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Post Reply Do you hide the fact that you watch anime?
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26 / M / Alaska
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Posted 1/20/13
I have gotten weird looks.
Some comments. Really bad.
I just look at them, with a deep stare.
If they tell me to stop, I sometimes say something like, "I just found something new to watch, and right now, your one boring show with no plot and no development. So either become interesting, or go away to be forever forgotten. Well?"
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blackthunder7377 wrote:

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?


I'm in college aswell and spend every minute between my classes watching anime on my phone. If your school offer Japanese and you're willing to learn it, you'll find a lot of people in that class who likes anime aswell.

You shouldn't worry what others think.
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it is after all... a part of who i am, Why would i need to hide it?
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Nope. I'm in college, and still watch anime on the weekends. I wouldn't hide who I am. Just like the person above me said, it is a part of who I am.
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Anime is like a sort of guilty pleasure for me. I am an average 21 year old male college student living in the dorms. I have been online my whole life (most of it at least lol) and I have made many friends who share different interests in the dorms. People I have never truly would have considered making friends with. Some of them have become closer friends than than from my highschool. Do they think its weird that I watch anime? Maybe. The ones i watch (fairy tale / One piece / Naruto ) to name a few that Ive watched while friends are around.

It gets a little awkward and I tend to explain that it doesnt happen often when ecchi scenes pop up or something like that. But overall, I dont really get embarrassed (except for my DEEP guilty pleasures like romance anime: AnoHana, Angel Beats, Clannad, SAO). Its different for everyone, I just dont like people seeing the 'sentimental/soft/romantic' side of me.
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Hell no!!! If you're embarrassed about letting people know you love anime you need to stop worrying about other peoples opinion. Trust me, when you get older you wont give a shit what other people think. They probably think the Big Bang theory is smart and edgy....Do what you want and disregard any potential haters...
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27 / M / Nowhere, MI
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I wouldn't deny it but I wouldn't bring it up either.
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Yeah, resist the desire to dork out on a non watcher. They will judge you unfairly since they have no idea what you're talking about....
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I don't see the point in being ashamed or hiding something I really enjoy. If other people don't like it, or give me shit for watching anime, to hell with them. They're judgmental and obviously not people I would enjoy anyway.
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i used to be like you man but then i realized like you that its my life so i like whatever the fuck i want you know? i moved to the south like 2 years ago now and none of the friends i made here like anime well except for one but they all know i watch anime and listen to j pop and j rock at first they thought i was a weird ass mofo (and i am lol) but they now accept it and we make jokes about it and shit.
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I'm taking my third Japanese course and going next year as an exchange student. Everyone in there likes anime but honestly the people who are all about anime all day everyday aren't really my type to hang out with . That's why there is a conflict. lol it's hard to find people who are interested in anime and athletics and other things as well..
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I don't care what other people think. I post about it in my Facebook posts and share Crunchyroll articles there too. I just think it's lots of fun and people who don't try to get a taste of Japanese culture are really missing out on something fun.
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I understand that.
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Yeah thanks for your input..I decided a short time ago to stop hiding..I felt the need to post just for a boost of confidence lol
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28 / M / Calgary, Alberta,...
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I didn't hide the fact, I just never talked about it with anyone aside from my room mate. However, I got a new Job and one of my co-workers could be found reading manga every, single, lunch break so I ended up finding somebody else to talk about it with.
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