Anime as an art form has become increasingly popular within western society. Several aspects such as anime, cosplay, manga, and games have taken over the world. The visual narrative and compelling storylines have been able to capture the imagination of audiences – especially young adults and teens. With great content, the viewers and readers are able to gratify their perception owing to mind-boggling plot and character development. Though anime began its journey in the 1900s, it’s only in the last 30-40 years that it has been able to penetrate to the other side.
History of Anime
The oldest animation – ‘Imokawa Mukuzo Genkanban’, was released over a hundred years ago in the year 1917. However, in 2005, an undated 3 seconds film consisting of fifty frames was found in Kyoto. As per the discoverer, Naoki Matsumoto, this film can very well predate the original 1917 release. It’s incredible to see that an increasing number of people are growing interested in this form of art – which is an inexpensive way of storytelling when you compare it with live-action films. Anime as a mainstream content genre was inspired by Disney’s style of animation, most notably, Bambi and ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’
Inspired by Disney
Japan’s cartoonists created their own version of the animated stories after drawing inspiration from Disney. In the early 1900s, Shimokawa Oten rolled out five movies. He was later succeeded by Kobayashi Shokai whose technical expertise is revered to date, and has an immense contribution to the world of anime. He has created more than 15 movies as an animator.
The reason why I decided to write Anime’s brief history is that today, it’s a multi-billion dollar industry. So, it’s natural that as an anime lover or one who’s just looking to get into it, should know about the heritage. And now that you have a fair knowledge about it, let’s jump to our main topic – r/AnimeSuggest.
My recent experience on r/AnimeSuggest
Quite recently, I upvoted two posts on this subreddit. First, was a suggestion where a user was asking for a Rom-Com where you don’t have to wait until the last episode, 2 seasons, or 2 movies, for a single kiss. The requirement was clearly stated and thus he was able to generate over 200 responses from fellow anime heads.
My second experience was a post wherein the user wanted suggestions for Rich guy/poor girl, old-ish romcom. His query attracted more than 370 upvotes and received more than 50 suggestions. That was super cool to see so many people helping you watch what they perceive as the content that fits your needs.
About r/AnimeSuggest – Community & Members
r/Anime is described as the perfect platform to suggest an anime, manga, light novel, or visual novel that you’ve seen and loved. You can also ask about what to watch, read, or play next. The community has 191,000 members out of which 800-1500 members are online at any given time. This subreddit was created on August 27, 2011, and has been stationary in recent times.
If you love anime-related reviews, suggestions, and in-depth discussion this is the perfect platform to do so. This subreddit is filled with personal experience, positive feedback, listicles, and creative take on anime, manga, and other forms of animation.
How to access r/AnimeSuggest?
If you’re already a Reddit member, you can simply type ‘r/AnimeSuggest’ in your search bar and join the subreddit. However, if you aren’t well-versed with Reddit and are not present on the platform. You’ll need to create an account and confirm your email address. Once you do so, you’ll be able to follow subreddits, comment on posts, and even post anything on any of the subreddits.
Moderators of r/AnimeSuggest
With 192,000 r/Anime is a medium-sized Anime community on Reddit. This number is not a small one and thus it does require more than a couple of members to handle the day-to-day proceedings on this subreddit. At the time of writing this review, there were six mods on this page – ‘AutoModerator’, ‘AnimeSuggestMed’, ‘messem10’, ‘chiefnoah’, ‘Herbrax’, and ‘Dorrn J’.
Why should you follow r/AnimeSuggest?
r/AnimeSuggest is filled with interactive content. It is one of the most interactive communities on Reddit. You ask a question based upon the format provided by the mods, and you’re likely to attract 20-30 responses on average. Even a basic question such as ‘Is Haikyuu worth watching?’ attracts nearly 900 upvotes and 210 comments. The best part about this community is that everybody is super cooperative and you don’t have to think twice before posting a query. Most of the content on this platform revolves around anime suggestions, anime reviews, character development, and listicles.
AnimeSuggest might not be the biggest anime community on Reddit but it does have an amazing engagement rate. For each post that I browsed today, more than 50 of them had over 20-25 responses. This is such a confidence booster as you know that you can rely on the members of this subreddit. I myself posted a question regarding which anime I should watch next, and based upon my input, many people recommended ‘Death Note’. And after completing the series, my faith in this subreddit has grown over time.
Browsing & Navigation
Since most of the content on this platform is text-based, you won’t face any loading issues when browsing and navigating across various sections. You can stay up-to-date with the community even when you’re on a stable internet connection. There are a few ads in the feed and on the sidebar but those don’t hinder your browsing experience. They’re well-placed keeping the overall user experience in mind.
Though the amount of upvotes on each post are less, the comments and interactions are too good for a community this size. Even in regard to Reddit Gold, I saw more than 15-20 golds across the popular posts in the past 6 months. A fascinating aspect of this subreddit is that you’ll find more gold being awarded in the comment section than to the actual post itself. And that’s understandable given it’s the user comments that provide helpful content.
Filter by flair
Not unhappy with this particular section. There are four main options – ‘Meta’, ‘What to Watch?’, ‘What’s this From? (unsolved)’, and ‘Series Specific Question’. These are quality filter options given that you can get your queries solved within a short period if you use the right flair. Most of the time, it happens that I cannot recollect a certain scene from a certain anime, and so I just use the image and add ‘What’s this From?’ filter and the fellow community members are at the rescue.
Important rules you must know before joining r/AnimeSuggest?
If you’re an anime head, you’d love this subreddit. However, before you join this subreddit, make sure to follow the rules and guidelines of r/AnimeSuggest so you don’t end up violating them.
1. All posts must be tagged with the right flair
2. Be Descriptive
3. Use Spoiler Codes
4. NSFW posts are not allowed
5. Search before you post
6. No illegal content
7. Be positive
Not the most fascinating subreddit, but I can appreciate the efforts for a unique community icon. There’s a light blue cover at the top followed by the standard Reddit menu featuring ‘sorting features’, ‘Join option’, ‘filter by flair’, and other options.
Most Upvoted Content on this subreddit
1. I’ve burnt myself out on watching anime, so I will probably be taking a long break from it. Although I really wanted to make a suggestion list for this sub, so here you go! – 1,700 upvotes
2. I made a list of Anime everyone should watch. Each with a short description and sorted by genre – 1,600 upvotes
3. Any anime for an 80-year-old man? – 1,500 upvotes
4. I’ve been in a coma for 5 years, what great anime did I miss? – 999 upvotes
5. In the wake of the tragedy, some KyoAni shows to watch – 965 upvotes
Most Upvoted Content 2020
1. Watch Steins; gate if you haven’t already! – 911 upvotes
2. Need help finding anime I watched as a child – 909 upvotes
3. Anime You Think Absolutely Everyone Must Watch – 863 upvotes
4. What anime scene do you think can make anyone cry without watching the show? – 852 upvotes
5. Is Haikyuu worth watching? – 854 upvotes
r/AnimeSuggests is your ordinary movie suggestion community. Herein, beginners and devoted anime fans seek other’s opinions regarding certain content. So, whether you’re a 20-year-old searching for your next series or an 80-year-old wanting to start your anime journey, this is the place where you can find it all.