It’s time to start the new year with a blog carnival apparently. Iso of Nabe!! tagged me, so it makes sense that I participate in it, just as a courtesy. But then I saw the topic, and thus, I started to groan. It revolves around anime and wish fulfillment.
My initial reaction was of, “Aw man, what am I gonna think of?” Since it involves me escaping to anime worlds that I wish I could be in, or places where I’m allowed to do a number of things. My only worry was what anime has drawn me into their world that I would want to be, that I know that I could never experience? That was when I decided to remove at least a bunch of my misconceptions and started worrying about the now. Start comparing the real world that I live in and compare it with some anime.
Welp, I put on my thinking cap, checked out my MAL list, and came up with some works of potential escapes.
The Ability To Use Magic in Fairy Tail
This is kind of a cheat addition. I’ve only watched 13 episodes of the anime. But I have been recently been reading the manga volumes, and while the series has its ups and downs, I find myself wondering how it would be cool living in a world where everyone can use magic. This mostly stems from the Edolas arc, where magic is limited — it makes me wish I had no constraints with that.
Magi and The Arabian Culture
No, it’s not quite Arabian Nights, but it’s pretty rare to have a setting like this in anime, so to see it in animated form is pretty cool. To live out in a world where there’s nothing but sand, but there are magic carpets and all sorts of other fantastical things would be interesting to live in. Of course, it would also be nice to have a djinn like Ugo by my side too, and maybe have the same kind of luck Aladdin has with the ladies. If that can be considered luck!
Training, Dragonball Style
This is probably the only anime on this list that is somewhat realistic, but also was somewhat of an inspiration. Dragonball Z may be the more popular anime in sales and name recognition, but Dragonball is the better anime. It doesn’t stall every episode nor does its treat most of its characters like nothing — it actually gives everyone a role, whether it is small, or a major role. Goku is of course the main hero who wins in the end, but he at least got some help without the use of the Dragon Balls all the time, and he manages to become a hero using his own strength taught by masters in a human world. The teaching and fighting part is the most important thing here; I was partly inspired to take Karate because of Dragonball back when I was in middle school.
Getting All The Girls in The World God Only Knows
It only makes sense that I add in a title that has something to do with A) The kind of theme for this blog B) A favorite series of mine C)My avatar. And the more I think about it, it makes sense I would somewhat want to have Keima Katsuragi’s life. Basically, strip away his hatred of “3D girls” and somehow lesson his output in playing Eroge and you have a high school student who can somehow get the girls to fall for him. This would of course turn the series into an 18+ hentai anime, which is why he has his eccentric personality, but nonetheless, his penchant for picking up girls is probably most desired.
So ok, I think I named some anime where I wish I did x or lived in y and all that good stuff. If you can actually think up better examples than me, go list some anime you’d like to escape to below or just participate in this whole blog carnival madness.