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Dating (outside of the anime world)
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24 / F / Parts Unknown
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Posted 9/15/13
My girlfriend is way more concerned with my interest in wrestling than she is with my interest in anime.

It's just a thing for me to do alone, occasionally she'll watch an anime movie with me if I insist that it's good and "not very anime-like".
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Posted 9/15/13
Of course.
I just watch it on my own time. And find something we both enjoy watching when we're together.
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27 / M
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Posted 9/15/13
Nobody I've dated has ever had much interest in anime. Maybe they'll watch it once ever few months but it isn't a big part of their lives.

I like anime but I don't keep up with much, so having a partner who doesn't care much about it wouldn't bug me much.
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34 / M / So Cal
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Posted 9/15/13 , edited 9/15/13
Anime/Manga is a fantasy world targeted to specific ideals concerning relationships and attraction.

The real world is no holds barred.

You may have an ideal type and find a chick who doesn't match the description at all that you can't stop thinking about or find a girl who is what you've always wanted from the anime world that turns out to be extremely incompatible with your actual persona.

Never base or judge life on your anime/manga likes or dislikes. Please don't ever try to put the two into the same category or you're most likely going to have a horrible time.
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Posted 9/16/13
Lol, what's wrong about it?
I only dated 1 girl who watched anime and neither of us cared about it.
All my other ex's don't even know anime exists and probably wouldn't watch it if they knew it existed - and what's wrong with that?

Anime's not my life, it's just something to watch for fun in my free time when I have nothing else to do.
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24 / M / Francesville, Ind...
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Posted 9/16/13 , edited 9/16/13
Trying to make a relationship work with someone who is totally clueless about anime sounds like a lot of work to me. That is, additional work to the work already involved in sustaining any relationship.

I'll be honest, I'm a lazy sort, and I'm highly demotivated by the thought that I have to explain something like anime to my romantic interest. My mind starts playing scenarios and conversations that, in all honesty, probably won't go exactly the same as I'm envisioning. I guess I get embarrassed when I consider explaining it to someone.

There's probably some guilt as well. I know that a common misconception about anime is that it is entirely porn and/or pedophilia material. Knowing this, I guess I kinda feel like it would be similar to admitting that I watch porn or something to my significant other. I don't want to start the relationship off with condescension from my woman.

To avoid all this drama and internal conflict/turmoil, I think it would just smooth everything over for me personally if my lady already had prior knowledge of what anime actually is and (hopefully) enjoys some of it herself.
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