This is the wallpaper I use for my laptop screensaver.
This is a simple post about one of the simple little things a lot of us do as anime fans: download wallpapers of our favourite anime. I know I do it – what about you?
In my experience, having an anime wallpaper as my screensaver is one of those little things that makes me remember my fondness for anime every time I turn my computer on. Even if I’m not consciously thinking about anime or concentrating on the image, it does brighten up my day a little bit every time I see it. It’s one of those seemingly inconsequential things we do that can get us more engaged with this hobby of ours, but it can certainly add to our enjoyment of anime as a whole. Appreciating anime isn’t always just typing up walls of text analysing themes and motifs and whatnot – sometimes it shows simply in what we do.
So I’m going to talk about my current wallpaper, why I picked it and why it helps improve my appreciation of the anime, even if it’s just a tiny little bit. Here it is below:
Anyone know what series this picture is from? Yep, it’s Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii wake ga nai!
What would this picture say about the owner of this wallpaper? First of all, most obviously, it says that I am an OreImo fan. This is very true. Second of all, it indicates my favourite part of the series – the sibling relationship between the two main characters when they were children.
It’s a picture steeped in childhood innocence and nostalgia. I remember being fascinated with bubbles as a kid and not to mention I still remain pretty attached to my childhood years even at my ripe old age of nineteen. So I can relate a lot to the image. I think it’s pretty sweet.
Now imagine being confronted with this image on a day-to-day basis. What sort of message would that reinforce upon you? It’s heartwarming, so it should make you smile. It also conjures up the atmosphere of some of the sweetest, most emotionally genuine scenes in OreImo. If you were not an OreImo fan, you would not be looking at these sorts of pictures constantly, but as a fan, this exposure regularly enhances a rather underplayed aspect of the series. So it makes me love it all the more. It’s not entertainment from within the series but entertainment from outside it, and it helps bolster my appreciation for what I have in front of me.
Simple but effective, isn’t it?
Another quick example. Here is my previous wallpaper:
This wallpaper is from Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo, another series I am really, really into. This picture made me laugh every time I saw it. I don’t know whether to feel sorry for Ryuunosuke (the trap in the middle) or to envy him. By the way, the Japanese writing there says “Who is the cutest?” and I would have to say, for my money, that Ryuunosuke is the cutest.
What this wallpaper does is serve up a quick reminder of the type of humour Sakurasou has as a series. And yes, yes it’s sort of one of those ecchi fanservice shows as well. (But only kind of.) But it’s not an embarrassing picture to look at in terms of its risque quality, so I had no guilt using this as a screensaver. It still made me look like a dork, though.
To cap, fans pick their wallpapers to help them relive their favourite aspects of a series – and it’s effective, because every time I look at a wallpaper I used I smile a little to myself. Wallpapers often capture a “micro narrative”, whether it’s a particular scene or an action. A good wallpaper captures the essence of the series in one single image and that’s what often draws us to them. So every time we positively appraise a wallpaper, our appreciation for the aspect of the anime that it captures often increases subtly as well.
Do you have an anime wallpaper too? If so, let’s remember love. Let’s appreciate what we usually don’t appreciate. What kind of anime wallpaper do you use and what made you pick it?
I’m planning my next post to be about some pretty heady topics, so for now let’s sit back and talk about something easy and simple. Love should be simple, right? And it’s the simple things we do that make our appreciation for anime that much stronger!