Can we take a moment to discuss what is one of the best anime out there: Hajime no Ippo?
This anime managed to inspire me and pump me up because the main character, Ippo Makunouchi, is the classic outcast loner type. Shy and diffident, small, submissive, gets bullied, but is a good guy deep down, very caring and generous. He's also hardworking, which I definitely can't identify with, but it is something I admire. He has a good reason to be hardworking, to support his single mom who is actually not a bitch or anything which is probably why Ippo is a good dude despite his meek demeanor which probably stems from the lack of a strong male role model because his father died young. Although I have a father, he is not strong nor a role model really so I can identify with this. Ippo has no hope for a bright future, just getting locked into the path that his capitalist society has determined for him due to economic conditions: continuing to help his mom run her fishing boat business. He has no other skills like charm, confidence, or assertiveness that could make him successful elsewhere anyway, but then, he has his fateful encounter with the sport of boxing.
This show doesn't try to delude anyone, basically normies in society will not like you unless you are useful to them, unless you have high social status, they will not respect you. I have always resented this fact about the world because I have no desire to engage in the social games of exploitation that normies have to play to climb the social ladder, or the stupid peacocking to pretend I've done it better than I really have, or any of the dumb normie bullshit in consumer society, but what this show does do is a provide an almost magical path, one of honor with simple and fair rules and methods of determining status, and that status is accepted by society at large.
Martial arts has a vaunted history in our society because of its massive usefulness to society since even before the dawn of civilization. It is truly primal, evoking the savage animalistic ways of determining dominance in primates like chimps or baboons. With the dawn of civilization it was also venerated because strength brought peace and prosperity and the warrior class assumed its role as the nobility the next step down from the priests and kings who rule the people. Even to this day, a warrior's strength is still respected. (Actual war though in modern times is so fucking disgusting I want nothing to do with it.)Post too long. Click here to view the full text.