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Old 2009-08-15, 15:31   Link #121
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So can we ask how she felt when she was enlightened?
General embarrassment . She was already fan of American animation, and she simply had bad info regarding Japanese animation. So, after I went through the regular spiel regarding anime (we've all had to do this spiel at least once for a loved one or a friend ), we sat down to watch a title (I forget which title we watched (I think it was either Ghost in the Shell or El-Hazard (are those two different enough ))).

She never really gained any fascination (beyond a technical standpoint) for anime, and that was pretty much the end of that particular discussion. (We eventually broke up a few months later over my fascination with Troma films, but that is another story...)
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Old 2009-08-18, 01:22   Link #122
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I thought about this for a bit, but then I realized, any form of visual entertainment (Or literary for that matter), whether it be live action movies, cartoons, or books can be lonely hobby depending on the person.

It becomes lonely for a person when the person in question finds the life of the characters, more exciting than theirs, and in fact at times wishes to be the said character. Sometimes I have been guilty of this myself.
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Old 2009-08-18, 08:16   Link #123
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However I prefer watching alone, I've normally feel more uncomfortable when I watch anime/movies with others.
This can be very true. To my mates who I spend the most time with are all from my school days, they largly see me as a normal 28 year old bloke. They know I'm into "That Jap stuff" (meaning manga, anime and live-action TV and cinema), which none of them are into. I have got one mate to watch a couple of anime OVA's and the odd Japanese Film which he liked (probably because he is your typical geek and the only one who might stand the slightest chance of getting it).

I'd don't even want to think what would happen if they saw some of the stuff I enjoy as they really wouldn't get it. Stuff like one I'm finally starting to properly watch (as I only saw the first 3 episode before) of Keroro Gunsou. "Humm a talking animated frog that you need subtitles to understand, OKKKK "

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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.
Yep same here, its a great way to relax and chill or just have a laugh.

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Not many people take anime seriously... They think it's kid's stuff. Which is sad.
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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).
Again, the image of anime to people who don't actually know what it is. Although one thing I've always found funny is when people don't know what it is, but think its either for kids or its porn. Could they be any more different? I have had interesting conversations with people in the past when I tell its both and a whole lot more inbetween.
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Old 2009-08-19, 13:50   Link #124
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My friends are hooked up, they don't have a PC though so they all come over at my place every saturday for 1h of pure anime and then stuff irrelevant with this thread's topic
My gf didn't like all sorts of anime (particularly hated blatant shounen like naruto and bleach) but she'd still watch GEASS or death note with me. Unlike the others, instead of porn she had the general pokemon idea in her mind (see "anime is only for kids").
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Old 2009-08-19, 15:24   Link #125
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Well, indeed that I'm also prefer to watch a "serious" series alone, So I can repeat it whatever time I want if I don't get a part of it or I just want to repeat the particular scene. But obviously anime isn't a lonely hobby for me. Since my college life pretty much like the ones from Genshiken.

Usually I discuss (sometime argue) about latest anime episodes everyday after class at the campus foodcourt. We also go to anime convention and cosplays party together. And also do quite a lot of anime-related gathering. If I'm alone, I guess I cannot know anime "better".

And it's always hillarious to watch a "crazy" series together. I remember that when we watched the 1st episode of Queen's Blade, we even have complains from the neighborhood that we shouldn't laugh that loud...
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Old 2009-08-19, 23:29   Link #126
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A lonely hobby yes, but Am I lonely?.. No.. I got friends whose not anime fans, but get along with me.. Plus, it's not exactly a lonely hobby, I got you guys who shares the same interest XD
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Old 2009-08-19, 23:49   Link #127
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Most hobbies outside of outdoor activity are solo hobbies. Besides I view anime as nothing more than watching T.V. which it technically is. Most people don't talk about t.v. shows anyway.
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Old 2009-08-22, 10:39   Link #128
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If you're a japanese otaku, it is.
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Old 2009-08-24, 22:23   Link #129
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If you're a japanese otaku, it is.
Um, many of them are quite social... but mostly with each other like any other subclique.
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Old 2010-03-01, 01:31   Link #130
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NO~ I don't think that watching Anime is a 'lonely' hobby~ ^u^'''
It is a hobby riiight~? So, what's so 'lonely' about that~?
Unless you're a 'loner' and loves to sit in a corner and be alone~
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Old 2010-03-01, 12:21   Link #131
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Frack NO, I finally have a social life all thanks to anime! High school was bad but once I got to college, I was in business.
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Old 2010-03-01, 13:11   Link #132
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Um, many of them are quite social... but mostly with each other like any other subclique.
Agreed.

I think ANY hobby can be "lonely"... unless it's sports because you play to play against another person right? But with things like anime, you can enjoy it on your own (in a corner? O_o) and it can still be fun. Therefore, I think if you're the antisocial type of person, then yes... you like anime and you'll probably stay lonely because you're not your hobbies to socialize.

On the other hand, I don't really consider anime a hobby >_> To me, it's a past-time that I use to well... past time lol! I'm not as addicted as I used to be although I still enjoy marathoning an entire series at once. I do think it's a lonely hobby (since I don't have many friends at all that share my passion) but I'm far from a being loner =) I have a lot of other interests and areas that my friends and I bond over.
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Old 2010-03-01, 14:23   Link #133
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Would be great to talk about some animes with other people, most of all I hate the situations I find something very fitting to add from anime during conversation and everyone just ignore the point and watch you like _"you watch anime?"...

And then it is quite pointless to begin explanations like, "Well but there are really good animes too, they are not all big eyed girls and pokemons"-- they already shut their ears for now.

However I prefer watching anime "da solo" since I want freely to express whole scale of my emotions when I'm watching it.
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Old 2010-03-01, 15:42   Link #134
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It is a 'lonely' hobby for me because I've never really made any friends that like it. I mean, I've met anime fans, but they are often too eccentric for me to connect with on a deeper level. I don't mean to stereotype anime fans but this has been my experience.

Either way, anime has always been a rather minor part of my life - I watch shows at night to unwind. With that considered it doesn't really matter. Hell, I've been watching anime by myself and at night for so long I can't really picture it being a social hobby.
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Old 2010-03-01, 15:47   Link #135
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I think how lonely the hobby is can also be somewhat dependent on what your local anime fan scene is like. Many of the friends I've made since high school are people I meet through anime, including my girlfriend.

One of my favourite ways to consume anime is to invite a group of friends from my anime club over to watch twelve or thirteen episodes of an anime on a weekend afternoon. This has become popular enough that other members have also started to use it now. That said, a lot of my day to day anime watching is done alone.
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Old 2010-03-01, 16:22   Link #136
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I thought about this for a bit, but then I realized, any form of visual entertainment (Or literary for that matter), whether it be live action movies, cartoons, or books can be lonely hobby depending on the person.

It becomes lonely for a person when the person in question finds the life of the characters, more exciting than theirs, and in fact at times wishes to be the said character. Sometimes I have been guilty of this myself.
That is directly the point of anime, of all entertainment: to provide an escape from reality through the suspension of disbelief. You should feel the vicarious thrill of imagining living life through another person.

Identifying with characters in any form of entertainment does not make you lonely.
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Old 2010-03-01, 16:46   Link #137
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Interesting topic....

I'll form another opinion after reading the rest of the posts but for now I'll post a simple opinion.

I personally don't think it's a lonely hobby, how lonely a hobby is depends on the person involved.
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Old 2010-03-02, 14:33   Link #138
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For me yes.
But I am not a lonely person.
I have tons of things I like to do besides watch anime.
But since none of my friends watch anime I watch it alone.
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Old 2010-03-03, 00:15   Link #139
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that's exactly why i joined this forum lol.
none of my friends watch anime. although i'm in a Japanese class at my college, some of my friends/classmates read a little manga, but not much (and we never talk about it)...but honestly, i kind of keep the hobby to myself lol
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Old 2010-03-03, 19:03   Link #140
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All of my hobbies(well, entire life) are things i do by myself - Games & anime ftw.
I second that :]
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