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Post Reply Who else has a hard time explaining anime to their friends and relatives?
Posted 6/11/13

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AwkwardEsper wrote:

Maybe one golden day someone will stick around long enough to fully listen to what we have to say.



yes that would be nice... the other thing that would be nice if they allow me to show them an anime that i know they would like. like for my sis she loves romance/comedy so i showed her Shuffle! and School Rumble. My bro likes fighting and manly stuff so I showed him Street Fighter and DB. i know my one friend would love Nana cuz she loves drama and my other one would love Death Note cuz she likes those murder mysteries stuff but no they don't do it




I seriously wish I could find somebody in real life to talk about anime with. There are plenty of people around me to talk about video games with, but as for anyone to talk anime with I have never found anybody.
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Posted 6/11/13
I have. I was explaining to my friends what anime is. They didn't know the difference between cartoon and anime and thought it was the same thing
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Posted 6/11/13
I admit the panty shots are hard to explain.
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Posted 6/11/13
My colleagues first reactions to the word anime is always one of these options:
Assuming it is all like pokemon.
Assuming it is all hentai.
Assuming it is all like Akira.

Or in the case of a past colleague, assuming it is all like (a certain infamous shock-anime hentai/guro crossover) which for some reason that person had seen but nothing else... then launching into "how weird the japanese are".

I generally just give a vague overview of the different genres to try to move them from that assumption. If they show a bit of interest in what I'm talking about (this is rare) sometimes I've shown some MAL pages for some of my favorite shoujo ones (since most of them don't realize that sort of genre exists at all in anime) and ones that'd be more similar to the sort of tv/movies they watch.
Generally though they just continue with their assumptions and assume that the ones I watch are few and far between.
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Posted 6/11/13
You don't even KNOW.
I wish they weren't so skeptical or afraid of it. But I guess it's all a matter of opinion.
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Posted 6/11/13 , edited 6/11/13
I take it ever easy, only i talk what i like or hate about the characters in the anime or how it's end up been below my expectation.
Posted 6/11/13 , edited 6/11/13
Well my family is into naruto, dragon ball z, sailor moon, but other than that they don't know much about anime. I tried making my cousins watch anime, they seem to like it but then are like nah. But my friends they all think that all anime watching is about Pokemon and cartoons. So I don't even try to explain it to them. In my family the only one besides me is my sister who watches anime. I don't hide my anime watching but you always get the laugh in your face when you mention anything remotely anime. All they think is that I watch little kid cartoons. Such is life and explaining is too much of a hassle cuz they will never understand xD
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Posted 6/11/13
Not really,(almost) everyone in my class has seen (at least )1 anime

Heck,My S.S. teacher knows about Hetalia
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Posted 6/11/13

AwkwardEsper wrote:



I seriously wish I could find somebody in real life to talk about anime with. There are plenty of people around me to talk about video games with, but as for anyone to talk anime with I have never found anybody.


If i knew you in RL we could talk about anime and video games i don't get much of either one of those... mainly I only have ppl to talk about music with and only music that is popular in America.... though we can still talk on here it's not the same thing but yeah....
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Posted 6/11/13 , edited 6/11/13
Thankfully my parents seem to understand that anime isn't solely one of either Pokémon or Flaming Impregnating Transfer Student

At least, my Mum seems genuinely interested in my synopses of Angel Beats! and Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood and my Dad, after I watched Haruhi Suzumiya in the living room, continually asks for 'the one with the bunny girls'.

He also goes around singing tracks from Persona 4, now, so that's cool...
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It's just impossible. Everyone I know just thinks: "If it's animated it's shit" which is kinda funny since they watched the Live action of Death Note (Which I actually haven't watched myself) and loved it! However when I told them it was based on an anime they hated it using the reason: "It's based on a animated series." They don't even give it a thought...
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I'm the only one in my family who likes this stuff. Its hard explaining to anyone when there is no one to share my anime with. My mom is always asking me what got me into it in the first place and I can't seem to answer that question.

My little brother makes fun of me for it. and then last year, on recommendation from his football friends, he watched Death Note and loved it. Imagine my surprise. But still, that won't make him a fan. I can't get get him to watch another series.

I've given up explaining why I like anime to my family long ago. My friends, however, are more willing to listen to me and find it cool even though they may not be into it as well.
Posted 6/11/13
A long long time ago I tried to share..but I found and still find there to be a prejudice against those who don't lap up mainstream pop culture..just my opinion. It use to make me mad because a judgement was being made about something that no one had even watched or had knowledge about.
I don't try or even care anymore.
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Posted 6/11/13
I'm fortunate enough to know a lot of people that is interested in anime including family and friends, so I've never really needed to explain what anime is.
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