Things that bother one while watching anime
This may have been a rare while, but for about two hours I studied (rote-memorized) selected muscles in the anatomy of a cat and read about thirty pages of history. I will definitely study more tomorrow, just because I don’t want to fail the incoming exam; I read history just because I wanted to. What I discovered about some of ancient Chinese history was that they condoned premarital sex. That was cool to know.
Anyway, for a short time Hige and I talked privately over at the #animenano channel about what was the single most bothering thing in anime. I told him it was not from the anime itself that I watched but from the fact that I had more pathos towards anime characters than I did towards real life characters. I could cry for five straight episodes in anime I deem excellent (Honey and Clover II), but I’ve yet to see a movie that made me cry like I did compared to the anime I just mentioned. Sure, Last Life in the Universe was droll, quaint, melancholic and reticent, but I just didn’t feel as much for the characters in that film (although the movie was really excellent). I tried thinking about reasons why I’ve been more sympathetic towards anime than LA series, dramas or movies, but I thought of only one: it’s because I view the people as only actors; thus, they do not seem in any way genuine, but only acting parts. In anime, I don’t see this because these characters exist in a universe different from our own and you don’t see real people pretending to be somebody else: they are, in a sense of the world, real to their own universe and their own existence because being in an anime itself disjoints them already from the real world. It is this reason why I find more contentment with watching anime.
Hige mentioned that there were a lot of things that bothered him with anime such as predictable characters and storylines, dry plots, etc. These things, however, all are banes of different media, books included. I could tell the ending of a story with a generic Harlequin romance novel from the very start of the book itself, just as I could predict what happens in stuff like Dragon Ball Z, even though I haven’t seen that show completely just yet (and I have no plan to complete it whatsoever).
What’s the thing that bothers you most while watching anime?