That’s right, isn’t it? It certainly sounds about right. After all, what would any of us do without our anime fix? To us, anime amounts to more than just a lifestyle. It’s just as crucial as air or water–perhaps even more so, from time to time. When it comes down to it, anime really is a matter of life or…Well, no. Wait a second here. Anime is great and all–really, it is. But as crucial as it might be to the everyday lives of some people (the author of this blog shamelessly included), if that’s all there is to it, why is the question of ‘is anime life?’ even worth asking?
Because ‘life’ adds up to more than just the wants and needs, hobbies and passions of one man or any man. Life is every emotion and every struggle and every interaction of people, anywhere, ever. Even then, it’s so much more than the sum of its parts. It’s what it means to be alive–what it means to be human. That’s big; In fact, it’s so big, it’s what every person on the face of our planet spends their life trying to experience and understand. But with the benchmark set so high, how could anime, of all things, possibly amount to so much?
Because each anime is a story, told by others just like us. Every character is subject to the same emotions and mortality as we are, in their own way–and just like we strive to do, they find a way to overcome those things. At the end of the day, an anime is an attempt to share just a little bit of that ‘life’ with the people who watch it; Whether or not they succeed, though, is a separate matter.
That’s why we ask the question–what’s more, that’s why we have the blog:
“Anime is Life?”