Anime-The Rising Side of Pop-Culture


Ayla Faullin

I’m sure we all have heard or seen some form of anime in recent years: the overly-wide eyes, the unique art styles, and sometimes strange fandom associated with it. For many years, both anime and manga were seen as taboo, but their popularity has been rising in recent years.

Many people were skeptical of anime from two very different spectrums. One reason is that it is animated and therefore must be for children. But this is far from the truth. The majority of anime is rated PG-13 or above for reasons such as language, violence, and nudity, many R-rated shows. Some female characters are designed as fan service, like Yoko from Gurren Lagann, which is not necessarily something you’d want to show to your child. Other shows depict violent scenes and sometimes graphic death, such as Fullmetal Alchemist, The Promised Neverland, and Wonder Egg Priority. 

Some anime is dark and graphic, like Gakuen Babysitters or Ouran Highschool Host Club. Many wholesome romance and slice-of-life shows, like these, do tackle more complex plots and character development that children would find difficult to understand. These shows may be animated but are meant for a teenage and young adult audience. Western culture often sees friendly-looking animation as intended for children, but that is simply not the case with anime. 

People either thought you hated or loved anime for a long time, and there was no in-between. People who loved anime, nicknamed ‘weebs,’ were often regarded as strange or even creepy, but thankfully, this is beginning to change. Now, most people have seen and enjoyed at least one anime, and it is starting to become popular in other countries. One of the most popular ones in America is My Hero Academia, a show not unlike our superhero films. 

Today, Western pop culture is coming to accept more from other cultures, and anime fans aren’t regarded as taboo anymore. There is much anime out there for all genres and interests. Hopefully, the Blue Jay post will cover some more anime in the future. If you’ve never watched anime, you might consider giving it a chance. You may find that despite being animated, it’s pretty interesting.