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How do you feel about the Anime Fandom?
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Yeesh, what a depressing and sour outlook on the fandom.

The anime fandom nothing more than a reflection of human society: the people who create negative impressions always stand out the most. Just take a look at your local news. There's a reason they put fluff human interest stories at the end of each segment; because everything else is robberies, murders, car crashes, etc, etc, etc, etc.

The anime fandom has the same ratio of crazy jerks:nice people as the rest of the world and the internet.

It's up to you to decide whether or not you want to focus on the good or the bad.

I choose to focus on the good people I've met, who I can talk with, disagree with and enjoy anime with. There's plenty of them out there.
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iblessall wrote:

Yeesh, what a depressing and sour outlook on the fandom.

The anime fandom nothing more than a reflection of human society: the people who create negative impressions always stand out the most. Just take a look at your local news. There's a reason they put fluff human interest stories at the end of each segment; because everything else is robberies, murders, car crashes, etc, etc, etc, etc.

The anime fandom has the same ratio of crazy jerks:nice people as the rest of the world and the internet.

It's up to you to decide whether or not you want to focus on the good or the bad.

I choose to focus on the good people I've met, who I can talk with, disagree with and enjoy anime with. There's plenty of them out there.


I think that the problem is also that to some people, the term "fandom" by itself already entails some degree of obsession/negativity with it. I'd call "fandom" the group of all fans, so in this sense anyone who's here on Crunchyroll is probably part of this fandom (otherwise, why the hell would they be here in the first place?). Others however will consider fandom only those who write fanfiction/draw fanart/collect merchandise and so on for their favourite anime. Again, there are different measures. It seems to me that the OP considers as "fandom" only the most obsessed fans, so there's already a hint of negativity in that definition. I'd argue that the term might be interpreted differently, but then again, as long as we understand what we're talking about, that's just semantics.
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It's kinda disturbing when white people know more about Japanese culture more than they know about their own American culture.


That kinda describes me in a nutshell.

As for the thread,
Most anime fans I've met in real life aren't bad. They are pretty chilled people, and can talk about it casually.
Of course, on the internet things are different. I see that stuff happen sometimes, but not often.
I think its completely understandable to get very immersed in something you enjoy. Sure, some people can awkwardly bring it in to their life and some can even be inappropriate with it. But, I don't hold that against them. I see that as a sign of great passion.
I see it as "Its their life, let them do what they want.".
People bashing others' viewpoints on the other hand, I don't smile at. Be open and see it from other perspectives.
In all, I don't think the anime fandom is a bad as some say. They are just focusing on the small negatives instead of the large positives.
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Posted 3/24/14
I just think they shouldn't go nuts when some one does not like their show is all.
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Posted 3/24/14
I like the many fandoms, it seems very successful in giving me a constant stream of hilarious meme type content and artwork. Holds true for non anime fandoms as well. Also sometimes its the only place to find people who actually want to have good discussions about any anime. Everyone I know is hyper-casual about all their anime viewing. Their "I can take it or leave it" meh attitudes gets quite annoying after a while.

I could really really do without the pairings and shipping though. I don't see why any of that is necessary. Maybe it happens when younger girls infest a fandom and they can't watch anything without romantic speculation.
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Posted 3/24/14
I don't think Fandom is the issue... I think certain people and their personality types are the true issue.
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Posted 3/24/14
The anime fandom has its' sane fans and insane fans both.
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I don't mind talking with people from any fandom, though nowadays I allow them to come to me. Back when I was more actively involved in discussing series with others I met a lot of crazy people who were verbally abusive, abrasive, and downright vicious. I think a lot of the more vocal fans can come across as rude or immature. The problem is that the saner fans tend to keep more quiet and post in respective threads rather than spend their time attacking individuals.
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Honestly, I hate when fans take awesome characters and draw them doing gay stuff with another awesome character.

Why is that a thing!?
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onibrotonel wrote:

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


wait... theres american culture?? like what sports and beer?
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IShouldBeStudying wrote:

Honestly, I hate when fans take awesome characters and draw them doing gay stuff with another awesome character.

Why is that a thing!?


rule 34 bro
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indonesianbob67 wrote:


onibrotonel wrote:

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


wait... theres american culture?? like what sports and beer?


Bingo. I too am still trying to find this so called American "culture". I theorize it died with the 1980's.

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Never liked how people can categorize and generalize people into nice little groups. It is what it is, its no different than anything else(sports,gaming,petrol heads). People are passionate about what they love, nothing wrong with that. Thing/s would be pretty lame pretty fast if we were all "like minded".

Guy/Girl 1: "Hey what did you think about episode 22? "

Guy/Girl 2: "I liked it"

Guy/Girl 1: "I liked it too"

WTF
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Posted 3/24/14 , edited 3/24/14
The anime fandom sadly makes me want to crawl under a rock sometimes. A lot of the people I have talked to both online or in real life just seem so immature and intense... maybe I'm just a grump.

Don't get me wrong, I am in no way bashing the entirety of the anime fandom but if a lot of people could just tone it down a notch that would be sooooo nice.

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On reddit, that wouldn't even be anywhere near negative, it would probably be more upvoted than the original comment.


That aside, I realized early on in my anime hobby that I was fairly normal compared to most. I tend to look on anime as just another hobby of mine, along with movies, music, and books. I ended up meeting people who were like me too. Though it seems that the ones that get the most exposure are the ones that make liking anime seem disturbing (which includes the people who make it necessary to have the bloody rule of PLEASE EAT, SLEEP, FOR THE LOVE OF GOD SHOWER, AND REMEMBER DEODORANT!!!!!!!!! at cons) Then again you find this in all hobbies, even in sports fans.

In my experience, it's the ones who claim to be experts who tend to be the most annoying, along with those who don't seem to have a sense of reality. This is true for many of the book series I enjoy too (Harry Potter to name one, oh good f*cking God!! It's INSANE!!!!! it almost makes me want to leave it, but I just become Smeagol for a moment by chanting, "I'm not listening, I'm not listening").

Recently I've heard of weeboos or something such like, and my reaction can only be summed up in the Patrick Stewart as Jean Luc Picard meme of "Why The F*ck" I don't get it. Then again I don't get the anime fans who want to be referred to as otaku. It's a derogatory word, it's demeaning, and yet American anime fans seem to want to wear it as a badge of honor, wtf man, wtf!?!?!?!
Makes one go: ┻━┻ ︵ヽ(`Д´)ノ︵ ┻━┻


On another note, the whole sub and dub thing, WHY does this even exist? If you don't like sub/dub, DON'T watch it! Simple solution, everyone should be happy. When I got into anime, I had to choose between the two (unless there was no dub) and dub was cheaper to buy. Then DVDs came and then the only conflict became, which series to buy. Personally I enjoy both, with a few I prefer sub because I've watched some long in sub that the English just sounds too weird to me or in my case, I can only watch Rurouni Kenshin in sub because Kenshin's voice actor was perfect that no one can compare. Now we can get simulcasts and still anime fans bitch and complain.

In conclusion, like others have stated, it's really just the human condition. The anime community is just a sample of human life, you find all types within. It's just like with other fandoms or even politics.

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