be an enjoyable form of entertainment.
The recent rise in anime’s popularity can be linked to many different factors. Fetu attributed its increase in popularity to many people’s desire for new forms of entertainment, considering the recent decline in television viewing. Litton said, “Anime is becoming more popular. There's a lot of things going on in it. Sometimes it's like the sense of innocence that comes from anime, like, ‘Oh, I'm watching cartoons again.’ But anime isn't just some cartoon show for, like, little kids. There's a lot more depth to it,” Litton explained that anime often consists of many characters who may not appear to be much, but are more deep and complex than meets the eye. Many people tend to appreciate these kinds of characters because they exhibit traits that can be found in everyday life, helping them to be more relatable and enjoyable. Factors such as these have been reasons why anime is enjoyed by a large sum of people and is continually gaining new fans.
Many of the most popular anime shows and movies have introduced people to the fanbase. One of these is Sound of the Sky, a show about a bugler in the army in a post-apocalyptic world that, because of its interesting plot, complex characters and visually appealing graphics, has become popular among many anime fans. One anime movie that has had a similar effect is Your Name, which follows a teenage boy and girl who set out on a quest to meet each other for the first time after swapping bodies. Shows and movies such as these have encouraged many people to watch anime and are continually enjoyed.
Many people appreciate anime because of its unique plot lines, characters, themes and more. Its recent rise in popularity gives an indication of a continued growth in its popularity in the future. Anime fans are passionate about their form of entertainment and are excited for more people to join the anime community.