Explaining Anime to parents
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Posted 5/24/12
OK, I'm trying to find a way to explain anime and otaku culture in general to my parents but I can't think of a good way to do it. My parents accept my hobby but I can tell that they think it's really weird. I want to show them that A) Anime (like most western cartoons) is not only for children; and the reasons people are so drawn to it. Any suggestions?
Posted 5/24/12
That's a tough one, my suggestion is if you are comfortable enough, watch some anime in a more public location in your home. Thus should your parents pass by you can tell them some of the thing that interest you, without forcing them to sit through an episode just to make your point. I've done this plenty of times such as when my mom is cutting my hair, giving me the chance to show her some anime while she's doing something else, and not making her watch it. I'm glad your parents accept it as your hobby, so even if they think its weird they aren't disowning you for it. I hope it all works out for you!
Posted 5/24/12
hmmm i dont know what your parents are like but my mom just accepts it and gives me werid looks, like yesterday for example she saw me looking for k-on! briefs on the internet lol XD but if you just explain the basics that anime is just japanese animation geared for people of all ages and its pretty big part of japanese culture im sure they would get it more or less.
sorry if this doesnt help...but they people just have to accept you and your interests as long as your not hurting yourself or others XD if they want to see an anime that not for children id suggest watching an episode of cowboy bebop its aimed for an older demographic then pokemon lol or you could show them queen's blade with its hardcore fanservice and they realize very quickly not all anime is meant for children lol jk anyway goodlook! and otaku for life!
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Posted 5/24/12
My parents never understood but that didn't stop me from watching it or talking about it with my friends or getting them to order stuff with their credit card (mastercard rejected me(lol)).
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Posted 5/24/12
I've heard from adult anime fans who got interested in anime after seeing their kids watching it. Then they got hooked and wanted to see more, and on occasion become raging fans themselves.

Find an anime title that has content that might be interesting to them, and which would prove your point about anime being "not just for little kids" (Sailor Moon and Naruto might not be the best choices).

Leave it in the living room, like you forgot it there. They might get curious some weekend and decide to pop it in the TV to see what's up with it.
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Posted 5/24/12
That's going to be difficult. I should know my parents are old-fashioned and don't listen to me, when I say it's not cartoons. Well if they accept that your hobby, that's the best you can do. At least they aren't banning you from watching it totally.
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Posted 5/24/12

_IceAndCream_ wrote:
Find an anime title that has content that might be interesting to them, and which would prove your point about anime being "not just for little kids" (Sailor Moon and Naruto might not be the best choices).



*ahem*, the recently re-release of the Sailor Moon manga would like a word with you. I know this is about anime, but who's to say parents wouldn't get into manga?

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_IceAndCream_ wrote:

I've heard from adult anime fans who got interested in anime after seeing their kids watching it. Then they got hooked and wanted to see more, and on occasion become raging fans themselves.

Find an anime title that has content that might be interesting to them, and which would prove your point about anime being "not just for little kids" (Sailor Moon and Naruto might not be the best choices).

Leave it in the living room, like you forgot it there. They might get curious some weekend and decide to pop it in the TV to see what's up with it.


I agree. That's how my mom got into anime.
At first I felt weird talking to her about it because I didn't want her judging me for it. One day, I was watching Durarara!! on adult swim, and my mother happened to be in the room at the time. She was curious, and started watching it.
Now, She's watched Durarara!!, Death Note, Gurren Lagann, Cowboy Bebop, and Baccano!

However... she still hasn't quite seen the more perverted side of anime... That might make it awkward again.
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Posted 5/24/12
try making them watch something they can at least perceive as normal
for example make them watch anime with story lines they will watch
NO fantasy, robots, eyes the size of half the face, mushy teenage romance, supernatural
just like a slice of life story for instance satoshi kon's tokyo godfather's movie
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Posted 5/25/12
trust me, its easier to just keep to yourelf. unless they catch you watching it and in turn look at you in disgust, then try to explain. your human, you should be able to watch whatever you want. for instance, my 40 year old father enjoys watching american idol, and yet no one cares. if you watch anime, no one should care either.
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Posted 5/25/12 , edited 5/25/12
I never really had a problem explaining it to my mom. In a household that has a single mother with four children who all watch anime, the oldest being 24 and youngest 10, she's grown to accept anime. I've never had to explain it to her. With everyone watching it, it's always expose to her. She sometimes stop and watch when she's walking by, ask a couple of questions about the show, so as to understand what's going on in the show. Maybe she would watch the whole thing, or just continue doing what she was doing. The only anime she really has any understanding is Bleach, and that's only because everyone goes to her room to watch the whole Adult Swim shows on Saturday. It helped that she actively watch Toonami and all it's anime like Gundam Wing and Dragon Ball Z (especially Dragon Ball Z and GT), and her favorite anime was Saint Saiya (the really old Saint Saiya). She's not a hardcore fan, but she's come to an understanding of it.

My advice is to expose your parents to it little by little. Watch it where they usually relax. When questioned about the show, don't give a full blown explanation about the show, just enough so they could understand the story. Sooner or later they'll sit down with you to watch the show. It will be much easier to explain when they're expose to the anime culture before you go about explaining. Heck, you may not need to explain it at all like me.
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Posted 5/25/12
Hi,

I never had problems to explain it to my parents when I was a teenager and I've no problem to explain it to my cousins, friends and girlfriend who likes them too.
Your parents, like some tv series. Make'em understand it's the same but drawn with specific visual code in the same way as cinema's codes. Tell'em that there are anime for children, teenagers, young adults, full adults, girls, boys, women and men. If they want to learn more, then explain them that all styles are available (horror, fight, drama, yes you know).

But as others told, first make it public and don't think they can't understand. They have bad a priori ideas of it.
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Posted 5/25/12
i sometimes watch anime in dining hall and when my mom notice that ...my mom starts yelling to my father saying "look your son is watching enemy".......and my father starts laughing and says its not enemy its anime ...and we both laugh like crazy and finally my mom takes her hats off ...glad that i got a helpful father
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