I've been a huge fan of Anime since I discovered it in middle school and I've seen so many definitions about it. But before we get into definitions, let's take a look at some book. One survey in USA found The Bible and Atlas Shrugged to be the first and second most influential books in the country. Now let's compare those with a book like Fifty Shades of Grey because that's also a book. Do you think it's a good comparison? I mean they are both "Books".
Let's take a look at another word: "Gamer"
Let's take a look at two avid gamers getting their faces beaten in their professional life:
Now can you make me a definite that accommodate those two individuals as avid gamers. I mean Henry Cavil almost lost his role as Superman because he was busy with World of Warcraft.
Don't Define Anime - Define What It Means For You
This is my wisdom nugget after consuming thousands of hours worth content. I've read all sorts of books and I've watched all sorts of movies, television and web content. It's a wide world and they can mean a lot of things. I've seen so many describing movies as an escape or gaming as an addiction. They can be true if that's what you are going after and they will make your life worse. Believing in some pipe dream perpetuated by some genre of movies will not help your life. Wasting you time on Candy Crush is just as wasteful as social media vanity. But you can choose to move away from this Fifty Shades of Grey side of things and embrace something greater.
The above article barely touch the surface. These products we call "Just Entertainment" can have more impact than books which we simply read.
"Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.
So I'm going to show you what Anime can be and I'm going to ask you to get involved. This is bit of an exercise and there will be spoilers. But let's say you weren't going to watch any Anime in the first place. Spoilers wouldn't matter to you. I'm not taking a lot of time and I'm going to keep you entertained as presented in the philosophy of Dragon Ball according to Wisecrack.
Anime Story Music Videos
ASMVs are the best way I know to help people get a broad understanding of what Anime can be for them while having a great time enjoying content without a whole lot of commitment. No need to read curated lists or try some episodes of series you "might" like. Just watch some of these and see if they have anything for you. Please make sure to watch full screen. Just watch this one and you'll realize why it should be watched full screen.
Now how many of you thought it ended before it actually did?
There is more:
Those were some old ones. Sometimes an ASMV could be better than a trailer. If you haven't watched a more mainstream show like Attack on Titan, see if this would get you interested:
Creators comment: This anime is just amazing.from the first episode i watched i wanted to make an amv of it.The clipses i used were from episodes 1,2,3,4,5 and 7.i wanted to add episode 6 too clipses cause of mikasa who is by far the best heroin in anime history but the amv would be too long.
Basically I wasn't even spoiling the story.
Time For Something Inspirational
Here Are Few That Are More Philosophical
Did You Find Something For Yourself
You have officially scratched the surface of what anime is. It's not country. It's not a technique. It's not even a style. You could say that it's more of an idea. Anime goes far deeper than any other audio-visual medium I know of. It's also more complex and far more daring than than most movies can ever hope to be. Even french cinema can't really compete. If you had to push the boundaries of storytelling and own crazy and silly and badass entertainment while historically being the most progressive and inclusive audio-visual medium on the planet; that can capture the idea of Anime to a great extent.
You never got to see the truly deep and convoluted parts because what you see in ASMVs tend to be the more shallow parts of anime. You did hear that right. Whatever you saw in those videos are shallow. Many of them didn't even had good animation. I'm really not exaggerating.
Now are you interested or will you go back to the same old?
PewDiePie has come a long way from being that guy screaming while playing Amnesia: The Dark Descent. I was never really a fan of him and the video is a little reductive and over-generalized. But I do have to say that he has got some points. We have one cookie cutter model of film making and story structure taking over most of the film industry. They even made the new Predator movie into a MCU style action comedy (according to reviews)
So if you are looking for something more fresh, different and something that is more than an escape, you can give a chance to anime and let the medium change and inspire you. I won't totally leave to your own devices either. Here are few reccomendations from me: