“What are the consequences of what I’ve just done?” Ah, the famous words of Mrs. Puff when she decided to give Spongebob a driver’s license and everything went horribly wrong. I’ve thought about this phrase quite a few times over the past two years. Why? Because I pushed my mom into the bottomless pit known as anime.
I would like to tell you all the story of how my mom quickly became an anime lover and the lessons you can learn from it when showing anime to people for the first time. (i.e. Don’t make the same mistake I did.)
Oddly enough, it wasn’t until my mom started watching anime that I found out how much she hated it. When I was little, I grew up watching the classics like Pokémon, Digimon, Yu-Gi-Oh!, and Naruto. I remember vividly that she didn’t really care for me liking those things, although she never stopped me from watching it, nor did she threw out my stuff.
Over the past two years, she told me how much she actually hated it. She said one thing she couldn’t get used to the art style, but I think the main reason she didn’t care for it was because of my aunt. Apparently, my aunt used to watch anime; and from what my mom suggested, what she would watch was definitely more…adult. (That could refer to levels of violence and gore, but I’m unsure.) Therefore, my mom thought that pretty much all anime was like that.
Skipping ahead to 2013 when I started college, I found some friends that got me more into anime. It was at this point over the next few years, that mom felt we started to grow distant in our likes. I grew tired of watching our movie collection 1,000 times because we had nothing else to watch; therefore, I would go to my room and watch anime instead. This was harder for mom because we only have each other.
This became a growing pressure for her to possibly try watching anime.
In the following year, in 2014, I started to cosplay. Mom and I always enjoyed costuming and movies; which is why one of our favorite shows is “Face Off” on the Syfy channel. Around the time I started getting my first cosplay together, Syfy came out with a new show called “Heroes of Cosplay”. I saw the previews and wanted to watch it, and of course, the amazing costumes caught my mom’s attention.
I’ll never forget the day mom was driving me home and she said she had watched the tail-end of an episode of “Heroes of Cosplay” on her own…and loved it. She was blown away by the craftsmanship of Yaya Han on her Red Queen dress from the “Alice: Madness Returns” video game. Seen here: http://www.yayahan.com/portfolio/costumes/red-queen-alice-madness-returns
We watched the show again together, and I explained to my mom that a vast amount of cosplay comes from anime. It was then that she started to say she finally might be up for trying to watch it.
By May of 2015, I had two cosplays in my closet and I started work on my next project: Writing a fanfiction for my favorite anime, “Durarara!!”. My mom always loved reading my stories when I was younger, and she really wanted to read the fanfic I was making. As much as I wanted her to, I explained that she would have to watch the show first, otherwise she wouldn’t understand anything. That started to interest her more, until eventually…she said she would watch it.
I hope you enjoyed reading this! I’ll continue the life lessons next time. Lates peeps!
Update: Here is part 2! https://www.usanimedirect.com/ruined-everything-introducing-mom-anime-part-2/