The best reason to be interested in other cultures is because there are interesting things an individual can’t do and that require a different group perspective. I’m interested, for example, in American media, because they’ve spent the entirety of my life exporting their culture en masse into mine, and I like finding new and fascinating ways to resent them for it. On the other hand, let’s look at this: GUNDAM BUILD FIGHTERS, an entire anime about young people playing full-scale real battles that incarnate out of the toys they own.
This is an anime about playing with toys.
As a kid I’d have loved this. As an adult I love that it exists. I love that something as simple and as easily dismissed as ‘two little boys playing with their mecha toys’ can be used as a vessel for storytelling.