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Why Try Anime

March 25, 2019

New to the world of anime and manga? So am I! Here are just a few reasons why you should give them a try.

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Hello, my name is Emily and I am an anime noob. Sure, I watched Pokemon for years after school, but as a 90's kid, that was more of a lifestyle and less of a casual watching experience. So I grew up ignoring my friends' requests to watch this or that anime. Why did I do this? I honestly don't know, except I thought that watching anime and reading manga just wasn't for me. Newsflash: it's for everyone. For multiple reasons.

Incredible Characters

First of all, when I read or watch a story, having "well-rounded characters" is perhaps my number one need. I want characters that are interesting and different from me, but also feel so personal to me. Sure, Deku from My Hero Academia is a young man with insane strength, but he's just trying his best. Diane from Seven Deadly Sins might be a literal giant woman, but she would do anything to protect her loved ones. Nothing makes me happier than realizing a character is more than they seem.

Character-Driven Plot

This comes from sitting through lots of writing classes. Nothing drives me crazy like a plot device because I want characters to do things, not have things happen to them. And as with other well-written stories, I've found that the animes I like the most does this. For instance, Light from Death Note is making a conscious decision to write a person's name down in the Death Note and what follows is the direct result of that action. 

Great Concepts

The ideas behind some of the most well-loved animes are stunning. What if someone lived in a world where animals had special abilities and you caught those animals? What if humans were born with special, scientifically-correct abilities? What if there was a teenage ninja? The world building in anime and manga is incredible to me, and for people who love books like Harry Potter and Hunger Games, anime isn't a big jump to make. The fact is, you probably like all of things that make anime what it is, but you just haven't tried it out.

So watch a few episodes or read a few books! I promise it's worth a try.


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Emily is a Teen Associate at NPL. When she's not planning programs or hanging out in the teen room at her branch, Emily spends her days reading, writing, gardening, trying new recipes, and playing board games. She loves most books and all dogs.