Why is empowerment such a prevalent theme in so many anime shows? As well as motivational messages that go with them.
The crushing conformity of the society of Japan destroys any hope the masses have of being something special. Why do you think teenage protagonists are all the rage?
Because then you don't have to explain why average joe suddenly can be the hero of the story.
>motivational messages that go with them
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>Why is empowerment such a prevalent theme in all forms of fiction?
Fixed for accuracy.
Because the hero has to have a special power, why else would he be the hero?
Yea basically this, nothing better than a good power level
Because that's the most basic and simple way to tell it. I mean when the "theme" of your series is something around dealing with revenge, growing up, the virtue of perseverance or whatever, I have a hard time to imagine a story that doesn't involve any form of "power" of some sort.
the only time when a series doesn't have an empowerment theme in some fashion is when it's a tragedy
>I have a hard time to imagine a story that doesn't involve any form of "power" of some sort.
I guess I didn't make it clear in the OP, but what I meant was that in anime the empowerment is most commonly portrayed in a very "0 to 100" fashion, where it's instantaneous instead of gradual, and comes from flash moments of determination/will power where the "chosen one" finds himself, in turn kinda cheapening the whole thing.
Because we want to see cool fight scenes.
Would you rather see anime about boring people who never acomplish anything?
So you are saying you want 50 episode training arcs.
because the average human being (moreso in eastern cultures where the needs of the group is always emphasized over the needs of the individual) has little to no power over their life
they must eat and have a roof over their head so they must work, but they're only able to at the whim of an employer
they must help their family, so they can't just drop everything and go live life freely
they must fit into society, so they dress and act like everyone else and never admit anything out of the norm
nipponese culture is extremely repressive and suffocating, that's why so many of them commit suicide and why most of their escapist pastimes involve empowerment/freedom/nostalgia/etc
To inspire hope to the down trodden people of Japan and the youth that basically don't really think they have a future. Bowing 400+ times a day does something to you psychologically, they need the encouragement.