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NexgenXVII
2007-09-23, 04:27
Personally, I dont tell them unless they say something about anime.

Blaarg
2007-09-23, 04:46
If people ask me what I'm into I'll say so, or sometimes I'll even bring it up. I really have no reason to hide it.

anti-random
2007-09-23, 05:57
^exactly. Its the same thing I do

Kana Futayo
2007-09-23, 06:26
Well, I always blurt out anything anime to other people if I am in a very good mood :heh: Heck, I may be funny at times if I went too far :eyespin:

Flonne
2007-09-23, 07:19
If asked,i say that i watch anime. I don't have any reason to hide it. :3

muppsatan
2007-09-23, 07:32
When talking about what i like i do admit to liking anime (to which they reply: omg u watch that porn stuff?) usually :). There is no reason to hide it unless u wanna be labeled "sicko" since everyone thinks anime=hentai

raikage
2007-09-23, 07:41
Only if it comes up under discussion of hobbies or whatnot.

Otherwise, no.

"Hi. Nice to meet you. My name is xxxxx and I watch anime!"

...:twitch:

Deathkillz
2007-09-23, 07:47
I find that there is no reason to hide it as well...but i do get a bit edgy talking about it with people like teachers...example is that i have recently been trying to write a personal statement for university and my teacher asked if i have any hobbies...i said anime and the clueless look on her face didnt make me feel very well :heh: always say japanese animation instead of cartoons to be on the save side XD

DazarGaidin
2007-09-23, 07:57
If someone sees me watching and brings it up. Usually they say something like 'I just can't get into that stuff' which really sounds ominous to me lol What exactly do they think i am 'getting into'?

Had this conversation with the county sheriff the other day after he saw some heroic age on my laptop (yay for lawmen checking out my illegal copywrited material! woo!).

I often reply that its an acquired taste, which ends the conversation (more ominous feelings lol)

SeijiSensei
2007-09-23, 09:10
When talking about what i like i do admit to liking anime (to which they reply: omg u watch that porn stuff?) usually :). There is no reason to hide it unless u wanna be labeled "sicko" since everyone thinks anime=hentai

I see this comment repeatedly on forums. This connection between anime and hentai must be something that exists mostly in the minds of people much younger than me. Most people my age don't know what anime is at all so they don't associate it with porn. My first real exposure to anime was in my 40s, and we were watching Mononoke Hime. I later saw some more ecchi shows (Najica Blitz Tactics comes immediately to mind), and later learned that there was pornographic anime as well.

I also usually say "Japanese animation," which tends to conjure up Miyazaki among people who know anything about modern global culture.

Reno
2007-09-23, 09:24
Ya I have no reason to hide it either. If someone asks what I like, anime will be one of them. In fact I'm only too happy to. It feels good to say I like something other than music and games.

Kana Futayo
2007-09-23, 09:54
When talking about what i like i do admit to liking anime (to which they reply: omg u watch that porn stuff?) usually :). There is no reason to hide it unless u wanna be labeled "sicko" since everyone thinks anime=hentai

Yeah, about that anime->hentai thingy. It always happens in my class. Everytime I watch anime during my free time and when everytime my classmates saw me watching. They always say "wth! you're watching hentai again!?" Well, I guess that is their thought of what I'm interested in. :heh:

I don't even watch those stuffs (hentai). Well, I do watch ecchi shows and but that's not even close enough (I guess) :heh:

RavenHawk
2007-09-23, 11:16
To my best friends, yes.

I do watch a lot, but I usually pick those for my taste. Some of my friends watch ecchi; I gave up on ecchi anime (not pics), hentai anime ('cept Class Reunion Again, which is the only one I own) and harem anime since my 2nd year in college; I wanted to start fresh. They have no problem about my situation.

SuzumiyaU1
2007-09-23, 14:09
No,I dont, although my friends watch many animes.
My friends just dont understand why I love to watch some Anime like Suzumiya Haruhi,Air,Kanon and Lucky Star.
All of they guys love Bleach,Inuyasha and Naruto.etc.
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like #13, I dont like ecchi anime,although I've played some of Echhi Game.And of course, I never say,"hey,I play ecchi game,yet I hate them." to my firends.
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arcadeplayer987
2007-09-23, 14:29
I tell only to my friends

Miko Miko
2007-09-23, 14:35
only a couple of people <_<

People are like "omg pokemon is lame" :uhoh:

X10A_Freedom
2007-09-23, 14:39
Only if the other person/party mentions anime first. I find it far better to go along with the "majority" at university, like joining in for a game of Pro Evo Soccer on the Playstation even if I'm not really interested and the fact that I stink at it!

SuzumiyaU1
2007-09-23, 14:39
I tell only to my friends
Do your friends laugh at you?
my friends do, "you watch Ecchi Anime!"
OMG,I never believe Kanon is a Ecchi anime (yeah,the game is Ecchi.)

MajideTime
2007-09-23, 14:55
I do, but most of my friends are of the "anime=DBZ" mentality, so I bring up or mention anything related to anime and they're like >_> .

LionsMane
2007-09-23, 14:57
Well it's not something I necessairly hide nor is it something I bring up right away. Usually people notice something I'm wearing/watching/listening too, whatever, and it'll be anime related. Then I tell them because they usually show some sort of curiosity towards it. So I don't really hide it but I don't make a priority to tell people(well, unless I notice that they are into anime as well).

Terrestrial Dream
2007-09-23, 15:09
If they ask I would tell them, there is nothing to be ashamed about watching anime. And Sometime I would ask some people whether they watch anime or not.

Isako
2007-09-23, 15:21
I don't tell people that I watch unless they bring it up as well. It's not that I;m ashamed of it; it's just that I hate dealing with people who have only seen the stuff on TV or is popular. Telling someone you don't like Naruto or Bleach gets you the D: reaction nowadays. I only have one friend who watches all kinds of anime like I do. The rest are of the popular only crowd or don't watch any at all -_- So usually, I don't talk to the later crowd about anime because we can never be on the same page, but my other friend always knows what I'm talking about lol.

Vizard.King
2007-09-23, 17:14
When talking about what i like i do admit to liking anime (to which they reply: omg u watch that porn stuff?) usually :). There is no reason to hide it unless u wanna be labeled "sicko" since everyone thinks anime=hentai

THATS CUZ MOST OF THE WORLDS POPULATION ARE IMMATURE FREAKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!..... :upset: sorry for losing it like that:(

but yeah i'll tell them if they ask the only time i don't tell them is wHeN THEY ARE IMMATURE FREAKS:mad::( ...im sorry i lost it again...

DragoonKain3
2007-09-23, 17:20
In my area, watching anime doesn't seem to entail any negative stigma unlike most other places. But even if it did, I'd still admit that I watch anime. Of course, that's only when it comes to topic, but that goes with any of my other interests (Magic, Video Games, etc.) and not just limited to anime. No sense bringing it up when the other party would most likely not be interested in the subject at all.

NexgenXVII
2007-09-23, 20:13
I do wonder how a topic like anime would come up. I dont think I've ever conversed about anime to anyone other than friends. Seems like anime is taboo to talk about.

CandyVanMan
2007-09-23, 23:14
I don't talk, but I don't have to. I have this year's Negima calendar hanging in my cubicle, my computer's desktop is from Claymore, and I've worn my Haruhi T-shirt to presentations more than once...:eyebrow:...they know.:D

BANANABANANA
2007-09-24, 15:19
only if i'm asked, i don't go around randomly talking about my hobbies. most people associate it with hentai anyway...which they pronounce "hen-tay". and i don't want to be grouped with the anime club at my school because they scare me >.>

Hotaru Suzume
2007-09-24, 15:44
If anyone asks, I say yes.

Kyomi
2007-09-24, 23:23
Heck I cosplayed in front of the people I work with.

Vexx
2007-09-25, 03:49
For the "anime=porn" idiots.... I usually respond,
"yeah.... I hear American television is 100% porn, too. Never watch the stuff"
The sarcasm makes its point and then they're trapped because they have to ask what else does anime do?

But really, I haven't encountered anyone in quite a while who is that clueless... outside of a few teenagers :) The adults who've notice already seem to know just how pervasive manga and anime is in japanese culture.

Daniel E.
2007-09-25, 04:03
Like others have said, I only mention it if it comes naturally during a conversation.

Usually after the common "what do you like to watch on Tv.?" question shows up.

FutashoDavid
2007-09-25, 05:42
I do wonder how a topic like anime would come up. I dont think I've ever conversed about anime to anyone other than friends. Seems like anime is taboo to talk about.

Same here. At work this topic never comes up and when you're going out or wherever you meet new people, the first thing you talk about is not your hobby. It's more small talk and whatnot.

With friends it's different. All of my closer friends are into anime, so it's naturally.

Generally speaking though, Anime and Manga seem to be more accepted here in Germany now. Back then when I started (that was something around 1998, I think) it was completely different. Everything was Sailor Moon back then and you were treated like a kid loving cartoons OR a cartoon porn weirdo. Luckily, it's more emancipated now.

Akeval
2007-09-25, 10:21
Actually last school year something like this happend... only i was reading a manga in my sociology class and my teacher took my manga from me. He started to read it, and when i was expecting him to confiscate it, he said: "I liked this manga, you should really check out final approach if you like this genre". I was so shocked, haha.

But more on topic... of course i would say i watch anime, i would more than jump at that chance :).

Vicfred
2007-09-25, 10:23
i tell it when someone ask for it but generally i dont talk of anime with ppl who doesnt like it

Spectacular_Insanity
2007-09-25, 14:10
I'm part of the anime club at my school, so yeah! In fact, our next meeting to tomorrow night. We're watching the 3rd episode of.... something that I cant remember the name of atm. I'll post it later. :D

RavenHawk
2007-09-25, 20:59
No,I dont, although my friends watch many animes.
My friends just dont understand why I love to watch some Anime like Suzumiya Haruhi,Air,Kanon and Lucky Star.
All of they guys love Bleach,Inuyasha and Naruto.etc.

You know us people, we all have different tastes for anime. Heck my PS2 friends watch Naruto and Bleach yet I'm the only one who doesn't, still they have no problem with it. Besides, we don't force ourselves to what we don't like. To this day we're still buds, PS2 or not.

Actually last school year something like this happend... only i was reading a manga in my sociology class and my teacher took my manga from me. He started to read it, and when i was expecting him to confiscate it, he said: "I liked this manga, you should really check out final approach if you like this genre". I was so shocked, haha.

You know that reminds me of my professor in philisophy of the person (PHILPER). He likes mecha and action, like me. That's why I was so excited that for our final paper, our topic was the "human person", and the medium of choice, Macross Plus! I got a 4 (equivalent to A+) in my paper in the end, so did everyone else (otaku or not).

shiro83
2007-09-26, 00:18
Unless the people I know are talking about it.
There is no reason why I will, out of the blue, make public announcements about anime.

SolarNova
2007-09-26, 07:59
I tell people if they ask directly about it or ask my hobbies, but just bringing it up in conversation gets me nowhere in my town, people around where i live are all football mad yobs with hoddies and just cause aggro...
I definatly dont fit in in my town lol
Im just the kinda guy who dont hide anything tbh, no point in keeping secrets in my opinion, unless its somone elses secret ofcourse.

Thrasher187
2007-09-26, 12:52
well, I don't hide the fact that I watch anime. But I'm not like "Nice to meet you, I watch anime."

It's only when someone asks my hobbies or asks what I watch on TV that I tell them.

User65554
2007-09-26, 17:27
I normally say I watch anime if it's brought up, such as 'What TV programs do you like?' or 'What do you do in your spare time', but I don't really start conversations by asking 'Do you like anime', etc.
Pretty much like most other people here...

Silasj
2007-09-28, 07:37
If people ask me what my hobbies are, I tend to tell them. But it's not really something I tell people as soon as I meet them :P

But it's not really because I'm embarassed, it's just like so many other hobbies :P (I did make my 3younger siblings anime fans though ;))

KholdStare
2007-09-28, 07:43
I tell people that I watch anime, but that is only if they ask or if they see some anime things in my room. If people ask me what my hobbies are, anime won't really be one of the answer. I won't deny it, of course, but that's just how it is. If I tell people, I'm going to have to answer if 1) I watch "anime porn" or 2) "YOU WATCH POKEMON?!?!?" and even though I'm prepared to answer them, it's such a pain to explain that anime isn't just Pokémon and hentai.

Silasj
2007-09-28, 08:03
I tell people that I watch anime, but that is only if they ask or if they see some anime things in my room. If people ask me what my hobbies are, anime won't really be one of the answer. I won't deny it, of course, but that's just how it is. If I tell people, I'm going to have to answer if 1) I watch "anime porn" or 2) "YOU WATCH POKEMON?!?!?" and even though I'm prepared to answer them, it's such a pain to explain that anime isn't just Pokémon and hentai.

I know exactly how you feel. It's a pain explaining that over and over. Especially because anime and manga is published as something for 11 year old children. So usually even after explaining, people just think it's a bad excuse.

siya
2007-09-28, 11:19
I tell people I love anime...but they don't normally ask...Normally they say something, and I respong (Weather I was in the conversation or not), and it doesn't even have to be about anime, and relate it to some anime and talk about how that happend, what happend before this to make that happen and and stuff...Or if I over hear someone talking about anime, I usually throw myself into the conversation (It's an impulse...anime...myself...it can't be helped XD). Like the other day, some one was talking a few other people and where all like, Dude...I got a new manga...it's awsome, it's called Death Note..." and...this is where my problem comes in..I have a big problem with spoilers...so I said, I've seen and read the entire series, and he's like really, and I said yep..and with out realizing it, I started telling him what happend and what not, and he's like "AWW come one man...!"...so all of my friends know, unless they've seen the anime and knows what happend...not to talk to me about it XD...So usally..I don't have to tell people weather I like it or not...they normally just know...I have a reputation at school for being..."The anime obbsessed freak who gives spoilers.."..Yes...

-KarumA-
2007-09-28, 15:59
I tell people that I watch anime, but that is only if they ask or if they see some anime things in my room. If people ask me what my hobbies are, anime won't really be one of the answer. I won't deny it, of course, but that's just how it is. If I tell people, I'm going to have to answer if 1) I watch "anime porn" or 2) "YOU WATCH POKEMON?!?!?" and even though I'm prepared to answer them, it's such a pain to explain that anime isn't just Pokémon and hentai.

so true, people usually recognise it from ym drawing style etc. but i never blurt out that i watch it only if i know that the person knows the difference between watching anime and watching hentai or pokemon... >.>;

Zaris
2007-09-28, 16:50
I tell people I watch anime. I'm not ashamed. I simply say that American and Chinese television doesn't appeal to me. Afterwards, I usually receive two reactions: either they respond with jokes and laughs that I have to end up defending myself by differentiating licensed, plot-heavy kiddy shows with the adult, dramatic, quality programs. The other is... they're surprised they found someone else who watches and can discuss anime with!

2H-Dragon
2007-09-28, 17:01
Nope and it almost never comes up. Though sometimes I have talked about Naruto, but next to that basically null. I got a mate that reads manga though, but even then we don't really discuss it. o_O We do know from each other that we both read manga, but to be honest there's really no point. The anime population is basically null here anyhow. For anime discussion I have teh intarweb no?

It's not really that I am ashamed. It's just not worth the trouble to explain. Though once I let a few friends watch elfen lied for the shitz and giggles. xD

Kyuusai
2007-09-28, 17:11
While I'm not secretive about it, I definitely don't advertise the fact. It helps that I really don't socialize much, and when I do I spend more time listening than talking. It never comes up.

When the subject of media comes up, I generally say at most that I don't have cable and that I download what little I watch. The most I volunteer aside from that is that, since I study Japanese and grew up with Japanese family, I often watch Japanese programming. I have no need to be specific, because I watch live-action dramas, as well.

If, for some reason, it might come out that I'm downloading Japanese cartoons, I have "beard"--well, more of an "excuse": I download anime so my little sister can watch it. I also need to preview it for her, because of concerns about the content. All that is true, and is a good explanation for all my downloading and viewing habits as viewed by an outsider. I don't have to add anything about my own viewing habits.

I'm not ashamed of anything, just aware that most people really don't understand. I'm definitely a proponent of not hiding who you are, but also aware that for some people it wouldn't be prudent. Due to my place in the community, that is the case for me. At least twice a week, many people trust me to care for their children or teenagers. While many are rational folks, some of those people really believed that Pokemon was a tool of the devil. My good reputation has helped many of them overcome any apprehension or prejudices they have simply based on my "nerd" status or my Spock-like social awkwardness, but I'm not willing to see how far that will go.

Even amongst people that have no such prejudices, I walk a fine line. My father knows what I watch, but what about the people he mentions it to casually? Some of the kids I work with watch anime, but they tend to assume I watch the same shows as them, which is explainable but not something they seem to grasp easily. Worse, if they tell their parents, will their parents assume I'm watching the same kids' shows?

I recall a "minor incident" from the last time I was in Peru, when working with a young man (a senior in high school) was channel surfing and noticed my look of recognition when he briefly stopped on the cable anime network and I spotted the Spanish dub of Saikano. Later on in the trip, while some other people were around, before he stepped out he turned the television to the same network (then playing a really awfully dubbed, immature tennis drama) and said "Here you go". I politely asked him what drugs he was taking, and he asked "You like that stuff, don't you?" Arg. I gave him a quick explanation that satisfied the slight puzzlement of some of the others around.

I think that greater openness about the hobby (if you can call it that) will help bring greater understanding to society at large, but the ability to practice such openness isn't a luxury I have at the moment. I'll have to fight the Good Fight on different fronts for the time being, and only really let my inner nerd show on the internet, amongst like friends, and at cons.

Deathkillz
2007-09-28, 17:20
I recall a "minor incident" from the last time I was in Peru, when working with a young man (a senior in high school) was channel surfing and noticed my look of recognition when he briefly stopped on the cable anime network and I spotted the Spanish dub of Saikano. Later on in the trip, while some other people were around, before he stepped out he turned the television to the same network (then playing a really awfully dubbed, immature tennis drama) and said "Here you go". I politely asked him what drugs he was taking, and he asked "You like that stuff, don't you?" Arg. I gave him a quick explanation that satisfied the slight puzzlement of some of the others around.

With friends like that you dont need enemies...:twitch:

mcruz1014
2007-09-28, 17:30
I think that greater openness about the hobby (if you can call it that) will help bring greater understanding to society at large, but the ability to practice such openness isn't a luxury I have at the moment. I'll have to fight the Good Fight on different fronts for the time being, and only really let my inner nerd show on the internet, amongst like friends, and at cons.

I understand your pain. Its very frustrating at times when youd like to discuss that last episode of so and so show with someone you can trust, but you then realize that a.) no one around you would know what youre talking about, and b.) you could possibly be ridiculed for trying to bring up the subject.

AngelKiss
2007-09-28, 19:50
All of my friends know i watch anime but not all of them have the same feelings for it as me Lol ive got about 3 friends that watch anime and the rest have the usual opinion of it..

Marina
2007-09-28, 22:47
Mmmmm, my older friends don't know since it was a pretty recent development. I only tell people if it comes up and I know they have similar interest. You could say I'm sortof a closet nerd since you would never suspect me of liking that sort of stuff if you saw me.

KasumiGirl
2007-09-28, 23:01
I always ask people, Do you watch anime, and all that stuff before I say so, But i don't hide it.
Well, I really only talk to my friends about anime. When we first see each other in the morning were like 'So, did you get to watch the whole season of Lucky Star this week?' or something along those lines.

DragoonKain3
2007-09-28, 23:13
A lot of people here have been confronted with the comment that 'you watch pokemon?' or 'you watch that pron?'

I also get some of those questions as well. To which I proudly answer, 'No, I watched Sailor Moon.' Which is the truth anyways, as I thought SM first season was great, and I still think it is a classic. Thankfully the one I saw wasn't the North American version, but rather a more uncut version when I was a kid.

And in hindsight, I think Sailor Moon influenced a lot of what I think is moe today. Minako in particular, since I adore long hair, a hair accessory (a ribbon in this case), and being a cool, collected, kickass character.

Of course, trying to explain all that results in everything going over the other person's head. Which is all fine and dandy with me. XD

Lonestar9
2007-09-30, 23:04
I'm not ashamed of anything, just aware that most people really don't understand. I'm definitely a proponent of not hiding who you are, but also aware that for some people it wouldn't be prudent. Due to my place in the community, that is the case for me. At least twice a week, many people trust me to care for their children or teenagers. While many are rational folks, some of those people really believed that Pokemon was a tool of the devil. My good reputation has helped many of them overcome any apprehension or prejudices they have simply based on my "nerd" status or my Spock-like social awkwardness, but I'm not willing to see how far that will go.


What?? Place in the community?? Are you the mayor of your city? Sheriff? Preacher? Sounds like you have some very irrational religous people as friends, to think that Pokemon has something to do with the devil...

Even amongst people that have no such prejudices, I walk a fine line. My father knows what I watch, but what about the people he mentions it to casually? Some of the kids I work with watch anime, but they tend to assume I watch the same shows as them, which is explainable but not something they seem to grasp easily. Worse, if they tell their parents, will their parents assume I'm watching the same kids' shows?

If a parent of a kid asked, I'd just explain to them what I watch and why. They can choose to understand or not.

I recall a "minor incident" from the last time I was in Peru, when working with a young man (a senior in high school) was channel surfing and noticed my look of recognition when he briefly stopped on the cable anime network and I spotted the Spanish dub of Saikano. Later on in the trip, while some other people were around, before he stepped out he turned the television to the same network (then playing a really awfully dubbed, immature tennis drama) and said "Here you go". I politely asked him what drugs he was taking, and he asked "You like that stuff, don't you?" Arg. I gave him a quick explanation that satisfied the slight puzzlement of some of the others around.

Good grief! I'm at a loss of words.

I think that greater openness about the hobby (if you can call it that) will help bring greater understanding to society at large, but the ability to practice such openness isn't a luxury I have at the moment. I'll have to fight the Good Fight on different fronts for the time being, and only really let my inner nerd show on the internet, amongst like friends, and at cons.[/QUOTE]


Hey, you gotta do what you think is best, but this is one of oddest posts I've read...
:eyespin:

Kyuusai
2007-09-30, 23:39
What?? Place in the community?? Are you the mayor of your city? Sheriff? Preacher? Sounds like you have some very irrational religous people as friends, to think that Pokemon has something to do with the devil...

Good grief! I'm at a loss of words.

Hey, you gotta do what you think is best, but this is one of oddest posts I've read...
:eyespin:

I can absolutely understand how that can sound odd to some one who hasn't had to be in this sort of position. You just about pegged it, actually: I am a minister (though not a pastor), and take care of children and teenagers at my church.

It's not that I have irrational religious people as friends (I choose my friends more carefully than that), but I have to aid, serve, work with, or just plain interact with the general public who may be irrational religious people (or just irrational people, period). If something should come up, I can try to explain... But as the saying goes, "You can't reason some one out of something they didn't reason themselves into." I don't hide anything, but I'm cautious in what I reveal and how I do so.

Many (most?) people can afford to have a "take it or leave it" approach when it comes to how others perceive them. I used to, myself. When my pursuits were much more "lone wolf"ish, I could do anything I cared for without apology, but now I have to be careful. If I'm not, that could seriously affect my pursuits to be of service to those people, or the people around them. It could even effect how others associated with me are able to do so. We can only serve people if they allow us to do so (and in the case of kids, if their parents allow us to do so). Considering the consequences of the alternative, diplomacy is a small price to pay.

I have similar concerns when it comes to business, but they're far less important to me.

I don't believe in catering to irrational people, but sometimes we have to pick our battles. Fortunately, not every one is in the same position as me. (Fortunately, the position and reputation I keep allows me to have some influence when defending those who are standing up for sanity in more defiant ways.)

cicido
2007-10-01, 01:00
No because when ever I admits that I watch anime, I get either of these answers:

- ohmigosh, you watch pokemon? That's lame (me: =_=)
- Naruto is the best anime isn't it? Sasuke is like, soo mine. (me: um ya, you can keep him)
- YOU WATCH P0RN!? (me: thank you very much for screaming in my ears and embarrassing me in front of everybody)
- geek (me: *stabbed*)


therefore, I do not say that I watch anime unless I know that the person likes something that I like.

Aoie_Emesai
2007-10-01, 01:58
I don't really care either ways. Though I do not wish to discuss some other parts of anime. (anime's not really prevalent where I live)

Chami-sensei
2007-10-01, 16:31
I'll say I watch anime if i'm asked something about my interests or something, though only if I think there not an idiot that will instantly label me as a sicko or weirdo. However I havn't met any anime watchers since I started college so instead of going around asking everyone I decided to start a club though i'm not sure how many people will join.

Nameless
2007-10-02, 00:54
I don't care. But I don't go around talking about it. I think anyone that takes their hobby so seriously that they feel everything in life relates to it, is taking it more serious than they should.

Call me crazy - But I think the only thing that should be a life style is your job or your life, not your hobbies.

If people are talking about it, I'll talk about it, just like sports, movies, my job, my hobbies, my athletics and politics. Sometimes there's substance pertaining to it that can be taboo though.

What you have to recognize is that people will always fear what they don't understand. How people perpetrate that fear is when the comfort zone is crossed. I see this happen with all subjects. Anime, video-games, sexual orientation, science, religion. No matter what, you have to understand that there will always be an idiot out there that thinks anyone that doesn't like what he likes, is weird or wrong. The idea is, you don't fear that idiot and you leave yourself open so you meet people that aren't like him. Eventually the idiot will be the minority and the weirdo will be himself.

Then again, what do I know? There's not one thing I'm into that takes precedence over my life.

I'm a mixed martial artist, a writer, a student, an anime watcher, a health food freak, a car enthusiast, a hardcore gamer, a poet. There's still things I haven't tried yet. And I talk about any of them depending on who's asking or why.

megaflcl
2007-10-04, 17:30
once when I was in middle school I was reading a Rurouni Kenshin manga and some classmate of mine walked up behind me and asked me "Do you have a fetish or something?" damn I was never so p*ssed off by somebodys ignorance the only thing I could say without giving a 5 hour speech was "just because I like it doesnt mean I have a fetish for it"
so I dont bring it up but I also dont not talk about it ether
im not ashamed but I also dont go around bragging if I get a new manga or if I watched a new anime
I like anime no matter what other people think about it

genkidashite
2007-10-04, 22:11
Yeah, about that anime->hentai thingy. It always happens in my class. Everytime I watch anime during my free time and when everytime my classmates saw me watching. They always say "wth! you're watching hentai again!?" Well, I guess that is their thought of what I'm interested in. :heh:

I don't even watch those stuffs (hentai). Well, I do watch ecchi shows and but that's not even close enough (I guess) :heh:

The exact reponse I got in my first year college from everyone!!!:D

Vexx
2007-10-05, 01:13
I suppossssse you could ask the air, "Why does ignorance announce itself so loudly on entrance????"

~ Lawliet ~
2007-10-05, 18:46
Information was leaked somehow that I have an undying obsession with anime and manga, although I do indeed discuss anime and manga with a few friends of mine.

Aznbanana
2007-10-06, 11:11
I ask people if they watch anime before, casually of course :) But i dont have anyone to talk to about stuff like Clannad, Kanon, Air, Love Hina, Seto no Hanayome and all those drama, romance and romantic comedies :(.

My friends watch anime for action and plot xD.

Vexx
2007-10-06, 11:38
Sounds like more "action" than "plot" since several of the items you like to watch have "plot" in spades.

EternalDragonWarrior
2007-10-06, 11:39
I tell them if we end up in a conversation involving personal interests/hobbies/etc. There's nothing to hide or be ashamed of.

Kyero Fox
2007-10-06, 11:55
I tell them when I can... why not tell? afraid they will laugh? just say "ok .. what do you watch then?' then laugh at what they say.

aki/kaze/shi
2007-10-06, 12:34
I don't care who I say it to, because I always bring two manga to school.

1) To read and is normal to me.

2) One that will freak the hell out of people and I'll have the pleasure of laughing.

I usually let them look at #2, which gets many a weird facial expressions and questions. Kamichama Karin usually freaks out just bout anyone. XD How..? The frist one is one that most people will ask to read, or even some ask how famous the manga artist is and such and how popular it is in other countries. I like answering those questions.^^ I don't mind when people start asking questions or making fun of it, I go ahead and laugh myself sometimes saying "But really, sometimes people like different things. These just happen to be some of the most interesting shows and reads of my life." One guy even asked to take my little sister's Pixie Pop manga to get pick-up lines from it. o_O

And I usually read manga in Tech class when we have free time on the computers. Some guys kept pestering me "Is that all you do? Read backwards books*?" and then started reading what I was reading while making fun of me. Losers. :P Hehe.

* = They call manga that because of how its read.

LittleBuddy
2007-10-06, 12:39
No, because they don't talk about it. But my family knows that I watch anime. It isn't like a secret... I gave them a course on anime XD. They thought my older brother was watching childish things.

xxmimixx
2007-10-06, 17:37
Yep :D. Last week at anime club, people ask what was your favorite anime, and I responded my favorites, and basically thats it. At the anime club, we draw manga, create comics for Tokyo pop, and learn japanese. Probably at the end of the year, we might go to an anime convention.

Sean Connery
2007-10-07, 17:56
No, because they don't talk about it. But my family knows that I watch anime. It isn't like a secret... I gave them a course on anime XD. They thought my older brother was watching childish things.

I envy you, when I was 13 my parents gave me a bunch of crap about watching anime, they still do to this day

porchoky
2007-10-07, 18:37
^Haha, my parents/sister used to too, then I showed them an episode of Higurashi.
Either way, I won't bring it up unless they start talking about it or if it's relevant. If it's with some of my other friends though who like anime as well, I'll bring it up. Simple as that

devGod
2007-10-08, 14:48
For me it depends.

Some people I know don't watch anime, and don't feel like watching... So I don't bring up anime.

Since I started going to University people became a lot more tolerable to anime. There aren't really any people that think watching anime is 'wierd' or anything.
So if I talk about different interests with people that do the same study as me I'll bring it up at some point. If I never did I might not have met certain individuals that watch anime just like me. =)

So it's more a case of first exploring the other person a bit, and if I feel that we both might have an interest in anime... I'll bring it up.

DisavateraMX
2007-10-10, 04:59
For me, I do it rather blatantly.

That's because where I live, people say: "Oh, me too! How many have you watched?" Great start.

...

And then I discover they only watch a few. Mostly Naruto, Bleach, or Gundam. Mention anything more, and then I get something like "Lucky...Lucky What?"

Eh, they don't even know Rozen Maiden. :heh:

Oh well, otakuness could improve down south here. At least everyone knows Haruhi.

SweetLove
2007-10-11, 15:00
I never mention anime at my school,everyone at my school hates anime so if i bring it up i'll probably get jumped T.T

Ultenth
2007-10-11, 16:56
Eh, they don't even know Rozen Maiden. :heh:


Lucky bastards.

:p

The Chaos
2007-10-13, 10:28
To tell you the truth i did tell people but what I get ?
( are u a kid or what ) frist one i told said that
so I stop talling people so I cant sher my love for anime with my friends

siya
2007-10-15, 11:19
I don't think anime is something you should be ashamed of. If you like it, why lie? Seriously, if people make funn of you, ask them if they like football. If they say yes, tell that person (will really only offend a straight guy XD) "So you like to watch me roll over eachother?" That's what I do...and so far 7 people who made fun of me for likeing anime, never made fun of me again when I said that...Now, some people wont get offended, and then there's the whole, Just ignore them, you like what you like, they like what they like, if they can't be your friend because you like anime, why be their friend?

Sinner_Chrono
2007-10-15, 15:12
I don't see any need to hide it whatsoever, i mean it may be different for me cos im younger than alot of you (im nearly 16) but the way i see it loving anime is apart of who i am, aswell as my love for death metal, i don't tend to talk about it much though tbh, since not many of my friends like it, however i have alot of online friends who i speak to about it regularly

fuzzles
2007-10-15, 23:02
I honestly don't talk about it at all and I've never run into the situation where someone has asked me about it and I've never ever gotten a chance to bring it up, I'm still not sure if I would talk about it if i ever got the chance.

Kaioshin Sama
2007-10-16, 00:42
Generally only when the subject comes up, which isn't terribly often. Otherwise if I want to use an example from something I'll bring it up. I just make it a part of my vocabulary and when it's relevant I bring it up.

Reon-sama
2007-10-16, 01:29
I don't think it's a big deal...Honestly when I talk to my friend's about it they usually do watch it but they refer to them as japanese cartoon's, other then naruto and dragon ball z which pretty much everyone I know as seen...basically I just tell them what anime is...I've actully gotten a few of them to enjoy it:p

cutecouplesfan
2007-10-16, 09:40
Yeah, i tell my friends and other people i watch and love anime. i'm proud of it and in philippines it's not that big of a deal...plus most of my friends also watch anime not as much as i do but they also watch anime and we talk about it. sometimes i make friends and small conversations with the topic anime.

RavenHawk
2007-10-16, 09:46
Yeah, i tell my friends and other people i watch and love anime. i'm proud of it and in philippines it's not that big of a deal...plus most of my friends also watch anime not as much as i do but they also watch anime and we talk about it. sometimes i make friends and small conversations with the topic anime.

Yeah, in fact with my set of friends, we'd talk about it over a PS2 game. We have our own likes and dislikes, and hey there are certain anime that we all like in common.

Kyomi
2007-10-16, 11:54
Yeah, in fact with my set of friends, we'd talk about it over a PS2 game. We have our own likes and dislikes, and hey there are certain anime that we all like in common.

Too bad I'm the one-of-the-kind in my friend circle, they don't really watch anime like I do (Besides from a Gundam geek, but I'm not into it that much) and most anime-otakus I've meet on the streets or in conventions are simply too freaky for me. >.> I don't mind that much but I know I'll just look weird dressed as "Archer" on the 31st.

RavenHawk
2007-10-16, 12:43
Too bad I'm the one-of-the-kind in my friend circle, they don't really watch anime like I do (Besides from a Gundam geek, but I'm not into it that much) and most anime-otakus I've meet on the streets or in conventions are simply too freaky for me. >.> I don't mind that much but I know I'll just look weird dressed as "Archer" on the 31st.

Well there are times that in our group I am the one-of-the-kind. An example would be me being the only one who likes B't X. While some would like those that I don't like (man 2007 isn't my year), well I don't mind. What does keep us together is our liking of Gundam (any version).

Micchi
2007-10-16, 13:28
As other people have mentioned, it wouldn't be something I'd just bring up randomly in a conversation, especially with someone I'm not that close to. With friends, if they've dropped by my house, they'd know I love anime (computer wallpapers and figurines) and manga (too many shelves to count). If someone asked me if I had any hobbies, I'll say I like Japanese culture (including language, traditions and of course animation). If they asked me specifically whether or not I liked anime, of course I'd say yes.

Since I grew up in an Asian household, anime is pretty much accepted in the family. And around here (big city), people are accustomed to it as opposed to let's say a small southern US town. So I haven't talked to anyone who had the misconception that anime is hentai. And if they didn't know what it is, I'll explain it to them briefly. The biggest problem I've had in regards to anime is genre. I prefer love comedy, as opposed to action and generally shounen material. So it's kinda hard to find someone who has watched them and is willing to talk to you about it. Most of them watch Naruto, Bleach and stuff like that. I usually just say "I haven't watched it as I'm not that interested" and that's that. Most awkward moment is my parents telling a family friend's 12 year old daughter that I liked that anime and she ended up talking with me about D.Grayman for 1 whole hour. I had only watched the first ep, while she was totally obsessed with it.

About anime clubs/conventions around here, it seems like they cater too much to mainstream (or rather those that are brought over to North America) anime instead of newer shows that aren't all shounen types. And as for manga, I always bring along a manga from my shelves when I head out somewhere where I expect to have time to do some reading. It's just a hobby of mine; I don't mind people seeing it (although I have to admit, I wouldn't bring some manga out because of the cover art); and if they're curious enough to read over my shoulder, they'd realize that it's in Japanese (or at least not in English in their eyes) ;p

One qualm of mine though, which is kinda related, is how it's almost impossible to find someone to talk to regarding H-game plots. People don't understand that some people don't play solely for the HCG. And it's hard to find someone who also knows Japanese who appreciates good storylines. Sigh.

Mephisto2k
2007-10-16, 14:09
Many here are of the opinion that they have no reason to hide their passion for anime, but I think the bad reputation that comes with being an anime fan is more or less everywhere the same (even in Japan). The only difference might lay in their selfconfidence and the fact they dont care as much about wierd reaction from others that may pop up here and there.

This bad reputation however is something that I wonder about, since i would say about 20% of the people I know watch/watched anime more or less frequently. Its not a majourity but a pretty big part (which would of course not be so big if only counting rather passionate fans like myself). Dispite that we have to fight agains mentalities like "anime=pokemon=only for kids or stupid nerds" (here in germany i think the anime=porn mentality is not that big).

Sometimes I talk about anime with guys i know like them as well, but only very few times and there was only one person who shared my taste in anime and he dont watch quite as much as i do.
Probably all of my friends know Im into anime somehow because even without me announcing it as friends they found out sooner or later, but the rather typical reaction is the same i got from a friend just recently, who said that "I should rather get me a desktop wallpaper of some semi-naked model instead of one with anime on it".

I am a freshmen in university now and even though we inroduced ourselfes and mentioned our hobbies there was no way in hell I would tell them im into anime because that would instantly put me down on the ladder unless a great majourity of out group just so happened to be animefans as well which is impossible. If I should meet someone there whos also into anime, i might as well talk to him about it, but other than that i wont mention it and thats how things work for me on this side of the world.

People here who tell they dont see a reason to hide it still cant tell me watching anime is seen as much as as a hobby as playing soccer or tennis.

orange.a
2007-10-16, 14:19
As other people have mentioned, it wouldn't be something I'd just bring up randomly in a conversation, especially with someone I'm not that close to. With friends, if they've dropped by my house, they'd know I love anime (computer wallpapers and figurines) and manga (too many shelves to count). If someone asked me if I had any hobbies, I'll say I like Japanese culture (including language, traditions and of course animation). If they asked me specifically whether or not I liked anime, of course I'd say yes.
You pretty much summed up what I was going to say.

In fact, it was EXACTLY what I was going to say, as I very much alike with that description.


Usually you don't need to boast about watching anime of having lots of japanimation merchandise. Usually your friends know about that and that's enough.


What's more... I met 6 years ago a small group of people by forums who liked anime as much as I do and we go out a lot, discos, bars... We gather at least twice a month and we celebrate each and every birthday if it is someone from the group. The group has been growing since then and we are more than 12 people now, and as we say, we gather together a lot (not always all of us, but at least half of them, gathering 12 people in a weekly basis it's not so easy as it seems when it comes to going out).
The point of this is that we behave pretty much like people would call "normal". You don't need to wear cosplays while you walk on the street or behave like an anime character, you just need to love anime, and watch it, that's it. I'm sure COMPREHENSIVE people wouldn't mind having a friend "who watches anime". Lots of people have hobbies, and if you manage yourself to behave like every other person would do, it's not much of a problem.

People who can't understand that aren't even worthy of being called friends, because they fall victims of the prejudice and refuse to see there's more being a person who watches anime, if it was some despective quality.

HikariYume
2008-03-28, 22:04
I have no reason to hide it. If I'm talking about hobbies I'll bring it up. I love anime and I'm proud. But at my school people are scared to say it cus this one kid was watch Hentai at lunch and ppl found out and now they have the wrong idea about anime...

Shinigami_Mello
2008-03-28, 22:10
I do if it's brought up or if I'm asked what I'm interested in.

qtipbrit
2008-03-29, 00:00
Gah, I could have been really witty and said "Not at all", posting a link to my anime-plastered mythspathe, but it's private and whatnot.

But yes, I'm quite open about it.
I have read Shakugan no Shana light novels during our mandatory English reading time.
It's fun.
Try it.

But only do so if you don't think you're in a position to be ostracised over it.
EDIT: Actually, my school library carries manga. Haha.
Of course, there aren't actually very many other anime fans at my school, so I'm assuming the manga never really gets checked out.

King Lycan
2008-03-29, 00:44
:o i don't think i would say it out loud but if someone where to ask me i would say i do.but i don't really read manga in school cause...umm girls kinda stay away from you..and yea ._.

KholdStare
2008-03-29, 00:45
Well, since my FaceBook picture is Sakura Kinomoto, I'm pretty open about it.

Liddo-kun
2008-03-29, 07:19
Not really, but if asked I won't hide it.

Cheezy
2008-03-29, 10:55
I did a speech about anime, so yeah pretty much the whole class knows I watch it. No strange responses.

A few people in my school watch Naruto, that's about it...

UzumakiW
2008-03-29, 19:35
Of coarse I do. I don't find any shame in liking anime. A lot of people in my school like anime, though, so it's not a rare thing. Though, a lot of them are the types that really only watch Bleach or Naruto and are huge into that. Pretty much everybody also knows that I don't like Naruto. But yeah, I'm pretty open about it. I'm not announcing it or talking about it in a huge way, but I do have an anime picture on my binder and a lot of people just know it anyway.

Islaya
2008-03-29, 20:45
I don't go shouting it from the roof tops, but if it comes up in conversation I don't deny it. The majority of the people I hang out with are anime fans anyway. It's really not that big a thing around here though aside from whats on TV like Bleach and Naruto, and some people for some odd reason take offense to people that like anime/manga around here and treat us like a sub-species. I'll never forget the one time a clerk at Waldenbooks refused to help me find a manga title becuse, as she stated it, "I hate that Japanese crap." The clerks at Best Buy are the same way, every time I buy a anime DVD there or am with someone that is getting one, they almost always roll their eyes and glare.

Triple_R
2008-03-29, 20:52
My biggest entertainment interests are pro hockey (I'm a Montreal Canadiens fan) and anime. Of these two, one is the national pastime and widely talked about (hockey), and the other has a much smaller group of fans locally (anime).

Given that fact, I tend to talk about hockey most with casual friends and relatives, and don't really feel a need to offer up the fact that I'm a big anime fan (the times I've hinted at it to anybody but other anime fans, I'd get suspicious looks - it's just not worth the hassle, in my opinion; especially since I can gladly talk about hockey in real life).

starry_sky45
2008-03-29, 23:16
I usually only talk about anime if I am asked about it. But I see no reason in hiding that you watch it. Who cares what people think? But thats just my personal opinion.

anbuhero
2008-03-30, 11:10
I try not to mention the fact that i watch anime to certain friends i hang around with, though i'd happily talk bout it with friends that also like anime privately.

If the other friends hears the word anime they come up with all these stupid comments like "there no story to it", "its for kids" or the worst i've heard was "they are so badly drawn". things like that gets me really frustrated. So i tend not to talk bout anime unless i know i'm surrounded by people i know likes anime.

oompa loompa
2008-03-30, 12:49
My biggest entertainment interests are pro hockey (I'm a Montreal Canadiens fan) and anime. Of these two, one is the national pastime and widely talked about (hockey), and the other has a much smaller group of fans locally (anime).

Given that fact, I tend to talk about hockey most with casual friends and relatives, and don't really feel a need to offer up the fact that I'm a big anime fan (the times I've hinted at it to anybody but other anime fans, I'd get suspicious looks - it's just not worth the hassle, in my opinion; especially since I can gladly talk about hockey in real life).

i hear ya... except its soccer for me.. ive tried being open about to people, and i find even the most ' open minded ' of my friends just dont seem to get it. im not a very ethical or moral guy anyways :) , i dont see any reason why i should bring trouble to myself. trouble as in an uneccessary hassle of explaining ' no its not for kids, no it has themes like this' etc etc.

Sun Shine
2008-03-30, 17:19
If someone is getting to know me and wondering what my interests are, I'll tell them. Although it is one of my most active interests after art and real football (Soccer), it is generally just a pass time when I'm bored and not with my friends or am just sat about the house doing nothing.

IHaveCrayons
2008-03-31, 01:30
I usually don't. If someone brings it up or asks me directly I'll kind of test the water and see reaction I get. Though, I don't necessarily hide that I watch anime I don't broadcast the information. It's all about social networking really when it goes beyond my close circle of friends. I could seem like the least likely person to watch anime if the need arises.

Solais
2008-03-31, 09:13
I tell them, but for most cases they don't even know what anime is.

Fweakin
2008-03-31, 19:43
I don't find much occasion to. Like many others, I have a vast array of more mainstream and more important hobbies, so if I'm talking to someone, I'm much more likely to talk about those rather than my smaller, niche hobbies.

It's all about knowing the right place and person. I might bring it up if I'm talking to a film student, however will not see a reason to mention it to my ultra-mainstream friends who would much rather talk about other things, and frankly, so would I. I get no joy out of explaining anime to people who, 1) don't share a similar love and, 2) don't give a damn ;)

Tran225
2008-04-01, 01:12
I talk about anime at school and some may fit in the conversation but there are times where one would come up to me and call me a loser for watching that stuff.... but whatever i dont care what they think lol

Vexx
2008-04-01, 01:30
I suppose you could just say you're a fan of "japanese pop culture" and let them stew on what that meant. :)

Kyrie
2008-04-01, 11:40
I don't bring it up unless I'm asked, liek if they see me reading a manga or something. Then they go on a tangant of how liking cartoons/comics is stupid -_-

But I don't hide it and I don't talk about it to anyone who doesn't want to hear it.

Vexx
2008-04-01, 14:32
I always find it fascinating when people are made so insecure by someone else's hobby that they *must* make fun of it or deride it. They treat it like a personal attack on their own values :)

Personally, I think wearing clown clothes (baggy pants around the bottom of the butt and backwards baseball cap) just looks really pathetically dorkish. But hey, that's just because I like to be able to run properly and shade my eyes :)

-KarumA-
2008-04-01, 15:34
I always find it fascinating when people are made so insecure by someone else's hobby that they *must* make fun of it or deride it. They treat it like a personal attack on their own values :)



i agree on that...
i had numerous occasions when people labled me a freak for my hobbies involving anime...
though my boyfriend was very content about it when i told him though i was very embarrassed when i eventually told him that i write fanfictions and not of the general male/female pairing...
that is something i keep to myself because most people label you a hentai freak right after... even if that isn't my case at all... seriously a fic of over 300 pages in such a pairing isn't just about people making out when the cathegory is sciencefiction/mecha... :upset:

i only tell people that are interested in it but they usually notice it about me fromt he way i act and the words i use...
i read a lot fo manga at school and buy it during the breaks because the comicstore is about 5 minutes away from my school, i tell them when they ask about it but it has never been a real problem because there are numerous people in my class into anime.. mostly because when they thought it was just kiddy shows i gave them some good examples and made them addicted int he process as well though only on a general level...
i only hate it when you tell someone and they think you are just like them and only watch Naruto or Bleach... i stopped watching it at some point and keep up with the recent shows rather than the most populair old ones in the US and populair long runnign series.. when i tell themt hat i do watch One Piece they ask me what that is... and i find it quite a loss that i told them i was into it because i would have to hear every little have you seen thsi or that in bleach question...
i usually dont tell even other anime watchers unless i am certain they watch something other than Elfenlied, Bleach or Naruto.. but such a person i have never met before in my school :eyebrow:

NexgenXVII
2008-04-01, 20:08
wow, look at all the post. Anywho, reason I asked is because I have only met 4-5 people that watch anime since I first started watching it when I was 16. I agree that it is not a topic to start a conversation but it is however hard to bring up. (for me especially) I am by no means a person of low self-esteem or have anything to be embarrassed about other than watching anime. If a person does bring it up first then its no problem for me to talk about it. I sometimes know more about it than they do. Maybe its just the place that I'm from that this sub-culture is not as popular. It would really be great to meet other "fans" of anime that are not overly obsessed with it.

LR2
2008-04-01, 20:44
I usually only talk about anime if I am asked about it. But I see no reason in hiding that you watch it. Who cares what people think? But thats just my personal opinion.

I share the same philosophy as you. That said, all of my close friends know that I am at least interested in anime. However, most of my acquaintances probably don't know that I watch anime.

There is just somethings that aren't important enough to talk about. For example, most of my acquaintances also probably don't know that I practice magic, have a Sony laptop, like gummy bears, and wear contacts.

Da~Mike
2008-04-01, 21:20
Ah. I guess I didn't have to sift through all those threads to find something that I'd always wondered (at least to a certain extent).

I keep several of my hobbies as a 'closet-hobby', some of which obviously include anime and manga. Unlike in Japan, where reading manga is essentially the same as reading a book (or so I've heard), comics is either for children or for socially inept geeks (or at least how the vast majority of the world likes to think of us).
It's even worse for anime, with adults or teenagers watching cartoons. Even telling people you watch the Simpsons or Family Guy regularly will earn you a few uncomfortable glances.

So, due to the way society reacts to us at large, I refrain from ever disclosing it except to those who are close to me or those who I know I can talk to about it.

Imagine going to a job interview at some fancy investment bank. If the first hobby (or if you even mention it as a hobby) you have is anime, you can expect to lose that job offer unless you're bloody outstanding compared to the hordes of seemingly normal applicants.

Right now, anime and manga in the west is still (or simply is) a geek's hobby and let's face it, the way society stands as it is, it still doesn't like us.
No point giving bullets for people to shoot you with.

Don't ask, don't tell. We're effectively the gays of society.

King Lycan
2008-04-01, 21:25
lol so true man were the Butt-end of society

michelle21
2008-04-01, 21:51
I think its really cute if guys watch anime depending on what type you watch it show alot about you so forget what people say cause deep down thier the loser.

escimo
2008-04-02, 04:38
If it comes up in a conversation, sure I tell.
I don't run around converting people but I'm not ashamed by it either. I don't see any reason for either.

As the general public sees anime as nothing more than just cartoons (tom&jerry stuff) and cartoons are for kids, there are people that have prejudices towards anime. And naturally there are people that have tasted it and didn't just don't like it.
Prejudiced ones can give me a bit of a beef about it but I couldn't care less. I fit in very few social norms so that's nothing new.

juggen
2008-04-02, 06:52
do you tell people you watch anime?
-Yes.

aka Providence
2008-04-03, 10:51
I don't, with two exceptions. One reason for me telling people is when I'm asked, the other if I want to strike some anime conversations with people (rare case). I was born with a very grumpy-looking face, so people usually find it surprising that I watch anime (more shock comes when I mention titles such as Lucky Star). Anime is purely a hobby for me, so I don't see the need to show it off above the other stuff I like.

Sinestra
2008-04-03, 13:48
Hell to the yes i dont care what others think if they are so narrow minded that they cant accept other hobbies the forget them. Its anime fans are out dealing drugs, stealing cars, dog fighting ect ect. Its different so some people tend to make fun of it. I get teased sometimes at work or by some of my non anime friends and i just ignore of them or give them a dose of their own medicine.

~ Lawliet ~
2008-04-12, 16:58
I do not very often tell people.

fatalblue
2008-04-12, 17:34
Yes, i will tell people I watch anime though I don't go out of my way to make known to people (I don't feel I need too, really) Much like any of my other hobbies or interest I'll talk about it when it comes up natural in conversation. The big tip off is almost always my art :)

Ketchup11
2008-04-12, 19:44
Sure I do. If they think I'm a weirdo, let them. But when I tell them they don't really make a huge deal about it. Anime is something I enjoy, and I personally think it's alright to tell people.

TinyRedLeaf
2008-04-12, 20:54
In my area, watching anime doesn't seem to entail any negative stigma unlike most other places. But even if it did, I'd still admit that I watch anime. Of course, that's only when it comes to topic, but that goes with any of my other interests (Magic, Video Games, etc.) and not just limited to anime. No sense bringing it up when the other party would most likely not be interested in the subject at all.


I think that explains why I don't mind being open about my interest in anime. Singaporeans are quite familiar with the medium. Even though most people associate anime with children's cartoons, many of them are equally aware that some anime are targeted towards older audiences. I thank Studio Ghibli for this. Movies such as Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away have definitely helped to broaden appeal of anime in Singapore.

But even without such influences, I get the feeling that anime is already an accepted part of Singapore's cultural landscape, thanks to the ubiquity of manga. Manga is very popular here, and I always notice a good number of Singaporeans browsing the manga sections of our local Kinokuniya. Thankfully, otaku culture isn't very pronounced, so there isn't much stigma against manga/anime in general (but you do get the common misunderstanding that "adult anime" = hentai).

That said, manga/anime is considered part of geek culture. But believe it or not, it's actually good to be a geek in Singapore, because geeks are usually assumed (rightly or wrongly) to be very smart, and this country loves clever people. Heck, we recently had a game show featuring "Singapore's Brainiest Kids". Can you imagine such a programme in the US or the UK? The children who appear on the show would become the butt of endless cruel jokes.

As for telling others about my interests, most people assume I'm a person with very "serious" hobbies (reading, current affairs, history, philosophy, etc), and it usually catches them off-guard when they find out that I'm an anime fan as well. Depending on how open-minded they are, they'd be curious to learn why I think some of the best creative talent in Japan work in animation today.

Of course, most of them would not have heard of the anime I enjoy, so I talk about popular shows such as Naruto and Bleach instead. When trying to hold a conversation, it's always important to talk about things that people are interested to hear. Talking about the "brainy" stuff I personally enjoy would only make me appear arrogant and conceited. That would not help to improve anime's image among non-fans. It certainly wouldn't attract more people to the medium.

qtipbrit
2008-04-12, 22:03
That said, manga/anime is considered part of geek culture. But believe it or not, it's actually good to be a geek in Singapore, because geeks are usually assumed (rightly or wrongly) to be very smart, and this country loves clever people. Heck, we recently had a game show featuring "Singapore's Brainiest Kids". Can you imagine such a programme in the US or the UK? The children who appear on the show would become the butt of endless cruel jokes.
Eh, we have "Are you Smarter than a Fifth Grader?", and I'm quite sure it's about a panel of teens and adults answering the same question a fifth grader answers, with people giving incorrect answers being eliminated, though I don't watch it because it seems childish.

And regarding anime, I think I've already pointed out that I read light novels at school on occasion.
My bookmark is also this:
http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c201/sdskater92/WOG.jpg
So I don't really care about allegations that I'm a nerd (I've built a reputation over the years that point otherwise, so I generally don't get any negative remarks, though I do get a lot of chuckles.)
(It actually sparks a good deal of conversation among my friends and other classmates when I bring up some of my hobbies. It's quite entertaining, really.)

PS: Be jealous of my WoG. lulz.

Z3120
2008-04-13, 01:41
I don't outright tell them. I might if they look like someone who likes anime though. I still remember the time I wore a Gao Gao Stegosaurus T-Shirt at school. Weird feeling.

rainnydaiis
2008-04-13, 03:11
Yeah I always tell people I watch anime and I really don't mind if they get like weirded out feelings or look at me and calling me a nerd. Why should I be ashamed of what I enjoy. I bet they have weird fetishes too so I don't really cry because someone criticizes me. A lot of people seem to understand that I will enjoy games and anime mainly because I'm "Korean" and the whole fact about asians seeming to like those kinds of things -__-;;

GreatTeacherKen
2008-04-14, 20:01
I guess the best answer for me is sometimes. Usually I don't publicize my interests but if people bring it up, I'll mention in passing that I do watch anime.

Of course, I think quite a few of my friends know by now that I watch anime since I frequently contribute photos to the 'that's a man?! (anime/manga) facebook group. :p

King Lycan
2008-04-14, 21:12
:o I sometimes tell my Gf's i like anime but thats about it

qtipbrit
2008-04-14, 22:23
I don't outright tell them. I might if they look like someone who likes anime though. I still remember the time I wore a Gao Gao Stegosaurus T-Shirt at school. Weird feeling.
:eek:
WHERE CAN I GET ONE OF THESE!??!?!???!?!?!
Yeah I always tell people I watch anime and I really don't mind if they get like weirded out feelings or look at me and calling me a nerd. Why should I be ashamed of what I enjoy. I bet they have weird fetishes too so I don't really cry because someone criticizes me. A lot of people seem to understand that I will enjoy games and anime mainly because I'm "Korean" and the whole fact about asians seeming to like those kinds of things -__-;;
haha!
It's true, though. Whenever I bring up anime or my other nerdy hobbies, people usually just wave it off and say, "ahh qtip, you're so Asian..."
Oh stereotypes, they really help you when they need to.

KholdStare
2008-04-14, 22:33
It's actually been my dream to cosplay in school. Weird, I know. I'm not talking about a Sakura Kinomoto cosplay either, but just a regular, more normal one.

Edgewalker
2008-04-14, 22:45
I tell people straight up that I watch it - but I dont tell them just how much I do until I get to know them. I work in the video games industry ( The Dev side, not retail ) and everyone in this industry is well aware what anime is. The problem is that even though Game designers / programmers / testers / Artists and whatnot are all fairly easygoing "down to earth" people when compared to other industries, far too many hear the word "Otaku" and think the word "Weeaboo". It's assumed that if you watch it everyday you are a wapanese wannabe, so I wait till people know me well enough to know that I am not like that untill I let them in on that fact that I average 1~1.5 hours on weekdays and 2~3 on weekends.

_DaViD_
2008-04-14, 23:12
only if they ask me, but i dun care if they dont like it, is their loss, i think almost nobody of my classmates watch anime, only 1 or 2 but not that much, they play more MMORPG and the others just blehh... they dont even know it
and if i take out a manga the girls say, whats that? and i say a manga, O.o is like a comic......... Ahh ohh and what its about, and i explain to them;
if its an elfen lied manga they say ohh so cute because of the covers but they never ask about it........ lol

im from mexico btw...

Magedark
2008-04-14, 23:19
I don't really tell anyone because most people I know don't care.

r-18
2008-04-16, 07:18
if you don't like or understand anime you don't want to get stuck in a confined space with me i talk about anime, i'd even talk about it with my cats if they would set still.

oompa loompa
2008-04-19, 14:12
well.. truth be told i do hide it for the most part.. mmm im not sure if ill be able to do so after i join college.. anyone been through a similiar situation?

wingzero_2000
2008-04-19, 16:45
Depending on the circumstances. Most people I know don't even know what anime is. But if somehow you find out someone you know is also an anime, then we can chat all about what is your favorite series, etc, :-P

raikage
2008-04-19, 16:48
well.. truth be told i do hide it for the most part.. mmm im not sure if ill be able to do so after i join college.. anyone been through a similiar situation?
I'd say college is a little more accepting... and if people aren't, say "forget you" and the campus will usually be populated enough that you won't have to see them again.

Disclaimer: Standard socialization mores apply.

Depending on the circumstances. Most people I know don't even know what anime is. But if somehow you find out someone you know is also an anime, then we can chat all about what is your favorite series, etc, :-P

A person is not an anime. ;)

yezhanquan
2008-04-19, 20:58
I don't tell people; they usually find out the moment they see me =X.

Elston3
2008-04-19, 23:43
Yas, it's no big deal. I introduced my kids to anime and I take them to the Sakuracon every year as well as watch series together...
I am also a fan of all the graphic arts, anime is just one.

Irenicus
2008-04-20, 07:11
Honestly though, we can look from the other side too. Is it all that comfortable if this person you somewhat knows start talking about his weird hobby on collecting animal tails from nowhere?

I mean, sure, people like me (tolerant, easygoing, and positively bored enough to listen to anyone -- being weird yourself tends to make you more accepting of weirdness in others :heh:) would probably enjoy listening to the person's passionate expositions on the difference between the tails of a Bengal Tiger and an African Elephant, or how to distinguish fake rhino tails from real ones; but even I would get bored quickly at some point because I simply can't relate to the topic at all.

So in the interests of courtesy, I don't usually expound on the topic a lot. Like many others here, if asked, I answer. I have nothing to hide and nothing to be ashamed about. But taking the initiative, actively "recruiting" new anime fans, wearing crazy ugly-looking t-shirts with anime pictures on them? Nah, that just isn't me.

Imagine going to a job interview at some fancy investment bank. If the first hobby (or if you even mention it as a hobby) you have is anime, you can expect to lose that job offer unless you're bloody outstanding compared to the hordes of seemingly normal applicants.
Nobody ever tells the truth in that kind of stuff anyway. :)

It's like one of those josei manga plots: the Seriously Successful Female Lead actually has quirky points she's reluctant to tell anybody about. And she'd better not, since those gossiping co-workers are, aside from already hating on the heroine, dangerously conforming. :uhoh:

I guess the world of working adult life is just far more narrow-minded than most would like to admit. If you're going to be different, you'd better be different in the good way, or else...

yezhanquan
2008-04-20, 07:19
Honestly though, we can look from the other side too. Is it all that comfortable if this person you somewhat knows start talking about his weird hobby on collecting animal tails from nowhere?

I mean, sure, people like me (tolerant, easygoing, and positively bored enough to listen to anyone -- being weird yourself tends to make you more accepting of weirdness in others :heh:) would probably enjoy listening to the person's passionate expositions on the difference between the tails of a Bengal Tiger and an African Elephant, or how to distinguish fake rhino tails from real ones; but even I would get bored quickly at some point because I simply can't relate to the topic at all.

So in the interests of courtesy, I don't usually expound on the topic a lot. Like many others here, if asked, I answer. I have nothing to hide and nothing to be ashamed about. But taking the initiative, actively "recruiting" new anime fans, wearing crazy ugly-looking t-shirts with anime pictures on them? Nah, that just isn't me.


Nobody ever tells the truth in that kind of stuff anyway. :)

It's like one of those josei manga plots: the Seriously Successful Female Lead actually has quirky points she's reluctant to tell anybody about. And she'd better not, since those gossiping co-workers are, aside from already hating on the heroine, dangerously conforming. :uhoh:

I guess the world of working adult life is just far more narrow-minded than most would like to admit. If you're going to be different, you'd better be different in the good way, or else...

Unless you plan to work in areas related to the industry. If you open a manga/anime store, people EXPECT you to know your stuff.

HayashiTakara
2008-04-20, 10:46
If asked I won't hide it, why should I? I openly read manga during my breaks and such, or on the city bus. I won't be going around saying, hey you! I watch anime! Its just like anything you do in life, don't ask don't tell.

Dove
2008-04-20, 18:27
If people ask me what I'm into I'll say so, or sometimes I'll even bring it up. I really have no reason to hide it.

^
I am the same way, but only when someone asks me, although; this goes with whatever I happen to watch.

tenkenX6
2008-04-22, 01:36
Yes, I tell people I watch anime quite often. I'm not ashamed of watching it and being an avid fan in the slightest. If some people thinks I'm a weirdo or something for liking/watching anime, that's their opinion. ;)

Spectacular_Insanity
2008-04-22, 08:45
All my friends know it. I'm usually the one recommending the new anime to them. :heh:

Vexx
2008-04-22, 14:39
Imagine going to a job interview at some fancy investment bank. If the first hobby (or if you even mention it as a hobby) you have is anime, you can expect to lose that job offer unless you're bloody outstanding compared to the hordes of seemingly normal applicants.


Actually.... at least in the US it is *illegal* for them to ask that question or any others related to personal life. All they can ask is whether there are any outside restrictions which could interfere with your job duties and your answer is "No.". ... because in fact, *all human beings* have outside commitments that will at some point interfere with their "job duties" and the conflict is negotiated at that point.

The most dangerous part of an interview is the "going to lunch" with the guys --- that's where they're hoping you'll drop shields and reveal the sorts of things they can't ask in the interview. :)

SeijiSensei
2008-04-22, 18:44
The most dangerous part of an interview is the "going to lunch" with the guys --- that's where they're hoping you'll drop shields and reveal the sorts of things they can't ask in the interview. :)

Of course, it also gives you the opportunity to determine whether you could possibly imagine spending multiple hours each day with these people. Just think of it as your chance to interview the employer! :uhoh:

Irenicus
2008-04-22, 21:25
Of course, it also gives you the opportunity to determine whether you could possibly imagine spending multiple hours each day with these people. Just think of it as your chance to interview the employer!
Good point. :)

Unless you plan to work in areas related to the industry. If you open a manga/anime store, people EXPECT you to know your stuff.
:confused:

I'm not sure what you mean by manga/anime store...

Nemu
2008-04-22, 23:17
If they say something about anime, I'll tell them. =P

WanderingKnight
2008-04-22, 23:33
Honestly though, we can look from the other side too. Is it all that comfortable if this person you somewhat knows start talking about his weird hobby on collecting animal tails from nowhere?

What he said. I honestly don't know what is up with this breed of nerdy types who just love to start babbling about their personal hobbies to people who don't give a flying fuck about them. I had one of those at a Japanese course I attended the past two years, I almost had to cover my ears in a mixture of pity and embarrassment every time he opened his mouth. And as soon as he found out I liked anime, Street Fighter and Super Robot Wars, he wouldn't shut up about it. Yeah, I like to talk about anime and videogames, but not all the damn time. I also like being able to talk to more than just one person in the whole damn room. Since I'm an extremely peaceful and easygoing guy, I never had the guts to tell him "Just SHUT UP already!", and neither did the rest of the people at my Japanese class, but I can clearly see how many people in his everyday life would tell him to shut up the instant their patience is tried.

So, in the end, people who want to know me will know what I like because I don't make an effort to conceal it, but I don't introduce myself with "Hello, I'm Lucas, I like anime, chocolate, videogames and tinkering with Linux!".

Game8910
2008-04-22, 23:44
I do, but only to those I spend most time with the other can find out by themselves

Vexx
2008-04-23, 11:07
What he said. I honestly don't know what is up with this breed of nerdy types who just love to start babbling about their personal hobbies to people who don't give a flying fuck about them. ...

That single problem has more to do with the lack of acceptance of people with "interesting hobbies" than any other problem. Its not just anime - its almost any niche hobby. When I walk into a game store, I can guarantee that I'll hear someone at the backroom tables droning on and on about some topic in a monotone while the other players are sticking hot pokers in their ears ... or making the store owner insane with some horrible perversion of a monologue that the speaker mistakes for a conversation. In fact, I can spot that type of person in a model rocketry shop, model train shop, knitting shop ... but most often in the comics/games/anime shops.

I understand that those people usually have some sort of dysfunction so I try not to want to kill them --- but they really make it hard for the rest of us.

Rookie103
2008-04-23, 13:59
If somebody asks, I'll tell them I watch it. Otherwise, I won't. Becuase nobody really cares unless they're interested. In which case, they'll ask.

MUAHAHAHAHAHA
2008-04-24, 10:16
Hell no,cause for some reason,80% of the people i knew are under the impression that all animes are like Crayon Shin-chan and Doraemon.They will all like,hey how old are you to watch such kiddy stuff anyway?Wait till i show them animes like Elfen Lied,Gantz or Basilisk

yezhanquan
2008-04-24, 23:31
Good point. :)


:confused:

I'm not sure what you mean by manga/anime store...

I mean a store which sells merchandise related to manga/anime. I must admit that it's actually hard to find a viable business model, at least in Singapore.

maika_chan
2008-04-27, 21:04
Don't need to really...i'm always in front of my comp and most of the time, it's anime or anime related stuff (forums, reviews etc.) on the screen. I don't mind them knowing cuz I think anime is :cool: (or maybe that's my otaku side speaking).

qtipbrit
2008-04-27, 21:13
Hell no,cause for some reason,80% of the people i knew are under the impression that all animes are like Crayon Shin-chan and Doraemon.They will all like,hey how old are you to watch such kiddy stuff anyway?Wait till i show them animes like Elfen Lied,Gantz or Basilisk
I'm not quite sure we're talking about the same Crayon Shin-chan if you think yours is for children.

And lol@another "violence = mature, therefore anime with large amounts of blood and gore are mature and not for kids."
Christ, I have a 12-year old cousin who sat through Higurashi no Naku Koro ni, and it's more violent than Elfen Lied is, though it lacks the nudity.

I've noticed that an anime movie like 5 Centimeters per Second can be much more "mature" than any violent series. This is also from a personal experience with someone.
Anime that actually make you think are another example, Serial Experiments Lain, Neon Genesis Evangelion, etc. 9/10 people who like ef - a tale of memories have no idea what happened in about half of the scenes in the anime.

gh0stmice
2008-04-27, 22:29
no, i keep this a secret....

my secret indulgence. im just way to vain to let anyone know about my dorky hobbies

if a person walks up to me and starts talking about anime or dungeons and dragons, ill just turn and walk away.

yadango
2008-04-28, 01:52
ha ha ha being japanese i don't have to tell people, they automatically assume i watch it (my laptop wallpaper also gives it away when i'm at school).

kingsky123
2008-04-28, 06:45
no, i keep this a secret....

my secret indulgence. im just way to vain to let anyone know about my dorky hobbies

if a person walks up to me and starts talking about anime or dungeons and dragons, ill just turn and walk away.

aww, you shouldnt keep it in the closet,nothing shameful about it imo

gh0stmice
2008-04-28, 07:18
aww, you shouldnt keep it in the closet,nothing shameful about it imo

"wether or not its shameful" has nothing to do with why i keep it a secret. it has to do with 95% of the non-anime watching world and their opinions on the genre of entertainment. thou anime might be widly accepted in other countries, here in the "good ol' US of A" its not accepted at all. so in order to avoid becoming a social lepur in society, i keep it secret or even denounce the whole hobby together.

i let only a few people know, i just pray that thhey dont have loose lips (like my ex girlfriend....and im not talking about her lips on the face)

kingsky123
2008-04-28, 07:21
wow...i didnt know USA had such an impression towards anime. i thought they accepted it since naruto got famous there

oompa loompa
2008-04-28, 07:27
"wether or not its shameful" has nothing to do with why i keep it a secret. it has to do with 95% of the non-anime watching world and their opinions on the genre of entertainment. thou anime might be widly accepted in other countries, here in the "good ol' US of A" its not accepted at all. so in order to avoid becoming a social lepur in society, i keep it secret or even denounce the whole hobby together.

i let only a few people know, i just pray that thhey dont have loose lips (like my ex girlfriend....and im not talking about her lips on the face)

ahaha yeah.. i did try and be more open about it with some friends who i thought were more 'open-minded'. didnt turn out too well. it wasnt like they said anything about it.. but i just got the feeling that they didnt relate at all. i go along with your policy for the most part.

HayashiTakara
2008-04-28, 08:22
"wether or not its shameful" has nothing to do with why i keep it a secret. it has to do with 95% of the non-anime watching world and their opinions on the genre of entertainment. thou anime might be widly accepted in other countries, here in the "good ol' US of A" its not accepted at all. so in order to avoid becoming a social lepur in society, i keep it secret or even denounce the whole hobby together.

i let only a few people know, i just pray that thhey dont have loose lips (like my ex girlfriend....and im not talking about her lips on the face)

Your perception is awfully scewed. I see people walking around with anime printed shirts all the time. What state or city do you live in? Its typically the "older" people who sees anime as cartoons for kids, simply cause they only recognize pokemon.

I live in seattle where theres a huge japanese community including myself, and anime is normal here, theres no weird bias of the sort. Even when I was growing up in NY, it was accepted, although NY is so diverse theres virtually no room for discrimination.

Hiding something like this is quite.. I don't know... shallow?

Mashda2k6
2008-04-28, 09:03
If someone askes I usually just say "Not really..sometimes.." like this :heh:

Vexx
2008-04-28, 09:28
wow...i didnt know USA had such an impression towards anime. i thought they accepted it since naruto got famous there
That is because the US does not have that impression. I don t know what part of the US gh0stmice lives in but that is not a correct impression of the entire country.... maybe his neighborhood? Acceptance of anime as a hobby varies considerably from locale to locale in the US. At worst it has the same "geekness" as sci-fi, D&D, or computer gaming.

Defron
2008-04-28, 11:09
I don't go around blurting out I watch anime to everyone I see, but I hardly hide it. All my friends know I watch anime, my family knows, and when it comes up I mention it.

Here anime isn't even really seen as geeky and the majority of people have watched some anime. When I mention that I like romance animes I occasionally get a weird stare and maybe labeled a bit more of a geek, but nothing beyond that. I see no reason to hide or be ashamed of any of my hobbies, and if people don't like it that is their problem not mine (living where I do probably plays into this).

yadango
2008-04-28, 12:37
yeah, in US anime isn't geeky... star trek... now that's geeky lol.

Claude
2008-04-28, 15:35
Yes, I do tell my friends. I was the one that got 5 people to watch Sword of the Stranger the first week that it was subbed.

qtipbrit
2008-04-28, 18:52
i let only a few people know, i just pray that thhey dont have loose lips (like my ex girlfriend....and im not talking about her lips on the face)
hahaha, wow, thanks for that. :heh:
wow...i didnt know USA had such an impression towards anime. i thought they accepted it since naruto got famous there
Naruto is popular compared to other anime series, but it's still not the most socially acceptable pastime.
ahaha yeah.. i did try and be more open about it with some friends who i thought were more 'open-minded'. didnt turn out too well. it wasnt like they said anything about it.. but i just got the feeling that they didnt relate at all. i go along with your policy for the most part.
For the most part, teenagers and such aren't so open, so most people wouldn't be open about their more "nerdy/geeky/dorky/whatever people say nowadays" tastes.
Your perception is awfully scewed. I see people walking around with anime printed shirts all the time. What state or city do you live in? Its typically the "older" people who sees anime as cartoons for kids, simply cause they only recognize pokemon.
It's mostly younger people (teens and such) that really discriminate against those with "unusual" tastes, though it's really not something serious, however, it's still to the point where being a drug addict in high school is more acceptable than being an anime addict.
That is because the US does not have that impression. I don t know what part of the US gh0stmice lives in but that is not a correct impression of the entire country.... maybe his neighborhood? Acceptance of anime as a hobby varies considerably from locale to locale in the US. At worst it has the same "geekness" as sci-fi, D&D, or computer gaming.
It's the impression of his age group.
As one grows older, one usually gains a more open mind after learning more and having been introduced to other unique things and whatnot.
At our age (high school to college), it's not quite so socially acceptable.
I would agree that it has about the same geekiness as sci-fi, and card/role-playing games, though computer gaming is quite popular among teenagers these days.

To reiterate, anime isn't really accepted among adolescents; younger children generally like cartoons anyway, not really differentiating between anime and western cartoons, and older people are often more mature and more open to tastes.
I personally haven't had an experience like this, but I'm quite sure I'm the only open anime fan I've met who can easily fit in with the "in crowd", since I picked up anime after I had been judged to be a "socially acceptable" student.

qtipbrit
2008-05-01, 02:27
I apologise for the double post, but this is a slight thread bump to tell you all that I'm going to test something relevant.

Well, I'm going to bring a laptop to [high] school tomorrow/later today (it's during standardised testing week, so we're allowed such things.), and after finishing testing, I'll take it out and enjoy an episode or two of anime in the free time that follows.
Of course, I'll be going a bit extreme by watching Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's, but I think a bit of extremity is required, as it's not really a "first impression" thing, being on pretty congenial terms with the whole class.

It's mostly an experiment to see what kinds of comments I receive and whatnot. 'twill be entertaining, to say the least.

yezhanquan
2008-05-01, 02:56
Nanoha? Nice choice, really. It may look fluffy at first, but the story's pretty good, IMO. Even while I don't watch all the series, the first one left a pretty good impression on me. This one's an example of a deep series disguised as something "shallow".

Aijou
2008-05-01, 10:49
I told once at school that I watch Sailor Moon whit pleasure just to see the stupid reactions on their faces. :D

And i'm a guy too.

Kikaifan
2008-05-01, 11:01
I was president of a fair-size club and I don't have much work experience so it's actually on my resume... ^^;

Vexx
2008-05-01, 13:46
Well, if he starts with Nanoha A .. as I recall the first episode came out blasting so they'll be hard pressed to call it "fluffy" :)

Deathkillz
2008-05-01, 15:26
I don't know about using Nanoha as an experiment seen as there are bound to be people who will take a look at it and denounce it as being "girly" because of the art style or whatnot (even if we know it is aimed more at guys :rolleyes:). It maybe better off to start with something explosive...like Full metal panic.

qtipbrit
2008-05-02, 00:07
Well, if he starts with Nanoha A .. as I recall the first episode came out blasting so they'll be hard pressed to call it "fluffy" :)
Yes, it was quite action packed, so I definitely wouldn't call it "fluffy".
However, I began on episode four, which was when
Fate entered Nanoha's school and a bit more about Hayate and her guardians, with the action delayed until just about the very end.
I don't know about using Nanoha as an experiment seen as there are bound to be people who will take a look at it and denounce it as being "girly" because of the art style or whatnot (even if we know it is aimed more at guys :rolleyes:). It maybe better off to start with something explosive...like Full metal panic.
Unless you've really seen enough anime yourself to compare to others, you can't really tell art styles apart, so it would have been the same experience either way (except that I've watched Full Metal Panic! twice and haven't finished A's yet, so it's new for me as well.)

It wasn't as bad as I had predicted, since I'm friendly with most of the class. It's probably the only class I would have tried it in, since I've known most of the students for some time.
Of the half or so of the class [of 35-ish] that noticed, I got some remarks about "Asian-ness" that were quite funny (sarcastic or not), some about being nerdy, some looks of disbelief, but maybe 5 or so of the commenters (of which only one had actually watched any anime,) who sat down and watched AMV's with me. It was both fun and awkward in an unusual way, and it either proves that though anime still isn't really socially acceptable, either people aren't as closeminded as you might think, or testing really makes people that bored.

I had a lot of trouble at the end of the episode when Nanoha and Fate began their magical girl transformations, though... one of the more awkward of situations. :uhoh:
For those who don't remember or don't know:
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Qwazar
2008-05-02, 13:30
I usualy keep the fact very well hiden. I don't tell people I watch anime......



When I'm sober. If I get drunk, chances are, roughly 50%+(alcohol/blood)x50)%+ Potential geekiness coefficient+ distance (in meters) from any hot women.

Err... that didn't make much sense, yet, basicly, when I'm drunk, for some mysterious reason I start telling people I watch anime. Other cases when I tell people I watch anime would be, if I know the other party is really quite geeky, and might see it as normal hobby, or even watch anime him/herself, or in cases when other party openly admits they watch anime.

There are, of course people that would be shocked to find it out. So I tell them anyways, because, who cares about those losers.

What I am trying to say (So it appears), is, yes, I do tell people I watch anime.

Irenicus
2008-05-02, 17:11
It's the impression of his age group.
As one grows older, one usually gains a more open mind after learning more and having been introduced to other unique things and whatnot.
At our age (high school to college), it's not quite so socially acceptable.
I would agree that it has about the same geekiness as sci-fi, and card/role-playing games, though computer gaming is quite popular among teenagers these days.
Some high schools, maybe, though usually it's the middle schoolers that got a problem with conformity issues (as they say, all 13-years olds are idiots). But if anyone still got a problem with anime-related ostracism in college, well...

Honestly, college is a different environment entirely. You don't get, well, "school" bullies in college, and you don't get stupid mofos with primitive tribal instincts either. People there are adults, and they leave you alone as long as you leave them alone. Many who find themselves "ostracized" in college ought to take a look at themselves at least once. Maybe, just maybe, they might find that they are quite justifiably annoying to others because of certain behavioral quirks of their own, rather than because they are victims of the nonexistent anti-anime sentiment in Jesusland.

...unless you go to one of those loony colleges, but then it's pretty much your own fault for choosing a college that mentions goddamn Chaucer in its goddamn brochure. :p

Moreover, my personal experience with high school -- US high school -- differs significantly from his. Simply put: some of my friends like them, other not so much, but none bully others over something stupid like that.

So, just to put it in short, I seriously dispute your claim that the college age group in general finds it necessary to enforce conformity among its peers. That is just not true no matter how one sees it. In fact, many arguments can be made that the situation is the very opposite: college age is probably the most open time of your life, where you find new ideas converge, your values changing, and meeting different people, without the constraints of a fully functioning adult life.

Vexx
2008-05-02, 18:49
Unless one is going to one of those incredibly small colleges that seem to dot the landscape and are basically "four more years of high school" for indolent slackers, Irenicus nails it well.

Almost everyone I've ever known, heard about, or read about considers college a major escape from the tribal conformist stupidity in some high schools.

Aoie_Emesai
2008-05-02, 18:53
Nope not really. Unless it's a chance encounter and i happen to bring up the topic after hearing the other person talk a bit ^^

Shizuka85
2008-05-02, 20:27
When I was in middle school and high school, I never told anyone I was into anime, except my family and closest friends. But now I don't have any problems telling people.

War_Lord
2008-05-02, 22:05
I only suggest watching particular anime to my brother. The last one I suggested he watch was Gurren Lagan. He now thinks it's the greatest anime ever made.

HayashiTakara
2008-05-03, 10:17
All it takes is to watch that one anime that would meet the taste of the viewer and that viewer would get hooked. If people knew that there is more to anime than Narutard and Pokemon, the world would be a better place, lol

yezhanquan
2008-05-03, 18:56
I think one strike against anime is that the best works are often the most controversial. Show someone Urasawa Naoki's Monster and he/she might go away thinking that all anime are psycho.

Goofus Maximus
2008-05-05, 10:42
While I don't run around greeting total strangers with the phrase, "Hi! I like to watch anime and read manga!", I don't particularly hide the fact either. It's not really something to hide or exhibitionistly expose, any more than reading regular comics or watching reruns of Gilligan's Island...

Really, anime and manga are starting to become mainstream. I listened to a review of "Deathnote" on the "Fresh Air" show on NPR (http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=89999028), which shows that anime has become mainstream at least among the "elitist" Barak-Obama crowd! :)

X207
2008-05-05, 17:16
i usually tell ppl that i do watch anime if they are also into it. my brother knows i watch anime but i dont really say anything about it. aside from that i dont say a word of anime to ppl.

kayote
2008-05-07, 20:25
all who know me know i watch anime and read manga.

to the ones that dont watch or read i show them and tell the about some stories.

to the ones that watch or read we talk endlessly.

uruz_7
2008-05-07, 22:16
well, it depends on the people i'm with.

if they watch anime, too, then i tell them. but if they don't, i think twice before blabbing about anime. i see no point in telling people who don't watch anime that i like anime. they just can't relate to me. so i keep it hidden and show my true colors about anime when i'm around people with the same interests/ :)

cheerio_888
2008-05-08, 11:22
^ oh. we're the same. Can't say more.

Da~Mike
2008-05-08, 17:23
Moreover, my personal experience with high school -- US high school -- differs significantly from his. Simply put: some of my friends like them, other not so much, but none bully others over something stupid like that.

So, just to put it in short, I seriously dispute your claim that the college age group in general finds it necessary to enforce conformity among its peers. That is just not true no matter how one sees it. In fact, many arguments can be made that the situation is the very opposite: college age is probably the most open time of your life, where you find new ideas converge, your values changing, and meeting different people, without the constraints of a fully functioning adult life.

Ah. It's been some time since I last posted anything.

Anyway, I'm just using Irenicus's post as a reference point.

Most people in university/college are mature enough not to go around with a self-righteous attitude claiming that things should be done in a specific way etc.
But of course, this can vary depending on the university you go to.

The only thing to keep in mind (similar to my last post) is to be mindful of how open you are of the anime/manga/computer game hobby. Many people have their preconceptions about people who are interested in anime and the lot and it's often incredibly difficult to persuade them otherwise unless they're especially open to new things and willing to try things out (which is what university is really about really: to challenge everything, though not necessarily involving protests and the lot).
To quote an example, in my university jazz band, we had a really talented bass player who could pull off amazing riffs and could easily improvise to any beat we played. Unfortunately, at one of our night outs with the band, when asked what he liked besides jazz, he mentioned anime and started talking about it in great lengths... The other members of the band were, to say the least, not impressed. In fact, they were so horrified that the very next day they started advertising for another bass player and started excluding him from our band. Eventually, he felt ostracised enough to quit. Quite simply, the band kicked him out because they didn't like that image and didn't want the band to be thought of geeks who watch cartoons.
I managed to keep my hobby in the closet but that's also because I'm not very close to the other band members anyway.
What I know is that being open about this kind of hobby will seriously limit certain avenues (or in the case I mentioned, social hobbies or societies).

That event really cemented my sentiment about the hobby and honestly, as pessimistically as I put in my last post, the world's view of anime probably won't change.

But of course, if you intend to write reviews on anime, draw manga, work in the computer game industry etc, being open about anime and the lot probably won't be detrimental at all (as mentioned in another post somewhere).

WanderingKnight
2008-05-08, 17:43
To quote an example, in my university jazz band, we had a really talented bass player who could pull off amazing riffs and could easily improvise to any beat we played. Unfortunately, at one of our night outs with the band, when asked what he liked besides jazz, he mentioned anime and started talking about it in great lengths... The other members of the band were, to say the least, not impressed. In fact, they were so horrified that the very next day they started advertising for another bass player and started excluding him from our band. Eventually, he felt ostracised enough to quit. Quite simply, the band kicked him out because they didn't like that image and didn't want the band to be thought of geeks who watch cartoons.
I managed to keep my hobby in the closet but that's also because I'm not very close to the other band members anyway.

Heh... If it were me, I'd quit the band just like that guy. You know, giving them the big finger or something. I also play bass, and I also play with some guys from time to time, but they don't give a damn about what my tastes are. In fact, some of them share them. We play power metal, after all, we're supposed to be geeks.

People that can't respect other people for what they are don't deserve to be respected, period.

Vexx
2008-05-09, 01:39
aye, that was a really depressing anecdote about the stupidity and intolerance that humans can be handicapped by. Has a dumb-as-gravel "don't ask don't tell" quality to it.

xia
2008-05-10, 16:44
I'm not one to scream it from the rooftops, or draw attention to myself.

Anyone who really knows me, or knows my brother or sister know I watch anime. I dont make some big secret of it, but as I said i'm not "omg everyone I watch anime!" Its kind of in my life and people notice.

aolas
2008-05-13, 22:04
yes but not always, only if someone ask me bout it

heomap
2008-05-14, 19:09
The only time I talk about it if they're talking about an anime I watched or watching.

C.A.
2008-05-14, 19:18
I search for people who watch anime, that's how I start conversations. Nothing bad here in Singapore.

If positive, then I proceed to test whether they are otakus.

Sometimes if a person looks like someone who watches anime, or even otaku-like, I'd just ask straight away: "Do you know who is Suzumiya Haruhi?"

Found a few Haruhists this way.

Irenicus
2008-05-15, 10:16
To quote an example, in my university jazz band, we had a really talented bass player who could pull off amazing riffs and could easily improvise to any beat we played. Unfortunately, at one of our night outs with the band, when asked what he liked besides jazz, he mentioned anime and started talking about it in great lengths... The other members of the band were, to say the least, not impressed. In fact, they were so horrified that the very next day they started advertising for another bass player and started excluding him from our band. Eventually, he felt ostracised enough to quit. Quite simply, the band kicked him out because they didn't like that image and didn't want the band to be thought of geeks who watch cartoons.
Ouch, man. Ouch. :(

Honestly, I'd quit too if I were him, and quicker than that too, perhaps with a big "fuck you" to go with it. If your university is big enough, I'm sure he'll find a more accepting niche somewhere else. It's probably not worth it hanging out with such people in the first place anyway, if they're so concerned about "image" that they'd ostracize a good player for god knows why like that.

Supah Em
2008-05-15, 10:26
the society here is pretty much liberal so there's no harm if you say you're into anime.

just avoid those old conservatives telling that anime is for 'kids'

psshh, BS!

NorthernFallout
2008-05-15, 15:14
I think only my closest friends know for sure that I'm watching anime since I keep pestering them with the subject ^^.
However outside of that little circle I think some know I watch since I talk about it rather often in public...not that I care if they have anything against it.

Da~Mike
2008-05-20, 15:48
Ouch, man. Ouch. :(

Honestly, I'd quit too if I were him, and quicker than that too, perhaps with a big "fuck you" to go with it. If your university is big enough, I'm sure he'll find a more accepting niche somewhere else. It's probably not worth it hanging out with such people in the first place anyway, if they're so concerned about "image" that they'd ostracize a good player for god knows why like that.

Yeah well, I would have quit if it wasn't the only Jazz band in college. I've played enough rock in the past to want a change. I would've tried to form another band with the ace bass player but it seems the other jazz band members weren't alone in thinking relatively lowly of cartoon watching men, so getting other members in along with us (who watch their rep so they can perform more I think) would've have been difficult.

It's usually the case for most musicians anyway. They usually try to keep a certain image so that they sell better. That said, I've never heard of a single anime watching jazz band to date.

Oh well, thankfully I'll be graduating from my university soon.
Don't know what more life will throw at us for this hobby in the future...

idiffer
2009-04-03, 12:38
old thread ressurection rules)

until recently, i've been going to a lot of job interviews and one of the common questions was
"what are your hobbies?". every time i had to restrain myself from answering "anime".
i can guarantee, they wouldnt have hired me))
besides that, i dont tell most people about anime, because i'm too lazy to answer the question that follows - "what is anime?"

Endrance
2009-04-03, 13:12
yeh thats how i am i dont feel like explaining to people what anime is so i just dont bother mentioning it

Jan-Poo
2009-04-03, 13:34
I tell it to whoever is close enough to me to talk about hobbies. Certainly i wouldn't tell it to my employer and neither to my teacher...

kyousukey
2009-04-03, 17:20
I dont out of the blue tell people but if something comes up i sometimes say something anime related and everyones like " whaaa? O.o" then i have to explain xD

Vexx
2009-04-03, 23:06
old thread ressurection rules)

until recently, i've been going to a lot of job interviews and one of the common questions was
"what are your hobbies?". every time i had to restrain myself from answering "anime".
i can guarantee, they wouldnt have hired me))
besides that, i dont tell most people about anime, because i'm too lazy to answer the question that follows - "what is anime?"

Must be a Russia thing, in the US employers aren't allowed to ask about your hobbies (for just that reason).

I'd suggest the hobby name of: World Cultural Studies -- just say you're interested and like to read about cultures around the world.

LeoXiao
2009-04-03, 23:20
I've never "told" anybody I watch anime, but everybody I know really well knows that I do. I bring it up with my friends or mom every once in a while (sometimes my friends and I will watch an anime movie together), but I don't talk about it too much otherwise. There's nobody else I know who is interested in what I do.

othera
2009-04-04, 01:50
If someone asks, I'll say yes.

Only time someones asked is when they have seen me checking out anime dvd's at the shops and stuff, Though i don't really talk about anything with my friends/family :D I think my mother, a friend and 1 brother know i like anime.

I'd talk to more people about it, if they didn't all think it was cartoons for 5 year olds(The friend that knows i like anime sais OH HEY U WOULD LIEK THAT every time he see's something japanese which is quite annoying)

Dilla
2009-04-04, 02:40
To answer the question; no, I've never actively told people that I watched anime. Mostly becuase it never comes up, whenever I've been in a group of peers and was talking about television, I've enjoyed a good amount of cable programming to where I don't feel a need to mention it. I do have a cousin that's into anime, so whenever I feel the need to discuss the release of something new or get a suggestion irl, I go to her(though, I end up doing most of the suggesting.)

I don't really know about where you guys live, but when I was in high school, I never heard or saw anything about anyone getting picked on about watching anime. Mostly, I think it's because of series on Adult Swim like The Venture Bros., Robot Chicken, Frisky Dingo, and the more popular The Boondocks. These shows, especially The Boondocks, were so popular in my high school that students would actually shout out one-liners from the show and most of the class would get the joke. It sort of made those raunchy cartoons/animation awesome to discuss again, discounting the obvious stuff, like South Park. Maybe I'm just lucky.:p

Kizer
2009-04-04, 09:14
I don't go out of my way to tell people I watch anime because I do not feel it's important. If they ask me however, I'll say "Yea, but I am very particular as to what I watch". Though I am very confident almost everyone knows I do. Their opinion of me hasn't changed THAT much. I guess it's because it's not painfully obvious if you talk to me about anything else.

christine_cute
2009-04-04, 09:58
No because then some people just make fun of me saying that i watch "cartoons" and i dont have other stuffs to do......and anyways i have a friend-circle, online-groups, forums like animesuki where i am satisfied.

Kizer
2009-04-04, 17:45
No because then some people just make fun of me saying that i watch "cartoons" and i dont have other stuffs to do......and anyways i have a friend-circle, online-groups, forums like animesuki where i am satisfied.

and then you bring up "So what? Cartoons aren't just for kids. There are more adult cartoons too."
Then you bring up shows like Family guy and stuff. Shows that you could be the dumbest person on the planet and the jokes are just so simple you can still find them funny.

KimmyChan
2009-04-05, 07:30
I've always told my friends and work colleagues that I watch anime :)

And they're all cool with it, but some of them don't know what anime is :p

klowny
2009-04-05, 07:57
No i don't really tell people i watch anime because well it never comes up in conversation, we usually talk about other things like college or whats going on in the hood :D

jerkette
2009-04-05, 09:08
I don't open the topic first. I don't tell anything to anyone unless I discovered that they're into anime too.

animeboy12
2009-04-05, 19:59
I very secretive about my anime hobby. It's not that I'm ashamed of it but I just don't feel like explaining to everyone that anime is more than DBZ, pokemon, or naruto. Personally I really don't care, I'm a senior in highschool so most of the people I know are the typical anime fans and don't really care for any deep insight in an anime.

Pixelation
2009-04-05, 21:05
I see I have lots of company in the 'I talk about it if it comes up, but I don't go out of my way to tell people' camp. Validating my preference for anime to critics is an unnecessary hassle, easily avoided by not volunteering the information.

At the same time, I don't go to any special lengths to keep it a secret. If someone is curious about all the DvDs, books, or my desktop wallpaper, they can ask. Then I'll give them the primer on anime. :D

Nochgo
2009-04-06, 00:26
It's always fun to see old thread keep popping up again, but I guess that just shows how much the topic is discussed.

As for me, it depends on people. I have few friends who watched maybe couple animes in their lifetime, and they aren't in the mindset of anime are for kids, and these friend I don't mind telling that I watch anime. Also, close friends who don't really care whether I watch anime or not, I tell them that I do when I do. But people who I don't really know, I don't bother telling them about anime, as its not a hobby that's commonly shared, and I would gain nothing (but maybe lose something) should I tell them that I watch anime.

jerkette
2009-04-06, 02:55
I see I have lots of company in the 'I talk about it if it comes up, but I don't go out of my way to tell people' camp. Validating my preference for anime to critics is an unnecessary hassle, easily avoided by not volunteering the information.

At the same time, I don't go to any special lengths to keep it a secret. If someone is curious about all the DvDs, books, or my desktop wallpaper, they can ask. Then I'll give them the primer on anime. :D

Right! Sooo right!! Hihihihihi

Ermes Marana
2009-04-06, 03:15
No.

In fact, I once saw someone with an anime-related sticker on their binder, and I walked up and punched them as hard as I could in the stomach.

Just so people wouldn't think I liked anime.

Then I thought someone might figure out why I did it, so I walked up to someone else at random and punched them square in the nose.

That way people just thought I was crazy, but it had nothing to do with anime.

Grif
2009-04-06, 06:24
^ You sound like a nice, relaxed, happy person.

I tell people, no real reason why i wouldnt. The way i see it, if anyone wants to go and think wierd things about it without actually knowing anything, they are not worth my time anyway.

Most of my close mates watch anime anyway. So it makes no difference.

Justin Kim
2009-04-06, 06:33
Lol, I always tell my friends. They never think that's it wierd, rather they find it interesting. I would say that Japanese culture and tradition these days pretty much suprise westerners. My friends would always ask me what other anime series to reccomend, although most of my friends are asian, and I would just give it to them. All the factual information, but never spoiling the story in the end. Some have actually gone to Japanese provinces just to visit the Shinto shrines, or trek the mountains of Japan. For me, I think watching anime and telling it to your friends is probably just "being yourself." I mean if you fake that you don't watch anime, but in reality you do, isn't that kind of lying to yourself? In addition to lying to everyone else?

Throne Invader
2009-04-07, 03:20
Well, if the discussions happen to be about anime, then I would just tell my friends to watch a certain anime.

Ryuuji
2009-04-07, 22:32
Of course, sometimes I even tell people about it, trying to hook them and drag them into zeh aniiimee woooooorld! I've managed to pull a few through. The 2 boys I managed to pull through just watches Naruto, but I pulled through a girl that started with Toradora! So you should tell people, you might get lucky and find yourself an anime-buddy!

WanderingKnight
2009-04-08, 19:33
No.

In fact, I once saw someone with an anime-related sticker on their binder, and I walked up and punched them as hard as I could in the stomach.

Just so people wouldn't think I liked anime.

Then I thought someone might figure out why I did it, so I walked up to someone else at random and punched them square in the nose.

That way people just thought I was crazy, but it had nothing to do with anime.

Hoho, I'm really inclined not to believe you. Or else you're medically insane and should be receiving professional care.

Astrana
2009-04-08, 19:48
I dont just go up people and go "Hi, My name is "Bob" And I Love Anime GIRUGAMESH!!!!"

RadiantBeam
2009-04-08, 20:21
Only my close friends and family know. It isn't something I like to broadcast to complete strangers or people I've just become friends with.

blueinuyasha
2009-04-10, 02:49
yes i tell people i watch anime but only if they ask

OutPhase
2009-04-11, 21:42
My friend asks me for good anime to watch, and whether or not anime X is any good. However, I wouldn't tell people that I watch anime on the grounds that I'm not a very active viewer nowadays.

qwertyuiopz
2009-04-12, 00:34
no i totally hide it

unless its the childhood epic animes that everyone has watched
KAMEHAMEHA


but anime is the last thing someone would align with me in real life ;D

darklift
2009-04-13, 11:24
I'm proud of watching anime, Of course I do get ridiculed for it, but I couldn't care less. I love Anime..

Solidus1321
2009-04-14, 01:17
I guess I pretty much hide it, I don't really have any friends into anime so im kind of alone with it. And plus Im a big guy and a fire fighter that plays rugby on the off side, I really don't got the look of someone that watchs anime so I do pretty good job hideing it, but thats just how I do things.

But yeah ture dat qwertyuiopz, unless that the case then I don't shut up about it, if you grow up at the time I did and had a T.V. you seen dbz.

lucky.clover287
2009-04-15, 06:42
yup.. if they asked me... and i'll tell talk about anime to them as long as they want.. espcially when it comes to my friends :p

Throne Invader
2009-04-17, 04:39
Some people tend to also tease you saying you're actually a japanese if you're an anime fan. They start calling you a "Japanese" even if you don't have any Japanese blood.

xroadsempress
2009-04-17, 05:07
I tell them, yes. But only if they ask. My friends and I discuss about anime a lot. It has been our past time already, no maybe a way of life? LOL. I'm pretty serious, though.

Solafighter
2009-04-21, 07:53
I told my dog but i think he forgot. ;)

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I tell, if someone asks me.

Patphil
2009-04-21, 09:28
I make no bones about it. I was raised on Saturday morning cartoons back in the 50's and '60's...yeah, I'm that old. Anyway, I think anime is a couple orders of magnitude above the cartoon fare in the United States. I would watch it for the music alone, but the plots and character development are as good as a lot of hollywood movies.
I have no problem telling people about anime, but a lot of the folks my age don't even know what it is. Their loss.

Hs Vi Germania
2009-04-21, 09:51
i told it no one until now xD

Zenemis
2009-04-21, 11:30
Sneaking in a line that's funny for everyone, and that any anime viewers would likely pick up on, is a good way to bait them out.

I don't like talking about anime much irl though.

Yaoi_Daisuki
2009-04-21, 13:26
no i dont anymore. most pp would just view me as a freak and i dont wanna get harassed. yeah i got no guts, i would just remain as a closet fan

a huge bunch of pp over my area who watch animes, pretty much talk all about that the whole dam time. they even stick anime artwork on their notepads and decals on their laptops. they even wore anime shirts to college wth, no offence but that is scary

once i declare, whole bunch of other pp will start to generalising. and the geek bonding is insanely strong, i would probably be pulled over during breaks and raped by their endless conversation

HorribleTruth
2009-04-22, 00:35
Not usually.
A friend told me if he ever saw an anime girl pillow in my house, he would push me down a flight of stairs. I agreed that would probably be best.

Solafighter
2009-04-22, 02:16
By reading some posts, it sounds like, we are in a secret organisation. :heh:

Greetings to the FBI, btw. :p :D ;)

5cm.per.second
2009-04-22, 03:03
I tell people if it comes up, but just randomly listing off interests to strangers isn't my style. I have a backpack with one of Radical Edward's smiley-hacker-faces on it and a Ghost.in.the.Shell messenger bag so I'm easy to spot to other anime fans.

zebra
2009-04-23, 12:40
If I get asked or the topic of conversation shifts to it, I suppose?
It's just something I like to watch now and then, so I don't see why not to tell o.o I'm not ashamed or anything to tell.

But it is a minority interest, so I don't need to chew someone's ear off about something he/she doesn't know. I don't start to talk about desperate housewives or the like, too, to people, since most don't watch it XD
I don't talk much about anime face to face, anyway. I do have friends who watch it, too - I got into it because of my best friend in the first place - but there are a lot of other things to talk about: like studies, the latest rumors, where to go in the weekend and what an a*hole the ex of a friend is etc.

We do exchange opinions about animes, and recommend some to the other occasionally, though. ... but we also chat while we watch 'Grey's Anatomy' XD It's just one of the many media after all :D

... I also go crying to my best friend, when I get spoiled without wanting it XD (meaning I send her "OMG I got spoilered AGAIN in Naruto! x_X" a second after it happened in msn)
She knows ALL my misery lol :heh: ... no matter how small :D

Edit: Is getting 'spoiled' the right term anyway? XD I don't know how to say I passively got to know a spoiler :heh:

Dilla
2009-04-23, 13:27
Not usually.
A friend told me if he ever saw an anime girl pillow in my house, he would push me down a flight of stairs. I agreed that would probably be best.If I ever found myself sleeping on an anime pillow, I would probably throw myself down a flight of stairs.:p

(No offense to you anime merchandise collecters out there, just personal preference to stick with DVDs.)

hollowification
2009-04-24, 03:50
None of my friends Know my family does but they dont care cause my nephews gotten hooked on it but they got school rumble and few yugioh dvd

blewin
2009-04-24, 07:29
yeah, I do, and people don't mind at all, but then I don't tell EVERYONE. Just people I'm friends with.

Claymore Slash
2009-04-24, 09:13
I used to put up anime posters and decorate with anime figurines in my office. It's such a big part of me that it's useless to try to hide. Fortunately I haven't encountered any unpleasant events due to my love for anime. Actually I was able to make friends quickly through this common interest. =)