I shall start this post by posing a question? What does anime do for you? I’ve talked to a lot of anime fans and they’ve given me various stories about how anime has affected them in different ways, whether it be their response to a specific show or a character, or just the general habit of watching anime. Either way, we all have stories about how anime has changed our lives. Here is one of mine.
During one of my semesters of university, I was having a very difficult time. I was having a difficult time dealing with my school work while also trying to get a better understanding of the potential my degree would have for my future and what I should do now to prepare. Needless to say, I was stressed. I found myself unable to sleep at night. I would toss and turn but my mind was so active that I couldn’t manage it. As a result of my restlessness and stress, I developed a chronic jaw condition due my constant teeth-grinding at night. Overall, I was finding it tough to manage my life.
Then one day, I decided to re-watch a show that I hadn’t seen in about a year: Lucky Star. Why this show? Lucky Star is actually more than just the basic slice-of-life synopsis. It’s a parody on anime, specifically slice-of-life, while also adding bits of commentary on otaku culture. Really, I mean it. By spending 20 minutes of the first episode seriously discussing the proper method with which to eat a chocolate crepe, they are making a rather blatant criticism of things like K-On!, where the show can just suddenly turn to utter inanity.
This is what I remembered about Lucky Star from back then. Because it was so “boring” due to it’s parody, it wasn’t especially brain-draining, and since I hadn’t watched anime in a while due to my workload, I thought this might be a good way to still keep close to anime. And so, I tried watching a few episodes at night to help me go to sleep… AND IT WORKED! The show ended up putting me to sleep all the way through to exams (I even had it playing in the background as I studied for a couple of exams).
I still cannot completely explain how Lucky Star of all things was able to help me, but it did and it has left an indelible mark on me. I have this strange relationship with the show now that I doubt I will have with any other, and I’m not entirely sure how I feel about the whole affair. That being said, I am thankful that I had something during that time, and now I’ve forged a deep bond with Lucky Star, my own personal connection.
Thanks for reading this embarrassing little anecdote, I hope you liked it. Have a great day!