I will probably end up embarrassing myself in this post. But there is no place so open and free like in my own anime blog. So I’ll just lay my question on the table for you; does watching anime make you want to know more about Japan? Am I the only one who knows so much about anime but have no clue about the country they come from?
I was quite ignorant
The other day, while I was with my colleagues during lunch (yes, I did have certain degree of social life though I was always sitting quietly when everyone was talking), the conversation turned towards Japan. Fortunately, no one knew I was an anime addict so they didn’t ask me anything about Japan. I realized that I hardly knew anything about it. I didn’t recognize any of the famous tourist attractions everyone was talking about. I didn’t even know the prime minister’s name. Then I looked back to myself. Despite all the accessibility and availability of information, I hardly ever searched on anything related to Japan besides anime. My goodness, I actually never thought of going there even once! What’s happening to me? I was so content with my anime and never looked beyond that.
Anime as a single, isolated entity
After giving this matter some thoughts, it occurred to me that I had been regarding anime as its own isolated existence. I didn’t connect it with anything else. I knew anime came from Japan but I didn’t recognize the connection. I dove into various fictional worlds of various anime. I learned about those worlds, I memorized them, I enjoyed them and I discussed about them. I knew for a fact that what I saw in anime was not what I would see in the actual Japan if I had ever wanted to care. I used anime as an escape and I ran away from the real world. I refused to see. That wasn’t really constructive, was it?
In the end, I don’t think it’s about anime or Japan at all. I don’t live in Japan like 2DT so I may not have to know about it. But it’s about the passion for learning, the curiosity. Sometimes I wondered where my curiosity had gone. I was quite certain that if I had been more curious about what I saw, I would have been much more knowledgeable than I am today. Take Kurage Hime as an example. I was so impressed about many fun facts about Jellyfish provided in the show. I was going to read more about those Jellyfish but somehow I did not. Did I let it go to waste? I could have been smarter if I had been more curious.
I am sure that watching anime is fun. But is it enough? What do you think about this matter? Maybe I was just depressed and letting my thoughts wander (the weather and the work is killing me!).
Ps. New Year is coming and everyone is doing ‘twelve days’ posts. I suppose I should come up with something as well. So look forward to New Year post soon. Thanks :)