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I'm a 20 year old college student, have been heavily involved with sports my whole life, usually considered a "ladies man" or "pretty boy" and I'm not what people think of when they think of anime..and we all know that in the U.S. anime is looked down upon as being "lame" or stupid or whatever. In the past, I would feel extremely pressured to hide the fact that I watch anime...because of my personality and interests I find myself around people who don't watch anime and usually think it's weird. I'm a lot more open about it nowadays seeing as to how it's my life and I shouldn't be embarrassed about these kinds of things. I also listen to J-pop and am still self-conscious about that too..as far as others hearing me listening to it. Does anybody feel the same way or maybe used to and just got over it like I'm trying to?
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Hmm its kind of hard to answer that. I dont really hide it, but i dont deal much with anime around the people i hang out with. Far as i know they dont watch anime, so you could say i separate anime and friendship.
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Why do you feel that people need to know every aspect of your life? Indulge in your interests and share them with like-minded people.

I couldn't give a shit if people like Bieber or Gaga or whatever. It doesn't affect me, so I shouldn't affect their lifestyle choices.
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I don't hide it, but I don't advertise it either. If I decide to wear some anime apparel it's usually stealth-level. Things like emblems and vector-type art that looks stylish without people knowing what it actually is.

In regards to talking about it I don't advertise that either. If someone asks me what I was doing last night and I was playing video games, drawing, and watching anime, I'll tell them I was playing video games, drawing, and watching anime.

Through taking that kind of casual route to others in regards to anime I've managed to unintentionally turn two of my friends into anime fans.

Just don't act like you should be embarrassed about it and people shouldn't bother you for it.
Posted 1/20/13
i don't hide the fact i watch anime, listen to j-pop( miku-chan<333) or anything like that personally but i do understand how you feel and the only advice i can give is this: you shouldn't feel pressured to hide the things you enjoy as long as you are not hurting yourself or others around you. everyone else has to just except you like what you find interesting and tell them tough shit if they aren't mature enough to accept that.

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Posted 1/20/13

thepeaguy wrote:

Why do you feel that people need to know every aspect of your life? Indulge in your interests and share them with like-minded people.

I couldn't give a shit if people like Bieber or Gaga or whatever. It doesn't affect me, so I shouldn't affect their lifestyle choices.


Indeed. Must be dull letting people know everything about you.
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What?

I don't hide it nor advertise it.

I do watch it during 3 hour long lectures in class when I'm too bored to pay attention.(With headphones on ofc).
I could care less of what people around me think.(As long as I'm not disturbing them).
It's College, It's not High School or Middle School where some stupid kid would come up to you for no other reason but to hate.
Even if some college kid came up to me, I would tell them to get a life and suck it.

I'm not 'ashamed' of watching anime publicly.
It's my thing, interest.

If you're hating, I suggest you get a life and find a hobby.

EDIT* The only types of Anime I do not watch in public...
Are the ones that include ecchi or Little girls or girls in general with big breasts or hentai....
Anything that would make people think I'm a weirdo.
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I am 35. I grew up watching funimation butcher DBZ. Love anime. ANd good music is good music regardless of who the artist is or from where they hail. I don't hide it, but I don't flaunt it either. I have many international influences besides Japan. Remember, Anime does not define us. What we accomplish in this world does. Make it a part of you but do not make it all of you. That aside, I have some suggestions that may help:

1. Be honest with yourself in what makes you happy.
2. Music - Make a playlist of some of your favorite Japanese songs and add some of your favorite English songs. Then seek out some other genres and music from other countries besides Japan and the US. Make it eclectic so that the J-pop is PART of the playlist, but not all of it. This will get you used to not turning it down when those songs come on. Also, if you use that playlist some time as background music, it will actually be quite the conversation starter.
2. Anime - "Maybe next time we get together, I'll show you my second favorite thing in the world." <------ I've been using this phrase for years. It drives dates crazy and makes you seem a bit mysterious. Keep finding ways to "show them next time." If she is really interested in you, after a couple months, she will be DYING to know what it is. Just be sure to have a female friendly anime qued for when you finally show her. And do so with FULL confidence.

Hope this helps. Feel free to message anytime if you have any questions.
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I'll just say that if you're hanging out with people who say you're weird for liking stuff that you like I think that you're hanging out with the wrong people
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I dont hide it all but I've got friend who also like anime
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Posted 1/20/13
Nope, I watch it all the time in public at my college when I have free time.
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A few of my friends are into anime but they only confine themselves to actioney ones.
If I could just make them watch Clannad or perhaps Toradora then my mission would be accomplished.
If somebody insults anime then I simply say whatever I shall watch my anime and you can watch your Jersey Shore or whatever other crappy reality show is hot this month.
Posted 1/20/13

Kikusui10 wrote:

Hmm its kind of hard to answer that. I dont really hide it, but i dont deal much with anime around the people i hang out with. Far as i know they dont watch anime, so you could say i separate anime and friendship.


^ this
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Not in the least.
Folks that have a problem with my hobby can go frak themselves.
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Not really.


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