I often ask myself what I would be doing and where would I be if I never gave anime a chance.
Would I be more superficial? a little more judgemental? Or would I be into sports or maybe music? Would I still care for fiction as much as I care for it now? Would I still have the dream of becoming a writer and animator?
It’s a little scary to think about it, I mean, anime and everything (the good and the bad) that comes with it has simply become a part of me, just like football becomes part of a football fans, just like gaming becomes part of the daily routine for gamers, just like not being able to go out running is unthinkable for sportsmen.
None of the above are superior to the others, but obviously one of them is more special over the rest.
If I think hard enough, I still can’t think of a situation where anime has made my life significantly worse or unhealthier. Seriously.
Hell, I’ll be the first to admit that Free! gave me that one push I needed to join a swim team, and boy, am I loving it, and boy, have I realized my condition wasn’t exactly as optimal as I thought it was.
Maybe it’s because I was exposed to it when I most needed the distraction, or maybe my former love for fiction and anime were a match made in heaven; All I can say is that I wouldn’t be the Selena of today if “anime” continued to be a strange thing meant for strange people.
I’ve met countless of people thanks to it, I’ve realized my dreams thanks to it. It made me more open minded and it has become something I can rely on.
It might sound dramatic and exaggerated, but I promise that I am 101% serious. And what about you? Imagine your life without these “Chinese cartoons” and ask yourself wheter you’d want to be that way or not.