Can you guess where this is from?

For this post, I’d like to spend some time exploring what art is and why anime qualifies as this (unfortunately, there won’t be much anime-wise, sorry). When you look at this picture, what do you think? How do you feel? (If you’re crying, I can understand why. ^_^) I truly believe anime is an artistic medium. But what is “art” anyways? Excuse such a philosophical question, but by all means, what is it?

Nearly everyone I know says it’s a way of expression. Others say it’s the application of creativity and imagination. All my art teachers said it’s anything you create with emotion. My brother says its video games. And my sister says it “pretty stuff”. :3


You could say art is something that makes us more thoughtful and well-rounded humans. Or “It is something of the heart”. On the other hand, art can be things like a cup or desk – y’know, aesthetically pleasing stuff? You might say “Art is in a constant state of change, so nobody can really pin down what it is.” You might even say “Art is subjective, and means something different to every single person on earth.” This can be the truth.

From a factual perspective, “Art is form and content.” Form as in the elements, the principles of design, the actual materials used.
For content, it is as in, what is meant to be portrayed, what IS portrayed and the reactions to intended and actual messages. Ok, enough beating around the bush!

No, not that bush.

By definition, “art” is: “The quality, production, expression, or realm, according to aesthetic principles, of what is beautiful, appealing, or of more than ordinary significance.” Meaning everything that was said above… is true. All of it. Not joking. I’m freaking serious. Ok, maybe you guys aren’t that surprised.

“1000 Words” by yuumei on DeviantArt

To me, art is something much more; it is a story, a story of all the best and most beautiful things in life, and the most horrific and darkest parts of the world. Art is the most powerful form of expression – it can easily express and invoke emotions in ways 1000 words can’t. They tackle difficult topics, and have celebrated for it.


Topics like love…


Reason # 1 why I love Clannad.




…is never the answer.


Conquer of Shamballa.


The “Truth” is cruel.



You know who he is.

They’ve all become critically acclaimed worldwide, and rightfully so. They dared to explore humanity’s best and darkest side; the true and ugly realities of the human condition. They venture into uncomfortable territory, and find the truth hidden from within. This is the stuff art is made of. Anime is capable of exploring this harsh territory, moreso that any other forms of cartoons out there. It’s what I spent my entire life studying, and is one of the biggest reasons why I love anime so much.

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