To Moe and anyone who wants to leave the Anime World,
Hi, fellow otaku! 👋
I heard you lost your motivation to read mangas or watch anime and is thinking of leaving the Anime World. I would like to tell you my thoughts on that matter, be it as a hero as said in the event or as a friend even though this is my first time talking to you or simply as a fellow otaku who loves anime.
I hope that by reading my letter, I would convince you to stay. 🙏
First, let me ask you. When did you start watching anime?
I started watching anime when I was in elementary. There are a lot of animes on TV that time. I can’t remember what was the first anime that I watched but I think it is between either Naruto or One Piece or Slam Dunk. 😆😆
I watched One Piece then. I still watch One Piece now.
Isn’t it amazing how a person grows up with the characters in an anime? Sure, they may never age or only years pass in the anime plotline while several years passed in the real world but you were with the characters when they were having their adventures. That in itself is an adventure for you.
We all know that anime is an escape from reality. We are all experiencing something in the real world, be it struggling from studies or having too much school works to do or having responsibilities such as being a student body officer or disappointing people or getting a series of unfulfilled dreams or struggling to find acceptance or finding a place where you belong or seeking a family that will accept you for who you are or looking for a place where you can be who you truly are.
But anime is more than an escape.
Anime is a lesson.
The way stories are told in anime reflect reality. Sure, there are a lot of impossible things happening in anime since it is the 2D world.
But despite all the comedy and funny memes, the Anime World is an alternate universe of adventure, romance, courage, and friendship.
Yes, I know we still have the real world to focus on. But leaving the Anime World is not an option. Anime is the world we chose to be in long ago; it was our choice.
Second question: Do you still remember that feeling when you got hooked in Anime?
As Bokuto once said to Tsukishima, you will know that moment you started to get hooked on something. That moment will certainly arrive and from then on, you will know that’s the moment you can’t get enough of something.
I quote Tsukishima: “It’s just a club.”
It’s just Anime. But that anime is something you give your attention, time, and effort to. It became important and is now a part of your life.
I want you to remember that feeling — that feeling of wanting to watch a newly released anime or searching for a manga you liked; that feeling of never getting enough of Anime.
Last question: Why do you love Anime?
I love anime because:
It is beautiful. 😍
It is inpirational. 😲
It cures boredom. 😏
It is interesting. 😎
It has ALOT of ikemen. I could probably publish a book containing about my fangirl feels about my anime crushes. 💕💕💕💕
It has cute shotas. Like look at those cute faces 😊😊
It introduced me to yaoi. Welp, who could blame me on this one? 😉😉😉
It makes me smile. 😁
It makes me laugh.😂
It brought me to Anime Sama. 😋😋
I could probably state several other reasons why I love Anime.
Just because you lost motivation or you are focusing more on the real world doesn’t mean you need to leave the Anime World.
Would you leave someone or something you love?
Rayleigh from One Piece said, “Maybe nothing in this world happens by accident. As everything happens for a reason, our destiny slowly takes form.”
You watch anime for a reason. You got hooked in anime for a reason. You are here in Anime Sama for a reason. You made that event for a reason. People are rescuing you for a reason.
You don’t have to binge watch animes or read mangas. Don’t feel outdated or left behind. Everyone is willing to fill you in on the latest anime or recommend awesome mangas.
And being older and mature and having more resposibilities doesn’t mean you need to leave the Anime World. Gintoki from Gintama (I researched this quote since I haven’t watched Gintama YET) said that, “The way to live a full life is to be a child, no matter what your age.”
Everyone has a story to tell. I bet you have awesome stories to tell and anime wisdom you could share with us. We are willing to listen. I am willing to listen.
You are feeling lost or unmotivated now but the light that will guide you will come. There are a lot of people extending their hands to help you — to rescue you.
YOU ARE NOT ALONE.
Your situation is similar to what author’s call a Writer’s Block. Writers just can’t write when they have that. And you know what they do? They take a break but they don’t leave their work unfinished.
So, yeah. Take a break. Relax. Don’t leave.
*cue Sakuragi’s tensai pose*