Many believe that anime and manga give foreigners and Westerners a wrong and distorted view of what the real Japan is like. Is Japan really different from anime? We will discuss this in this article.
It is clear that in Japan we do not find struggles with powers, supernatural and absurd things as they happen in many animes. Apart from that, anime tend to represent Japan's vision very well for the Japanese.
Is Japan different from animes?
Anime looks a lot like real life because producers and creators go to schools or prominent places just to take pictures and make their animations based on real life environments and scenarios.
The Japanese also create their works based on their life stories, cities, establishments, shops, festivals, events, singers, idols and many other things that represent real life in Japan.
Of course, animations are still a way for Japanese people to get out of their reality. So many are fanciful or not in line with real life. We can see it in the characters' hair, body and eyes.
I assert! Most anime perfectly represent real life in Japan. Still, Brazilians living in Japan and even Japanese, say that Japan will disappoint those who met him through anime. It will be?
Some people only believe in things by seeing. During my trip to Japan, I came across several situations that made me think I was in an anime. Unfortunately, many do not even try to live experiences.
I personally believe that Brazilian newspapers generalize more than anime. As much as they only present a certain event, they manipulate people much more using emotion than the anime themselves.
It is worth remembering that the fact that anime fail to show certain things does not mean that it is causing a wrong view of Japan, it is just maintaining a focus on a certain subject or reality that may be different for some.
Are Japanese the same in anime?
In anime we have Japanese hospitable, fun and that make us fall more and more in love with the culture and customs of Japan. Unfortunately some Westerners and Brazilians who live in Japan have a different view.
Many are not able to get along with most Japanese, who are mostly grouchy elderly or stupid teenagers. This does not mean that anime ceases to represent these bad characters.
It is obvious to imagine that each human being is different from each other, but those who are passionate about Japan and those who hate living in Japan, cannot reach any middle ground.
Animes perfectly represent the personality, culture and custom of the Japanese. If you disagree with this, you are probably associating with the wrong Japanese, or you are simply generalizing.
Even the screams, language, clothes, accent and other characteristics are perfectly represented. Yes, the Japanese really do speak and act that way. Japan is really bizarre as it looks in anime and dramas.
Even the strangest personality you find in an anime, you can be sure that you probably have a similar Japanese. The Japanese write their stories based on their experience and their own culture.
Most Japanese do not like anime or just watch each other. So don't even try to chat randomly with anyone about your passion for anime. They are just drawings!
What are the lies presented in the anime?
Rarely will you stumble and fall on Japanese girls' breasts or panties in schools. The school uniform is not short as presented in the anime, although the Japanese actually roll up their skirts to stay short.
Some schools turn a blind eye, but most do not allow shortening the skirt inside the school. Outside the school on the way or on the trains you will meet Japanese students with extremely short skirts.
Some details in schools are changed in the animations. Most schools do not let students have lunch on the roof. Many things that happen in anime end up being less intense in real life.
In the anime the characters laugh out loud and make faces. In real life this can happen, but it is not common. They value respect for the environment and laugh softly. The way of talking and reacting to things is still identical to animes.
O student council it has no supreme power over the school like anime show. They only help teachers to organize events and organize things.
Young people in anime use a different language that should not be used in real life. Although some young people really talk in such a way, anime kind of exaggerates a little, causing some Westerners to learn Japanese the wrong way.
Below I will list again some lies presented in the anime:
- They do not touch breasts or pull panties;
- They don't always have lunch on rooftops;
- They are free and do whatever they want;
- It has no power over the school;
- They don't speak slang all the time;
- It does not have an informal language;
What are the truths presented in anime?
Some people are suspicious of parents who are absent in anime and children in high school are already independent or even live alone. In fact, I met a Japanese woman whose 15-year-old son was totally independent and was already thinking about living alone.
I also met a couple of friends, children of Brazilians who were simply abandoned in Japan as a child. When you encounter characters in anime with such a past, don't think it's impossible.
All those romantic clichés, shyness, perversion, just about everything is true. In schools, school clubs, festivals, events and the entire educational system is truly represented in anime.
Many disagree with anime for presenting characters with a life full of adventures, while they suffer while working. Many Japanese work as convicts, but I also noticed that there are a lot of Japanese people around.
Of course, there are many other truths in Japan that anime represents well.
I will list below again the truths that anime represent:
- They are independent;
- Tragic past;
- They are shy;
- They talk strange;
- School events;
- They travel a lot;
- They make faces;
- Shorten skirts;
Will Japan really disappoint otaku?
Japan only disappoints whoever wants it, unfortunately life is not easy for foreigners or even Japanese people who depend on a tight workload full of overtime. Life really isn't that fun.
Animes most of the time choose characters that have a life-long life or are young students. The reality of an adult foreigner is totally different, it is not easy to enter Japanese society.
Even young people find it difficult to socialize at school because of a certain social exclusion together. You must have seen in anime a student being excluded by the whole class because of an influential person.
It can be difficult to adapt to the customs and norms that the Japanese have. Still, after you do that, you will see that the doors will open and your whole negative view of Japan will disappear.
Those who consider themselves Otaku and are passionate about anime, will need caution, as they are not well regarded by Japanese society. Still, I believe you will feel in the clouds when you encounter traces of anime everywhere.
If you are a tourist and like anime, there will be no disappointments beyond the prices of anime products (lol). All Japan will enchant you, you need not be afraid or afraid because of some critics.
In case you are going to live in Japan, prepare yourself well for the tiring routine and to face embarrassing situations with some idiotic Japanese. But remember, good and bad people exist anywhere.
Don't let anime distort your view
Although anime portray real life well, remember that Japan is much more than shows animes. Even if an animation presents the daily life or culture, it focuses only on one small thing.
Usually those who are addicted to anime and say they love Japan, do not usually take the real steps to get to know the country. Sometimes you don't even have the real motivation to learn the language.
Don't think you know all of Japan just by watching anime. Most of the time neither the Brazilians nor the Japanese themselves know absolutely everything about the country in which they live.
I myself have asked a lot of questions about Japan to the Japanese and they didn't know how to answer. Knowledge is growing, it will take you a lifetime, but you will not know everything. So don't try to look smarter than anyone.
Some believe they get smarter by watching anime, but in reality it can trap you in the comfort zone and prevent you from realizing your dreams or taking the first steps into reality. So, be careful and control to differentiate the anime world and the real world.
Do I think Japan is different from anime?
When I first arrived in Japan, I found it absolutely identical to animes. Virtually everything I saw and experienced is like most Japanese animations that show everyday life.
In fact I even had difficulty writing this article, since I can't think of things that are a lie in anime. I know there are many, but they are kind of obvious or just don't represent the majority.
Anime teaches important details of Japanese culture, traditional customs, festivals, temples, shrines and castles. These are details that many Brazilians living in Japan do not even know or respect.
Japan is the only foreign country in which I am able to walk freely everywhere without fear and without getting lost. I learned everything I needed from watching anime and they made my trip a lot more satisfying.
I was not at all disappointed with Japan that I met. I made friends with several Japanese and Brazilians, even with strangers I met on the street. I had a vision that many Japanese love foreigners.
If you have a depressing view of Japan, don't get stuck in it. I know it must be boring to come across situations of prejudice in schools or at work where Japanese uncles are already stressed and take it out on you.
Try to change your negative view! Unfortunately this negativity only ruins your life, makes you unhappy and does not help you to find happiness in the little things. Try to associate only with positive and cheerful people, in which you find a lot in Japan.
Animes that represent real life well
Below I will comment a little about my favorite anime that helped me to know life in Japan. seinen which are aimed at adults, better represent the reality of Japan.
One of my favorite everyday anime is Uchuu Kyoudai, which portrays a 30-year-old Japanese man who tries to become an astronaut, showing all the process and difficulty to realize such a dream.
Another very popular anime that most Japanese have watched, is called Detective Conan, he is apparently childish and has some illogical details, but he is one of the ones who teaches more about the culture and traditions of Japan. An anime for the whole family, very smart, remembers CSI and even my mother watches.
You can also search for anime of the genre slice of life. This genre shows the Japanese slice of life, the realism and everyday experiences that the Japanese live in schools or at work, usually involving art, romance, music or sport.
Well, I hope this short article helped to explain that anime do not distort anyone's view of real Japan.
Do you think that anime represents real life well in Japan? Do you think they create a distorted view of reality? I hope to see your share and comment on the subject!