[Eight] My Opinion – Or Lack There Of

In the past, I never really had strong opinions about anything. My feelings towards anime, video games, TV shows, or any other forms of entertainment fell into two major categories. I liked it or I didn’t like it. If it managed to get some kind of emotional response from me, I decided that I liked it. Or even if it didn’t, if it entertained me in some minor way and if it was positively received by the people around me, I liked it. My opinion was largely influenced by my gut reaction and the general reception of the thing which meant that I didn’t really have much to say when I was asked why I liked a thing.

This changed in my first year of university. In the weeks leading up to my first year, I watched the entirely of the Monogatari Series up until the most recent episode of Second Season. While watching the series I knew that there was a lot going on and that I liked it, but I couldn’t quite pinpoint what and the reason why I enjoyed it. I remember very clearly trying to explain Monogatari to a friend of mine and why I liked it, only to end up linking them to the MAL summary.

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Not the best decision I’ve ever made.

Later that school year, I read B0bduh’s Monogatari essay and it really opened my eyes to the intricacies in anime that I was missing all these years. It was only after reading this essay (and half a million other essay written by other ani-bloggers) that I started looking more deeply at anime and media as a whole. Things like cinematography, authorial intent and biases, and unreliable narrators became things that I started to notice and understand. It made anime a lot more interesting for me and gave me something substantial to talk about with the people close to me that were also fans of anime.

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This year for me came with a different kind of change. After first year, my opinion was still highly influenced by the people that I followed. It was – and still is – pretty hard to not have my opinion be affected by the people I respect, particularly because I didn’t feel confident in my ideas and thoughts enough to disagree. This year however, I found that my feelings towards anime differed from the bloggers I follow and the people I talk to regularly. I feel a lot more informed than I was in first year and more confident with myself and my ideas.

This is probably the reason why I decided to create this blog in the first place.

And for that I’m eternally grateful.

4 thoughts on “[Eight] My Opinion – Or Lack There Of

  1. Pingback: [Five] The Varying Shades of Sakura-sou | A Carriage Return

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