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I'd like to think of myself as a normal nerd
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In the general public's perception, yeah - can't really help it. It's not really going to change either unless more people gradually shift to anime and it becomes a not "weird" thing.


So long as grown men are groping body pillows in public, it has a long way to go lol.
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UnlimitedEnergy wrote:


Gyava wrote:

In the general public's perception, yeah - can't really help it. It's not really going to change either unless more people gradually shift to anime and it becomes a not "weird" thing.


So long as grown men are groping body pillows in public, it has a long way to go lol.


We could technically start it..
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Well when I hung out with a group of anime fans for 2 hours, two of them in the group smelled like sh*t... and that's when I left the anime club.
See, it doesn't matter if anime fans are weird, as long as they smell nice, are respectful, polite and mindful of their surroundings.
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Well when I hung out with a group of anime fans for 2 hours, two of them in the group smelled like sh*t... and that's when I left the anime club.
See, it doesn't matter if anime fans are weird, as long as they smell nice, are respectful, polite and mindful of their surroundings.


Yeah, that's a big part of the problem with public perception of anime/manga fans. Because there are some people who really fit the stereotypes, and because those are the people who tend to stand out the most (whether it's because they smell, or are too pushy about their hobbies, or go around "groping body pillows in public" as someone else said), a lot other non-anime/manga type people get around to thinking the stereotypes fit all of us. And that causes them to oftentimes look down on anime/manga and fans of anime/manga. The same is pretty true of most groups and most stereotypes, it's just that it seems easier to misunderstand an activity/hobby/"way of life" than it is to misunderstand a race or gender (though plenty of people are also guilty of this).
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pandrasb wrote:

Well when I hung out with a group of anime fans for 2 hours, two of them in the group smelled like sh*t... and that's when I left the anime club.
See, it doesn't matter if anime fans are weird, as long as they smell nice, are respectful, polite and mindful of their surroundings.


Yeah, that's a big part of the problem with public perception of anime/manga fans. Because there are some people who really fit the stereotypes, and because those are the people who tend to stand out the most (whether it's because they smell, or are too pushy about their hobbies, or go around "groping body pillows in public" as someone else said), a lot other non-anime/manga type people get around to thinking the stereotypes fit all of us. And that causes them to oftentimes look down on anime/manga and fans of anime/manga. The same is pretty true of most groups and most stereotypes, it's just that it seems easier to misunderstand an activity/hobby/"way of life" than it is to misunderstand a race or gender (though plenty of people are also guilty of this).


Totally agree with what you're saying.

We might have to make anime ambassadors if we want our public image to look good.
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I think I get what the OP is talking about. I went to one meeting at the anime club at my school and never came back.

It was actually fairly large, there were about ~16 people, but I'm not exaggerating when I'm saying that every single one of them looked like they'd never talked to another person in their life. All the guys were fat, looked diseased, and were in a heated argument about how they should vote on what anime to watch.. The girls were dressed weird as hell and acted pretty crazy too.

I do know two guys that are pretty normal who watch it too, but jesus if I didn't know about anime and that was only experience with the fanbase I'd distance myself about 10 miles from anything anime.
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I don't want to day that they are weird, I think it varies from person to person. I mean, I think my group of friends are normal, they all are clean, respectful. I think it's just a select few who don't take care of themselves that give us anime fans a bad name.

To be honest, if nobody's ever heard of it besides you, everyone will think that it's weird, because it's not in their own comfort zone. Just the public doesn't realize that and wants to look down on us because "Japan and anime are weird" or "They do crazy stuff".

My group in school is pretty much filled with loners, and we're all normal and we go out and stuff, but instead of talking about boys and celebrities, we just talk about anime, video games and manga. It just peeves me off sometimes that people always are quick to judge us fans, because of what we like and such. I mean, it's not like I care what they like or whatever, but being generalized as "A fat nerd whose sweaty and stinky and has no friends" kinda annoys me. If they don't like it, then they don't have to deal with me or my friends. I'm
"normal" I'm healthy, I just have interests in different cultures. I

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i guess im pretty weird but im not a loner, i have a group of friends and not all of them like anime, i do sports, ice skate, take kendo and i used to be on the softball team. (i dont like softball anymore) normally i stay inside though. in less a friend or someone wants to go to the pool during the summer. but most of my friends are gammers and wont go to the park with me -.- i ski during the winter though. i do like to spend time alone a lot. but sometimes i want a friend there. yea i do spend a lot of time in my fantasy worlds. i dont like a lot of people, mainly because of this generation -.- i find i get along with a lot of anime fans though and adults. i dont really care what people think of me either, i wont let it get to me. their just missing out :p
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I don't want to day that they are weird, I think it varies from person to person. I mean, I think my group of friends are normal, they all are clean, respectful. I think it's just a select few who don't take care of themselves that give us anime fans a bad name.

To be honest, if nobody's ever heard of it besides you, everyone will think that it's weird, because it's not in their own comfort zone. Just the public doesn't realize that and wants to look down on us because "Japan and anime are weird" or "They do crazy stuff".

My group in school is pretty much filled with loners, and we're all normal and we go out and stuff, but instead of talking about boys and celebrities, we just talk about anime, video games and manga. It just peeves me off sometimes that people always are quick to judge us fans, because of what we like and such. I mean, it's not like I care what they like or whatever, but being generalized as "A fat nerd whose sweaty and stinky and has no friends" kinda annoys me. If they don't like it, then they don't have to deal with me or my friends. I'm
"normal" I'm healthy, I just have interests in different cultures. I



I'd have to both agree and disagree. There is a lot of negative stigma associated with anime from people who've never watched it and only have the idea of a stinky nerd. However, as a comparison, I play D&D at a club every week. There's a lot of negative stigma associated to that, a lot of which is untrue, however, I'd be the first to tell you that, of the 40 some people I've played with, A LOT of them are really weird. There's a lot of autistic guys, a lot of really overweight guys that are addicted to World of Warcraft, and some guys that most people would just consider socially awkward. There are several really cool, funny guys in my sample, but I'd say they're a lot harder to come by than some of the weirder people. I enjoy playing D&D and watching anime, but I think there is an argument to be made that it's harder to find "normal" people than ones that could be considered less socially-prone.
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yo in any group i belong, class, work, family or friends i always stand out.. i make people laugh all the time.. i also watch alot of anime.. i think the op is just stereotyping anime fans..
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Alot of them are weird. i am sorta weird, but i dont care i LOVE IT!
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I'd have to both agree and disagree. There is a lot of negative stigma associated with anime from people who've never watched it and only have the idea of a stinky nerd. However, as a comparison, I play D&D at a club every week. There's a lot of negative stigma associated to that, a lot of which is untrue, however, I'd be the first to tell you that, of the 40 some people I've played with, A LOT of them are really weird. There's a lot of autistic guys, a lot of really overweight guys that are addicted to World of Warcraft, and some guys that most people would just consider socially awkward. There are several really cool, funny guys in my sample, but I'd say they're a lot harder to come by than some of the weirder people. I enjoy playing D&D and watching anime, but I think there is an argument to be made that it's harder to find "normal" people than ones that could be considered less socially-prone.


That makes sense. Then again, it all boils down to is what each person interprets as weird as well. Though I'm not denying the social awkwardness, I recognize that there are a lot of socially awkward people who are into Anime and D&D, and video games as such, and I do think that many are socially inept, but I do also think that most people who don't give it a try automatically assume that all of us fans out there are crazy or weird. Maybe it's just because this is a normal occurrence to me, but I feel that those people who don't get to know those people just throw us all into one category.
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I totally understand. In high school most of my friends that i hung out with liked anime, but since I was always in the "smart" classes i never mentioned i was into it. Now in college i don't mention it much either just my closest friends. My roommate thinks anime lovers are geeks and dorks but one shouldn't judge for what they like. Haha she can't say that now since she's dating a total anime lover now.

Also because it's hard to find someone that enjoys anime you tend to watch it alone and it totally makes you to keep watching thus never leaving your computer and always watching. I honestly find them weird but hey i'm weird and i think everyone is weird in their own way, right?
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I was weird before I got into anime and now I've somewhat refined my weirdness to be more effective. Thanks anime.
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