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Published on 03.31.2016
Anime is part of Japanese culture, and it has been exported all over the world with its dazzling array of detail as well as gripping storylines which are able to capture the attention of the masses. In fact, Western comic artists and cartoons have also caught on the anime fever some time ago, leading to a more Eastern evolution of its art form. We shall discuss the differences between Anime and Reality.
Not everything seen in anime is as it is in Japan though, so what are some of the aspects of anime that are pretty much accurate in real life? The crazy characters who are imbued with super powers are definitely fictional, and most of their reactions are over-exaggerated in a loud, brash way. Japanese tend to be politely quiet wherever they are, which is a direct opposite of what you see in animes.
Realism of the backgrounds in anime and manga tend to rate highly though. For instance, some anime go to the extent by actually scouting the area in advance, snapping photos of the surroundings before translating it to the anime. There are numerous examples of that, and the Initial D series is one of them -- even using actual sounds from the real vehicles in order to up the realism ante.
Another famous scene in animes would be those that involve a school setting with students in it. Most of the time, students are shown chatting with one another in a classroom with no teacher in it. In real life, there might be a break of approximately 10 minutes before the next class begins because the previous one ended earlier, but the exposition of the storyline might be stretched to half an hour in an anime.
Characters who sleep also tend to have a "nose bubble" to denote that they are catching forty winks. This happens in babies a lot, but it also does happen in Japan. Perhaps this is why a lot of Japanese people wear face masks whenenver they are up and about in public -- to hide the "nose bubble" if it ever decides to pop up, or for simple hygiene purposes.
The school uniforms depicted in manga tend to show the popular girls at school with shorter skirts than the geekier ones. By right, the length of the skirts are the same, it is just that the "cooler" girls roll up their skirts higher to show more skin.
Another anime scene that has stuck in our minds would be plenty of students hanging out at the roof of their schools, more often than not chilling out. In real life, they do happen to do that -- although it is not allowed and neither is it expressly banned, but students just hang out there after school to grab a bite from their bento box or simply to have a quiet place for a chat.
Oh yeah, the kind of zany hairstyles that you see in anime which spike up in a million different ways, might actually be true. Most Japanese have awesomely thick and coarse hair, which allows the hair to stick out in a million different directions. However, in real life, Japanese do not have large, blue eyes, and dyeing one's hair blue is not commonly practiced. The large, anime-like eyes that you see on many selfies and Instagram shots these days are the result of cosmetic contact lens augmentation.
The kind of food depicted in animes are a good reflection of what you would be able to find in Japan though -- and Japanese do actually hold in their mouth like how a squirrel carries nuts, perhaps it is part of their efficient psyche that causes them to do that.
What other kind of anime trends that you see are also true in real life?
(Source:Rachel and Jun channel)