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Who else has a hard time explaining anime to their friends and relatives?
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17 / F / USA
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Posted 6/22/13
The only people I'd have to explain it to are my family (except my sis) but they've given up on trying to understand it. Most of my IRL friends are also otakus, so no need to explain it to them.
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19 / M
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Posted 6/22/13
Yea,what you said summed it up pretty well.
'' Isn't Anime for kids ?'' You watch Cartoon porn?! '' These are the 2 i get most often, When ever i try to explain it to my friends they just think its cartoons and its for kids, and when i tell them its not they say something like '' oh so u watch the porn stuff '' and it kinda buggs me. They dont understand that their are anime for all age groups and different tastes. Its hard to get any1 into it because everyone thinks it weird, mostly because all they know about it is Pokemon, the hentai stuff they see on the internet, The Otaku/Weeaboo they've seen ( mostly because those are the only ppl that they know likes animes. I mostly give up if the first attempt i make fails. Oh well. That's society for ya
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Posted 6/22/13
My parents, on the other hand get it actually. I actually went to my first anime convention with my dad a couple years ago and he actually had a good time They think its really cool and actually get it.
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22 / M / Arkansas
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Posted 6/22/13
I watch anime with my friends and some anime it kicks ass. No one in my family cares either.
Posted 6/23/13
I watch anime on my own, But it takes really lot of energy is i want to tell my classmate the anime story time. Sometimes i just give up and make the story shorter to end the conversation. Lol
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23 / F / RED Base
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Posted 6/23/13
It really is pretty difficult talking about anime to friends and relatives that don't understand. That's probably why I only talk to my best friend about it. But, usually it depends on who I talk with. If the conversation turns into anime, I guess I go crazy and just start asking them what kind they watch and stuff. xD And it always ends up with what kind of genre you like or what you would recommend watching and maybe even characters you don't like or an anime you never watch in a million years. But, I guess that's just how it works for me. I honestly don't have any shame on anime I love to watch.
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33 / M / Muldrow, OK
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Posted 6/23/13
Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha....I just tell them to google it!
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Posted 6/23/13
I think you are looking at it from the wrong perspective, other people don't NEED to understand what you like about anime.

They certainly don't have to be "otaku" either just to be able to understand your anime preferences.

Why does it matter? You just watch what you enjoy watching. If you talk with people that understand anime, you will probably get into an argument about anime. If you talk to people that don't understand anime about anime, you do realize you are talking to them about something they probably aren't all that interested in.

/shrug

I watch anime because I like it. I don't even try to explain anime to people, I fail to see why it matters at all.
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21 / M / Tiphares
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Posted 6/23/13
No.
Posted 6/23/13
There was a particular scene on Ouran High School Host Club where the guys where dressed up as girls. My dad walked in on that scene, and I tried to explain why. ....I failed.
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23 / M / Michigan, US
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Posted 6/23/13
I just don't bother telling anyone haha. It is disappointing that I can't talk about it with many people in real life, but I suppose it is better than having to potentially deal with other people's preconceived notions. When friends or my roommates rarely find out I watch anime they are pretty surprised because I didn't seem like "the kind of person that watches anime." I would just say don't let other people's opinion influence your decisions on what you want to do with your free time. You can try explaining it, but if they don't care or aren't being reasonable then you just have to hope they accept it (and if they don't tough shit lol).
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19 / F / kuroko's pants
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Posted 6/23/13
Oh lord. my friends tease me about liking anime. i literally have no one to talk to about it.
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22 / M / USA
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Posted 6/23/13
I tried to explain Higurashi when they cry (manga) to my co-worked who is into videogames and horror but not so much anime/ manga... Yeah he didn't get where i was coming from
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31 / M / Edinburg Tx.
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Posted 6/23/13
You introduce anybody who hasnt seen an anime to these titles because its worked on me

Spirited away

Howls moving castle

Or even Princess mononoke

believe me they will be like damn now thats awsome..
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28 / M / wv
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Posted 6/23/13
You do what you can and if they still don't get it you just scoff at thier hobbies and hope they get the point that they are acting silly. People don't have to get it, they just have to accept it as a thing.
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