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Unite underneath my mask.

The blank mask signifies that anime accepts us all, no matter who or what we are. We are all equal.
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I think he represents anyone who grew up watching anime in the late 90's to mid 2000's
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ThundahKnuckles wrote:

What you say is true. However, having one symbol for all anime is easier than having one symbol for each anime series. I can only speak for myself when I say: I like too many anime series to carry a symbol for each one.


No. It's really not. Most anime series already do have a symbol used for them. Anime overall does not. That right there says that it is easier for each show to have a symbol than everything combined. One symbol can't encompass all genres of anime. At least not without looking like a total mess of various things crammed together. An anime eye as a symbol is probably the best possible choice but even that isn't satisfactory in my opinion since even those aren't standard throughout all series.


You say that as if you know it to be true. Have you attempted it yourself or have you seen it attempted? (I intend no offense here)
I intend to give this my best shot.
Sure, we can settle for a symbol for each series. That would be the easy way. In my opinion, that is the Real "Total mess of various things". Each series' symbol is ONLY for that series. Some anime fans out there may not know some symbols. I know, for myself, that there are some I don't recognize or even know. And then there are the ones I know but don't watch or can't really get behind.
The objective here is creation, not selection. I think we need something that says, when seen, "Hey, that person watches anime.". As show in the OP, those are their symbols. I believe we should have one of our own. One that we can use to spot our fellow anime lovers and talk to them.
I do agree with you that an eye is not the best choice.
Yes, this will probably be difficult. But that makes it worth doing.
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I think he represents anyone who grew up watching anime in the late 90's to mid 2000's


I AGREE TOTALLY FUCKING WITH YOU

GOT A THUMBS UP
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Asking for a symbol for anime is like asking for a symbol for TV Shows (in general)...its just way too broad. There is a reason why the symbols are either specific franchises or companies (although DC Comics should use the DC Logo, not the Batman symbol).

You could come up with symbols for a lot of specific anime but coming up with something in general is pretty much impossible.

Somebody suggested this earlier but an anime eye would probably be the easiest symbol:

(thats the image wikipedia used for anime)

EDIT: I would like to add that saying "hey, that person watches anime" should say about as much about a person as "hey, that person listens to music". While anime fans tend to get lumped together, I don't think that is something we should encourage. Anime is a wide and diverse medium with a multitude of genres and styles and lumping it all together just strengthens stereotypes. I see no point in having one symbol for all of anime, and I see series specific symbols to be much more important as what series someone watches says a lot more about someone (think of someone with a shirt that just said "movies" on it as opposed to "batman" or "Doctor Who"...it doesnt really say anything about them)...
Posted 3/22/14 , edited 3/22/14

ThundahKnuckles wrote:



You say that as if you know it to be true. Have you attempted it yourself or have you seen it attempted? (I intend no offense here)
I intend to give this my best shot.
Sure, we can settle for a symbol for each series. That would be the easy way. In my opinion, that is the Real "Total mess of various things". Each series' symbol is ONLY for that series. Some anime fans out there may not know some symbols. I know, for myself, that there are some I don't recognize or even know. And then there are the ones I know but don't watch or can't really get behind.
The objective here is creation, not selection. I think we need something that says, when seen, "Hey, that person watches anime.". As show in the OP, those are their symbols. I believe we should have one of our own. One that we can use to spot our fellow anime lovers and talk to them.
I do agree with you that an eye is not the best choice.
Yes, this will probably be difficult. But that makes it worth doing.


I don't know it to be 100% fact. It is just what I believe. This is not the first thread I have seen discussing this issue so it is something that I have thought about before and have never come to a satisfactory conclusion or have seen one.

I don't see each show having a symbol as being a mess. I don't wear every symbol from every show I have ever liked. If I do have anything anime related it is of a very select few that I would call favorites. It's not a mess and it lets people know what my overall preferences are with anime.

If you really just want this to be a "Hey I watch anime and you should come talk to me if you do too!" kind of thing then just get a shirt that says that.

I personally prefer using more obscure symbols from various things. That way only those I have things in common with will ever notice. If someone recognizes my key chain as being that of Hellsing then they obviously know the show well enough to like it as well and it becomes a kind of weird thing where it's just like "Yea...you get it...you understand". If they want to comment on it and start up a conversation they can and if not we both just nod and continue on our way.

I think I may have gone off topic a bit.... I'm kind of tired.
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dragontackle wrote:



I think he represents anyone who grew up watching anime in the late 90's to mid 2000's


I approve of this symbol. But it may be too limiting, since TOM is only really recognizable to an American audience.
Posted 3/22/14

Aokidanza wrote:


dragontackle wrote:



I think he represents anyone who grew up watching anime in the late 90's to mid 2000's


I approve of this symbol. But it may be too limiting, since TOM is only really recognizable to an American audience.


Words can't even describe how sad I was when he died. Kind of a harsh thing for any of the younger audiences watching. "TOM IS DEAD" ...
Sogno- 
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good question!


sundin13 wrote:

Somebody suggested this earlier but an anime eye would probably be the easiest symbol:

(thats the image wikipedia used for anime)


not bad..

how about the angry/irritated mark? anime of any genre usually have these.



lol we're all angry raging fans XD

or how about the sweatdrop...

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Posted 3/22/14 , edited 3/22/14

sundin13 wrote:

Asking for a symbol for anime is like asking for a symbol for TV Shows (in general)...its just way too broad. There is a reason why the symbols are either specific franchises or companies (although DC Comics should use the DC Logo, not the Batman symbol).

You could come up with symbols for a lot of specific anime but coming up with something in general is pretty much impossible.

Somebody suggested this earlier but an anime eye would probably be the easiest symbol:

(thats the image wikipedia used for anime)

EDIT: I would like to add that saying "hey, that person watches anime" should say about as much about a person as "hey, that person listens to music". While anime fans tend to get lumped together, I don't think that is something we should encourage. Anime is a wide and diverse medium with a multitude of genres and styles and lumping it all together just strengthens stereotypes. I see no point in having one symbol for all of anime, and I see series specific symbols to be much more important as what series someone watches says a lot more about someone (think of someone with a shirt that just said "movies" on it as opposed to "batman" or "Doctor Who"...it doesnt really say anything about them)...


With your edit I can see what you are saying. You make a very good argument. Perhaps this is sort of a pointless cause, but I thought I should give it a shot. The last thing I want are reinforced negative stereotypes.



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I don't know it to be 100% fact. It is just what I believe. This is not the first thread I have seen discussing this issue so it is something that I have thought about before and have never come to a satisfactory conclusion or have seen one.

I don't see each show having a symbol as being a mess. I don't wear every symbol from every show I have ever liked. If I do have anything anime related it is of a very select few that I would call favorites. It's not a mess and it lets people know what my overall preferences are with anime.

If you really just want this to be a "Hey I watch anime and you should come talk to me if you do too!" kind of thing then just get a shirt that says that.

I personally prefer using more obscure symbols from various things. That way only those I have things in common with will ever notice. If someone recognizes my key chain as being that of Hellsing then they obviously know the show well enough to like it as well and it becomes a kind of weird thing where it's just like "Yea...you get it...you understand". If they want to comment on it and start up a conversation they can and if not we both just nod and continue on our way.

I think I may have gone off topic a bit.... I'm kind of tired.


You both make very good arguments. Indeed. I don't think you went off topic at all. You gave detailed reasons that support your viewpoint.


I'm quite glad this turned out to be a very intellectual discussion. Also very educational. Perhaps I was hasty in asking this question. I guess this boils down to a "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." sort of thing.
I thank all of you for expressing your opinions. But that doesn't mean this is over and I'll abandon this thread. I will continue to watch it and look for others' opinions.
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First thing that popped into my mind when I saw the game of thrones symbol. (which would be symbol for house Targaryen).


Below image contains a symbol from a book that I enjoy very much, "Wheel of Time." The upper part (Great serpent) is a snake biting it's own tail, which is commonly related to Aes Sedai; is inter-weaved in a wheel with seven spokes (The wheel of time).
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Phersu wrote:

Unite underneath my mask.

The blank mask signifies that anime accepts us all, no matter who or what we are. We are all equal.


I'd sure like to think you actually mean that, but I have a sneaking suspicion you just want people to do that to inflate your own ego.
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I don't think a symbol is necessary. Besides, it would be impossible to choose just one considering the countless series that use their own symbols. And then, even if you did choose one, there's a chance that not everyone would recognize it as being specifically anime.
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This would be mine
I'm lame excuse me
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JamesSabs wrote:


Phersu wrote:

Unite underneath my mask.

The blank mask signifies that anime accepts us all, no matter who or what we are. We are all equal.


I'd sure like to think you actually mean that, but I have a sneaking suspicion you just want people to do that to inflate your own ego.


Not at all.
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