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How do you feel about the Anime Fandom?
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Posted 3/23/14 , edited 3/23/14
our fandom can be described in one word:

gaaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyy

lol jk. They are my brethren, and I theirs'.
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Posted 3/23/14 , edited 3/23/14

Aokidanza wrote:

In my experience, there are many more perfectly sane, enjoyable people in anime fandom than there are assholes. The assholes are just a vocal minority. It's the same anywhere you go. Nothing new here.

And for the record, it is perfectly fine to change your opinions about a dub. I don't see a problem with someone who expected a certain dub to be bad, but then, once they actually heard the dub, changed their mind. Sure, it's a bit annoying to hear a dub being bashed before it even premiers, but don't fault people for simply changing their opinion. There's nothing wrong with that.


I agree wholeheartedly with this, seeing as I'm pretty active on the main community forum for the Total War series of games and those guys can seem bat**** insane at a first glance, but upon a closer look you realize that it's basically some teenagers and emotional folk having their way with the internet as can be expected.

I unfortunately haven't really been able to meet many people over here because the forums are so hyper-active it's intimidating!

That being said, I don't feel like I can really judge "the anime fandom" in any way, not least because I'm out of touch with it beyond half a dozen friends, but also because it's so huge and more diverse than it looks, much like anime itself. As for the comments, yeah well karma systems have always been circle-jerky, nothing special there move along.

I do wish that the reviewing system was made a bit more sophisticated though. I'd like for there to be more room for discussing and sharing opinions on shows, or maybe just so I could find out why so many people downvote the vast majority of 1-3 star and non-English reviews
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Posted 3/23/14


Comedy gold.
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Posted 3/23/14
Very loud.

And......loud. Lol.
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Posted 3/24/14
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Posted 3/24/14 , edited 3/24/14
I like people who like anime.....unless they have no sense of discretion and start imitating and dressing like characters every day.

Anime is like wine. Different people have different tastes. And there is a time and a place for it.
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Posted 3/24/14
I hate anime fandom for the majority, but then I hate the fandom for most things I love too such as gaming, music, movies, etc.

There's a broad spectrum of anime though. I grew up on the old school action, sci-fi, horror, violent stuff, and in todays anime that can only be properly portrayed in series such as Attack on Titan or the Berserk movies. There's not enough of the kind of anime I love in todays world unfortunately, and having conversations with other anime fans usually results in one of us being offended because I will genuinely dislike what anime they watch.

I still lurk around places like this, and I still do enjoy anime such as One Piece and Naruto, and pretty much the ones I like to call 'safe' anime which have a good amount of storytelling, unique characters and interesting battles, but don't have to rely on non-stop fanservice and over the top Japanese staple cringeworthy characters which have been too prevalent in recent series such as the sharp toothed one with attitude, the hands in the pockets yakuza wannabe tough guy, the big breasted clumsy one. It gets really boring and repetitive, and todays fandom seems to love this direction anime is taking so they will constantly keep rehashing the same series over and over and over.

I like what I like, I stick to what I like and more and more I'm finding myself caring a little less every time I see the new season of anime and realise there isn't one new series I want to adopt, but that is just me and if other people love it then that is their choice, though I wish there were more like-minded people out there with a portion that could cater to fans such as myself, otherwise I'm going to be re-watching the same 80's and 90's anime series for the rest of my life.
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Posted 3/24/14
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Posted 3/24/14

onibrotonel wrote:

It's kinda disturbing when white people know more about Japanese culture more than they know about their own American culture.


Yay for globalization.
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Posted 3/24/14
Okay... I have been watching anime for about 22 years and have learned there are 3 types of Anifreaks.

Type 1) Officiandos- People who treats anime like "films or movies". Each has its own story, plots, cinematography and overall greatness. Some examples of real life Filmmakers, who is a closet Anifreaks, are James Cameron (Avatar, The Wachowskis... (Matrix), and Gullermio Del Toro (Hellboy 2, Pan's Labyrinth (freaky movie). Strangely enough, 12 years a Slave has the same camera angles and quiet reflection as any Hayao Miyazaki film... I found it refreshing how movie directors are giving more pause to anime filmmakers. ( Darren Aronofsky is not included in this- he is a hack who rips apart Perfect Blue to make is movies...)

Type 2) Bandwagon Jumpers- These people one watches what's popular and can be all over the place. However, they are keen to one or two types of genre (ecchi and hentai are one of the two), but will watch other anime because everyone else says it "Great". They are very critical of anyone who goes against the formula and worships the almighty "Dub" as they can't be bothered with subtitles or manga’s and will jump down someone throat if they aren't on "Team Funimation".

Type 3) The Stationary Bike - The people who like only one genre and refuses to watching anything else (except hentai or ecchi). They only watch Mecha or Ninjas. All other Anime is "not interesting". These are people who don't like change and don't want to go beyond what they like to watch and will criticize anyone who don't have their love for what they like.

So, in my two decades of being an Anifreak, I can say that yes, all three types have their good and bad - but if you can't be tolerant to non anime lovers or different opinions - you can't call yourself a fan. Most people who read this will claim to be type 1, but we know the truth. :)
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Posted 3/24/14
I've only recently gotten back into watching anime so i'm not that familiar yet with all the anime fandom etc.
from my experiences so far there seem to be people who take it too far. While I don't mind enthusiasm it should be in moderation. Some of the weeaboo speakers get on my nerves for example (the ones in real life)

all in all I watch anime for fun, and because western animation hasn't really produced too many great shows recently. And when the topic of anime comes up among my friends i join in the conversation sometimes with gusto, but that's as far as i go.



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Posted 3/24/14 , edited 3/24/14
It's sad how accurate pretty much every single comment is. We either have a bunch of weaboos and annoying idiots (a majority fo the fandom) or we have the good people who just anime because it's anime and want to have a fun time (a small small percent of the fandom is like this).
Posted 3/24/14
trust me, we're more civilized than football fans for example.


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Posted 3/24/14 , edited 3/24/14
My only real problem is that I find the most extreme parts of the moe/lolicon/imouto/whatever fandom creepy as hell. I mean, if you're an anime fan it's not a long stretch to think that you are a nerd, and possibly a bit of an asocial person. I know I am or have been one in the past, but I've never deluded myself about it. It's what I am, I accepted it somehow, and by trying to understand other real people too I also got over my social anxiety well enough to get to have a few friends and a girlfriend - I STILL am not the most social person and will probably never be, of course.
So yeah, I find everyone who instead gets to the point of secluding himself in his own world of moe underage waifus (I'm talking people with high levels of obsession, just to make it clear: I'm not bashing everyone who bought a couple Lucky Star figmas) rather creepy. The fetishization of everything that makes an already 2D character look "more accessible" - the submissiveness, the age, being an imouto, etc. - is something I absolutely hate, and people who buy into it to the point of "believing" they really are engaged to some fictional character are for me at the same levels of delusion of religious fanatics or Scientology members - though admittedly less socially dangerous.
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Posted 3/24/14
I'll put it this way--I grew up with anime and video games.

Compared to how incessant and woeful the video game community/industry is becoming, coming to the anime community and seeing people who want nothing more than to share their passions is very refreshing.
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