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Now here's a story for you guys, and anyone who has had an experience like this or something similar feel free to share it here.

Now the other day I was finally introduced to being judged for watching anime. I was at my family's place for a while, I hadn't yet decided on a new apartment so I was renting the basement for a month or two, it's nice enough to be better than most apartments so I wasn't complaining. And some of my step-family had come over for dinner. Now dinner at our household usually consists of people grabbing a plate of food, and dispersing throughout the house, then returning when finished. So I came up and grabbed a plate and was on my way downstairs when I was acknowledged by one of my step-sisters and her husband. Which is fine, but then they asked me what I was doing. (At the time I was watching Kill-la-Kill) And not wanting to really answer a lot of ridiculous questions I decided to just say "A show" (Nailed it.) to which they asked me "Well what show?" So I stated that it was an anime called Kill la Kill. To which I got disgusted and confused looks from both. (Let's put a perspective on things here as well, she was a gymnast, and he was a male cheerleader. So I'm not enjoying being judged by them.) They then proceeded to scoff and say, "YOU watch anime?!" And I calmly stated that I do, and I actually really enjoy it. Now I was upset, so I just continued on my business and went downstairs. I came up a while later to help clean up the kitchen as well as grab another plate. (I eat a lot for someone my size) To only receive the wonderful comment of "How are your cartoons about boobs?" From the husband...followed by laughter from everyone including my own family. At this point I was fuming inside, but rather than go on a senseless rant about why anime is excellent in my eyes, I couldn't really put a finger on exactly how to say it. So I stooped down to their level a bit and stated calmly, but with some intensity that was certainly felt, "I never thought I'd be judged by a male cheerleader eh? But I guess respect for others opinions and interests isn't in that cheerful head of yours is it?" Everyone went silent, I grabbed my food, and haven't spoken to either of them since.

So I guess my whole point behind this post is to see and hear why you guys all watch anime? And if you've experienced anything like this, what did you say to possibly help someone understand why it is you enjoy anime? Or simply share your experience for everyone, I for one enjoy telling stories like this as they help me vent some frustrations.

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Vilehawx wrote:

Now here's a story for you guys, and anyone who has had an experience like this or something similar feel free to share it here.

Now the other day I was finally introduced to being judged for watching anime. I was at my family's place for a while, I hadn't yet decided on a new apartment so I was renting the basement for a month or two, it's nice enough to be better than most apartments so I wasn't complaining. And some of my step-family had come over for dinner. Now dinner at our household usually consists of people grabbing a plate of food, and dispersing throughout the house, then returning when finished. So I came up and grabbed a plate and was on my way downstairs when I was acknowledged by one of my step-sisters and her husband. Which is fine, but then they asked me what I was doing. (At the time I was watching Kill-la-Kill) And not wanting to really answer a lot of ridiculous questions I decided to just say "A show" (Nailed it.) to which they asked me "Well what show?" So I stated that it was an anime called Kill la Kill. To which I got disgusted and confused looks from both. (Let's put a perspective on things here as well, she was a gymnast, and he was a male cheerleader. So I'm not enjoying being judged by them.) They then proceeded to scoff and say, "YOU watch anime?!" And I calmly stated that I do, and I actually really enjoy it. Now I was upset, so I just continued on my business and went downstairs. I came up a while later to help clean up the kitchen as well as grab another plate. (I eat a lot for someone my size) To only receive the wonderful comment of "How are your cartoons about boobs?" From the husband...followed by laughter from everyone including my own family. At this point I was fuming inside, but rather than go on a senseless rant about why anime is excellent in my eyes, I couldn't really put a finger on exactly how to say it. So I stooped down to their level a bit and stated calmly, but with some intensity that was certainly felt, "I never thought I'd be judged by a male cheerleader eh? But I guess respect for others opinions and interests isn't in that cheerful head of yours is it?" Everyone went silent, I grabbed my food, and haven't spoken to either of them since.

So I guess my whole point behind this post is to see and hear why you guys all watch anime? And if you've experienced anything like this, what did you say to possibly help someone understand why it is you enjoy anime? Or simply share your experience for everyone, I for one enjoy telling stories like this as they help me vent some frustrations.

^_^


Let's see first off that was a good comeback at the guy LOL I applaud you for it but I watch anime because it tells a story whether it's drama,fantasy,horror there are millions. To be honest I wouldn't care if people gave me a weird look for watching it I never have before maybe if my old group of friends knew they'd laugh but thats why theyre "old" friends if someone chooses to harass me for something I like I'm not going to associate myself with them nor will I be talked down to because I like it. Good story man i think we were discussing this on the guestbooks right?
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Hey, there are a lot of great male cheerleaders. The activity itself is completely gender neutral. Just sayin'.

Anyway, I've been criticized on my interest in anime as well. Not by my own family, hell, they're the ones who got me into it. I'm more intense about it then they ever were, though. But I am constantly criticized by my friends. "how's your cartoon porn?" I totally get where you're coming from. Ugh. I just roll my eyes and stop stressing about it. What gets me really pissed off is when I talk to other people about anime and stuff like comic books and video games, my friends make snarky, rude comments. "Nobody cares," "I don't know how to respond to any of this bull shit (followed by an obnoxious laugh)." Don't get me wrong, I love my friends. But I have to explain to them if they don't like who I am, "they can f*ck right off." This applies to when I reblog anime-related things on tumblr, too. They can unfollow me if they don't like it; I won't get offended. I get offended when you tell me how to run MY blog.

How I got into anime, is from my Mom, primarily. I grew up with it. I guess you could say was "raised on anime". Heh heh. It's hard to not like it if I've grown so fond of it.
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My parents don't know I watch anime, but my brother does. He makes jokes about it, but all in good nature. He never makes me feel bad about watching it. Sorry that your family does.
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Don't get me wrong, I love my friends. But I have to explain to them if they don't like who I am, "they can f*ck right off." This applies to when I reblog anime-related things on tumblr, too. They can unfollow me if they don't like it; I won't get offended.


This is pretty much absolutely spot on for how I feel about it as well. I couldn't imagine being judged and looked down upon so ridiculously over something as simple as a Television show, be it Animated or not. Those People would definitely be told to GTFO of My life ASAP. We all have different interests; just because You don't share My own, doesn't mean that You have to stoop to the level of demeaning Me over them.
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Hey, there are a lot of great male cheerleaders. The activity itself is completely gender neutral. Just sayin'.

Anyway, I've been criticized on my interest in anime as well. Not by my own family, hell, they're the ones who got me into it. I'm more intense about it then they ever were, though. But I am constantly criticized by my friends. "how's your cartoon porn?" I totally get where you're coming from. Ugh. I just roll my eyes and stop stressing about it. What gets me really pissed off is when I talk to other people about anime and stuff like comic books and video games, my friends make snarky, rude comments. "Nobody cares," "I don't know how to respond to any of this bull shit (followed by an obnoxious laugh)." Don't get me wrong, I love my friends. But I have to explain to them if they don't like who I am, "they can f*ck right off." This applies to when I reblog anime-related things on tumblr, too. They can unfollow me if they don't like it; I won't get offended. I get offended when you tell me how to run MY blog.

How I got into anime, is from my Mom, primarily. I grew up with it. I guess you could say was "raised on anime". Heh heh. It's hard to not like it if I've grown so fond of it.


Yeah, I guess when I said the male cheerleaders thing, my thought process behind it was it's definitely not a super well known "sport" so I just felt like it wasn't fair to judge me for my interest, when I could just as easily judge him for his. 'Tis all, nothing against anyone who does it, it takes a lot of talent.
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I've been given enough weird looks that I try to avoid the subject with people foreign to anime but I don't think I was ever made fun of. I can't believe anime is seen so unfavorably. I have had friends who tell me I watch TOO MUCH anime, which I guess is true, but they watch TOO MUCH kdramas.
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Pfft. Anime is for nerds.
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My parents know that I watch anime and yet they hate it and judge me with things like "Why are you watching Cartoons" "Do you have a reason to watch this" and "You Watch too much cartoons" (Funny thing how they can watching there dumb stuff without getting judge) every time I hear this kind of nonsense question from my family or anyone (incluying friends) I stay in silence and just ignore them. I'm a very quiet and calm person so I don't see a reason to argument with someone that is judging me for no reason.

I love what I do and I will not stop doing what I like to do, just because just because someone hate or dislike what I'm doing

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My favorite DS game was Elite Beat Agents, and my understanding is that it was originally male cheerleaders, which were somehow localized as "dancing fbi agents". Just sayin' - if male cheerleaders are anything like the EBA, they're pretty freakin' awesome!
Anyways tho, I am all too familiar with your situation. Heck, the people I work with are so close minded that they all made fun of me when I tried to tell them about the great BBQ lamb ribs I had ate. They laughed and one said "you eat lamb? Lamb is a LIBERAL meat"
WTF, right?
So I replied "you don't like lamb huh? I guess you'd probably rather just be eating your own poop."
Well, since then I've started to use that comeback when attacked for watching anime, playing jrpgs, etc.
That's my advice. Just tell your opponents that they eat poop.
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I haven't really been judged for watching anime in particular. I grew up with it and people at school talked about it since middle school. Even a professor randomly started talking about anime and manga once. I admitted I liked that stuff (I was the only one in the room besides the prof) and nobody treated me any differently because of that.
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I was never criticized personally for watching anime, but I was once criticized on the internet for watching English Dubs.
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Coming from a sub watcher, what's the hate on dubs? There's a difference between preference and one option being superior. I think one of the great things of this world is that we can all choose how we want to do things.
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I enjoy it because I respect the time and effort put into making the whole production, and the stories told through said animations. They can touch on mature topics that western animations often wouldn't, and contain plenty of perplexing, thought provoking, and mature themes. It's a medium in and of itself, no different to a book or live-action TV show apart from being displayed in an animated format.

In fact, anime can go above and beyond, since because it's fictional the physics, explosions and technology can be whatever you want. People mocking the entirety of anime via calling it cartoon porn because there are boobs and sexualisation here and there is the equivalent of saying all books are erotica which is clearly bullshit.

I appreciate the artwork, the voice acting, good character design, the soundtrack, the plot, and generally how everything comes together to make a unique experience. People who mock others on their tastes in programmes are the shallowest of morons. Luckily I've never been in a situation, apart from one discussion with a troll, where I've been mocked for said interest.

I think it's rather disgusting that anime fans have been weaned into feeling they need to keep it a secret from society for the fear of being mocked for it. Kind of says something for the state human civilisation is in. I don't get why it has to be a love or despise-with-every-ounce-of-your-being sort of thing, since it doesn't really do much to instantly offend people. I've not heard of people resenting stories, vomiting at the thought of a movie trailer, or wanting to kill themselves because of a new videogame coming out, so why hate anime?

I do think a lack of localisation on TV plays a part somewhat. Over here in the UK we only get stuff like Pokemon and such on the kids channel, so almost everyone associates it to being Japanese cartoons for children which doesn't help.

You could hate a person for all sorts of vile and vulgar reasons, yet people still think liking foreign animations is illegible to be classified as one of those vulgar things, and I've not the slightest clue why. I get not being into it, but bullying people for liking it? It blows my mind. It really does.
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