Can we outgrow anime?|
Wow, it's been awhile since my last editorial. In fact, I don't think I even did the last one. Oops!
As everyone knows, we all get busy at times and have to shake up our routines a little bit. Well count me as one due for a shake-up. I'm currently house hunting (Me, owning a house... freaky). It all makes me feel like a grown-up instead of a free-spirited youth just out of my teenage years. Heck, I haven't even watched any anime lately. So it got me thinking, I wonder if I'll ever outgrow my passion for anime or is it something that's ingrained in me, part of what defines who I am?
Do you know people who have outgrown anime? I know that my interests have changed over the years as I discover new things. I used to read horror and mysteries, now I read almost exclusively fantasy fiction, with no interest to pick up a book by Stephen King (Save the Dark Tower series of course). It's hard to imagine not chatting in #anime or not looking forward to new series, but based on past events I can't help but wonder if I'll get to a point where I say, "enough of this. I'm just not seeing anything new here."
Part of what makes it hard to say for sure is that a lot of my hobbies are things only recently enabled by the computer/internet growth that's occurred since the mid-90s. Teens and young adults have embraced chatting at a much faster rate than older adults, and it's also a great enabler for anime, attributing for quite a bit of the increase in anime sales here in the United States, at least in my opinion. I wouldn't have heard about anime as soon as I did if not for IRC!
These aren't time-tested hobbies like building furniture or um, fishing or something. Even video games, another activity I enjoy, didn't really explode until the 90s. As we grow older, will our interest in these activities change, replaced by the pressing needs of real life? Probably to some extent. But it also could be like music, each new generation finds a unique musical taste and that often stays with them for the rest of their life. Still, when you're 50 can you imagine saying you like what most people will equate to a "cartoon" with a straight face?
I sure hope so. Our ability to imagine, to dream a little, and to think up strange new worlds, crazy characters, and live their lives for a bit is something I never want to lose.
Saturday, October 11, 2003