Hi guys, just something I was thinking about over the last few days when considering buying a few series of anime for the first time as a hard copy (I’ve always streamed).
What’s an anime that means something to you or connected to you in some way. For me, this anime would most likely be Welcome to the NHK. At the time of watching this anime, I had minor social anxiety that I dealt with every day. This went away when I grew a little older but it was pretty terrible to live with. To put it simply it was a feeling like being ill where I was self-conscious to the point of feeling slightly withdrawn from the world around me, blocked out by some kind of shell. Whenever I spoke or did anything I felt vulnerable, like everyone would judge me for it. The result was I ended up doing very little in life. I avoided talking to people I didn’t know very well and this just made things worse. The problem was this led to depression and I ended up wasting a good few years of my life mourning all the lost time that I could be spending making friends with other people, which in turn wasted more time. Ironic, right :).
I remember being upset that nothing was happening in my life but the truth was that you need to DO SOMETHING yourself in order for things to happen. Events and good things don’t just fall into your lap, and this is what Welcome to the NHK taught me and helped me get over this slump and improve my life in general. Because once I started engaging more with the world around me I felt more positive about myself because I wasn’t wasting time moping around anymore.
Welcome to the NHK is a hilarious anime about a guy called Tatsuhiro who is a hikikomori. In other words, he suffers from an extreme level of social anxiety which causes him to be a shut-in who rarely leaves his home. The story was actually written by an ex-hikikomori and I could really tell because the show illustrated so perfectly what it was like to be someone with any level of social anxiety.
K, so that was a little deep but I’m interested to see what anime connected to you and why. It doesn’t have to be depressing either lol 🙂 I just wrote this on a whim seeing as I wanted to start discussion posts with you guys. So yeah, feel free to comment your anime in the description below. See you tomorrow for the fan art post :D.
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