-Pushpamithra, I Year B.A. English
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According to the Oxford dictionary, friendship is defined as, “the emotions or conduct of friends; the state of being friends” or simply the relationship between friends. Friends are a portion of life. We can’t do without them most of the time. After all, we’re all just humans who need someone to laugh with when we are happy and support when we are down.
“There are people in this world that enjoy being alone, but there isn’t a single person who can bear solitude.” (Makarov Dreyar from ‘Fairy Tail’)
Anime is one form of entertainment that lets us know that giving up is not an option and that it’s okay to lose sometimes (not taking the antagonists into account) or to be considerate about the people around us. One of the most prominent messages is the moral of friendship but sometimes it is exaggerated.
In anime like Naruto and Fairy Tail, they believe that they can do anything as long as they are with their friends and sometimes give false hope to people (especially introverts) that extreme dependence on someone else is the only option.
On the other hand there are animes like Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou (The Daily Lives of High school Boys) and Kimi ni Todoke which are extraordinarily ordinary. They portray friendship like how we know it in our lives. Usually, slices of life with comedy anime which give us a realistic portrayal of relationships. But sometimes, we need a high stakes drama that keeps us on the edge of our seats. Or maybe a nice tragedy for us to cry a river about.
Friendship and the power it holds over us is incredibly important to most of the anime plots. Anime showcases some of the greatest and moving examples of friendship in all of fiction, containing sacrifice, loyalty, devotion and support between the characters and it shows that friendship can come in all forms- between people of the same gender, opposite genders or even different species!