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Old 2004-05-11, 22:41   Link #21
complich8
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(1,2,3) a/s/l: 23/m/midwest USA

(4,5) fan status: can't be a 'fansubber' without being a 'fan'

(6,7) shounen/shoujou status: cross genre. I enjoy all sorts of genres, and don't really identify with a specific genre - though there's some shoujo and some shounen I just can't stand regardless.

(8,9) I think that animation as a medium is becoming more accepted in the US as a viable medium for more than just kid's shows. I think that companies like Disney have done that, at least partly, and I think the other thing that moves us as a culture to accept animation more readily is the blurring lines between reality and cg - things like everything pixar has done, like the final fantasy movie, like the amazing special effects we've seen in recent movies that's all cg allow us to accept things that are clearly artificial more readily, and accept them portraying a creator's message more readily. At the same time there's a lot of intrigue we hold for Japanese culture, and that's also growing a lot, fueled by innovative and inexpensive cars and neat consumer electronics and also by anime, and that interest has been self-sustaining in the past.

American culture is inherently assimilative in nature, and just like african-american culture suffused american culture as a whole, I think we'll also absorb and integrate part of japanese culture into our own, changing it and changing ourselves with it.

(10) future of anime: in the near future, more will make it to tv, more dvds will be sold, more toys and such, that's about it. in the distant future, I think our demand for it will grow great enough that we'll impact at least some of the creation of anime to be less one-way, and have more american input in the creation process, and maybe parallel voice acting and broadcasting in english and japanese for different markets.

(11,12) geekiness: I tend to associate "geek" with computers. I know several fangirls (and one or two fanboys as well) irl who don't fit the "geek" stereotype but do fit the anime fanboy/fangirl stereotype.

(13,14) stereotypes: I think that ultimately stereotypes in general serve more as guidelines for who you consider to be your in-group. Someone who only fits the "geek" stereotype is less likely to associate with people who don't, and thus less likely to find a significant other from outside of their group. Just like any other group. I don't see this as a problem, but I think the appeal of anime is more cross-cultural than just "geeks" or "nerds" or whatever.

(15,16) mainstreaming versus stereotypes: We use stereotypes to make our lives easier, and stereotypes don't go away. They develop, getting less crude and more applicable as frameworks for interaction. Becoming more mainstream won't change the fact that we have stereotypes, especially for people we group differently than ourselves. I think the "anime-watcher" stereotypes have changed and continue to do so, as it becomes less of a limited audience, but I don't think those stereotypes will ever go away, just evolve into things that are maybe more useful than the old negative incarnations of them.

(17) turn off the tv! interact with your family and friends!
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Old 2004-05-12, 00:25   Link #22
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Originally Posted by Khar
So let's get to it, shall we?

1. Age:
2. Location (just country is fine):
3. Gender*:
4. Do you consider yourself to be an anime fan?
5. If yes, how much of one? (if no, why are you answering this? o.o)
6. Do you generally associate yourself with the shounen/shojo anime/manga genre of your gender (shounen = stereotypically "male", containing action, adventure, fights, etc. [examples: Naruto, InuYasha, DBZ]; shojo = stereotypically "female", containing romance, humor, "cutesy" characters [examples: Fushigi Yuugi, Chobits, Sailor Moon]?
7. Why or why not?
8. Do you think anime is becoming more mainstream where you are?
9. Why or why not?
10. What do you see for the "future" of anime where you are, that is, will every show become as popular as Pokemon? "Gotta jutsu 'em all" maybe? o.O Or will anime remain a somewhat-underground "geeky" pastime?
11. Speaking of stereotypes, is anime still a geeky pastime? This may tie in the "becoming mainstream" question, but perhaps not.
12. Why or why not?
13. If you could get rid of that stereotype of only geeks watching anime, the geeks that can't get girlfriends and can't get a life, would you want to?
14. Why or why not?
15. Will anime becoming more mainstream get rid of that stereotype, you think?
16. Why or why not?
17. Lastly, if there was anything you could say to the general mainstream television audience (think American Idol and Survivor fans here if need be) regarding anime and its sometimes-associated stereotypes, what would it be?

Okay, that's it. Do the best you can, and if you've any questions, feel free to ask. Thank you for you time.

*or gender group you associate yourself with
1) 16
2) US
3) Male
4) YES!!
5) ..the capital letters should tell you
6) umm I guess Shounen but I really dont mind
7) no reason
8) more or less
9) people are becoming more knowledgeable of it
10) ...?
11) no
12) same responce as 9
13) yep
14) I'm one of them I have a girlfriend, I have a life and I love anime
15) I have no clue
16) ....
17) nothing to say about it other than you should watch anime, If you like it tell more people about it, if you dont, go on with your normal life
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Old 2004-05-12, 19:13   Link #23
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1. Age: 18
2. Location (just country is fine): NC, USA
3. Gender*: female
4. Do you consider yourself to be an anime fan? yes
5. If yes, how much of one? (if no, why are you answering this? o.o) I suppose I'm a pretty big fan. I watch fansubs and licensed dvds, cosplay a bit, read fanfics, etc.
6. Do you generally associate yourself with the shounen/shojo anime/manga genre of your gender (shounen = stereotypically "male", containing action, adventure, fights, etc. [examples: Naruto, InuYasha, DBZ]; shojo = stereotypically "female", containing romance, humor, "cutesy" characters [examples: Fushigi Yuugi, Chobits, Sailor Moon]? not really
7. Why or why not? I watch about equal amounts of shonen and shoujo and can't say that I prefer one over the other.
8. Do you think anime is becoming more mainstream where you are? yes
9. Why or why not? There's more anime and merchandise at my local Media Play, more anime on TV, and I've met many more anime fans at my school.
10. What do you see for the "future" of anime where you are, that is, will every show become as popular as Pokemon? "Gotta jutsu 'em all" maybe? o.O Or will anime remain a somewhat-underground "geeky" pastime? I foresee more casual watchers, like people who only watch anime on CN and don't care to go deeper into anime than that. The more fansub-oriented fans will probably continue to be regarded as geeks.
11. Speaking of stereotypes, is anime still a geeky pastime? This may tie in the "becoming mainstream" question, but perhaps not. Heck yeah.
12. Why or why not? I see anime becoming kinda like Star Wars, a lot of people like it and that's all good, but the people who dress up stormtroopers and camp out for tickets are considered major geeks and losers by everybody else. (I'm a Star Wars fan too, btw)
13. If you could get rid of that stereotype of only geeks watching anime, the geeks that can't get girlfriends and can't get a life, would you want to? actually, no
14. Why or why not? I'm a nerd and I don't care. If people think I'm crazy, then whatever. It's something that comes with being a fan.
15. Will anime becoming more mainstream get rid of that stereotype, you think? Maybe,
16. Why or why not? the more serious fans will still be stereotyped but it might be "cool" to watch anime occasionally.
17. Lastly, if there was anything you could say to the general mainstream television audience (think American Idol and Survivor fans here if need be) regarding anime and its sometimes-associated stereotypes, what would it be?
The only thing that I really don't like is when guys at my school say "Oh, you like anime, you must watch that hentai stuff too right?" and I'm like "no, but it seems you do." Anime is not porn!!! (or at least, not all of anime is porn and I don't watch hentai anyway, don't assume that)
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