- Oct 27, 2017
I think psychological therapy in Japan is still stigmatized, at least more than it is in America. The only anime I can think of off the top of my head that treats therapy as normal and healthy (as in, generally well adjusted people use therapy to stay healthy) is Psycho Pass.Interacting with a certain section of anime fans and watching some of the garbage that gets released every now and then has kind of lowered my faith in humanity, but with everything else going on in the world that's really just a drop in the bucket. Does that count?
Thankfully I've gotten pretty good at avoiding shows like that by now, and there's enough good stuff out there to offset that.
It's interesting you bring up therapy, because that's one of the things anime is generally garbage at, and almost nobody even seems to care. I've watched hundreds of shows, and things like depression, suicide, and mental illness are a very common theme. But I can't think of even a single anime that would feature mental health care professionals/therapists in any way, let alone them being shown in a positive light (except for one really borderline 30 second scene I guess). I don't know how much that matters, but it's one of the bigger issues I have with anime TBH. Well, the issue is more with how literally no one even seems to care, even the otherwise "progressive" anime fans.
Not that western media is that much better, but the difference between how they handle mental health issues is still huge.
But I also don't think calling out anime exclusively is entirely fair. Just go look some of the people that play Dota or LoL (or even worse, something like Black Desert) to see what they do to some people. Hell, I'd rather talk to anime fans than play those games. Even books aren't immune, going by the things I hear about angry YA book fans trying to ruin writers' careers on Twitter.