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Shadow Kira01
2009-04-24, 15:30
No. People who don't like anime will not like anime even if you are very convincing or persuasive. Since it is ineffective and that it is pointless, I won't even bother trying..

Xacual
2009-04-24, 17:00
If people ask me my hobbies, I'll be completely honest and say that I watch a lot of anime. If they gave me weird looks or something, I wouldn't even care. I'm pretty firmly of the mind that someone's interests, unless harmful or malevolent in some way, are just part of who someone is and no one else should really have the right to discriminate based on them.

Echoes
2009-04-24, 17:14
No. People who don't like anime will not like anime even if you are very convincing or persuasive. Since it is ineffective and that it is pointless, I won't even bother trying..

You're generalizing people just as bad as the people who dismiss anime are generalizing the medium.

Not everyone's a brick wall, some people have misconceptions or conceptions based on just a few series, and dislike anime because they think it's all the same. (Often like Pokemon, Dragonball or Naruto.)

Many people are willing to change if you give them reason to, it is by no means pointless. (I don't personally consider it a worthwhile use of my time, though, if people dislike it, even for false reasons, I have no inclination to change their mind.)

-Kh-
2009-04-24, 18:31
I only tell people that have a minimum knowledge of anime.

For example:

- If said person knows about videogames, and has ever played a JRPG, then they are most likely to know about Japanese shows, even if they not know anime as it is.

- They like comics, liked cartoons, and probably at least know what DBZ, Pokemon and Naruto are.

In this two scenarios, I usually just comment my liking for Japanese entertainment in general (which is totally true) and add a little part about Anime while naming a couple of mainstream series and movies (Akira, Ghost in the Shell).

If they follow up, then I try to take the conversation deeper into anime, if not, then that's when the topic ends.

Amray
2009-04-25, 05:59
Practically everyone I know knows that I watch anime. Why should they not? It is not as though it is a guilty pleasure or anything, it is just an interest of mine; just like Drum and Bass and running.

The Rebecca Miyamoto keyring that hangs on my college messenger bag indicates my anime fandom well too.

bhl88
2009-04-26, 22:46
Pretty much.

Or I open my laptop and watch an episode of Lucky Star 6, 12, 16, Suzumiya Haruhi-chan no Yuutsu (any episode) or play Suzumiya Haruhi no Gekitou (fighting game) or the Lucky Star dating sim.

Craymel
2009-04-26, 22:58
Since I've mustered up the courage to tell people I like

http://gamesmuseum.uwaterloo.ca/Archives/Culin/Hawaii1899/graphics/cock3.jpg

admitting that I like watching anime in my spare time seems like nothing.

Paul Doe
2009-04-27, 03:27
I don't talk about it unless asked, and generally I say that I like cartoons and animation :P

chikorita157
2009-04-27, 08:43
No, I usually don't tell anyone I watch anime, but I don't hide the fact I do (because my wallpaper is usually a anime wallpaper or something.)

Also, I list it as my interest on Facebook and tweet about it something, if it does matter.

Cold~as~Ice
2012-08-02, 01:17
I do but I only tell them I watch cool looking shows like FMA,deathnote,darker than black etc. I never tell people I watch cute or ecchi anime shows it would ruin my image

Kirito
2012-08-02, 01:21
I pretty much tell anyone I love/watch anime whenever people ask me about my likes or interests without a second thought. I don't tell people I watch ecchi material and stuff related to that though.

mystogan
2012-08-02, 09:31
i mostly avoid telling people that i watch anime, many people around think that it is cartoons and kiddish stuff, and if i tell anyone openly that i watch anime, they will make fun of it, so i don't

inkphoenix
2012-08-02, 10:03
I don't hide the fact that I love anime,But I will begin to talked about it when I'm sure that people that I talked with have a knowledge in anime a bit.But about the conversation??...I have to try and adapt the interests so I could talked to them a bit more fluently.
Glad that I was research in many type of anime before.(I'm used to write a blog about it.)

Well, it still rarely to see people who have the same level and watch many non-mainstream anime like me in real life.They read manga more.T^T

Liddo-kun
2012-08-03, 07:15
To a person I've just met, I won't tell right away.
But eventually the truth will come out. I often tell a person after knowing for a week or two. With a quick but semi-detailed explanation on the kinds of anime that I like (True Tears, Madoka Magica, etc.).

All people who work at the office where I work know I'm an anime fan.

gsilver
2012-08-03, 07:23
I talk about it like any other hobby, which is to say I'll mention it, but unless the person I'm talking to is interested about it specifically, I don't go into detail. There's also a big difference between the "watch one show a year" fan and the "anime is my life" fan.

CMSensei
2012-08-03, 17:28
Only if the subject come up in a conversation, but if there my friend or becoming my friend sooner or later they will find out I love anime.

And no, I don't tell people I watch Shounen ai or anything related or similar because most of my family would question me, since most of them are religious >_< but my intermediate family kind likes anime because of me though lols

creb
2012-08-04, 01:55
It's not the type of thing that naturally comes up in conversation.

"Is Brees going to pull a Chris Johnson?"

"Who cares? More importantly, guys, by the way, I watch anime." :heh:

But, I certainly don't hide it if people are over at my place hanging out, and have turned plenty of my male friends on to anime over the years. Some popular gateway shows that have tended to get friends of mine interested enough to seek out anime on their own are:

Black Lagoon
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex
Outlaw Star
Eureka Seven

It's especially a good idea not to start off with anime that kind of requires having some otaku knowledge to 'get'.

Interestingly, I don't believe I've ever turned a female friend over to anime. At least, not seriously. I don't really count those who've gone on to watch only Gibhli shows as having turned on to anime, for instance. Most of my moderately serious girlfriends over the years have at least tried to get into it, to humor me if nothing else, but while some have enjoyed a show here and there, I don't believe any ever got to the point where they'd go and watch any on their own. Which is fine. They suffer with a smile through marathoning Macross with me. I suffer with a smile Gilmore Girls marathons.

I have, however, and continue to have, female friends who were already into anime before I met them.

I'm not sure if there's something to be read into that.

MisaoFan
2012-08-04, 09:13
Whenever I see someone who's takes a like to anime material, I usually tell the same stuff. Even though I sometimes watch ecchi animes, I don't tell that to anyone.

hero147
2012-08-06, 18:10
I do but I only tell them I watch cool looking shows like FMA,deathnote,darker than black etc. I never tell people I watch cute or ecchi anime shows it would ruin my image

Hahaha. That's exactly what I do. One of my good friends told me he watched a very ecchi anime and I gave him a hard time for it. Though he did say the ecchi stuff did have the best story. I never expected him to watch this particular show though. He's one of my best friends so knowing he watched it doesn't really tamper with my image of him. And I've never told any one else about this as I think it would ruin his image somewhat. There really are some shallow people in the world...

But yeah, general rule of thumb is I tell people I watch anime but have only seen the cooler looking stuff (ie no romances like Clannad or animes that look like chick-flicks).

greensoulreaper
2012-08-07, 13:33
I never tell anyone, most people I know don't watch it, unfortunately. For the ones that do, they only watch one or two of the mainstream ones.

KimbaWLion
2012-08-08, 23:27
If you walk in my house you see my Anime cels and posters. You go in my basement you see 15 pachinko machines with anime themes. You see my 100s and 100s of anime dvds, you see my Anime OSTs and posters. When people ask me what I like I tell them. :-)

I get called a freak of nature. That works for me :-) My 19 year old daughter will always think that but she forgets how she use to watch Nurse Angel Ririka SOS, Wedding Peach as well as Sailormoon...

bhl88
2012-08-08, 23:38
Did you have an anime wedding theme as well?

Zenemis
2012-08-09, 10:22
If you walk in my house you see my Anime cels and posters. You go in my basement you see 15 pachinko machines with anime themes. You see my 100s and 100s of anime dvds, you see my Anime OSTs and posters. When people ask me what I like I tell them. :-)

I get called a freak of nature. That works for me :-) My 19 year old daughter will always think that but she forgets how she use to watch Nurse Angel Ririka SOS, Wedding Peach as well as Sailormoon...

'Dis guy got cash money $$$

Pink Cow
2012-08-11, 17:49
Hmmm... I only tell people I watch anime if they ask me or if I see that they're also into anime.
Not everybody has the same interest as me anyway, especially in med school... Well, except I did meet a few who are anime fans too, and a couple of true blue otakus.

NoemiChan
2012-08-11, 19:31
Hmmm... yup!!! But not direct saying it.... Just trying to know if they watch cartoons at home... then progress slowly into anime..... Some anime lovers are kinda soloist.... But they love a discussion...

I did it many times... and I found three of them who likes anime in my hospital.. all females...

DXMichael
2012-08-11, 20:01
Oh yeah, I do. It's nothing I feel the need to hide or feel nervous about when bringing it up in a conversation.

Of course, I don't talk about it daily to others. If people go "What are you up to" I say "I'm just watching some anime" or if they ask "What kind of things do you like?" and i'll happily reply "I enjoy watching anime". I wont necessarily bring it up randomly to start a conversation or small talk, because I know that most of the people around me aren't into anime (Unfortunately)

Vladrave
2012-08-12, 08:06
Only if they ask me then i will.

Kyuu
2012-08-12, 08:10
Only if they ask me then i will.

Otherwise, nobody cares what you watch and like.

Vladrave
2012-08-12, 08:12
Exactly.I'm aware that their are people who thinks that anime are for f*gs or shit like that.That is why i don't share stuff about anime that much.Unless if he/she is also an anime fan.

Jmac
2012-08-14, 21:12
If someone is talking anime or brings up the topic, I usually join in then. But I hardly ever share that with other people considering the stereotypes that comes with it.

aohige
2012-08-15, 05:09
Anime?

......never heard of it.

Chaos2Frozen
2012-08-15, 08:19
Let's see... We use secret hand signs and code words- We carry out closed off meetings with faceless and voiceless individuals hiding behind computer screens- Our activities mainly takes place in the unholy hours of the night- And we worship false idols.

...Yeah, I don't think I'll be sharing this with anyone that doesn't already know...

Domonkazu
2012-08-15, 08:35
I only tell if I know they have interest or if they also watch it.

ttdestroy
2012-08-16, 08:47
I only tell if I know they have interest or if they also watch it.

Exactly, I'm not embarrassed about my hobby there's just still too huge a stigma attached to it.

LaniGuy
2012-08-16, 11:39
Exactly, I'm not embarrassed about my hobby there's just still too huge a stigma attached to it.

I agree, my buddies poke fun at times "watch any anime porn?". I don't mind the joke, I think its funny, but I feel that if people know you like anime, they assume you watch Hentai and have sex dolls or some crazy crap.

kazzuya13
2012-08-17, 11:33
I don't tell no one even my family, friends and lover. In a sense I am what you would call an Clotaku (Closet Otaku). and I hid it well over the years and no one has ever notice from 1st year high school to the present.
Cause I think they would think I'm weird considering I'm already in my 20's and still watch anime.

Mephos
2012-08-20, 08:27
I'll only say I watch anime if some directly ask me if I watch it, otherwise I just don't say a thing. Though around friends, we do talk about anime but since they rarely see the same anime that I do or have an in depth knowledge about anime, it is always short.

orion
2012-08-20, 21:18
Too much of a stigma.

I only mention it if someone else brings it up in a conversation.

Manderrzz
2012-08-20, 21:49
I wouldn't.. I'm a reject at school and i'd rather keep a low profile..

Proto
2012-08-21, 14:41
I don't mind mentioning it if someone asks for my hobbies. The first thing you learn after joining grad school is that everyone there is a weirdo anyway.

Lota
2012-08-21, 14:48
I don't go around telling people I watch anime, but if the topic comes up, sure.

Plus, my ringtone is FMA (2003) first ED, a pretty recognisable peace for anime fans, and a normal tune for others. If people recognise it — they come out and talk :D

Defumane
2012-08-21, 15:14
I do tell people I watch anime. Spending several hours a week watching anime makes it a part of my life, so eventually it comes up in a conversation. Funny thing is their reactions are always like ‘’I never thought that you were into that kind of stuff’’. So people do have a stereotype in mind when mentioning it. They immediately think of pokemon, digimon, yugioh, beyblade etc. (those were actually awesome, good times) so yeah surprised I am not some weird freak who gets bullied all the time eh…

I don’t feel embarrassed about when I tell people, why should I? For their ignorance? It’s a hobby of mine. Surely a lot of them would enjoy at least some animes, if they only knew. I managed to get lots of people watch the movie Akira and they all thought is was great.

Love it when I meet someone that also watches anime (we can talk about it for hours anyone can relate heh?), somehow we always end up as friends lol. But unfortunately that does not happen often so here a reason why I joined the forum :) .

barcode120x
2012-08-21, 19:14
‘’I never thought that you were into that kind of stuff’’. So people do have a stereotype in mind when mentioning it.

I've gotten that before. I only tell people if they bring it up about them watching it. Other than that, I don't really tell people. There is that stigma about it which is part of the reason why I don't tell people straight off the bat; however, that's not only reason. I have no real reason to bring it up tbh. It USED to be a major hobby, but not I watch only a few episodes once in a blue moon. Of course, my close friends know I watch/used to watch, but to random strangers or acquaintences.

That quote is SO true. I've met quite a bit of people that I would have never guessed that they watched anime. Some pretty attractive girls too:cool:

winterbaby
2012-09-04, 08:24
A lot of people bother me because I watch anime. Well I'm an anime-atic which means I watch anime like 24/7. People think I'm crazy because I like watching these things. Does anyone bother you because you watch anime???

Infinite Zenith
2012-09-04, 12:20
A lot of people bother me because I watch anime

It depends on what you mean by 'bother'. Assuming it is to mean "do people bug me about my anime interests", then no. Everyone has their own interests and in my case, it happens to be anime. I personally find it to be a good form of escapism when done in moderation.

Well I'm an anime-atic which means I watch anime like 24/7. People think I'm crazy because I like watching these things.

I think said people are referring to the volume, not the content. You're certainly not crazy for enjoying (what I find to be) a unique form of media that presents stories and events not found in other forms of entertainment :)

Obelisk ze Tormentor
2012-09-04, 13:14
A lot of people bother me because I watch anime. Well I'm an anime-atic which means I watch anime like 24/7. People think I'm crazy because I like watching these things. Does anyone bother you because you watch anime???(assuming that you did watch anime 24/7 like you said)

Anything excessive in this world is not good. A simple example: eating is inherently good, but if you eat too much, it becomes bad. Same like watching anime.

So, imo, watching anime as a hobby is cool as long as you put your duties as a part of the society first. If you’re a student, you should focus on your study first before watching anime; as a worker, you should focus on your job first; as a child, you should focus in helping your parents/family (by doing some house chores for example) in any way you can before indulging in your leisure activities; if you’re a family-man, take care of your family first before doing your “fun-activities”. If you do that, and do your duties well, I think most people won’t bother you anymore about your hobby (unless they really hate animes).

In short, show it to them that your anime-watching hobby doesn’t degenerate you, or hinder your personal achievement as a social being. ;)

xza6atox
2012-09-04, 13:27
if they talk about it, but i dont openly say it.
some new friends kinda figure it out coz i got a bunch
of one piece shirt :D

Infinite Zenith
2012-09-04, 13:53
if they talk about it, but i dont openly say it.
some new friends kinda figure it out coz i got a bunch
of one piece shirt :D

I wouldn't say that my friends are opposed to anime. I picked up a Gundam shirt in Hong Kong a while back and wear that on occasion without drawing funny stares. I imagine it'd be a different story if I only had anime shirts, though :p

Personally, I dont tell them unless they say something about anime.

In response to the original question, I might mention it in passing as an interest if asked about it, amongst several others. Moderation is king here :)

xza6atox
2012-09-04, 14:14
what kind of gundam shirt?
whenever i wear a one piece shirt bunch of kids would stare at me as if im some sort of a darth vader.
i remembered one time i was eating in a nearby restaurant and heard one middle school kid say alright! another one piece fan, then i noticed i was wearing a chopper shirt.
i guess i dont need to talk about me being into manga or anime, because it has become part of me.

Infinite Zenith
2012-09-04, 18:29
One's appearance does tend to speak volumes about the individual. It's a black T-shirt depicting all the mobile suits and vehicles operated by Amuro Ray from Mobile Suit Gundam to Char's Counterattack. I can't find it anywhere online, so I must've gotten real lucky in Hong Kong. There was another one featuring all Char's MS and vehicles.

Mr.Inferno
2012-09-05, 03:04
Yes I'm open about it, I don't really care what people think of me.

Vexx
2012-09-05, 03:26
what kind of gundam shirt?
whenever i wear a one piece shirt bunch of kids would stare at me as if im some sort of a darth vader.
i remembered one time i was eating in a nearby restaurant and heard one middle school kid say alright! another one piece fan, then i noticed i was wearing a chopper shirt.
i guess i dont need to talk about me being into manga or anime, because it has become part of me.
If you're *only* a One Piece fan ... you may get some noise from both ends. Fans who like a lot of different anime tend to get irritated at people who are simply fans of one series and call themselves "anime fans". It is like saying you're a "tv fan" when all you watch is Survivor. :)

Then on the other side are the people who don't watch anime and don't even know how to characterize anime, often filled with misconceptions.

I'm an older guy so almost all anime shirts I rule out immediately because they're clearly drawn with kids in mind. I do wear shirts from megatokyo.com - those tend to be a bit subversive or subtle. I usually get good responses from those ("o wow, I read that, too!")

aohige
2012-09-05, 10:12
Well, One Piece has become so ridiculously big, it's far off into the mainstreamland.
You can be a OP fan and not be called out an otaku. :heh:

In Japan, that is.

cardcaptorkitty
2012-09-10, 01:28
I usually don't have to because I make it obvious. ^^;

I have an anime purse and I'm usually wearing an anime shirt, so if the subject is brought up, it's because someone has asked about it/complimented it. Plus, it's all over all the social networking sites I frequent.

Otherwise, if I somehow manage to be incognito, it doesn't bother me to admit that I love anime. So, yes, I tell people, whether it's through my appearance or actual conversation.