My evolution into an Otaku

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If you asked me to watch a shounen anime like ‘ Seraph Of The End’ six years ago, I would have given you a blank stare and just told you that I am not into that kind of genre. However, after watching countless anime shows on Netflix, I have become a bit of an otaku “a Japanese word that describes people with consuming interests, particularly in anime and manga. ”.

Six years ago, the only kind of anime I was interested in watching only extended to Studio Ghibli films made by Hayao Miyazaki because of nostalgia or One Piece because a friend introduced it to me once. One Piece is a popular Japanese shounen manga( Japanese comic book) written by Eiichiro Oda. It introduces a young man called Luffy who has a dream of becoming a Pirate King. The anime adapted from the manga mainly features action, adventure, and friendship. Even though I may have watched it in the past before, I have only recently discovered it after a high school friend introduced it to me. I was hooked. It was both exciting and heartwarming. Ever since then, I have watched more shounen anime in my free time. When I was studying at University, I loved watching the Psycho-Pass anime. Psycho-Pass is a Japanese cyberpunk psychological thriller anime created by Production I.G studio. It introduces a female rookie inspector called Akane Tsunemori who is exceptional as no matter what is thrown at her that would normally cloud a person’s Psyche, she always has a clear Psycho-Pass. She gains help from a few enforcers. Enforcers are people who have a clouded Psycho-Pass but are not killed off as they are working for the police. As criminal cases pile up we learn more about the world of Psycho-Pass where people are judged based on their Psycho-Pass(crime coefficient). If they are deemed too dangerous to society, they are killed off by the police or neutralized. I found this anime extremely exciting and serious at the same time as it is a crime show. After Psycho-Pass, I took a break from shounen anime. However, I got interested in a larger variety of anime ever since I subscribed to Netflix.

When I looked at the anime on Netflix, I was doubtful and told myself that they were too different and were not my cup of tea. I scoffed at the idea of binging on new anime that I have never heard of before. I was wrong. There are countless anime shows that you can watch and finish in an afternoon or in a day. I started watching some shounen and romance anime like ‘ The Ancient Magus Bride’, ‘ Devil’s line’ and ‘Noragami’. I found these anime both romantic and exciting to watch. The supernatural elements made it even more enticing for me as I love watching supernatural and horror genre shows. Before long, I found myself scrolling through the anime section and searching for any type of anime that I found interesting. When the pandemic hit, I was unemployed and I got to spend more time watching Netflix shows. Now, I watch pretty much everything. I find these shows heartwarming and they give me hope in my dark moments. Anime may be Japanese cartoons to some but to me, it is filled with hope, love, and laughter. As such, I have finally reached the level of an otaku newbie as even my Facebook feed shows anime-related topics now. I am also currently watching isekai(another world) anime and light anime(a style of Japanese novel targeting teenagers and young adults). So yeah, if you ever wonder why anime is so popular, watch one. Before you know it, you may end up like me. Shipping characters in the ‘ Food Wars’ anime and cheering on the main protagonist in ‘ I am Spider, So what?’. Now that this article is done. I am going back to sitting in my room with my metaphorical hoodie on while wondering what is going to happen next in the current anime series I am watching.