One of the reasons why I love anime so much is that not only is it entertaining, but it can also impart some valuable wisdom. Not the simple type of wisdom like ‘Don’t run out into a busy street’, but real wisdom that can stay with you for the rest of your life. While there are many, many lessons I’ve learned from anime over the years I’d like to share five in particular that stand out in my mind.
Become the change you want to see in the world.
Throughout this particular series, main character Madoka sees many terrible things and suffers through some intense tragedy. Some people would go through these experiences, curl up into a little ball and hide from the world forever. Not Madoka, though. In the end, she sees the injustice of what is happening and decides to do something about it. When she finally makes her wish, she makes it count and changes the system entirely. That’s a lesson I took to heart. If you see something wrong with the world, you can’t be passive about it. Those who don’t act towards change, don’t get to complain about things that stay the same.
Life is meant to be lived.
(Your lie in April)
Despite everything that happens in this series, Kaori is the epitome of this life lesson that so many of us forget about somewhere along the way. With so many different pressures and responsibilities in our lives, it can be very easy to forget that life is short and fleeting. It can end at a moment’s notice and in those closing moments when life begins to fade into black, the last thing we want to have on our minds are regrets. Kaori knows this all too well and lives life to the fullest every chance she gets. That’s an attitude I think everyone should have, or at least fight to live by. Seize the day. Live your life knowing that it could be snatched away at any second. Don’t let a single opportunity pass you by.
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Make the most of the time you have left with people.
This one kind of goes along with the point right above, but I still feel that it’s important enough to list it as well. Not only is your life fleeting and temporary, but so is everyone else’s. If there is someone important in your life, someone that you really care about, make sure that you’re making the most of the time that you have with them. You never know when tragedy is going to strike and they’ll be taken away from you. Tsukasa thought he had all the time in the world to spend getting to know Isla. But then he was informed that his time with her was actually very limited, which led to him deciding to make the most of the time he had left. Don’t be afraid to tell others how you feel because you might not get another chance.
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When you find the person that is right for you, accept them for who they are.
(I Can’t Understand What My Husband is Saying)
In this series, we have a straight laced office lady who is married to a hardcore anime otaku. They say opposites attract and in this case they couldn’t be more right but there’s an important lesson to be taken away from this series: namely that you can’t change the person that you’re meant to be with, only accept them for who they are. Finding that special someone that you want to spend the rest of your life with is an incredible feeling. It can make you feel like you’re on top of the world.
The problem is that in this modern age, people are too used to having things exactly they want, and many folks out there feel like that should apply to people as well. Sadly, that just isn’t the case. People, life partners especially, don’t come in custom orders. So it’s important to remember that when you meet that special someone, you have to accept them for who they are. All of those weird quirks and hobbies of theirs are part of what makes them unique and special and if you can’t accept that you need to move along and let them find someone else who will accept them for who they are.
Learn to enjoy your work.
(Servant x Service)
Hasebe is someone that I kind of idolize. Obviously he’s not the ideal employee and I know that I wouldn’t want someone like him on my staff, but you have to admit: his carefree attitude is something to admire. Every single day there are millions of people around the world who go to their place of employment, and suffer through the day just for the sake of getting by. Maybe though, if those people took a page out of Hasebe’s book and learned to find a way to enjoy their jobs just a little bit, their days wouldn’t be nearly so dreary?
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These are just a few examples of valuable wisdom and life lessons that I have personally learned from watching anime over the years. Has anime ever taught you an important life lesson? Share it in the comments so that we can all gain some insight and wisdom!