lukestar123 wrote:Okay, basically for my A Level Critical Research I have been doing anime and how there is the view that it is overly violent.
I would like your help and opinions on this. So...
'Is anime overly violent?' Discuss!
Well, firstly it totally depends on the series of anime. There are series that do not contain violence of any kind, for example Ouran High School Host Club or Lucky Star, due to the subject matter of the anime (say if it was a comedy or a romance where violence isn't really necessary)
However, there are many violent anime series. I am going to take Full Metal Alchemist as an example (seeing as it is the only series I have yet seen the entirety of...). One of the concerns of FMA is the segregation of the Ishbalans and the horrors surronding the Ishbal War. There are scenes in this anime when people are shot, stabbed, vaporised and have their heads blown open etc. This is merely showing the pure horrors of war. Yes, it is overtly violent, but I feel that due to the factor of war, this violence is well justified. I don't feel that the anime would be doing itself justice to leave out the blood and gore. I feel that by showing the horrendous suffering that characters such as the Ishbalans endure during the war scenes, it makes the anime all the more poignant, striking a resonance with the audience and drawing parallels to situations like the Iraq War. Therefore, I do feel that anime can sometimes be overly violent, but I also feel that (certainly in the case of Full Metal Alchemist) this violence is justified.