Opinion | Anime brings people together, not just for weirdos


Lauren Schutter, Celia Emmert | guest writers, Illustration by Ryan Grutsch

If you asked the average person at Wabaunsee High School what they thought about anime, they’d probably glare at you and say it’s a weird Japanese cartoon. 

They’re only partially right.

Lauren: When I first started watching anime, I was in middle school. My brothers made fun of me, I hid my Pokémon collection from my friends, and I felt ashamed to like it so much. What was so wrong with this type of cartoon? I wondered this, and as I got older I drifted away from it. 

Recently, thanks to my friends, I started watching it again. I love how intense each show I’ve watched is, and the abstract-ness of each universe. It’s completely different than everyday life, and allows a sort of escape. 

Within my friend group, we talk about certain animes we’ve watched together. These shows have made us so much closer, and they’ve given us a great and entertaining way to bond.

Celia: When I started watching anime I would never talk about it to my friends, but now that more and more of the people I’m close to started watching, this topic now comes up in daily conversations. 

I got into anime from a recommendation by someone from my dance studio around the start of fifth grade. I have been hooked ever since. The emotion and story behind the show is addicting and I just can’t help but get attached to the characters/show as a whole. Anime is a relief from the troubles of life and is a way to escape into a new world where anything is possible. It brings my friends and I together in a way that others can’t understand.

Anime brings a closeness to people. If you see someone wearing merch, or someone acknowledges a show, it’s like a bond. It creates a new connection between people; it just creates a new way of life.

Sorry if we rambled on a bit, as Kakashi Hatake would say, we “Got lost on the path of life.”

“oNLy wEiRd PeOpLe wAtCh aNiMe.” 

We’ve heard this plenty of times, so we’d like to show you just how many people you look up to that watch it (and their favorites).

Megan Thee Stallion: My Hero Academia, Naruto

Elon Musk: Full Metal Alchemist 

Keanu Reeves: Cowboy Bebop

Billie Eilish: Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure

Kanye West: Akira

Samuel L. Jackson: Afro Samurai: Resurrection (He produced it!)

Megan Fox: Sailor Moon

Zac Efron: Dragon Ball Z

Michael B. Jordan: Naruto Shippuden

Ariana Grande: Spirited Away

Lil Uzi Vert: Naruto 

Our Recommendations 

• Attack on Titan

• Demon Slayer

• My Hero Academia

• Naruto and Naruto Shippuden

• Blue Exorcist

• Dr. Stone

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