Intro: Japanese Anime Culture

Intro: Japanese Anime Culture

For those who aren't that familiar with the topic

Traditionally, animated films or television shows had been entertainment methods designated for children.

However, over the years, as various forms of animated films began to grasp the trending themes, animation, namely Japanese anime, has become an extremely favored form of entertainment for young adults.

The “big three” of the anime world, One Piece, Naruto, and Bleach, has had numerous fan art, fan fiction, cosplay, and other means dedicated by fans to popularize their beloved series.

At the same time, many slang terms also emerged to cope with this growing trend:

Weeaboo, someone who is obsessed with Japanese culture or anime.

Senpai, which originated from anime and manga, refers to someone who is older than you and of whom you look up to.

Kouhai, which originated from anime and manga, refers to someone who is younger than you, and is the opposite of the meaning of senpai.

Otaku refers to someone who stays at home and does not have a social life.

Such slang words are only a few of the mass amounts of slang incorporated by young adults to adapt to the anime culture.

Japanese anime depicts highly creative worlds and stories that are created in an array of categories. They target different age groups, genders, interests, and hobbies, and utilize the ability to manufacture any storyline possible using animation to design realms of imagination. Needless to say, they have crafted a brilliant entertainment market.

Unlike most American animation, not all characters in Japanese anime have “happy endings.” At times, the death of a major character would set a heavier mood for the trending anime. Such was the case in Naruto and One Piece, in which the death scenes of major supporting characters were used to make videos of “epic death scenes.”

Of course, the big three animes cannot define the anime world. Though anime lovers certainly have watched any of these three, the chances are that most have not watched the entire series since all three contain over 300 episodes.

The “normal” anime length, which is the number of episodes that animes generally consist of, ranges from twelve to 26 episodes. Some animes that have maintained their top-page popularity ranking of anime viewing sites include the Future Diary, which sets up a terminal world where a survival game decides the next God.

Attack on Titan, where the main character is one of the few people who is able to transform into humanity’s enemy, the titans.

Code Geass, which tells a story of vengeance against the ruling royal family.

Guilty Crown, where the main character eventually save the world from a deadly illness.

These are only examples of some known “must sees” of the Japanese anime world.

Over the past decade, Japanese anime have successfully been incorporated into modern children and young adult’s culture. We shall wait and see the future success of this popular culture.

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To The Friends I Won't Talk To After High School

I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.


So, for the last four years I’ve seen you almost everyday. I’ve learned about your annoying little brother, your dogs and your crazy weekend stories. I’ve seen you rock the awful freshman year fashion, date, attend homecoming, study for AP tests, and get accepted into college.

Thank you for asking me about my day, filling me in on your boy drama and giving me the World History homework. Thank you for complimenting my outfits, laughing at me presenting in class and listening to me complain about my parents. Thank you for sending me your Quizlets and being excited for my accomplishments- every single one of them. I appreciate it all because I know that soon I won’t really see you again. And that makes me sad. I’ll no longer see your face every Monday morning, wave hello to you in the hallways or eat lunch with you ever again. We won't live in the same city and sooner or later you might even forget my name.

We didn’t hang out after school but none the less you impacted me in a huge way. You supported my passions, stood up for me and made me laugh. You gave me advice on life the way you saw it and you didn’t have to but you did. I think maybe in just the smallest way, you influenced me. You made me believe that there’s lots of good people in this world that are nice just because they can be. You were real with me and that's all I can really ask for. We were never in the same friend group or got together on the weekends but you were still a good friend to me. You saw me grow up before your eyes and watched me walk into class late with Starbucks every day. I think people like you don’t get enough credit because I might not talk to you after high school but you are still so important to me. So thanks.

With that said, I truly hope that our paths cross one day in the future. You can tell me about how your brothers doing or how you regret the college you picked. Or maybe one day I’ll see you in the grocery store with a ring on your finger and I’ll be so happy you finally got what you deserved so many guys ago.

And if we ever do cross paths, I sincerely hope you became everything you wanted to be. I hope you traveled to Italy, got your dream job and found the love of your life. I hope you have beautiful children and a fluffy dog named Charlie. I hope you found success in love before wealth and I hope you depended on yourself for happiness before anything else. I hope you visited your mom in college and I hope you hugged your little sister every chance you got. She’s in high school now and you always tell her how that was the time of your life. I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.

And hey, maybe I’ll see you at the reunion and maybe just maybe you’ll remember my face. If so, I’d like to catch up, coffee?



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