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Old 2009-08-13, 06:29   Link #101
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I wouldn't call it lonely persay. I do watch it alone yes but I do not feel lonely at all. If anything anime is my quite time to myself were I don't have to worry about anything and can sit back and enjoy watching what I love in peace.

I'd say it is what you make it. I personally can't stand watching anime with others around its like how I can't read a good book with alot of people around talking either.
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Old 2009-08-13, 06:53   Link #102
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I have met people in real life who are interested in anime too, though this is rare. It depends on how we look upon the situation. I will feel lonely when I'm surrounded by people who have totally different interests as I do and this not only goes for anime, but for movies and music as well. But when I get to meet people who share the same interests as I do, I will be more than happy because I know I'm not the only one. While I was serving National Service I was posted out to work as a Provost (military police). I thought I was the only one who likes anime until I met someone else who likes it too. Then through him, I discover a few others. This made me so happy.
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Old 2009-08-13, 07:31   Link #103
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Well, I did manage to get my younger sister to watch Haruhi, she quite likes it. My best friend used to watch Dragonball Z. Other than that, I doubt anyone I know would even consider not classifying me as a weirdo if he/she knew how much anime I watch.
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Old 2009-08-13, 07:35   Link #104
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And why did I never mention this before?

I apparently got my two younger sister interested in anime and manga as well, so I have two people who are always around me who shares the same hobby as I do. Though not as much though
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Old 2009-08-13, 19:04   Link #105
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Not many people take anime seriously... They think it's kid's stuff. Which is sad.

I'm going into high school and I'm going to a boarding school... The only posters I have are those of anime, and now I'm nervous that people'll think I'm an idiot for being a fan.
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Old 2009-08-13, 23:40   Link #106
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Not many people take anime seriously... They think it's kid's stuff. Which is sad.

I'm going into high school and I'm going to a boarding school... The only posters I have are those of anime, and now I'm nervous that people'll think I'm an idiot for being a fan.
Non-anime fans tend to think that anime is no different than the cartoons that they watch and this is the one thing I observed around me. I remember talking about Elfen Lied to a friend of mine during night shift back when I was still serving National Service and this guy came up to us and asked when we were talking about. When we told him we were talking about an anime, he rolled his eyes and told us that we're like babies and that anime are for kids.
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Old 2009-08-13, 23:46   Link #107
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The natural response might be... "oh, I don't know... there's two of us who clearly aren't kids and then there's you who seems insecure enough to have to assert that."
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Old 2009-08-13, 23:48   Link #108
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I do have several (male) friends who watch and enjoy anime, though at varying levels. A couple are only interested in mainstream action (like Naruto or Bleach), probably because they don't want the social "stigma" that comes with anime. A couple are honest fans of anime and will watch a lot of things. Only one is willing to watch and discuss virtually anything, even if they're not "guy" shows. I also know girls who watch anime, but they tend to be the fangirl "OMG like, she is so kawaii ~ desudesudesu" type, so I can't say there is a lot of discussion to be had between us.

Admittedly, a lot of my friends had the stereotypical idea that anime was "a kiddie thing." Then I showed them the first episode to Elfen Lied, and the juicier snippets of Neon Genesis Evangelion. Though many of them still don't watch anime, they now all at least accept my hobby as a mature form of entertainment
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Old 2009-08-13, 23:48   Link #109
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@Vexx: Actually, I won't bother explaining to him since he doesn't even watch anime. My friend and I looked and each other and shrugged after that guy walked away. Besides, anyone who think Elfen Lied is for kids then something is wrong with them. But eh, he doesn't even watch anime to begin with, lol.
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Old 2009-08-14, 00:05   Link #110
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And why did I never mention this before?

I apparently got my two younger sister interested in anime and manga as well, so I have two people who are always around me who shares the same hobby as I do. Though not as much though
Slightly off topic but funny enough that I have the share the story...

I'm not sure if he was the one who introduced her to it or not, but the little sister of a guy I know on another forum ended up watching some subtitled Cardcaptor Sakura recently. She happened to pick up on some of the honouriffics and decided she had to try them out on her older brother.

The way he describes it, his initial reaction was to get a chill down his spine. Then he threw a pillow at her.
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Old 2009-08-14, 02:12   Link #111
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Slightly off topic but funny enough that I have the share the story...

I'm not sure if he was the one who introduced her to it or not, but the little sister of a guy I know on another forum ended up watching some subtitled Cardcaptor Sakura recently. She happened to pick up on some of the honouriffics and decided she had to try them out on her older brother.

The way he describes it, his initial reaction was to get a chill down his spine. Then he threw a pillow at her.
My God... I guess he was creeped out when his sister used honorifics on him?
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Old 2009-08-14, 02:18   Link #112
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My God... I guess he was creeped out when his sister used honorifics on him?
Pay attention to the family relation between the two... it had a lot to do with the conotations of the honourific used.
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Old 2009-08-14, 02:19   Link #113
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Pay attention to the family relation between the two... it had a lot to do with the conotations of the honourific used.
Yeah, yeah, I get it! XD
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Old 2009-08-14, 17:09   Link #114
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Why would anime be lonely? It's like watching anything else, since as many people can participate as you can squeeze into the room, there is nothing lonely about it.
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Old 2009-08-14, 17:42   Link #115
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The funniest experience I had in regards to the cloistered nature of anime, was an incident back in 97-98 (thereabouts) when I asked my then girlfriend if she wanted to watch some anime with me, and she proceeded to slap me and ask how I could watch something so despicable. You see, she was under the assumption the anime only equaled hentai/ero (specifically the tentacle porn that was oh so popular back in the day), so she had thought that when I was asking if she wanted to watch some anime with me, I was really asking if she wanted to watch some porn . That was probably the "loneliest" moment for me (someone I had developed feelings for could so easily assume the worst so quickly), in regards to trying to expressing my fascination with anime to others, but in retrospect it became a very comical moment.
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Old 2009-08-14, 17:50   Link #116
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The only lonely part of anime for me is when I watch it alone(And I still will because it's just my nature) but I'm never lonely, knowing that other people are watching it, appreciating it and it's never a shameful thing to do.
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Old 2009-08-14, 22:36   Link #117
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There are a ton of casual fans of anime, those who just watch certain shows they have available on the television and there are moderate fans who look for shows that have yet to be released in the states that are connected to another show.

essentially, every hobby is a little lonely, whatever you collect, watch, or play, you do it predominately alone, but if you truly want to, you need to socialize and talk about your hobby with others so you can see that it's not nearly as cynical as you think it is.
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Old 2009-08-14, 22:45   Link #118
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being an anime fan is (and can be) a lonely "fandom"..a guess it depends on a number of things like where you live like myself and for the sake of my own well being i will just call it "rednecks R us" having little to no anime fans with in the area (let alone people who even know what anime is..).......so i guess that paper was right...."lonely but not alone"

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Old 2009-08-15, 02:41   Link #119
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The funniest experience I had in regards to the cloistered nature of anime, was an incident back in 97-98 (thereabouts) when I asked my then girlfriend if she wanted to watch some anime with me, and she proceeded to slap me and ask how I could watch something so despicable. You see, she was under the assumption the anime only equaled hentai/ero (specifically the tentacle porn that was oh so popular back in the day), so she had thought that when I was asking if she wanted to watch some anime with me, I was really asking if she wanted to watch some porn . That was probably the "loneliest" moment for me (someone I had developed feelings for could so easily assume the worst so quickly), in regards to trying to expressing my fascination with anime to others, but in retrospect it became a very comical moment.
So can we ask how she felt when she was enlightened?
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Old 2009-08-15, 07:31   Link #120
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It can be for a person who does not have a life.For me it is nothing of the like.Just something I enjoy watching.
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