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Old 2010-08-29, 15:14   Link #181
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It all depends on if you want to make it lonely or not. For me, it all depends on the type of anime, and the group.

My former anime group watched a wide variety of stuff(Elfen Lied, Gundam, and one series I forget the name where an old guy fell in love with his very young sister and vice versa), but my current group tends to prefer the funny or downright awesome; although we have quite a few "moe" fans in the group, heh (and thus have watched some Azumanga, Lucky Star, Chobits, and that current popular series about the schoolgirl music group). Our most recent theme night was a "back to school, so let's watch schoolgirl anime" night, but we've had other theme nights.

For me personally, most things I tend to watch alone, just to see if I like them, and if I do, I tend to watch the whole thing. There hasn't been too much that I've watched for the first time in an anime group, and some things (like Nanoha) I probably wouldn't watch in a group, but still recommend people see. And there are quite a few series I've seen, that I'd love to watch in a group (and I try to introduce to my anime group).

But yeah, if it wasn't for the internet, I probably wouldn't have found my anime groups, nor found anyone else who liked anime. It can be hard to find fellow anime nerds, since it's not a subject that you can really discuss in a social setting, heh. It many ways, it's more taboo than admitting you're a video gamer, despite video gaming working its way into most people's lives.

Lastly, it all depends on fandom, too. A Star Wars convention recently had a cosplay themed speed dating session with a number of good looking women dressed as Leia (probably NSFW!).

But as the link above me pointed out, it is mostly male dominated; my last anime meetup had 3 women, as opposed to about 14 guys, heh (then again, there is a "women's only" anime meetup group around the same area as us, that takes most of the women, heh).
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Old 2010-08-29, 16:03   Link #182
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I enjoy watching it by myself. I really wouldn't pay attention to the anime if I were watching it with friends or someone, the mood changes and I would want to talk instead of just watching the episode.

Yes, it is a lonely hobby for me.
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Old 2010-08-31, 18:32   Link #183
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I think it depends on the person. If you have other friends who enjoy watching anime, then it's not really that lonely. But if you dont, then it could get lonely. You could go to animecons and meet others who enjoy it. Luckily for me, I have friends who also enjoy this hobby so it isnt lonely at all
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Old 2010-09-01, 11:11   Link #184
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How can I put this in my words...

Tell you the truth, I'm a newcomer to anime. Well, to current ones. And yes, it's a "lonely" hobby.

We watch anime on TV or computer - alone. We read mangas - alone. We collect anime merchandise - alone.

But all hobbies are "lonely" type. For example, one of my hobbies is drawing so basically I'm always alone doing this. But, I can be bias though, I agree with Kajio. There's always a group of people that share the passion of your hobbies. Like watching anime on a stream in justin.tv where there's a chat. Or anime group or fanclub. Anime convention, etc.

Basically, all hobbies aren't "lonely"

Otakus are the ones that everyone see as "lonely." Stereotypes...
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Old 2010-09-01, 15:50   Link #185
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Yes it has mostly been lonely for me, but every now and then I might meet someone with a passing interest, and there are certain things (eg Ghibli films) which sit well with everybody and I can watch them with people. Occasionally I can get my boyfriend to watch anime- and he even went and bought the GITS: SAC boxset. But even with the friends I do have who watch anime all of them are males and watch more action based shows while I enjoy high school comedies and romance more, but it is better than nothing and at least they appreciate the appeal It can be hard trying to explain my love of anime to, for example, certain work colleagues and friends who can't comprehend animation as being anything but for kids.

I do wish that I had taken the initiative and set up an anime club at university as there wasn't one, and I'm sure I would have been able to meet more anime fans that way- oh well, hindsight is 20/20 and all that. I've also never been to a con because it just seems like something that would be more fun to go to with a group. Maybe someday I will be able to trick someone into going with me!
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Old 2010-09-01, 17:59   Link #186
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I enjoy watching it by myself. I really wouldn't pay attention to the anime if I were watching it with friends or someone, the mood changes and I would want to talk instead of just watching the episode.

Yes, it is a lonely hobby for me.
Same here I rather watch it alone because my friends talk to me and I don't want to be rude and ignore them you know...
So.... Its a lonley hobby for me
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Old 2010-09-03, 16:20   Link #187
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i just find it annoying watching anime in a group. before i got back into anime from my 6-7 year haitus from anime.. i went to check out the anime club at my university.. it was pretty fail with just shy of 12 members of various ages. but i thought, well they might be cool people. but they seem to form their own little group and they didnt seem too welcoming to a new face, so that was the last time i went.. BUT it got me back into anime with Durarara.

Back to the annoying part, people were laughing at the stupidest parts and some people were shielding their eyes from ecchi scenes (c'mon everyone there is age 18-40) and some were oo oo ga ga-ing the male characters. i guess its kind of a put off.. like if you were watching some naughty naked stuff, and then it cut to a scene of that girl throwing puppies into a river. its just a atmosphere killer.

i think watching anime with other people would work if you watch with people you have known for years, your buddies who you went to school with most of your life.. people who enjoy anime the same way as you do.
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Old 2010-10-02, 00:27   Link #188
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Hell, if hobbies were considered lonely, I would probably be one lonely chick because of my writing and my music.

I watch anime when I can; it's not really all that vital a part of my life nor is it really a hobby. Like watching Avatar the Last Airbender, no offense to anyone here, it's just watching a foreign cartoon. A few years ago, yes, I would have considered it a hobby o' mine but then I kind of got sick of the lack of anime's that I actually liked (however, I'm kind of liking what I'm seeing in Trinity Blood and Oniisama E--- Plus, FMA and Pumpkin Scissors never get old for me).

Anyway, it's only a lonely hobby if you make it feel like a lonely hobby.
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Old 2010-10-02, 11:24   Link #189
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Not really, no.
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Old 2010-10-03, 14:51   Link #190
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For me watching anime is a way of winding down especially after being frustrated. I don't get a lot of time to watch, so when I just try to keep up with current series when I can. There is a friend who has the same problem as me, so we try to watch together when we can. So for me and that friend it's not too lonely.
There was a time when I would watch all by myself. That was lonely.
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Old 2010-10-03, 22:24   Link #191
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A lot of anime fans I know are way too shy for me to have a heated conversation with (which I love). So yeah, it kinda is.

I know my school is starting an anime club soon. Maybe things will change lol.
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Old 2010-10-05, 01:56   Link #192
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Yes, a lonely, locked door hobby. I really don't want my friends to walk into me when some ero scenes pop up.
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Old 2010-10-05, 23:03   Link #193
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Just got to find an anime club.

Like the others said. Most expensive hobbies can be "lonely" without a club, convention or forum to use.
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Old 2010-10-10, 15:57   Link #194
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Well I have meet friends online who watch anime but in irl most of my friends aren't really into it. They either watch Narut...well thats about all they watch haha... So if any of you ppl here live in nc.? u.sa. i would not mind being your friend cuz it get lonely
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Old 2010-10-10, 17:03   Link #195
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Everyone who tends to watch anime around where I live is usually a total goon who dresses up in makeshift school girl outfits and runs around yelling KAWAII~~ or some other retarded bullshit so nobody knows I watch anime sans a couple online friends. It's a shame I have to hide the fact that I like anime, but oh well. I don't find it lonely, it's kind of nice to have something to myself.
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Old 2010-10-10, 17:12   Link #196
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Anime for me, is probably very lonely in the fact of watching it (that's how I like to view it anyways), but it's far from a lonely hobby when my of my time is spent online, where there's thousands of others in the West who like anime as much, if not probably more than I do, so there's always someone to talk about it with.

The internet, in my opinion completely nullifies a hobby being lonely, like you could really like Model Trains and there's probably communities all over the internet for discussing them. ^_^
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Old 2010-10-10, 18:46   Link #197
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Anime for me, is probably very lonely in the fact of watching it (that's how I like to view it anyways), but it's far from a lonely hobby when my of my time is spent online, where there's thousands of others in the West who like anime as much, if not probably more than I do, so there's always someone to talk about it with.

The internet, in my opinion completely nullifies a hobby being lonely, like you could really like Model Trains and there's probably communities all over the internet for discussing them. ^_^
I agree with you fully on this Qikz, people online will destroy that loneliness
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Old 2010-10-11, 06:21   Link #198
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In my case, I guess it's usually true whenever I'm offline, not only because I usually watch anime all by myself, but also because I'm often in the company of people who have little to no knowledge or appreciation of anime. Even when I do get to talk with people here who know some anime, a lot of them only know mainstream shounen anime like Naruto and Bleach and thus we can't connect because of the huge difference in the shows we know (I don't really like watching those kinds of shows that seem to drag on forever, even if they're good).

I usually enjoy watching anime all alone, but on the other hand when I think about it, it feels kinda lonely to be laughing all by myself after seeing a funny scene, feeling awesome after seeing a crowning moment of awesome or crying alone from a heartbreaking tearjerker scene (not that I'd like someone to see me crying by myself, but whatever, if they'd join me in sharing the moment then it's okay).

I try to alleviate this problem by watching my favorite anime together with my siblings and cousins whenever I get the opportunity, as I know some of them really appreciate the anime we watch, on the same level as I do, and then we get to have a nice discussion afterward. The problem is, I rarely get that chance.

This is not a problem for me online, however. I specifically joined this forum (and stopped lurking) so that I can socialize with other people who share my interests and know what the hell I am talking about.
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Old 2010-10-11, 21:36   Link #199
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I don't know if I'd prefer watching anime alone or not. It really depends with who. It's annoying hearing somebody making a huge deal about a panty-shot going "OH MY GOD DID YOU SEE THAT?!?" when it's not a focus, or not some sort of easter-egg fun.

I like to have full debates about episodes afterwards (bonus for shouting lol) but I don't know anybody who I can rage war with on these matters XD And I hate using the internet for that because I can't express myself through the keyboard
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Old 2010-10-11, 22:12   Link #200
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I don't know if I'd prefer watching anime alone or not. It really depends with who. It's annoying hearing somebody making a huge deal about a panty-shot going "OH MY GOD DID YOU SEE THAT?!?" when it's not a focus, or not some sort of easter-egg fun.

I like to have full debates about episodes afterwards (bonus for shouting lol) but I don't know anybody who I can rage war with on these matters XD And I hate using the internet for that because I can't express myself through the keyboard
Find the person's auto-messaging system (AIM, MSN, etc, etc) get web-cam and bam unless you are shy of showing your face to strangers online.

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This is not a problem for me online, however. I specifically joined this forum (and stopped lurking) so that I can socialize with other people who share my interests and know what the hell I am talking about.
I agree with you so much! Thats why I joined this forum as well , as well as chatting about Games, General Chat, etc, etc
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