I love anime. I love manga. There are great stories in them. There are amazing set pieces, and action, and super powers. There are awesome adventures in some, and delicate romances in others.
In every story there are amazing characters.
But these aren't the reasons why I began really loving anime.
What really began my love for anime was how I could relate to so many of the characters. In many of my favorite animes, the main character, or one of the characters, has the intense feeling of loneliness. They are isolated for one reason or another, and often find themselves without friendship, or someone to care for them.
For a long time I was like that. Lonely, without any real friends around that cared about me. I was kind of adrift. So seeing some of these anime characters feeling the same things, albeit in different (and sometimes exaggerated) situations made me feel more okay. It made me feel less alone.
Nowadays things are different than they were. I have some amazing friends who I love and love me, in our own weird ways. I have a girlfriend who I'm crazy about and who's pretty keen on me too. I have a lot to be thankful for. I have found my nakama.
But the lessons from anime still run deep. Not just about feeling lonely and then finding friends, but protecting those friends at all costs when you've found them. Your nakama are your pride, your life. These are the people you swear by.
My friends are like my Team 7, or my Pirate Crew, or my Guild. They are the people who have my back, and so I have theirs. No matter what. And anime is something that has helped to instill those values in me. So that is why I love anime/manga.
How about you guys in the community?