(with permission from coolpuprocks)
This might sound stupid and corny, but when you watch anime sometimes, do you ever feel disconnected from reality? Or maybe yet, you watch anime just to escape from reality? Kinda like how some people (or at least the ones i know) get drunk to escape from reality.
Especially if you really get into it or you just have a good connection to the anime or maybe even an overactive imagination. well anyways, you get drawn into it as if in another world. and then when the episode or series (if it was the last episode) is over, you are brought back to reality and then you just contemplate about what you just saw.
and then you might have wild thoughts such as:
"damn! i wish i lived in that kind of world!"
"why can't i have those kind of experiences in life?"
"that main character is so cool! i wish i was more like him/her!"
"why aren't my friends cool like that?"
when you're back in reality, all you can think about is that particular anime and then compare it to your life. maybe for example, you're at school trying to study and you find it hard to concentrate, like you keep thinking about some particular moment in an episode that you can't get out of your head or something. and then maybe you wish that you had some kind of Onizuka-type teacher in your life, and then you'd be more motivated. or maybe you'd want to have those cool experiences like in gantz, etc etc. you slowly think how boring/dull your life is or just the world is in general. (this may be a reason why some cosplays are more real than ever!)
what about those cliffhangers or abrupt endings you get sometimes? don't you wish the creators would make more eps or some sort of continuation?
i guess it's childish to be like this or maybe those who watched so much anime are kinda unaffected by these effects or are slowly getting desensitized. i personally don't get to watch a lot of anime but it's summer time so i'm trying to catch up and when i do watch it, i feel like this sometimes lol.
i mean, if it's really like this then i can't really blame those fanatics and otakus for being who they are. in fact, having these kinds of experiences seem to bring some sort of appreciation.....right?
also, unless you really like dramas, i think that's why most people don't enjoy the live-action version of an anime/manga series because then those real-life actors can't do those special moves, facial expressions, etc. like it's all just real-world dynamics and in the end many will complain that the acting was just not done right despite the fact that maybe they tried their best but nonetheless it could not capture the essence/spirit of the anime. like there's too many real-world limitations that make a live-action version not live up to an anime.
it would be interesting to hear your thoughts!
for those who can't relate to this, then i'd like to pose a more general question: how has anime affected your life? (it seems to have varying degrees of effect depending on the person)
(bah....i need to get out more. hahahahaha)