Don’t worry, this isn’t one those “I think I’m learning Japanese through anime” scenarios (though picking up some stock phrases phonetically is more or less inevitable, I think).
I was hanging out at a friend’s place yesterday for his birthday. After the customary banter and food eating, we all ended up watching Sherlock Holmes. A scene came up with a character sending a message through Morse code. While that was happening, another friend of mine who was sitting beside me, made out the message partially, while trying to reiterate the dots and dashes himself. Entertained as we were, we couldn’t help but ask where he learned the Morse code. I was expecting he only remembered from our old computer classes back in the day, so I didn’t really count on his answer that he learned it from Detective Conan.
Well, it was more like he was compelled to learn more of it because of the famous kid-detective (most of what he picked up from the series was how to transcribe “SOS” into Morse code). It’s fun learning random stuff from time to time. It’s even more fun if you learn it outside school. How much more awesome is it that you learned it through anime? Well, I guess it’s not that awesome that you can substitute it for a good lesson, but I guess it’s enough to make you want to proudly hold your chest out and say “I’m glad I watch anime.”
I think we all tried to learn how to do a certain thing (or even just learn something in general) that we saw in a series once or twice in our anime-viewing lives. I for one was moved to learn some “ayatori” or cat’s cradle because of how cool it looked in Canaan and Usagi Drop (and well, Guilty Crown too). I also got around trying to learn (I still lose at times, lol) the Hanafuda Koi-Koi card game, because of Summer Wars and that one episode of Nisemonogatari.
How about you guys? Has a series ever got you interested enough to learn something new?