In this world, I never saw an anime.
The concept of anime is forbidden and any mention or reference to it is a punishable offense.
All the classrooms have one TV screen in the corner with a live feed from one of four channels: news, documentaries, educational programming, and dramas.
This was the world I grew up in. It wasn’t until my final year of high school that I discovered anime and manga, two concepts which would change me forever.
I had been much more interested in reading than watching TV before this point so it took quite a while for me to realise how different these sorts of comics were from anything else I’d read before.
The storytelling is one thing – there’s always something going on even if nothing seems to be happening at first glance.
But mainly it just seemed like they understood their audience better than any other media form does.
They know what kids want without making too many inappropriate jokes or relying solely on comedy to keep viewers glued to the screen all day long.