Within the aniblog and aniTwitter community, a particular phrase (as well as variations of said phrase) can pop up from time to time.
“This anime series really resonated with me.”
“I resonated with this anime series.”
The key word here is “resonate,” which typically means “to produce or to be filled with a deep, full, reverberating sound” (according to the Oxford Dictionary). But in the context of the widespread phrases mentioned earlier, to resonate is “to relate harmoniously or to be met with agreement.” As a result, these affirmative statements are just another way of saying, “I agree with this particular show” – at first glance.
But it is actually more than that. By claiming that I resonate with a particular anime series, I am indicating that I empathize with at least part of its contents. In other words, I am saying that I can relate to inherent themes, or characters’ mindsets, or specific situations.
If I were to use a more abstract analogy, then I would like for you to imagine all anime series as unique melodies. These defining notes are formed through the collective melding of a series’ elements such as plot progression, characterization, etc. And imagine that each individual also houses a unique melody that was shaped and formed by personal experience and other such factors.
Within the context of this example, to claim that aspects of a particular series resonate with me is to claim that the series strikes a harmonious chord (with me). In other words, I find parts of the series to be consistent with my own values and mindset, leading me to consider the series in question to hold higher value (behold the power of self-interest). And in regards to anime and discussions concerning anime, the stock phrase is often used to elevate the status of anime series through praise. I know I myself have done this before in previous posts.
Be that as it may, I am advising readers to keep a few things in mind regarding to resonance.
First of all, resonance is subjective – it has to do with YOUR personal feelings, experiences, or beliefs matching up with at least one aspect that is featured within an anime series. Your connection to the series, should it exist, is only guaranteed for YOURSELF. In other words, others may not resonate with said series. Think back to the melody analogy that I used earlier. Even if you think the series is agreeable and allows you to produce an accordant sound, others may disagree. They may think the series is just discordant noise and thus they do not resonant with said series. So do not become upset if a series you resonated with was considered lackluster by others. That is a direct consequence of individuality!
Secondly, the inherent nature of subjective feelings complicates discussion. As a result, the line of reasoning often stops at “I resonated with [blank]” or “I did not resonate with [blank].” I cannot conceive of a way for a discussion to progress from there excluding juvenile remarks regarding preferences (i.e. “your taste is shit.”). As a result, just saying that something resonated with you lacks substantial meaning on a logical level. Emotionally, however, such a statement opens the gates. For people who only accept cold hard facts, in other words, resonance may mean nothing. Just remember to be mindful of your audience. But don’t let their opinions stop you from being you. Resonate with any shows you like!