The first time I watched anime I didn’t understand that it was any different from my usual cartoons. I would tune into Cartoon Network after we finished after school tea. The best cartoons showed between 5pm and 8pm and Dexters Laboratory was a particular favourite. Mainly because of the long-legged antics of Dee-Dee Dexters sister.
The confusion arose because a lot of cartoons back then used Anime as inspiration. Totally Spies frequently used Chibi animation styles to illustrate cutesy moments:
Samurai Jack drew inspiration from Anime fights and settings on a regular basis:
So when i started tuning into DragonBall I didn’t realist that Goku and Jack where from two different worlds. Mainly because my unconscious initiation into Anime was made via dubbed episodes of Goku’s adventures on Toonami.
To be honest I spent the majority of my early teens watching dubbed Anime and not realising that it was anime. The only difference for me between anime and cartoons was that Anime has a deliberate story, character development and fully realised mythos because of this. The announcement of new episodes and new seasons was a HUGE deal in my house.
I remember the day that Jetix announced Naruto like it was yesterday. It debuted on the 22nd of July 2016 and at the first sight of the yellow haired ninja in the orange jumpsuit I knew that I was watching something completely different to the cartoons I’d been mistaking as anime.
Naruto is my favourite fictional character of all time. (Elizabeth Bennett I am so sorry)
An isolated misunderstood black horse that eventually saves the world?? That’s my bag!! Inject it.
Naruto has stuck with me to this day because of the lessons it teaches. Every character grew before our eyes in a real way despite the fantastical nature of the world its built in.
Sakura taught me to surround myself with people that I admire and that can push me to be a better version of myself. Hinata taught me that love prevails above all. ( Even though she stole my mans). Lastly Naruto taught me the importance of breaking violent cycles, and the only way to truly grow is with patience and understanding of the actions of your peers.
All of the Naruto characters can teach you a lesson AND if you can get past being disappointed at how the Manga/Anime concluded you’ll see that Masashi Kishimoto‘s ( writer of Naruto) work goes beyond the scope of Anime and has real world applications.
But… Lets not make this entire post about me fangirling over Naruto.
Naruto was the first Anime that made me realise that I’d stumbled upon a completely different world.
Alas it took until I was 17 to realise that watching Naruto in Dub ( English instead of Original Japanese) was taking away from the entire viewing experience. I must confess that the only reason I even started watching subbed anime ( Original Japenese audio with English Subtitles) is because Narutoget ran out of dubbed episodes.
A MOMENT OF SILENCE FOR NARUTOGET, BLEACHGET AND ALL THE OTHER ANIME SITES FROM THE DARK AGES
See when you watch dubbed anime you are in danger of missing nuances and jokes that make the Anime special. For example DragonBall in Dub vs Dragonball in Sub.
Dubbed Dragonball has the advantage that Goku doesn’t sound like a little bitch but, subbed Dragonball and the voice acting makes the jokes hit harder. I didn’t realise Dragonball had golden moments of comic relief until A, my boyfriend, made me watch some with him.
As I’m writing this I’m thinking of all the jokes I’ve missed by watching Dubbed anime and it’s filling me with pain
So yes, when you watch anime I would advise that you watch it in Subbed and only watch dubbed on the rewatch or with Anime you’re only causally watching.
Fair warning, The Manga and Webtoon readers might beat you up if they catch you watching dubbed anime or Live Actions
If you want to find out what the issue is with live actions please Google the cast of Dragonball: Evolution and compare them to the cast of the anime series. That’s all I’ll say on this subject.
I am an self confessed Shounen addict, Naruto, Hunter x Hunter, Fairy Tail Soul Eater and D Gray Man are a part of my top 10 anime. I’ll watch most genres of anime but I have a list of genres that I wont touch.
- Slice of Life
- Slice of Life
- Slice of Life
- Slice of Life
- Slice of Life
Anime for me needs to have an element of fantasy in order for me to engage. So please never recommend any of the above to me
Anime is something that takes a fair chunk of my spare time. I’m an adult now
so I pay my Crunchyroll subscription diligently and only watch on streaming sites when I cant find it on that platform. I recently stumbled upon Anime Planet which is a free website that’s completely legal and it has a decent selection.
When it comes to Anime and my life outside the house I tend to find that the majority of the people I’m around don’t like/ don’t get it. The most common response to me admiting that I like Anime is “Omg you’re weird”.
All I have to say to the Misbegotten Gremlins that think watching Anime way into adulthood is “weird” is this.
Firstly, Anime much like Cartoon Sitcoms in the West such as Rick and Morty, The Simpsons, Family Guy, American Dad!, features very mature themes and characters that visually a child may find entertaining but they will never understand.
Secondly, it is rude to describe peoples interests as weird, especially considering that all the Karens, Becky’s and Susans in this world have popularised pimple popping videos on instagram!!!!
WE SEE YOU!!
Anime is something that I’ll always make time to enjoy. I’ll be 60 years old teaching my grand kids about how Sasuke’s betrayal of Naruto’s friendship was necessary for their growth. I’ll tell them that it doesn’t matter if Goku has now reached Ultra Instinct 17 Saitama could probably still punch him once and win.
I’ll tell them to stop watching DragonBall because it needs to die!! . I will tell them that I still haven’t forgiven Naruto for starting a family with Hinata when I was patiently waiting for him for 13 years.
And I’ll tell them that like Anime, Manga and all of its counterparts is a hobby worth fostering.
P.S, i’m currently watching Fire Force, Naruto from the beginning and I have Tower of God lined up. Please comment any recommendations you have 🙂 xoxo