Greetings! After an exhausting week, I decided to take part in Sentai Filmworks digital screening of Made in Abyss: Dawn of the Deep Soul. (I serious recommend checking out this film, it is superb). I got my computer connected to my large screen television, got my favorite cold beverage and strapped in for a wild ride. The film was as expected a wild and emotional ride with an ending which while entertaining to watch was not without it’s tragedy. Later that night I was sitting around thinking about the film and how much I enjoyed it. Then this question pops into my head- I just had a frustrating and exhausting week, why did I pick this to watch over something more light hearted to watch? Then I got to thinking a bit more and realized that quite a few of my favorite anime fall into the same category. Series such as Re:Zero, Steins;Gate, Anohana, and Your Lie in April are some masterful anime that can leave an emotional toll on you after you watch it. I have my favorite comedies and absurd series sure but they don’t compose my entire favorites list by any means.
So that begs the question- why do I enjoy anime which bring out such emotions and feelings? Why with all the bs that is out there in the world do I want to be reminded of it in our entertainment? It is really an interesting question if you think about it. For me I want to avoid most things that make me miserable. My job and the people I work with don’t make me excited for getting up each morning and going to work and on the weekends I try to avoid anything that I associate with that. The amount of negativity and negative news out there seems like it is at all time high. It’s natural to want to avoid such things.
So why do such emotionally brutal series appeal to me? Do I love to see people suffer and the world burn? Of course not. I’m not a person who takes pleasure in that. Well, after some thought I think there are multiple reasons why. The first is that such stories are a reminder for me that the things that bug me are small in the grand scheme of things. My gripes with people and the day to day bs is nothing compared to what some of these characters go through. A good narrative conveys this well because you are afforded the opportunity to get more than just a cliff notes version of what they went through. Sure narratives are always exaggerated and warped to make experiences more entertaining but the core emotions and feelings of the characters always shine through.
Another reason that I am sucked into to emotional series is that despite the dark or melancholic nature of some series, there is also tied with them a glimmer of hope. There is always a chance that the characters will succeed, the chance that thinks will turn out all right. And even if the characters don’t get the ideal ending, they get an ending that usually changes them for the better. This applies to life as well where we almost never get what we want but we get an experience which strengthen us and cause us to grow. And when we do succeed that victory is that much more sweet because of it wasn’t an easy road to get there. That is a powerful message especially today with all of the events and uncertainty that is in the world today.
I think at the end of it all, I like experiencing a series with an emotional roller coaster because it is an escape for me and a reminder that I can tackle the problems that I am dealing with and that said problems are nothing in the grand scheme of things. This seems a bit cliche but absorbing myself in an emotional narrative lets me forget about the things that I am feeling stressed about and helps me to appreciate the good things in life. These characters take their trials and become better people and that is something that I can certainly that I need to be reminded of from time to time.
Thanks for taking the time for reading this. Like I said in the intro this topic came to me on a bit of whim and I thought it would be cool to share with you. Do you enjoy series/films which can be seen as emotional or depressing? If you dd\o, why do you enjoy them? Please let me know down below or on Twitter (@railgunfan75). So until next time, this is railgunfan75 signing off. Stay safe, stay respectful, and stay geeky my friends! See you soon!