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Dating (outside of the anime world)
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At first I thought this was supposed to be a thread about dating real people outside your anime waifus, which I'm sure we all know the answer is no, real people are icky.
Joking aside, I don't generally associate with people who share my personal interests. Honestly, I generally have to conform to my friends interests and tastes to keep up, I don't tend to share my tastes or find people with similar interests, anime included. The people I do know who watch anime don't watch anywhere near the amount I do, so I find myself going on and on about shows they don't even care about far too frequently, hah.
So, I've never dated anyone in "the anime world" to begin with.
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My boyfriend isn't a fan of anime...I think the only thing he legitimately liked was Spirited Away.
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Actually at first, my current BF did not like anime either. I was trying to explain anime and what makes me go SQUEE! over it and I just got a bit of a blank stare from him. It was a bit of a change from previous significant others in which we would watch lots of it and geek out over new episiodes. However, we enjoyed other things so it was all good ^_^

The more I got to know him and his tastes I finally got him to watch an episode of Avatar / Legend of Korra and he was hooked. Shortly after that one episode, he marathoned Avatar and Legend of Korra in like a week. Yes, I am aware this is not what most would consider an "anime" but hey close enough. He then got curious about anime and asked what else is out there so after a decent amount of thinking and asking some questions, I got him to watch Kids on the Slope. Once again he really liked it and marathoned the series. Overall he still is not an anime fan, but hey at least now on occasion he will watch an episode with me =3 or understands "I have been waiting for this episode all week ... so see you or talk to you in 30 minutes". He is one lucky brat though, everything I have introduced him too was completed (minus LoK) so he never has been in the cliffhanger got to wait 7 more days
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My wife has never been an anime fan. In fact, the only concession she's made was watching Gundam with our two youngest sons. But, to be fair, I hardly share her enthusiasm for news programs. . .
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Posted 9/14/13
I actually haven't dated anyone...Yeah that's it, I haven't dated anyone XD
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19 / F / USA
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Posted 9/14/13
My boyfriend doesn't like anime.
He doesn't understand the bond between my waifu and me
Or when I talk about pie threads.
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I need tutorial, please help!
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83 / F / Bite the pillow.
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Posted 9/14/13 , edited 9/14/13

kawaiip00per wrote:

have any of you ever dated anyone who's not interested in anime? i mean i love anime but the guy i'm dating does not really like...i'm just wondering if there's anyone out their with the same situation


Yes, I've dated many women who didn't like anime. Two things happened:

1.) They thought I was weird and dumped me for a man with adult interests such as golf, opera, and evenings out with groups of successful adult friends to discuss their children, 401-Ks, and dying parents.

2.) They were fine with it and anime became "my thing" to do without her (my alone time).

The first point is self-explanatory. Look, you'll reach an age where watching cartoons as a hobby (not as in going to see the occasional Pixar movie) is going to seem V-E-R-Y odd to others in your age bracket. Guaranteed. You may develop an insular group of anime loving friends, but finding tolerance and commiseration outside that group might be tough.

If you're not married by the time you're 30 and you're still watching anime while trying to date non-anime people, then be prepared to be judged. Be yourself and don't hide it. You WANT them to judge you so that you can find "the right" person and not someone that just fills space (like a lamp).

The second point happens less often than the first, but does happen. If you find yourself in a long relationship, it's common for the two of you to develop separate hobbies and still maintain a decent relationship (as long as you remember to shower often).

However, what usually happens is that while developing separate hobbies, you end up finding someone with your same interest in anime/manga and you end up cheating on your current non-anime lover, and eventually you leave them for the other person.

The bottom-line is that you'll find it difficult to date someone without your interest or at the very least a tolerance for anime. For a man, as he ages, it's not easy to find non-anime/manga liking women (or men) who are tolerant of such a hobby. It's not viewed as an "adult" hobby or something that a responsible man would do.

That's my experience.

Hope it helps. Cheers.

PS. Don't take what I've written the wrong way: I don't care what people think of my hobbies, but you have to be a strong person in any endeavor that might isolate you or limit your choices.

You shouldn't give up any hobby where you might die fat, alone, and unshowerd while "Shugo Chara" blares in the background, but you might want to plan now for what's to come tomorrow.
Posted 9/15/13
i'm always judged for my interests and hobbies.

if it's not anime, it's video games, or reading celebrities news. i don't know why i like reading celebrity news, i just do. but i'm fully aware most people think negatively of people who read those things.
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Yep, I have. It was a few months ago. It didn't really click because, as someone else mentioned, whenever something that really caught my interest anime-wise, I couldn't talk to her about it. Sure anime isn't my only hobby but it's hard to communicate when you don't really share the same interests.

I can only hope lol.
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Most of the girls I dated didn't like anime but there was always something else to talk about, I have friends to talk about anime with. However, my ex fiancee (who's my childhood best friend) didn't start out liking anime but I had her watch death note and fruit basket and she started getting into it.
But I hope someday the woman I marry enjoys anime, that way it would be easier in the long run and can sit down and enjoy it with me because i'd rather watch anime with someone than alone anyways.
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25 / F / New Jersey, USA
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Posted 9/15/13
I never dated anyone who didn't like anime but I'm friends with some people like that.
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25 / M / West-Central Florida
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Posted 9/15/13
I've never dated anyone...

...Yay for contributing with a useless post! :3
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The guy I just started dating isn't really an anime fan. He's really into sci-fi/comics and I have my anime, and then we are both huge MLP fans. It's nice because I enjoy experiencing new and different things (I've been barraged with a truckload of DC comics) and he has expressed interest in watching more anime as well, and then we do have something we both geek out over together (MLP).

It is a little sad to not be able to gush over every single thing I watch, but luckily he's open to watching more just as I've been open to reading comics.
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25 / M / Colorado
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Posted 9/15/13
For me, just getting out of college. It is harder for me to find a girl with similar interest. Like anime or comics or video games. I mean I would be fine if a girl didn't like that stuff, only if she would accept me for liking the stuff. :/
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