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I've never had to hide it, and anyone who would judge me negatively simply because of it is not someone I need to keep in my life. I did have one ex-girlfriend I had a few heated discussions with, regarding her misunderstandings about anime. I tried to work things out with her, but those differences just paled in comparison to the other ways we were incompatible. Symptoms of greater issues, and all that.

Before I was self-employed, it was never much of an issue, really. I would run into the occasional otaku/gamer, but it never really came up around anyone else I worked with back then. I'm an unpublished board game designer now, but the influences from both anime and games are fairly integral now. (The latter, especially so.)

At least for me, actively trying to hide my love of anime and games now would be like me trying to hide my being legally blind. Hang around me long enough, and it's obvious. References will be made, and often...I'm fine with the fact that most people won't get them, but it's great in the rare occurrence when they do.
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MrOhNo wrote:


harkensaw wrote:

No, But I don't advertise it either. It is a large part of my spare time, but people who know me generally know what I watch or listen to. But also blank it out when i start to talk about something awesum I saw or listened to last night for instance. I've still yet to find friends with similar interest to have a nice long chat over anime with


That's why all the members are here. We are a huge community of people with similar interests. None of us have to enjoy anime by ourselves anymore.


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No, I love anime, so i show that I love it in any way I can, sadly im poor and cant afford much to show. T.T


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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.


I actually got my friend to watch non-action anime, and he enjoyed it, but I wont be satisfied until he watches something along the lines of Toradora!
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I don't hide anything that majority of people think it's "embarrassing".


I enjoy being myself, I like others knowing who I am. I think that's why I'm happy and not emotionally suppressed.


I pity people who feel the need to hide their sexuality, hobbies or religious beliefs because they fear a backlash from their friends/family/society.


I think one of the ingredient to a happy fulfilling life is to be able to accept who you are and being true to yourself, as cheesy as that sounds.
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rdfury wrote:

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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Thanks for the advice.

I do not hide it anymore. I sort of regret not telling school friends know, because then I'd be like the otaku everyone would go to ask about it. (Scary to think I was probably the only one out of the class, and probably the whole school to enjoy anime.)

It was hard enough convincing my friend to watch death note, his concept of anime was purely adult nudity and sexual related monsters after his friend showed him an ep of several shows. I have no clue what anime he was referring to, I still have no clue which he talked about.
The irony was I tried for 6 months for him to see death note which he refused, so he watched the live action without realising it was the same franchise.
In the end, he sees a film now and again but he still isn't fully won over. That's fine though, cos it's what makes him unique and we still have good debates over awesome stories.

People still think I'm weird or too old for cartoons. I just remind them at least these stories are more original and entertaining then the soaps with plots reused every couple of years.
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I would never hide my LOVE of anime. Fuck anyone that dares to judge me based upon my affection for a particular style of animation or entertainment. And fuck anyone that thinks that I give a damn what they think in the first place!! I fly my geek flag high!!
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I don't hide the fact that I watch anime, I'm actually rather proud of it. XD Some of my friends like it too, some don't. I really don't know people who think it's WEIRD, and on Cape Cod, MA, it's becomingly increasingly popular. Haha


Maybe I need to move to Cape then lol in Ky it's NOT becoming increasingly popular.
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Great point.
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I only tell my closest friends who watch anime too.
My classmates doesn't know about it


Yeah same here lol a funny thing happened though...one of my closest friends tried to sit down and watch it with me....it was a gigantic fail but at least he tried.
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Xendii wrote:

Nope lol, I guess because I'm asian most people think I do ~-~
I don't bring it up but my friends do & it's nice what they recommend to me.


I'm a quarter Japanese but I don't think that's enough for it to be completely "okay" that I watch it lol unlike someone who is obviously Asian.
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Sorta...

I have to talk to the person for a while before I tell them. Give me a few hours with the person and I'll just outright tell them, but if they're uninterested or don't know what I'm talking about I change the subject.

I know a ton of people in my school know i watch it because i talk about it to my friends, but they don't care. I see it that as long as your not being an annoying fanboy, or shouting from the rooftops about it it's cool. I still remember these 2 guys in my class talking about Pokemon very loudly and even I was annoyed by it, even though i'm into it too.
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Xendii wrote:

Nope lol, I guess because I'm asian most people think I do ~-~
I don't bring it up but my friends do & it's nice what they recommend to me.


I'm a quarter Japanese but I don't think that's enough for it to be completely "okay" that I watch it lol unlike someone who is obviously Asian.


lol I understand people thought I'm mixed with white and vietnamese, Just where my school population it's mostly Caucasian and African Americans.
So a lot of people from my school would ask if I do 'asian things' but I'm just a normal human. ~ idk I'm making no sense. :c
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Nope. I do not hide the fact I watch anime I even post about it on Facebook (I went status crazy over Bleach and had friends ask me what it was and where they could watch it), tell my friends (the ones who don't watch anime) about it (even when their eyes glaze over and they are drooling from becoming numb in the head) and even my family know I watch it. In fact I wold rather spend my time watching anime than watching the drivel that is on UK television.
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Most of the time.
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I've never really hid watching anime from my friends. I'll bring it up if a buddy of mine asks me what I've been watching/doing recently and I'll tell him about a new show I'm enjoying. I just treat it like any TV show. People rush home and look forward to American Idol, or the new Walking Dead, or Big Bang Theory, and I look forward to the new Chihayafuru. I own anime figures, but I never really draw attention to them, but whenever friends(male and female) come by they're drawn to the display case like a moth to a flame, and I just let them be.

Even amongst the geeky folks at work, it's hard to discuss anime just because it's fairly diverse. I have a friend who's into more shonen type stuff and I like shoujo/josei type stories so our interests don't even overlap.

When I was younger, I always felt that other people were trying to push their interests and media favorites onto me, as if I should like what they like, and that's cool, but I wanted to find something that I could call my own and I found those shows in anime. I'm a creative person too so it's influenced me differently than if I were to only have a western perspective. For instance, I think Shintoism and the way ghosts and ancestors are treated (in Asian culture in general) leads to different ghost stories. It's not all horror. You can have a show like Natsume's Book of Friends. I like the fable-like sci-fantasy world found in Galaxy Express 999. It has an atmosphere all of its own.

It is difficult to elaborate on some anime shows since there are a lot of anime tropes that you have to mentally sweep under the rug. I could talk all day on why I think Spice and Wolf is an interesting show on economics, but if the first thing you see is naked, nubile wolf girl, it's still a pretty hard sell.
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