I’ve have seen so many instances where anime characters show inappropriate facial expressions in response to certain highly emotional situations.
Anime characters either don’t express enough anger in appropriate situation or legitimate sadness. I especially see this in female anime characters though male anime characters have this problem as well. Now, I understand that different characters may have different reactions to certain things. That is to be expected. But some of the instances that I have witnessed really make me raise my eyebrows.
Here is an example:
Sword Art Online – Alicization Episode 1 – Upon realizing that she would be executed for a crime, a character named Alice showed very little actual fear, anger or urgency. Keep in mind that she is a 11 year old child. Such an announcement would no doubt create some sort of panic attack.
For reference as to what I am talking about, take a look at this YouTube video that displays the reactions of individuals who were given either life in prison or the death penalty.
THESE are the types of reactions that were given by ADULTS. So can you imagine what kind of reaction would have been given if a child was to hear that they are about to be sentenced to death?
This is one of the many things that ruin my suspension of disbelief when watching anime. Perhaps it is a nitpick to some people. But for me, takes me out of the story because it tells me that the writers are not thinking about the emotional potential of the scene.
They pay attention to the emotional effects their plot will have on their favorite characters (In the case of this example: Kirito). But don’t seem to have the minimum insight required to depict a human reaction from other characters who they may only see as visual candy.
If you are still having doubts about what I am saying, just ask yourself. TRUTHFULLY. If you just discovered that you would be executed. Would your react by smiling sadly at your friends as you are carried away? Or feel like you were going to pass out after a panic attack?
Would you react like this?
Tell me your thoughts down below!