How is everyone today?
I’m K, a twenty-something year old (most times I honestly forget my own age). Want to know something interesting about me? Well, I would love to skydive one day! If anyone wants to pay for me, let me know! All jokes aside I’ve recently graduated and I still don’t know what I want to do for the rest of my life. If you guys do, let me know!
I am a BIG fan of anime, my love for this beautiful genre started at the tender age of 6 when I was first introduced to DragonBall Z. I think most children’s memories when it comes to TV channels were channels like; Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon and Disney Channel. Not that I’m saying mine wasn’t, oh it was! But I also binge watched anime on Toonami and Jetix. It wasn’t until I reached the age of 10 and I watched Naruto did I realise there was a massive difference between the American cartoons and what I now know as anime.
(One time I even tried painting my face like this!
I didn’t get far before my mum caught me!)
I can see it now. Its 2006 and I’m sneaking downstairs at 6 am fully dressed for school and sneaking in a couple episodes of Naruto before I leave the house to go to school. You are probably thinking what a nice mum I have, but that actually wasn’t the case. As soon it reached 7 am I would sneak back upstairs and pretended I just woke up. Such a fun time! Take me back!
But alas, all good things must come to an end, because once Naruto ended I honestly thought it was an end to a era! I wanted more of this beautiful world that I found for myself. I can still remember the intense fight between Naruto and Neji (episode 62/63) how glorious it was but that’s a talk for another day.
Once I knew what anime was, I discovered manga and ended up taking a trip to my local library. I found more manga than I could put my hands on and I mean this literally since I was only allowed to take 11 books at a time.
Anyways! Getting back on topic as someone who has literally devoured most genres of anime and manga alike, I was a bit shocked to find there was actually a gender divide between the men and women who watch anime! I didn’t really know a lot of people who watched anime at my time, (damn I feel old!) I could probably count on one hand but it wasn’t much of an issue to be honest. I wasn’t bullied for liking anime, I did get a few “At your big age you’re watching anime?” But I would reply with a simple middle finger and keep it stepping.
Fast forward a few years and its college times, I remember playing basketball with a group of guys and I hear ‘Itachi is so hard!” Me being me, I get excited and this how the conversation more or less went:
Me: Oh! You talking about Naruto??
Them: Um… Yes?
Me: I love Naruto, have you seen the latest episode?
Them: You watch Naruto?
Them: Prove it. Who’s the Third Hokages grandson?
I was honestly shocked, flabbergasted really. Firstly why do I even have to prove myself to anyone? Did I stutter? I said what I said sir! Secondly, could you honestly not think of a harder question? I mean seriously? It’s almost as if God forbid they are scared to be on the same level as women for even liking the same thing. I didn’t really think of this until I saw it happen around me where girls were being questioned about liking anime, or even being teased for liking Shoujo anime only and not having a variety of anime to watch. We can’t seem to win anywhere it seems.
It’s honestly such a sad world we live in, if we can’t even express our love for anything without being questioned by men. *Sigh*
I could go on, but I would be here all day! Has this happened to anyone? Thoughts on this? Please share! I would to hear them.
P.S: To all those college boys if you are reading this I still hate you. Xoxo.
Until next time! K out!