I’m reading Hyperion, thanks to Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu… ok more specifically Yuki-chan. This is not the first time, anime has prompted me to venture outside of its sacred boundaries of fandom (typically characteristised by the ritualistic sacrements of DVD/manga purchases, anime figure worship and establishing shrines via anime-blogs), to dabble in secular activities such as reading a sci-fi book. I’m actually enjoying Hyperion for what it is rather than trying to second guess the book’s symbolism in SHnY. (Actually I don’t believe the book to be significant to the plot anyway.)
Nevertheless, it suddenly became interesting to think about all the non-anime related activities I got myself into due to anime. Well Zyl’s recent entries shows that I’m not alone here as his dinner dishes were inspired by SHUFFLE! and hmmm…. I’m suddenly gripped with an apprehension of seeing Zyl on “So you think you can dance” doing the Haruhi finger-twiddle…
Anyhow, here’s a few of my anime-inspired non-anime-related activities in my several years of dabbling in The Great Art.
So many times has anime prompted me to do google/wikipedia searches resulting in an expansion of horizons beyond the scope of the series itself. The 2 examples I can remember (there’s definitely more) are firstly Matantei Loki Ragnarok and how it actually sparked my curiosity on Norse mythology causing an extensive reading. Second being Evangelion, which ignited a brief self-study on the Dead Sea Scrolls and the myth of Lilith.
Shaping RL perceptions/interactions
Themes in animes are often pick out and picked apart as my significant half and myself dwell on controversial issues that some of these series have brought up. The 2 topics we are currently wrestling with are the legitimacy/feasibility of siscon and the relativity of beauty (both in the RL context). Some differences in opinion but tentatively we have agreed on not putting our son and daughter in the same room, especially if they be twins.
I have also often been ‘accused’ of choosing a “most anime-like girl” for my life partner. Recently, someone even went as far to say she looks like Shirakawa Kotori even though we both know she’s more Nemu-ish inside.
I remember borrowing Catcher in the rye from Zyl after seeing half of GITS – Standalone complex. Unfortunately, I’ve only read 5 pages of it. At least I’m doing much better with Hyperion. Was also tempted to pick up Anne of the green gables after watching ROD TV some time back.
Acquistion of new skills/abilities
I learnt Go after catching Hikaru no Go. No, not from the series itself since I skipped all the after-episodes lessons. I was just inspired to downloaded a free Go software, played and learnt. I also went for Japanese lessons years ago, not long after watching Love Hina
in hope of starting a Japanese harem
Well, nothing very exciting really. Maybe if I were younger, I might have started an SOS dan on campus but for now, I’m just grateful for the occasional lay indulgence that anime permits.