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If you’ve never seen a Japanese Animation or anime as it is popularly called, you’re missing out. There are several unique characteristics that allow anime to stand out from american cartoons, TV shows, or movies.
1. The majority of them have unique, original, plots
Many of the TV shows and movies seen today often have very similar or almost the same plot attached to them. Very few come up with something unique, and when a unique movie or TV show comes up, it becomes very popular. With anime, it is guaranteed that the story will be unique and different every time (although some might argue that some of them are very strange stories, they make for interesting ones nevertheless)
2. The art style is unique
Anime has a very unique, captivating art style that is pleasing to view.
3. The character development is amazing
One of the most notable features is the character development in anime. Every character (even the antagonist) has various goals, problems, and every character is relatable. The audience is able to sympathize with and understand the different characters and their motives. The audience feels more involved and is interested in what happens to the characters. This exceptional amount of character development and involvement in the plot is one of the things that sets Japanese animation apart from American animation, TV shows, and movies.
4. Most of them actually have an ending that is satisfying
Most American made cartoons and TV never end. They end up being episode after episode of “filler” content. Overall plot gets lost and useless. Many American TV shows have an unsatisfying or horrible ending.
The American Dream has always been a popular idea, from its birth up until today. The idea being that any man (or woman) can live a prosperous life, by their own sweat blood and tears. It is often popularized by movies such as Rocky, or books such as Of Mice and Men. Often there is a varying difference in how hard people are willing to work to achieve their goals in life. It is often seen that some people are willing to go the distance to achieve their goals, and some quit at the starting line. It has been found that these individuals that are willing to go the distance have a stronger response to dopamine in the regions of the brain associated with reward, a possible reason for their unending resilience. In reality, hard work comes down to different individual’s brains.
Links for further research:
People often hold “Brainstorming sessions”, where no criticism is allowed, in order to come up with a new idea. Most of the time these brainstorming sessions are found to be utterly useless, as many bad ideas come up and many ideas tend to lack originality. However, in a situation where constructive criticism is open, more original ideas come up and better ideas overall result. Our brain needs criticism to be more creative. This is why people hold debates and Socratic-style seminars, in order to invoke creativity from the human brain.
Trust is perhaps one of the most, if not the most, valuable thing in our society. Much of our societal functions depend on trust. In The Count of Monte Cristo, the Count opens up an account with Danglars, and because he is rich, Danglars trusts him and as a result Danglars opens up an account with him, which eventually leads to his downfall.
Here are a few links on how the brain trusts:
People often view failure as the worst thing that can happen to a person. I had an earlier blog post where I discussed how sometimes it is best to just give up on certain pursuits or tasks. Earlier this year I began a side project with several friends and, long story short, it ended up failing. The main reason for this failure had to be the fact that it was not a need in the community and it was too inconvenient. What I’ve learned as a result of this failure is to be very careful when starting a project, and to ensure that it will be a need in the community. Something very important when starting a side project is to publicize it as much as possible, and as a result, develop an audience that is looking forward to the result and will help you reach that result. It has often been found that failing at something and correcting it helps people learn more than doing something right the first time. When something fails, make sure to take the time to reflect on it and treat it as a lesson.
People often say money doesn’t buy happiness. In most cases they’re right.
Would it really hurt to be rich?
It usually is.
But how does your brain distinguish that something is too good to be true? What allows the brain to differentiate fantasy from reality?
Jealousy is an emotion that actively effects a person’s motives and goals. The majority of the time, jealousy results in a negative outcome. Oftentimes the main source of conflict in a specific book or movie is a result of the jealousy of one character. For example, in The Count of Monte Cristo, the character of Danglars frames Dantes and has him placed in jail because he was jealous of Dantes’s success and happiness.