Discussion Time – Sharing Your Passion

Tonight, I’d like to try something a bit different from the usual “Off Night” posts. I know that the streaming episodes are getting a bit old – so, after it’s done, the feature is finished. It was an experiment that just didn’t work out. Ah well – C’est la vie.

Two nights ago, Matt Brown presented a heart-felt piece on anime, the need to share it, and the way we tend to hide our interest instead. In the piece, he brings up a particularly interesting sentiment – something I’ve heard from fellow enthusiasts, albeit in less formal terms:

Anime isn’t contraband, though, and there’s no reason to hide what we like from anybody. What we like has artistic merit and entertainment value, even if it’s necessary to dust off Cowboy Bebop (or just about anything else from Sunrise) to prove it. The thing is: I don’t know about you, but sometimes the fact that I can’t share my love (or hate) of a particular anime with real-life acquaintances bugs me, and just watching more anime won’t make the feeling go away. We need other people more than we need something to pour our feelings into. Without fresh perspectives, what starts as a transformative experience becomes a broken record of tired sentiments.

So, tonight, I’d like to take the discussion to you, dear reader. Have you tried sharing your favorite titles with friends or family? Do you keep things to yourselves? Why is this?

And, ultimately, do you enjoy anime as a personal experience, or do you prefer sharing with friends?

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Samantha Ferreira

Samantha Ferreira is Anime Herald’s founder and editor-in-chief. A Rhode Island native, Samantha has been an anime fan since 1992, and an active member of the anime press since 2002, when she began working as a reviewer for Anime Dream. She launched Anime Herald in 2010, and continues to oversee its operations to this day. Outside of journalism, Samantha actively studies the history of the North American anime fandom and industry, with a particular focus on the 2000s anime boom and bust. She’s a huge fan of all things Sakura Wars, and maintains series fansite Combat Revue Review when she has free time available. When not in the Anime Herald Discord, Samantha can typically be found on Bluesky.

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