Society Doubts – Can an Otaku Learn Something new from Anime?

Posted On December 10, 2009

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Watching a fictional character’s life doesn’t exactly mean we’re learning something.

Around my area, especially in my high school, people degrade anime to the point that they believe that it’s all just fanservice and/or entertainment. They take anime as sci-fi, since most anime have characters with supernatural powers that defy the laws of physics. In their point of view, it’s very understandable. Someone who hasn’t taken the time to study a subject cannot possibly understand what it’s about. In my previous post, I have talked about animated children shows and how they can teach them new things about the world. However, what about the animated shows for the older audience? Since the older otaku audience is more experienced with the world, can an otaku learn something new from anime?

Let’s take this from different points of views. First, the society. Well, the one I’m specifically describing is the general American society (the way I see it to be honest). They believe that anime can’t exactly teach anything new. It’s just a cartoon that children should only watch when they grow up because it’s entertaining and uses up their time. They can possibly get something new from it, but most anime shown on channels are action based. People tend to form their opinion about subjects either from other people or from what they see. Since channels in America mostly show (action based) anime to children, people will believe that anime is only for children. Purely entertainment.

Now, my otaku point of view. First of all, yes, I know, most anime IS made for fanservice and entertainment. That’s not the point. Anyway, every otaku knows (or should know) that anime isn’t all about action, panty shots, more action, and more panty shots (with a possible fap here and there). There is a variety of different anime that have perspectives that ranges from high school (which is a lot), sports (like Cross Game), and even professional jobs (like Skip Beat). From this point of view, it’s clearly obvious that there is a way to learn something new.

Is that Math? Is Minatsu really trying to teach me Math? Then again, factorials are fun! 4!

So, can an otaku learn something new from anime? My opinion shouldn’t really mean anything since I’m part of the otaku point of view, but it IS possible to learn something from anime directed to the older audience. Of course, there are anime out there that was made to teach people something new, like Moe-tan for English or Hetalia Axis Powers for History. Comedies can give information, like Seitokai no Ichizon with the quote of the week or Minami-ke with the slice-of-life. It is also possible to learn something from action anime, like To Aru Kagaku no Railgun with Misaka’s, ‘Electricity + Metal = Magnetic field’. Now, I can’t guarantee that someone WILL learn something new. The question above asked if an otaku “can” learn from anime. They certainly can, but they have to be willing to learn.

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3 Responses to “Society Doubts – Can an Otaku Learn Something new from Anime?”

  1. KageSenshi

    imo, theres one thing anime (and novels) usually have, and will always find something new related to it – philosophy, either directly or indirectly 🙂

  2. Shockerz

    I always learn something new watching anime for example “Welcome to NHK” I learn what’s MLM, life philosophy, eroge related industries and so on. Other good example is Moyashimon I learn micro-biology and Noein I learn about quantum mechanic & complex physics.

    Anime pretty much provide a lots of new things compare to the general views of people who clearly do not have an in-depth knowledge of it.

    Sorry to be forthright here but on the flip side Otaku are people who usually have more knowledge compare to the average joe on the street. This is what I observed don’t take it as it try observing around and you may see the difference.

  3. NegaAnon

    The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya has numerous references to famous psychologists, novelist, scienctific theories, and scientific principles. Not to mention the complexity of the series that comes together like a jigsaw puzzle which forces critical thinking if you wish to understand the plot.

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