5 Things I learned because of Anime [Anniversary Bonus]

It’s funny. You’d think that after watching anime for five years, I’d learn more things. Yet, here I am. (I’m just kidding. I’ve learned a lot, but want to keep the 5 theme going).

*These are in no particular order

5. It’s easier to watch anime daily/weekly than in marathons.

So story time. When this blog started, I wrote review based on my memory about anime I’d seen 1-4 years prior. Then I started to binge watch anime, doing 1-3 series weekly (I had a LOT of free time after college). Eventually, I settled on 1 episode daily and maybe followed a new series weekly if it interested me. This may sound like a lot, but it’s fairly easy to do. I can put an episode on during a meal, or while excising, or to decompress after a long day. It works better with my schedule and allow me to do other things while still maintaining my anime hobby. I also find it’s a lot easier to keep track of a show’s strengths and flaws if you watch it incrementally instead of in one binge chunk.

4. Anime has a thing about big boobs. It just does.

One of the first things you notice about anime as a watcher is the disproportionate measurements. Specifically, the chicks with the huge jugs. In fact, this was one of the earliest facets about anime that took me out of the experience. Because whenever I saw a female character with large breasts, I couldn’t help but thing “how, how does she function? What are the mechanics of her movement? etc” But this is one factor about anime that you just have to accept. It’s anime. At least one woman in every show will have big boobs. Shy, extroverted, sexy, prudish, good, evil, it doesn’t matter. You can make a thing of it, or let it go. I chose the latter.

3. The older I get, that younger the characters feel.

Now, this is just a side effect of me maturing, both physically and mentally. I started watching anime as a kid, so the characters felt like identifiable figures. They had problems and settings that I could relate too. Well, not the harem protagonists, but I’m working on that. But the older I get, the more I’m starting to see a lot of anime protagonists and characters as what they are: teenage kids. Like, when I see a girl pining over a boy in a romantic comedy, I don’t go “yeah, I’ve been there,” anymore. I’m starting to go “aw, honey, it’s get better. There’s more to life than boys.” Maybe I’m just getting more paternal. That reminds me, one of my ex’s needs to talk to me about her “eating for too” or something. I wonder that that means?

2. Writing about something is a good way to retain information.

So bonus story. The reason why I started this blog was for writing practice. I was in my last semester in college and I wanted to be a writer. Realistically, I knew I wasn’t going to get a gig right away, so I thought starting a blog would be the best way to keep my writing skills from getting rusty. I chose anime as a subject, and five years later, we have this site. What’s cool is that writing about so many anime as allowed me to remember a lot of things I’ve watched and learned . Now, I won’t stand here and say I’ve become an encyclopedia on the subject, nor that I remember the exact story beats of the near 200 anime series I’ve watched, but it does help.  What I’m saying it, if you want to become knowledgeable about something, start a blog about it.

1. Anime is a lot of fun.

Thins goes without saying, but anime is a lot of fun. The sheer number of weird and interesting stories can keep an person entertained for decades. If fact, it’s done just that. And happy to watch it. I’m happy to write about. And I’m happy some people like reading what I write about it.

Here’s to 5 more years!

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