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So why does anime have to be something america just doesnt get
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Posted 8/5/11
America doesn't like the spotlight competition in anyway
Posted 8/5/11

antx0r wrote:

You can't really generalize and say that the majority of the population has an aversion to anime, some might, but I think most just see it like any other "nerdy" hobby, even though anime is becoming more mainstream, just like comic books. Here's a spectrum of what I think how people perceive anime.

1. Super Otaku - self explanatory
2. anime fan - most of the people on crunchy roll, likes anime, not overly obsessed over it
3. closet anime fan - just like the anime fan except isn't open about it
4. the ambivalent - maybe watches some anime on adult swim or something, has friends who like anime, has some interest
5. the informed but uninterested - has a good idea what of anime is, has friends who like anime, but doesn't really like it much themselves
6. the misinformed - these are the ones that think anime is "just for kids" or thinks anime is all porn or something
7. the completely ignorant - self explanatory
8. super haters - possibly religious fundamentalists, bigots or people who just hate anime for whatever reason

It would be interesting if someone did a study or something on people's attitudes towards anime. My conjecture would be that the younger crowds would fall more in the 2 - 4 categories while the older people fall under the 5-7 category... 1 and 8 are sort of the extremes and there are probably very few people who fall into those.


I believe you just described the bell curve.

I guess people either view it as something for kids or just automatically categorize you as a comic nerd (like the boys of big bang theory) when mentioning an interest in anime/manga.
shrugs its hard to change misconception if people aren't willing to be open minded but if its just teasing between friends it should be ok. That's whats friends do, pay one out.
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well i think most people see it as manga is kinda like comic books and nerds usually like comic books and then watching it so thats why i het out of but since so many ppl like its not considered nerdy so much but those who havent even read/watched it/barely know what it is tend to say its nerdy
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Posted 8/5/11

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MoxiRoxi wrote:

Jesus, anime is smarter than stupid Jersey Shore and all those other reality shows. If the country I live in doesn't understand that, and they think I'm some super nerd, then hell yeah, I'm "Super Nerd!" (insert superhero theme song here) There has to be at least one anime that an American would like, then they would understand, then there would be more super nerds lol


Amen to that! I think one would LOSE brains cells trying to watch that dumb-ass show!


I know right?! I really don't get why people are so into idiots like that! Fiction is better than reality I guess ;D


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FlyinDumpling wrote:

tell me about it, I was talking to my friend about anime ONCE and she told me I want to be japanese ..... wtf?


:O what's wrong with that? Yesterday I went to a restaurant named Shinsengumi. The workers there were all super loud, like whenever anyone was being seated or whenever someone would leave they'd yell, ARIGATO GOZAIMASU! And a whole bunch of other stuff I wish I understood lol. Eating my amazing ramen thinking, "I could live in a place like this".

I'm totally moving to Japan.

But anyway, I was shocked to find out (keep in mind I'm the youngest at my work & I've been working there for 5 years now) that 3 co-workers watch Anime as well. 1 of them frequents this site as much as I do. Though we have slightly different tastes. It's as most have been saying. You can't say that all of America feels that way just because of a couple friends.

Not all, most....or at least a good majority of them where I live. That's why i get funny looks whenever I talk about anime/manga to the girls in my high school. Judging from some of the post here and on other threads, there are people that feel the same way I do.

There's no problem with wanting to explore Japanese culture, but there something odd in wanting to be Japanese itself. Basically, my friend indirectly called me a weeaboo. It's kind of like saying girls want to be Korean after seeing k-dramas and a better-version-of-american-dance-music becasue they want a famous Korean pop star to fall in love with them.

It's insulting for me when someone tells me I want to be Japanese, as if I am expecting to live a life of high school girls holding massive guns while groping each other if I do somehow managed to become Japanese.



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watching anime with other people.. you really don't do this do you?? I only watch some titles and that's if they are mainstream enough to grab my friends attention, I don't think I can show off a series like strike witches or clannad and not have them go.. wat?

It's a matter of what series/genre your choosing.... Go for something like full metal alchemist, gosick, evangelion something that can appeal to the mainstream audience but that's still enjoyable to watch.
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Being a big fan of anime/manga doesn't exactly make you cool in Japan either. Its really nothing to do with something being popular or mainstream. Millions of Americans play world of warcraft, but it doesn't make it cool. Movies based on comic books are huge blockbusters, but someone who reads comic books is a nerd. This is how it is and always will be. Watching anime makes you a nerd no matter what country you live in.
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Posted 8/5/11

FlyinDumpling wrote:

Not all, most....or at least a good majority of them where I live. That's why i get funny looks whenever I talk about anime/manga to the girls in my high school. Judging from some of the post here and on other threads, there are people that feel the same way I do.

There's no problem with wanting to explore Japanese culture, but there something odd in wanting to be Japanese itself. Basically, my friend indirectly called me a weeaboo. It's kind of like saying girls want to be Korean after seeing k-dramas and a better-version-of-american-dance-music becasue they want a famous Korean pop star to fall in love with them.

It's insulting for me when someone tells me I want to be Japanese, as if I am expecting to live a life of high school girls holding massive guns while groping each other if I do somehow managed to become Japanese.




I can see that I suppose. But for me personally, Anime is something I'm really passionate about. So if someone is going to make fun of me for liking it or anything of the sort. Well, so be it. I like it enough to not be embarrassed about it. I have a few Anime shirts that I proudly wear.

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its cause of different cultures in america plus they only see anime as something kids would watch but they dont realize it could also be a pastime. i remember i went to best buy to buy a dvd and saw this japanese guy looking at the anime section. It was pretty weird seeing a grown man about the age of 40 looking for anime dvds but i guess not all poeple are acustomed to it yet. I say its awesome seeing a guy even in his old age like anime.
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Posted 8/5/11

rg400st wrote:

Being a big fan of anime/manga doesn't exactly make you cool in Japan either. Its really nothing to do with something being popular or mainstream. Millions of Americans play world of warcraft, but it doesn't make it cool. Movies based on comic books are huge blockbusters, but someone who reads comic books is a nerd. This is how it is and always will be. Watching anime makes you a nerd no matter what country you live in.


man never said better. just like star trek... those nerds are cool though. just like anime nerds. i will always be one.
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I love anime a lot but I think a lot of people relate "otakus" with anime which is why is may be seen as nerdy. Also, in America, a lot of people (but not the majority) think of anime as shows like Pokemon, Gundam, Inuyasha, Sailor Moon, etc. which are more towards kids rather than adults. Unless you are an anime fan, its really easy to lump anime in one general category rather than keeping the anime series separate. It's easier to generalize for a lot of people. We all know that anime not only has awesome animation, but the stories are absolutely amazing! I always wonder where they come up with these great ideas! But I don't consider myself a nerd by watching anime. I mean if people like violence, good stories, comedy, supernatural, mystery, action, etc., then why not anime? Just because its a cartoon doesnt make you a nerd. Like I said, its not ALL of America. I believe a lot of people feel that way but definitely not the majority.
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Most of the friends I have don't really watch anime except for a few close friends and we always talk about it all the time. I just feel like nowadays people just want to be cool and just want to watch mainstream shows and sports. I'm sure anime could hit big but it doesn't have enough attention and not many people are willing to try new things
Posted 8/6/11
Quite frankly, you shouldn't be having friendly conversation with others to begin with.
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