This is a topic I’ve been thinking about for a while and I only just considered it could be post material. There is so much I can go into about this subject and it’s not even limited to anime and manga it applies to all media. So obvious most of us don’t aren’t very interested in real world history, there is some great moments but throughout your childhood it’s forced on you in schools and looses it’s appeal in a lot of way. Fictional history or should I say lore about a fictional world is honestly something I crave especially when dealing with anime I love and it’s something I seek out unlike real history.
For example when the world of Full Metal Alchemist explains the story of Ed and Al’s father and the fallen nation. That little arc in the story had me on the edge of my seat while I absorbed all the lore about the now ruined nations. Another perfect example is Avatar Korra and the upcoming new season which is about the history of the avatar and the spirit world which has strong ties to the past. In that story I am always waiting for the plot to look into the past not explore the future and that is simply because so many interesting things happened in the past to shape the fictional world that I want to know.
So why do I not desire this about real world history and the simple answer I have for myself is that I actually do and don’t realize it. I already know all there is to know about my own culture and the origins of my culture as well as many other dominant societies around the world. However these histories aren’t filled with characters like fiction is and there is nothing to keep me coming back to history once I know all the events. I crave for the history to be given to me in an interesting way which is very rare for real world entertainment and why I don’t go reading Wikipedia pages as it’s a dry experience (I lied, I actually do this sometimes.) But young students don’t and that’s why there needs to be an outlet for history to be entertaining. I know I learnt a lot about history as a child through video games like Age of Empires or Civilization (Not accurate history) I learn basic concepts which I could further explore and research on my own at my own pace.
Does anyone find parts of fiction that explain the history of the world to be highly entertaining from a story point of view? I know I sure do.
On a side note I believe that a lot of real world history is at least partially fictional so the fact that it’s real or not isn’t playing a major role here.