Student Gives Anime a Try

Radford University student gives several animes a chance during the 2020 lockdown and now loves it and plans to continue watching.

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Photo by Tim Mossholder: Depending on who your friends were and what they enjoyed, you probably were like me and didn't give anime a chance.

By Christian Millsaps | cmillsaps1@radford.edu

Like many Americans, I was always skeptical of getting into anime. I have heard all the stereotypes and reasons why the genre is considered by some who haven’t yet given it a chance, “weird and probably not for you.”

Depending on who your friends were and what they enjoyed, you probably were like me and didn’t give anime a chance.

I didn’t even watch Pokémon as a kid, so I definitely had no introduction. But, thanks to my fiance, last year during the lockdown, she finally convinced me to give it a shot.

[epq-quote align=”align-left”]I saw her finish an episode and decided why not give it a shot?[/epq-quote]

We weren’t really watching anything at the time, and she was already rewatching Naruto. I saw her finish an episode and decided why not give it a shot?

I was not only pleasantly surprised by how funny the show was, but I was also impressed with the deep and addicting stories the show told through all of its 220 episodes.

I was wrong not to give anime a chance and judge a book by its…well, by the opinions of others.

Not only have I found something new I enjoy, but I get to enjoy it with a loved one.

I have now gotten through the entire “Naruto” series and have moved on to “Naruto: Shippuden.”

If you are like I used to be, I encourage you to give anime a try. Don’t worry about what you have heard or what people have told you.

[epq-quote align=”align-right”]Maybe you like it, maybe you don’t, but at least you gave it a chance.[/epq-quote]

Maybe you like it, maybe you don’t, but at least you gave it a chance. You might find out you were missing out on something you love.

There is comedy, deep plots, wild moments, and hundreds of episodes to get through. Great starters are “Naruto” and “Avatar: The Last Airbender.”