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Is it really that bad to like Anime ?
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Posted 7/25/11 , edited 7/25/11
There is nothing wrong with liking anime, it's only a problem if you become obessed to the point of being a anime otaku.

Anyways don't worry about, you just haven't found your soulmate yet. There is over six billion people out there, I'm sure there's at least ONE person that will fit you.
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Uh, no. I wouldn't call you an otaku at all, which is an even more rude word to me, unless I got the definition wrong, which is in my profile (I doubt I got it wrong, or maybe there's a difference of the meaning otaku when referring to Americans and Japanese).

You sleep with 2 teddy bears. I find that cute! You still eat cereal with your pajamas. That's cute too, and it's nice to refer back to your childhood at times. Big deal! You have bento lunches with Pokemon and Hello Kitty. Should that even matter to anyone (well I hate pokemon, but I wouldn't care that you like them)? You play Final Fantasy to calm you down. Even though I hate FF too (sorry), that's one of the main reasons that video games are created (in my opinion). I think that their so called clubs isn't worth checking out just because you got excluded for liking Japanese media. It's just wrong and immature.

I just take everyone's advice and ignore those people, as they are jerks. I hate it when people are so judgmental! If they keep judging you, I wouldn't accept them as even my friend (In my opinion).

Here's what my sister would say if she was in that situation (she does like anime too):

Guy: Hey, what's your name? (Wow, she's beautiful)
My sister: Katie
Guy: Cool, I'm Kevin. What's one of your hobbies?
Katie: Watching anime.
Kevin: Yeah, this isn't going to work out (freak), but we can still be friends. :)
Katie: Yeah...I don't even want to be friends with some jerk. *pulls out middle finger*

lol That's how she is. Anyways, good luck!

P.S: That guy that called you before needs to check if his brain is functioning right because, last I checked, anime is basically Japanese CARTOONS! He can stay single or a douche for all I care, and he'll find out that he has to change the way he acts towards women, sooner or later.


I read your profile and that's not what an otaku is. If it was then I'd understand your feelings against the term. But Otaku from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Otaku is basically a Anime nerd. Which I'm totally okay being called :p I love anime so gosh darnit I'm an Otaku. Almost bought an Otaku shirt at smaller Anime Con.

Otaku (おたく / オタク?) is a Japanese term used to refer to people with obsessive interests, particularly anime, manga, or video games.

Posted 7/25/11

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Tokom23 wrote:


Uh, no. I wouldn't call you an otaku at all, which is an even more rude word to me, unless I got the definition wrong, which is in my profile (I doubt I got it wrong, or maybe there's a difference of the meaning otaku when referring to Americans and Japanese).

You sleep with 2 teddy bears. I find that cute! You still eat cereal with your pajamas. That's cute too, and it's nice to refer back to your childhood at times. Big deal! You have bento lunches with Pokemon and Hello Kitty. Should that even matter to anyone (well I hate pokemon, but I wouldn't care that you like them)? You play Final Fantasy to calm you down. Even though I hate FF too (sorry), that's one of the main reasons that video games are created (in my opinion). I think that their so called clubs isn't worth checking out just because you got excluded for liking Japanese media. It's just wrong and immature.

I just take everyone's advice and ignore those people, as they are jerks. I hate it when people are so judgmental! If they keep judging you, I wouldn't accept them as even my friend (In my opinion).

Here's what my sister would say if she was in that situation (she does like anime too):

Guy: Hey, what's your name? (Wow, she's beautiful)
My sister: Katie
Guy: Cool, I'm Kevin. What's one of your hobbies?
Katie: Watching anime.
Kevin: Yeah, this isn't going to work out (freak), but we can still be friends. :)
Katie: Yeah...I don't even want to be friends with some jerk. *pulls out middle finger*

lol That's how she is. Anyways, good luck!

P.S: That guy that called you before needs to check if his brain is functioning right because, last I checked, anime is basically Japanese CARTOONS! He can stay single or a douche for all I care, and he'll find out that he has to change the way he acts towards women, sooner or later.


I read your profile and that's not what an otaku is. If it was then I'd understand your feelings against the term. But Otaku from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Otaku is basically a Anime nerd. Which I'm totally okay being called :p I love anime so gosh darnit I'm an Otaku. Almost bought an Otaku shirt at smaller Anime Con.

Otaku (おたく / オタク?) is a Japanese term used to refer to people with obsessive interests, particularly anime, manga, or video games.



Oh, I see. Thank you very much. All I know is that it's very rude in Japan. I thought that's what it meant because some Japanese people told me that while I was in Osaka. Thanks though.
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If people don't like you because of a hobby you love then they aern't worth your time. It would be better to find a guy that is into anime too because then you could enjoy it together, instead of having to hide it like its some kind of drug addiction. Id rather be alone then be with someone that's hates my hobby's. You shouldn't have to feel weird in a relationship.
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There's just a lot of people who take anime fandom to a whole new level and they're the ones who screw it up for the rest of us. There's nothing wrong with watching anime at all, as long as you aren't like the stereotypical 300 pound, greasy otaku, or even worse, the fourteen year old yaoi fangirl.

Anyways, to me, looks like you're just ranting. Get a livejournal or something, hon.
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Posted 7/26/11

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Otaku from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Otaku is basically a Anime nerd. Which I'm totally okay being called :p I love anime so gosh darnit I'm an Otaku. Almost bought an Otaku shirt at smaller Anime Con.


Enjoy living the life of having no real female relationship other than with your mom, living in denial from reality, blowing your load ONLY to anime porno, collecting plastic anime chicks depict in sexual manners and most importantly never getting laid. On second thought if your desperate enough you could always hire a prostitute (not that there's anything wrong with that, I'm just saying).

Oh and don't bother trying to hook up with a female anime otaku because most of them are too busy being high and masturbating to their Yaoi la la Land to have any interest in you.

So are you really sure your a anime otaku ?

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_Baka wrote:

I read your profile and that's not what an otaku is. If it was then I'd understand your feelings against the term. But Otaku from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Otaku is basically a Anime nerd. Which I'm totally okay being called :p I love anime so gosh darnit I'm an Otaku. Almost bought an Otaku shirt at smaller Anime Con.

Otaku (おたく / オタク?) is a Japanese term used to refer to people with obsessive interests, particularly anime, manga, or video games.


Oh, I see. Thank you very much. All I know is that it's very rude in Japan. I thought that's what it meant because some Japanese people told me that while I was in Osaka. Thanks though.


From what I've heard, otaku has different meanings in both the US and Japan. In the US, it does refer to someone who's a big fan of anime and/or manga. The US usage does not imply an unhealthy addiction. And I do consider myself one to that. But the Japanese version... yeah, that's a lot worse. Otakudom is NOT restricted to animation there, any hobby can have an otaku there. It's... beyond obsession over there. An otaku in Japan does typically stay home (keeps non-hobby costs down), spends every free cent on said hobby, and has let the hobby take over their life. They usually have no social interaction outside of the hobby, and their obsession level tends to scare other non-otaku away, even ones with a similar interest. Thus, they are quite unlikely to have sex.

Now, for the actual subject. Liking anime is not a problem. I'd say that it's the other guy's problem. You should not have to change who you are for someone else. Yes, a relationship involves giving and taking, but anyone who tries to take away a part of you is not happy with you, nor should you be happy with them- you'd give too much, and they'd take too much. It may seem like a hindrance right now, but be thankful that you're weeding out the drudge. You'll find someone who, while might not like watching anime, won't make you give it up or belittle it.
Posted 7/26/11

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Tokom23 wrote:


_Baka wrote:

I read your profile and that's not what an otaku is. If it was then I'd understand your feelings against the term. But Otaku from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Otaku is basically a Anime nerd. Which I'm totally okay being called :p I love anime so gosh darnit I'm an Otaku. Almost bought an Otaku shirt at smaller Anime Con.

Otaku (おたく / オタク?) is a Japanese term used to refer to people with obsessive interests, particularly anime, manga, or video games.


Oh, I see. Thank you very much. All I know is that it's very rude in Japan. I thought that's what it meant because some Japanese people told me that while I was in Osaka. Thanks though.


From what I've heard, otaku has different meanings in both the US and Japan. In the US, it does refer to someone who's a big fan of anime and/or manga. The US usage does not imply an unhealthy addiction. And I do consider myself one to that. But the Japanese version... yeah, that's a lot worse. Otakudom is NOT restricted to animation there, any hobby can have an otaku there. It's... beyond obsession over there. An otaku in Japan does typically stay home (keeps non-hobby costs down), spends every free cent on said hobby, and has let the hobby take over their life. They usually have no social interaction outside of the hobby, and their obsession level tends to scare other non-otaku away, even ones with a similar interest. Thus, they are quite unlikely to have sex.

Now, for the actual subject. Liking anime is not a problem. I'd say that it's the other guy's problem. You should not have to change who you are for someone else. Yes, a relationship involves giving and taking, but anyone who tries to take away a part of you is not happy with you, nor should you be happy with them- you'd give too much, and they'd take too much. It may seem like a hindrance right now, but be thankful that you're weeding out the drudge. You'll find someone who, while might not like watching anime, won't make you give it up or belittle it.


Yeah that's what I was saying before because when I was in Osaka, my Japanese friends said that an Otaku is a person who loves anime, manga, or video games so much to the point that they never leave their own homes unless for food, shopping, or school, and the only way to entertain themselves is to do what they love best: watching anime, reading manga, or playing video games. So basically, what you love is taking over your life and social life. I guess there are differences in the US (which is what everyone in America I guess calls "Anime Nerd) and in Japan (which is what I just typed above). Interesting..... So in America, I guess I can use that word freely? Huh. Thanks for the information.
Posted 7/26/11

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Thank you all for your kind words..

I have started to become a closet otaku... but when someone asks about a anime I have seen.. the otaku comes out and I scare them away.

Honestly, after being looked down on as a freak.. I cry it out in a bathtub ... I am like scared to even mention it or even video gaming. Guys here, think I am a freak of nature because I rather watch a marathon of old Jackie Chan movies then go to a club. Or go to a Dali exhibit then a walk on the beach. I have been told they do not know what to make of me.. so I get pushed to the "Friend" category. *sigh* I just don't want to be a cat lady.. It would be nice to wake up to someone who doesn't care that I sleep with 2 teddy bears. Or that I eat cereal in my pajamas while watching Gem and the Holograms(Its back on yeeaahh!! Sailor Moon is coming back too) like I did when I was 8. Or that when I get upset I ignore the world and play final fantasy for days until I am not mad anymore. Or that I like to make bento lunches in the shape of pokemon or Hello Kitty because its adorable. Its just me... why change someone I understand ?


When you live in a society enveloped by ignorance and adhering to the status quo, being different is considered “nerdy” or “freakish.” You’re going to have your dipshits. People will make fun of you and try to cast you out, but never allow them to take away your individuality. There's nothing more valuable than knowing who you are and being comfortable in your skin, especially in a world that tries to tell us otherwise. I'm sure one day that special someone will come around, it just takes time....sometimes longer than we would like.

Either way, there’s nothing wrong with liking anime, yet it’s only bad when you allow it to take over your life to the point of complete mania, this can apply to any other hobby.

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First off, I think I too am pulling for Team Hinata, that aside I think that anime is slowly seeping into mainstream culture. Are some anime series shallow and silly, yes, do I still watch at least half of those kinds of anime, yes. The stuff that I feel drawn to is the surprisingly deep and intelligently written stuff, I am drawn to the art and sometimes the music. I love the pace of anime and how the seasons come and go in a frenzied rush of discovery. Oh look a new show is out, I wonder if its going to be any good........click..click and so precedes my routine of finding what I like to watch. When american tv essentially when't on strike a few years back I just upped my anime dosage and had plenty to watch. I do think that I am not a full on anime fan. I dont get into the bands behind the intro and outro music, I dont know any of the names of the voice actors, although I do recognize their voices in different roles on occasion. I just appreciate what anime truly is and that is a form of pure entertainment, mixed with surprisingly deep and emotional ties, existential ideas and a very crazy imaginative streak that forms some pretty wild story lines. I also like the exposure to another culture's cultural Icons. Anime is synonymous with Japanese culture, sometimes I feel like I am watching a moving comic, I get to read words, hear a foreign language, and see pictures, and I track on average about 8 shows a season, not including bleach and Naruto, which just never seem to stop, you can always count on them to fill in your anime gap. I think every one of my friends and family know I watch anime, my younger brother actually has a Hidden Leaf forehead protector tattooed on his leg, I always tease him because he definitely wins on the fan scale for Naruto,/ you win...lol I think the way to introduce someone to the genre is to find your favorite scenes in several kinds of anime, approach them intelligently and show them why you love/care about this stuff. The worst thing you can do is come on to strong and start babbling about something they know nothing about, people dont do well with the unfamiliar and will either pass it off or judge you. Make you sure your life is balanced and anime is in perspective, it like any form of entertainment can take over your life and when people see that anime is just another form of entertainment and not a naked in the woods/ Woodstock lifestyle they just might come along for the ride.
Posted 7/26/11
Wow so much post with wall of text i might start to develop an inferiority complex...there is nothing wrong with liking anime it's just that it might develop into an obsession much like people playing MMO's the problem with being obsessed often could interfere with your daily life such as work and social so the best thing to do is just enjoy it but don't let get in the way of important things..like they say "Moderation in all things" ... .
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Is that all older women think about?
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i like anime but it sounds weird to me to say i LOVE it. But yea it's something im really into
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I am the first to admit I like anime. Sure I am over the age of 25, but I have my own house, car and good paying job. I am not the stereotyped comic book guy that is 100 lbs over weight, a proud stay at home son and who gets upset if his online GF dumps him.

So why is it such a problem to people ? I am having trouble finding a steady guy, because they do not like the anime thing. I mean it's okay for them to like UFC or even I Carly (yes a grown 26 year old man Tivo's I Carly but I am weird for liking Anime O_o)

I feel like Anime is hindering my dating life. Does anyone else have this problem ?

I am getting ostracized by family, because I wanted a tattoo of Kenshin's Sagara Sanosuke on my back. I have wanted it ever since I was 14 years old. Is that so bad ?

Am I doomed to be a cat lady because I watch the big 3 religiously every week ?

Heck, I feel I will have to will One Piece down to my great great grandkids to complete.. because it will never be finished.

Please give me your take.

P.S. I just hung up on the Icarly guy because he was like... I spent an hour listen to you blab about anime crap.. I dont talk about Icarly like this.. Yea I admit I love Icarly and I watch cartoons every day.. but I refuse to watch something as boring as anime.

P.S.S. Anime boring..? Ignorance is bliss huh ?


First of all its cartoon, i would consider anyone reading donald duck at grown age eccentric aswell.
Secondly, everyone has met one (or more) typical weabos or japanophiles, and they ARE annoying (desuuuu nee kawaii neko!). People are judgemental and generalizing, but thats another topic.
Thirdly, people now the affect it has on people, for example; social withrawal, hikkimori, obesity and various other mental illnesses one can get.
And lastly people might be afraid that you will fanatically talk about it (fanaticm is not a rare occurance amongst animeviewers.)

Try not talking about it untill you have the person "hooked", then he will not care. You gotta realise those minor details really matters when dating. Now you probably think "they should accept me as i am!" well, you are not anime. Your persona doesnt consist of anime.

Peace bro.
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Im 28 and am SO glad2 know sum1 else close2 my age loves anime like I do! People who don't like anime just don't understand it, and have probably never even watched it! Like u I have my own house, been married4 tenyrs, and have kids! I won't let them watch until they r at least 10, but the way I see it is who cares what a bunch of closed minded individuals think? We anime fans gotta stick 2gether! Besides people who hate anime are generally just not smart enough 2understand it!
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