How to shift into an anime world?
Anime is a type of entertainment that has been loved by many people since it was first created. In Japan, famous anime such as ‘NARUTO‘ and ‘ONE PIECE’ have been broadcasted on TV, and have gained popularity all over the country. These days you can see anime being broadcasted in countries other than Japan as well, which shows just how much of an influence anime has around the world.
Even if you watch anime series or movies once, you start to feel a certain affinity towards them after a while. Many fans even start dressing up like characters from those series! There’s nothing wrong with enjoying those kinds of things from time to time… However, there are now more stories about people who start to ‘shift’ into the characters they like. That means that, for example, you might behave exactly like your favorite anime character if you hear someone calling out their name!
Even after reading this article I still think it’s a great thing to watch anime and cosplay as your favorite character once in a while… But if you really want people around you to treat you like an anime character, then maybe it’s best not to let them know what shows you’re watching.
In Japan, there have been reports of certain conditions being caused by watching too much anime, such as “otaku illness”, which is when the sufferers become unable to tell apart reality from fiction. In some cases these kinds of people can’t even leave their rooms and become completely isolated from the rest of society.
If you find yourself shifting into anime characters, please stop watching anime immediately! Then contact your local anime club or travel to Japan where they can give you proper help 🙂
The Editorial Department apologizes for this article only appearing in English – it is an attempt to prevent people from ‘shifting’ into anime characters that we hope will be helpful regardless of if you know Japanese or not.
How would I live like an anime protagonist?
How would I live like an anime protagonist(assuming that something terrible hasn’t happened yet)?
The easiest way to do this is to go back to a time when you were a child and imagine yourself as a child version of the character. If you were Naruto, maybe you could try living life as if you had Sasuke’s face or something, or if your name was Sakura, see yourself as having Naruto’s whisker marks. It might sound crazy but it actually works because it allows us to identify with them more than we would if we just tried imagining ourselves in their place without any additional information. We are given quite a bit of insight on how they feel about themselves so trying to use their feelings toward themselves makes it easier for you to feel the same way. If you are stuck, try thinking of how you felt as a child. How would you feel if your parents died? How would you feel if no one liked you? You can use these feelings to help paint an image of yourself being them so that it’ll be easier for you to step into their shoes.
Oh yeah, if your character is impossibly strong, have fun trying to figure out what kind of training they did back then because it’s never just given to us unless the person has already become that strong before the story started(which isn’t too common). For example, imagine Naruto learning over 9000 jutsu in his lifetime or Sasuke mastering his eye powers after seeing Itachi do ONE Tsukuyomi and learning Amaterasu during the duration of the chunin exams. That just isn’t possible for a ninja because that shit takes years to master and to imagine someone getting that strong in such a short period of time makes no sense.
How long can it last?
This will go on until you die(not necessarily when you become an old man). So technically, this might not even be considered much different than living your life normally except for the fact that you’d be trying to live like your favorite anime protagonist instead of whatever average person you are now. I know this sounds like bringing the fantasy into reality but if something terrible hasn’t happened yet, then there’s nothing stopping you from doing what you want. Have fun with it! There is only one thing that I need to tell you to be careful of. If something terrible does happen, then it would be the same as another person dying and then spending their life pretending to be that other person or putting that person’s face on themselves because now they are dead.
It might not be much different if your character dies for good so you have to make sure that your character isn’t going to die anytime soon(this should probably go without saying). If there is no way for them to die, then there really is no limit as long as you don’t mind how weird others think you look or act. You’ll find yourself changing back into your old self after awhile but until then, enjoy living like an anime protagonist!
How do I get out of this situation if something goes wrong?
This is probably the most important part of this whole thing. If you don’t know how to get yourself out of this situation, then it isn’t really much different than your normal life except that now everything is more exciting because it might not be what you expected. I’ll assume that there’s nothing physically impossible for you at this point like teleportation or time travel(if that’s even possible) and will focus on getting yourself back to the real world if something goes wrong. The best advice I can give would be not to think about what will happen next and try to just relax as much as possible. This may seem weird but thinking too hard about being an anime protagonist makes it harder for us to imagine ourselves in their placeto develop physical ability in the anime world? How long can it last? How to get out of this situation if something goes wrong(something terrible)?