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Arguments FOR anime.
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Posted 6/4/14 , edited 6/4/14
I get judged more harshly for enjoying Korean dramas than I do anime. For some reason if I say I like anime, I get shrugs of acceptance. But dramas, they're a no-go.

I think the reason I watch anime is because it's a window into another culture; it has developed its own culture/tropes/etc.; there are no holds barred when it comes to imagination/world building/etc.; and it can explore issues from everyday slice of life to humanity with only three walls between us and annihilation. I once wrote an essay in high school about current world issues that Full Metal Alchemist was/could be alluding to using the last argument and my teacher wanted to watch it afterwards.

So that's why for me: anime is a world of its own.
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Posted 6/4/14
I think it's an cool thing to be interested in another culture. Anime has unfortunately become something of a counter-culture in America which is ironic since we have so many anime lovers here that it shocks the Japanese government.
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Posted 6/4/14
I regularly go through struggles with these types of situations; from my day job (which confounds me since I work for a software company) to my personal life.

The only response I've ever given is this ...

"If you're really interested in why I'm watching these 'cartoons' then why not sit down and watch one with me?"

After which all but about 4 people have immediately said some expletive then "No."

To which I respond ... "Then you wouldn't understand, so why ask?"

Shuts them up every time while still giving them the invitation to actually enjoy a good show. If they are so close-minded that they aren't willing to watch one with you/me, then they aren't worth the time it would take to explain it.
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Posted 6/4/14 , edited 6/4/14
Anime is a medium, not a genre or movement. There shouldn't be any "arguing" over it. That's like arguing about movies existing or judging someone because they watch TV, read books, or use any kind of entertainment medium.

Plenty of people don't watch TV. Plenty do. A lot of people read books, a lot don't. We all watch anime, tons of other people don't. Each one of these are entertainment mediums with thousands of different genres, art directions, and plots. You can judge someone for using any kind of entertainment medium to an excessive extent but to judge someone for using any kind of medium of entertainment is just ludicrous and straight up illogical.

You can't argue "for" anime in the same way you can't argue against it. any "argument" against anime is invalid because you cannot argue a medium to be good or bad.

It's like arguing that shapes are stupid. A shape isn't anything specific. You can have stupid shapes, but you can't say shapes are stupid.
You can't argue that anime is stupid because anime isn't anything specific. You can have stupid anime, but you can't say anime is stupid.

/end rant
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26 / M / Houma
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Posted 6/4/14
I was criticized by one person, that's all, and that was on the internet. He was the leader of our SOCOM clan that was around for years but progressively he has become more and more of a dick and hates on most things that aren't American. The end result of that is me taking over half of the clan with me and forming a rival clan. We had only one head-to-head match-up but it was a dominant performance, he lost sight of what it takes to lead a team (mutual respect)...

Anytime it comes up in person it is usually an ignored topic with a possible weird look and nothing else. If anyone did say something to me about it I suppose I would give them a short intimidating glare and if I happen to be looking away this will accompanied by an impractical head tilt.

I watch anime mostly because it tends to be a very versatile medium with a great variety of story-lines. Anime also tends to have a continuous and persistent plot rather than being self contained and episodic. Also.... less prevalence of phallus noses, no-necks, and block-heads...
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Nice reply, I have had 2 people say something about me watching anime.

One was by this guy who noticed my Fairy Tail messenger bag, he was the guy behind the counter at the coffee shop I go to occasionally, small place was just him, one guy with his drink on the other side of the place, and me. This guy though stank like hell. Probably why the other customer was on the OTHER side of the shop. I could smell him through MY cologne, all the coffee and pastries, and it was FAR from a pleasant smell. Anyway he was whippin out remarks like, "Can't believe someone your age would carry something branded by that kiddy crap" and stuff like that, I just quietly sat through his verbatim until he handed me my coffee saying one final quip saying "You know, if you keep watching that kid shit, you will never get laid." My reply was: "Maybe, but I take showers, so I have better chances than you." the other guy in the shop heard the whole thing and couldn't stop laughing.


The other was from my cousin. Pretty much the same stuff about kiddie crap, unfortunately for him in my family it is more or less an unspoken rule, especially between the guys, to fight out our differences. So I punched my cousin in the stomach, dragged him to a chair, tied him to it, and then forced him to watch an entire marathon of Fairy Tail.

Guess who is now a fan of Fairy Tail and digging deeper than probably even I do into Anime?
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Posted 6/4/14
Music... i love the osts, gee freakin whiz

after that, i like the animation. & i like that there's tons of genres to choose from, unlike American comics where it is mostly superheros... which are cool, but it's limited. Anime doesn't have that limitation.
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Unfortunately, anime tends to have a bad stereotype on what anime is and what is the targeted audience for it. I know that people do judge others on watching anime, but it really depends on how you sell it. I mean I'd like to defend anime and try to spread it out to as many people as I can, but how can I defend it if others argue that it's full of weird stuff like fan-service all the time.

Maybe it's just me, but just argue back and say that watching anime is no different than going out to the theaters and watching a single disney movie a dozen times. They're the same concepts, but made for different age groups.

But to answer your question. I watch anime because it lets me escape from reality to a new place where new things happen and allows for different concepts on things like society run free. It let's me experience all the things that I never could in the real world and transports me to a new place with lots of different tones and settings. It shows me some of the more deep concepts because of the visual representation of them. I can just enjoy anime without trying and it keeps me entertained while thinking about other things at the same time.
Posted 6/4/14
Spirited Away got me into watching anime. I've discovered even more amazing anime after that... Death Note, Haruhi Suzumiya etc.

I don't get angry/emotional if someone makes a remark on anime. Everyone is entitled to their opinion. I think of it this way, people who criticize anime have never seen that one anime that inspire them or make them feel emotional, or some people can never be inspired by arts/storytelling... no matter what you show to them.

It's like how a lot of people criticize abstract art, it's because they can't connect with it. Abstract artists are able to connect with the concept, that's why they like it, but most people can't feel inspired by abstract art, so they would often criticize it as... "even a 5 years old kid could paint it".


I see that as analogous to people who criticize anime. But I understand why they do it, so... I don't really get angry since I am the same when it comes to other things like mathematics or football. I can't feel a connection to those things, so they are boring to me.
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Posted 6/4/14

GayAsianBoy wrote:
I don't really get angry since I am the same when it comes to other things like mathematics or football. I can't feel a connection to those things, so they are boring to me.

I always find it interesting listening to someone that is passionate about math. They find it REALLY fun, and sometimes they rope you into one of their conversations as they explain complicated formulas to a bumpkin like me. Maybe I just find it fascinating because I am just horrible at it, so they seem super smarty pants.
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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.

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I watch anime because its so much more fun than television or movies. Plus I just can't stop, I can't word it, I just love it.

Experiences about getting shit for watching anime, mostly none (well upfront anyway). I'd get into small arguments about subs vs dubs though.
Most people I meet are open minded luckily. My family doesn't care either. Most people I've met are actually fans or at least watched some anime like spirited away or dragonball z.
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My little brother would judge me about my anime, typical stereotypes and the like, you know. Things such as thinking it was hentai and asking why they looked so weird. My mom didn't know and probably didn't care. My brother went to boarding school so I took advantage of it and showed my mom AoT and she likes it. When my brother comes back I'm gonna make him marathon FMA: Brotherhood.

Spreading the good word of Anime, one person at a time.
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Posted 6/4/14
In his defense, from what I saw of it, Kill la Kill is more than a little bit raunchy. A comment about boobs may have been warranted.
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Posted 6/4/14
Yeah, but it's not just about boobs. Sadly they'll judge by appearance first.
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27 / M / Seattle
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Posted 6/4/14
I watch anime because it is so enjoyable. Anime can get away with the things that main stream television cannot. Anime may appear to be cartoony...it is animated after all...anime can be deeper and more inspiring than anything else. I get harassed about watching anime all the time and I have learned to just roll with the punches, nothing irritates people more than when you can take an insult and not let it phase you. I love what I love, and if anyone else has a problem with that, well then it sucks to be them.
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