Well when i watched School Days it made me feel diffrent about the relationships i get into if you wanna say that's a moral lesson.
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One of the duties of those who entertain us the responsibility to understand their own subject matter and what it can mean to those who bear witness to it. Film makers, musicians, artists; each know that their audiences are affected by their work in some way, shape, or form. Whether or not they choose to take that opportunity to teach us something they feel is relevant to the day and carries weight outside the theater, concert, or any presentation is solely up to them.
I am of the belief that even anime has this capability, that a gifted staff of people working on a series, OVA, or film in the anime genre can tell us something that moves us. Anyone who has watched a film like "Barefoot Gen" can attest to this.
But what is being made today that is relevant to this interest? Can you think of anything? What can the makers of anime try to do to make an impactful work for us, their loyal viewers?
The only thing that springs immediately to mind is Welcome to the NHK, which, in the end, is about taking control of your own life, despite the pitfalls of addiction, obsession, and rationalization. Hiding isn't living, no matter where or how you choose to hide, which is illustrated by the continuing bad choices of the main characters. It also shows us that you can't look to others for salvation, but there is nothing wrong with accepting or asking for help in claiming your own salvation. There was a lot of serious behind the hilarious.
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I don't know. Paranoia Agent's thing about people externalizing their problems through consumerism seemed kind of moral-like at the time.
Anime very often times have moral lessons. I'm sure plenty of the ones I've watched carry moral lessons. Right now, my brain's a little fried, but I'll be back with a good, in-depth response to do this thread justice. ^.^
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Well an the obvious choice would be Naruto, protect important ppl bla bla. But i think most animes have at least one lesson to learn from them (whether there morals or not)
Death Note comes to mind, and the moral is that absolute power corrupts absolutely. Unfortunately not all Death Note fans seem to have picked up on that...
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Each anime series I've watched parted both entertainment and learning experience. I would never get into a series if I wouldn't be value adding to me as a person.
If I were to choose an anime series that carries a relevant lesson in life, it would have to be Golden Boy. It's shown at the start of the episode that Oe Kintaro is struggling because he's still unfamiliar with his current job. As the episode goes on, he's beginning to feel comfortable with the job and adopts to it eventually. At the end of every episode, there's always a "told you so" moment...
I can relate to it very much because I'm kinda slow starter too. However, when I'm able to adjust with the given circumstances, most of the time I'm performing my job effectively and efficiently...
They ALL have morals. Some are just more (or perhaps too) obvious than others.
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Digimon teaches many lessons about friendship and family values, most episodes have some kind of teaching in them about something.
Chobits is considered a classic and a fan favorite among Otaku world wide. This is partly because of its entertaining story and lovable/well performed characters but it is also because it holds an idea or moral that is very relevant to most core otaku.
Don't fall in love with what isn't real.
In Chobits, the main protagonist, Hideki experiences several situations where the idea of "is it ok to love a robot" emerges. This moral battle is a progressive theme for the whole series and concludes in a way that although many claim to be unsatisfying and inconclusive, shows that it is ok to love something that is not real, but not to fall in love with something that isnt real.
Otaku sometimes slip into the illusion that they are indeed in love with one of thier favorite characters, but they are not real, and so it will never be a positive experience for them. This is the moral Chobits tried to show.
Cowboy Bebop teaches you a lesson about what happens when you leave things in the fridge too long.
More or less every anime tries to say something. Usually it's the importance of our chosen ones and the others(what is usually referred to as opponents) die(I don't consider this moral btw). A cartoon I thought had good morality lessons was Bravestarr for the older ones here.
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Cardcaptor Sakura teaches all about friendship, love, and courage.
By making and having her friends, Sakura starts to get the courage to go out and get the Cards, and by the end of the anime she goes from a scared crybaby to Master of the Clow. And even falls in love too.
Okay~Elfen lied pop's in to my head when i think of Anime that have a strong moral lesson! I think the lesson that this show try to teach, is that all humans need love and acceptence, You could traspond the Diclinours goes through for evrey raceism, sexism really any ism
Gosh there are so many. Where would you start?
I've also found that anime that I watched when I was younger, if I watch it again, I get something else entirely out of it because I am older now and have a different understanding.
Like when I saw Akira the first time. I was pretty young. Maybe 10 or 11. The first time I watched it, I thought it was a warning against experimenting to far, you know, trying to be like God. Now when I watch it, I get the sense that you should be extremely careful what you wish for.
Today, I'd say that anime falls into two categories. Being overly subtle, to the point where the message is sometimes lost, like in Paprika. Or being too overbearing, like in Monster. The children's genre's all say the same thing now. Be good to your friends, fight your destiny, do your best, never quit.
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I'm not sure of the great moral lesson in it, but I recently viewed "La Maison en Petits Cubes." Literally about a guy who's world is submerged under water and he has to keep building new cubes on top of his old house to keep from drowning. At first I wanted to think he's this miserable little guy, but it's quite different from that.
Beautiful, short animation. Lots of depth to it, without a word being spoken. Everyone here should watch it. It won't really take up that much time.
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