This short post is inspired by Koji Oe and Aorii’s conversations about the term ‘anime’ and ‘cartoon’. I was going to write my response and realized that it would be too long. In this post I will talk about my perspective on anime, cartoon and about how deep they can be.
Anime is a cartoon…or more precisely, it is a subgroup of cartoon.
While there is nothing wrong about calling anime (or Japanese animation) a cartoon, doing so can be inconvenient because cartoon includes almost everything that is animated. People won’t know who exactly you are addressing. I think the term anime is a necessity. It helps me distinguish myself from the fans of other animated media and helps depicting the specific group of people who also enjoys Japanese animation. I’m not going to go into details about how anime is different from other animated works because I’ll be repeating what we already know.
Anime is like the ocean. It can be pretty deep.
I have heard lots of people said that anime or cartoon, to be exact, is nothing deep. Well, deep things will not jump right at you (because they are buried deep within, LOL). So, unlike the entertainment that you can easily feel, you have to purposefully think and look for the meaning, the inspiration, the message or the sarcasm hidden inside. Anime, like every other media, varies a lot. They range from totally shallow to immeasurably deep. They are like the ocean; if you walk along the beach, you will only feel the beautiful scenery and the refreshing breeze. But if you want to catch some big fish, you have to try harder and hire a boat to take you to the deeper water. This principle can be applied to every media out there, no matter how shallow looking they are.
Do I feel like I, as an anime fan, am better than others?
No. But anime surely makes me a better and happier person in so many ways. Cheers!