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The UK and anime (and what little of it there is).
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I don't think these feeling are limited to the UK. True, it is fairly easy to get a hold of or watch anime/manga over here in the US, but it is still by and large a niche and less understood medium than most. Ultimately people are going to be into what catches their interest, or what other people say is good. Very few, especially around your age, are looking to break outside the mold and likely haven't completely developed their own taste profile yet. I'd say just keep doing your best to enjoy and spread the medium when appropriate...try to find some friends with similar interests(guessing there's no anime club at school, maybe some local groups you could look up through social networking?), show some non-anime friends/family things that you think they might enjoy(those you listed are good, especially Cowboy Bebop since it's a bit less anime-ey and closer to a western space opera...Studio Ghibli films tends to be a hit with everyone), maybe you can find some anime conventions that are a reasonable distance away by train or car? If you've never been to one they're a blast and it would definitely brighten up your outlook of this subject as there's always tons of super passionate people you can interact with and plenty of anime goods of course :P. Hope I helped a bit...this was educational to me. I always thought Europe was pretty big into anime, but maybe that's more so the other countries in the continent or I was just uninformed?


It's kind of a shame they're still finding their interests as teens given that most anime are best watched as a teenager given that most of them are aimed at exactly that: teenagers. I've tried getting my family into anime but like most people I mentioned, they find it to be a load of weird stuff. As for a convention I definitely plan on going some day, preferably with my best friend who is also, luckily, a fan of anime. I should say, I don't mind that people dislike anime, it's just more negatively looked at than most other interests I find, along with names like weeaboo and such. When's the last time you heard someone being called a name because they like hang-gliding, watching films or having track days in cars. Anime causes a lot of people who aren't interested in it to be cynical and think you're a weirdo which just annoys me.
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Crunchyroll
Wakanim
Animax uk
Daisuki
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These are the sites I mentioned, wakanim and animax have their new shows free for at least a fortnight. Daisuki is completely free but has a small uk catalog.


Thanks! I'll check those out. Anything that makes anime more accessible is, to me as a fan, always a good thing.
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Okay, so I don't actually live in the UK, but I have been studying here for what...almost 2 months now?

And I have seen more physical access to anime/manga/Japanese culture here in those 2 months than I've seen in my entire life in the US.

I was recently in London, and I could give you a list of the different stores and shops that I found that had Japanese connections. Heck, even in Liverpool I was able to find a huge selection of anime at an HMV.

Granted, streaming over is rough. But for actually obtaining the physical media, the access is the same or better to what I've found in the US.

Plus: YOU GUYS HAVE BLACK ROCK SHOOTER LEGALLY LICENSED FOR HOME VIDEO OVER HERE. AND I'M FREAKING JEALOUS.

EDIT: Then again, I have ONLY been here two months, but I do feel like my perspective is fairly unique given that I've lived in both countries.
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Okay, so I don't actually live in the UK, but I have been studying here for what...almost 2 months now?

And I have seen more physical access to anime/manga/Japanese culture here in those 2 months than I've seen in my entire life in the US.

I was recently in London, and I could give you a list of the different stores and shops that I found that had Japanese connections. Heck, even in Liverpool I was able to find a huge selection of anime at an HMV.

Granted, streaming over is rough. But for actually obtaining the physical media, the access is the same or better to what I've found in the US.

Plus: YOU GUYS HAVE BLACK ROCK SHOOTER LEGALLY LICENSED FOR HOME VIDEO OVER HERE. AND I'M FREAKING JEALOUS.

EDIT: Then again, I have ONLY been here two months, but I do feel like my perspective is fairly unique given that I've lived in both countries.


Maybe different areas have access to different things. Somewhere like London is very different to a crappy, run-down place like Hull where I live. Even then I don't actually 'live' in the city, I live in a small village that's about a 15-20 minute drive from there. Even then I don't go a lot. I don't really like public transportation nor do I drive.
Posted 3/2/14
forbidden planet has anime but you can't even hardly get to the till because there's always some bald man talking about Marvel comics for 45 mins. But actually the manga they have is much better than the anime, I get random volumes from Cex.

crunchyroll licenses the most uninteresting stuff here, I think Gosick is the only one i've watched and thought was different, everyone probably thinks there's more good ones but not for me. London has loads of shops for people interested in Japanese culture.

I've never seen anime or manga in Waterstones...
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forbidden planet has anime but you can't even hardly get to the till because there's always some bald man talking about Marvel comics for 45 mins. But actually the manga they have is much better than the anime, I get random volumes from Cex.

crunchyroll licenses the most uninteresting stuff here, I think Gosick is the only one i've watched and thought was different, everyone probably thinks there's more good ones but not for me. London has loads of shops for people interested in Japanese culture.

I've never seen anime or manga in Waterstones...


I wouldn't know. I've heard a lot of people bringing up this 'Forbidden Planet' place but after looking up the store locations there aren't any in my town.
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Almost nothing here in Norway either. Only leads to illegal download and VPN.
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I watch everything online because anime is non existent over here bar a few.
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One word....
Amazon!

I've given up trying to find shops that sell animes and mangas!
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You can find maybe 1 or 2 new manga novels every year but its still limited.


Err... I was picking up about 4-5 new volumes a week between the two Waterstones in Reading for a while. Sure, most of them were backlog, but I would say I've seen about 40% of all new licensed manga on the shelves of just those two stores at one point or another - and they don't have all that much compared to some places.


I've never seen anime or manga in Waterstones...

Every Waterstones store I've ever been into (and I've been into a LOT of Waterstones stores) has had a section for manga. Even if it's just one or two shelves, it's still there. The big ones in London and Glasgow have several floor-to-ceiling bookcases full of them.


The only anime I found at my nearest HMV was the fate stay/night Blu-ray collection and nothing else. I went in at a bad time didn't I?

Blu-Rays of anime in HMV are spread out amongst everything else. For DVDs, anime usually has its own section.
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yeah but you guys have steak and kidney pie and luke warm beer.....can't you be happy with that??? Gosh soooooo greedy (kidding btw way)
Posted 3/2/14

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One word....
Amazon!

I've given up trying to find shops that sell animes and mangas!


Have you seen the place in Picadilly? Tokyotoys or something like that, they have some manga/anime among other things. It's not that good but it's okk.

http://www.otakunews.com/uk/article.php?story=1457
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Maybe different areas have access to different things. Somewhere like London is very different to a crappy, run-down place like Hull where I live. Even then I don't actually 'live' in the city, I live in a small village that's about a 15-20 minute drive from there. Even then I don't go a lot. I don't really like public transportation nor do I drive.

Well, I can promise you that in small towns in American, similar to places like Hull, the only access you have is through internet.

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Strahfobiya wrote:


Itachi4Life794 wrote:

One word....
Amazon!

I've given up trying to find shops that sell animes and mangas!


Have you seen the place in Picadilly? Tokyotoys or something like that, they have some manga/anime among other things. It's not that good but it's okk.

http://www.otakunews.com/uk/article.php?story=1457


Tokyo Toys is a merchandise shop. Yes they have some manga, but their selection is awful. If you are in the area there are so many better places to go to (Waterstones, Forbidden Planet, Orbit Comics) that there's no reason to bother even checking Tokyo Toys if you're just after manga.
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BLACKOUTMK2 wrote:
Maybe different areas have access to different things. Somewhere like London is very different to a crappy, run-down place like Hull where I live. Even then I don't actually 'live' in the city, I live in a small village that's about a 15-20 minute drive from there. Even then I don't go a lot. I don't really like public transportation nor do I drive.

Well, I can promise you that in small towns in American, similar to places like Hull, the only access you have is through internet.



I'm not really surprised, not if it's anything like over here anyway. It's just I know there are quite a lot of people saying stuff like 'Oh the UK has tons of anime and manga for purchase there's this place in London-' when the thing is I don't live in one of the big rich cities like London. I mostly access my anime through the internet, but this what I'm saying. The US has more access to anime on places like here, Crunchyroll, while we're more limited with licensing and all that. A small American town will be able to stream more stuff than a small one in England. becuase England has more restrictions, at least from my experience and what I've heard. It's why I'm not a Premium Member. Despite paying money rather than streaming for free which is more affordable, I'm still not getting the large amount that the US gets which seems pretty unfair. Surely small American towns aren't as limited in the streaming aspect due to most anime being licensed in America?
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