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What anime should you watch to be classified as an anime fan?
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Obviously, watching anything makes you a fan, it's the classics that makes you a hardcore fan, like these:
Fullmetal Alchemist, Deathnote,Naruto,Bleach,One piece, and yes, Gintama. [+gundam, Dragon ball, Sailor moon]
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CobaltRain wrote:

Obviously, watching anything makes you a fan, it's the classics that makes you a hardcore fan, like these:
Fullmetal Alchemist, Deathnote,Naruto,Bleach,One piece, and yes, Gintama. [+gundam, Dragon ball, Sailor moon]

With the exception of Gintama, all of those have appeared on cable television (CN, to be precise), which means in the U.S., at least, they would be considered mainstream. Depending on one's age, you wouldn't have to be much of an anime fan to have seen them all.

I would say to be an anime fan, you need to have demonstrated that you seek out anime, rather than waiting for it to appear before you.

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CobaltRain wrote:

Obviously, watching anything makes you a fan, it's the classics that makes you a hardcore fan, like these:
Fullmetal Alchemist, Deathnote,Naruto,Bleach,One piece, and yes, Gintama. [+gundam, Dragon ball, Sailor moon]

With the exception of Gintama, all of those have appeared on cable television (CN, to be precise), which means in the U.S., at least, they would be considered mainstream. Depending on one's age, you wouldn't have to be much of an anime fan to have seen them all.

I would say to be an anime fan, you need to have demonstrated that you seek out anime, rather than waiting for it to appear before you.



Here here!

Examples could include The Hakkenden, Victorian Romance Emma, Blue Submarine No. 6 and Zipang.
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Examples could include The Hakkenden, Victorian Romance Emma, Blue Submarine No. 6 and Zipang.

Every time someone brings up Zipang it makes my heart ache a bit, as I really wish they had continued that series. Time travel + WWII era is an automatic win for me, but that they handled it seriously was a big bonus.

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kufirst wrote:
Examples could include The Hakkenden, Victorian Romance Emma, Blue Submarine No. 6 and Zipang.

Every time someone brings up Zipang it makes my heart ache a bit, as I really wish they had continued that series. Time travel + WWII era is an automatic win for me, but that they handled it seriously was a big bonus.



Which is probably because they knew the subject matter had it's limits and therefore they completed it with care and tact. I also think Black Lagoon is another example of an action series being done tastefully, though I haven't seen the current OVA.
Posted 6/25/11 , edited 6/25/11

KleinerSkollexxx wrote:

Doesn't matter, really. It's not up to me to decide what's "real anime". I hate when some people swear you need to watch a certain anime to be a real anime fan, or when they swear if you hadn't seen an anime you really aren't an anime fan.


Oh yeah, I totally agree. People who say that are insecure, probably because they don't want to look like some "novice" or just want to look like a real "pro" on the internets.



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Everyone has their own taste and goes at their own pace.
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Wow! literally from A-Z can't say i agree with all your ratings however that's just my opinion and I'm shocked that One Piece wasn't in that huge list :tears:. I should make a list of all the anime i watched so far and then post it and see what people would recommend me to watch next.
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I wish you the best of luck lol


I was watching one-piece at a point but there is so much I need to catch up on i haven't bothered to list it yet.
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I'm a fan of animes but I dislike certain series, am I still counted as a fan? <_<

In my point of view, liking animations and animation series, showing continued support for series or feeling the emotional expressions of certain action packed or romance scenes when watching certain series makes you an anime fan. I liked animes because of the story, art works and animations (There's no end to ones imagination when talking about animes) behind it.

Ignore me, I'll end up in a mental hospital sooner or later.
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Any anime is fine, as long as it's anime. But actually.... Naruto, One Piece, Gintama, REBORN!, and Bleach are the anime's that makes people in Otaku's (or just anime fans) so those kinds of anime is a must if you want to be a anime fan, ( I haven't watched BLEACH yet but i heard it's good x x;; )

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TheAncientOne wrote:
I would say to be an anime fan, you need to have demonstrated that you seek out anime, rather than waiting for it to appear before you.


This is along the lines of what I was thinking. It's great (and frankly, easiest) if you get into anime via the mainstream channels. But if you never leave the mainstream, then my guess is that you would be seen as a passerby. You saw and liked a few, but you'll be one of the first to flee if there's a downturn. But by going out there and finding more series, many of which you've probably never heard of before, that's what makes you a fan of the medium. If the television market dries up again, you've shown that you know where to, and will, look for more of what you like. This, of course, doesn't mean you have to like everything you try, but you went deeper in than the DBZ/Naruto/Pokemon viewers.

As you get deeper into the marsh of this fandom, you start getting into other terms. These will have pre-requisite shows to bepart of their subset. Want to be a mecha fan? A Gundam series and Evangelion are musts. Shoujo fan? Card Captor Sakura and Sailor Moon are pre-reqs. Slice-of-life fans go to Haibane Renmei and Azumanga Daioh. Even the adult forms have their callings- La Blue Girl and Urotsukidoji (or Ai no Kusabi on the other side).

Continue digging, and you'll find people who call themselves 'otaku.' While a very negative word in Japan, in western use, it has taken on a sort of pride. There is a lot of dispute as to what is needed for this category. Some good series for this are the ones that play to the actual hardcore with in-jokes, like Excel Saga and Otaku no Video. (These can be enjoyed early in, but most of the jokes will fly over a new person's head. ADVid notes will help with Excel Saga, though there are some that they also missed...) Familiarity of ALL of the genres is also a good thing, and yes, this includes something from the BL/yaoi genres. You will need to know what makes most of the cliches in each genre. Some also actual history about anime is also required. Yes, the knowledge we need for our mark of pride is almost as much (and as time-consuming) as the negative-meaning in Japan.

There is one last step, though, in being a fan- supporting what you enjoy. Yes, we're in a recession, and money's tight. If you can afford to get the DVDs, merchandise, etc, that's the best way to do so (as long as it's legit)- and it targets the specific series that you like most. (Anything from groups like 'Anime International' or 'Manga Cartoon' or some conglomeration of these words, is a bootleg, and at that point, you may as well not pay anything; none of your money supports the industry.) Pending that, watching episodes through supporting methods (cable TV, FUNimation channel, and here at CrunchyRoll, for example) is the next best thing. Even if you're not paying directly, the ad sponsors are, and this allows some money to go back to supporting the series you watch.

So, in short, it's all a matter of how into anime you want to get. Do you want to be a general fan, or a specialized one? Or do you want to surpass mere fandom? The shovels are there for the using, but you'll have to do the digging...
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I'm a fan of animes but I dislike certain series, am I still counted as a fan? <_<


Yes, should you so desire. A fan's job is not to like everything. It was the fact that you were open to trying it. I'm not really a fan of any of the mainstream stuff, but I don't feel that it diminishes my enjoyment of what I do like. Just don't close yourself off from trying new things, and fandom will still welcome you.
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TheAncientOne wrote:
I would say to be an anime fan, you need to have demonstrated that you seek out anime, rather than waiting for it to appear before you.


This is along the lines of what I was thinking. It's great (and frankly, easiest) if you get into anime via the mainstream channels. But if you never leave the mainstream, then my guess is that you would be seen as a passerby. You saw and liked a few, but you'll be one of the first to flee if there's a downturn. But by going out there and finding more series, many of which you've probably never heard of before, that's what makes you a fan of the medium. If the television market dries up again, you've shown that you know where to, and will, look for more of what you like. This, of course, doesn't mean you have to like everything you try, but you went deeper in than the DBZ/Naruto/Pokemon viewers.

As you get deeper into the marsh of this fandom, you start getting into other terms. These will have pre-requisite shows to bepart of their subset. Want to be a mecha fan? A Gundam series and Evangelion are musts. Shoujo fan? Card Captor Sakura and Sailor Moon are pre-reqs. Slice-of-life fans go to Haibane Renmei and Azumanga Daioh. Even the adult forms have their callings- La Blue Girl and Urotsukidoji (or Ai no Kusabi on the other side).

Continue digging, and you'll find people who call themselves 'otaku.' While a very negative word in Japan, in western use, it has taken on a sort of pride. There is a lot of dispute as to what is needed for this category. Some good series for this are the ones that play to the actual hardcore with in-jokes, like Excel Saga and Otaku no Video. (These can be enjoyed early in, but most of the jokes will fly over a new person's head. ADVid notes will help with Excel Saga, though there are some that they also missed...) Familiarity of ALL of the genres is also a good thing, and yes, this includes something from the BL/yaoi genres. You will need to know what makes most of the cliches in each genre. Some also actual history about anime is also required. Yes, the knowledge we need for our mark of pride is almost as much (and as time-consuming) as the negative-meaning in Japan.

There is one last step, though, in being a fan- supporting what you enjoy. Yes, we're in a recession, and money's tight. If you can afford to get the DVDs, merchandise, etc, that's the best way to do so (as long as it's legit)- and it targets the specific series that you like most. (Anything from groups like 'Anime International' or 'Manga Cartoon' or some conglomeration of these words, is a bootleg, and at that point, you may as well not pay anything; none of your money supports the industry.) Pending that, watching episodes through supporting methods (cable TV, FUNimation channel, and here at CrunchyRoll, for example) is the next best thing. Even if you're not paying directly, the ad sponsors are, and this allows some money to go back to supporting the series you watch.

So, in short, it's all a matter of how into anime you want to get. Do you want to be a general fan, or a specialized one? Or do you want to surpass mere fandom? The shovels are there for the using, but you'll have to do the digging...


What he said.
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