Browsing across the internet, anyone reading this will know that you find some pretty strange, surprising and down right crazy comments. This morning while browsing through the MAL forum (a site you know I love, oh, so much from my last post) and found one user asking if other people feel as if western media was, generally speaking, better than anime.
My immediate reaction was shock – this is one of the home of western anime fans, how can someone be mooting the idea that anime isn’t as good as western TV and films. Between then and now, I have taken stock of the situation, searched some more and found that this is a pretty common topic. I’ve also come to the realisation that not only is such a suggestion not a bad thing, but it’s actually a really good one.
I really like anime, and watch a lot of it as a result; although I don’t dislike western media, it would be fair to say that I would rarely choose it over a new and interesting anime. In this feeling, I’m sure that I’m not alone and that many of you reading this would, at least to some extent, agree with me. However, I think it’s important that as anime fans we’re not only aware of other types of media, but also in the know about the newest crazes in our own bit of the world.
Anime fans will often brand those who don’t like anime as ignorant – not appreciating the medium, not because they inherently dislike an anime that they once watched but, because they don’t want to give it a go in the first place. I, myself, have criticised friends of mine who are unwilling to try anime on this very premise. All of that said, it stands to reason that to stand on my high horse and share my experiences of how great anime can be and, why it is often better than other types of entertainment media, I should experience that media for myself too.
Don’t get me wrong, I think most fans of anime are probably also fans of most western entertainment as well – being a fan of one doesn’t mean that you’re not a fan of the other. On the contrary, I think to enjoy one ‘better’, it’s best if you appreciate both.
That said, personally my preference is for anime, and as anime fan I’ll be searching for reasons why it’s worth watching, not why we should be watching something else.
How do you feel about comparing anime to western media? Do you actively prefer anime to other types of entertainment or does it depend on the show? This one really made me think, so I’d love to know what everyone else’s opinion too!