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Experience watching Anime with Non-anime people.
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Posted 6/7/14 , edited 6/7/14
Not too surprising. Attack on Titan is like that, and a lot of anime fans hate dark shows like that too. Me and a couple friends were watching Hellsing abridged and one of them was like "man is anime really this brutal?" They don't expect it.

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I did an all-nighter with my old flat mate about a month ago and we marathoned Puella Magica Madoka Magica. He loves horror and had already watched a few eps of Attack on Titan beforehand so I suggested we watch it

Whenever we watched films together he always talked over the film but after episode 3, he was absolutely silent for the rest of it
I think I broke him by the time we finished episode 10. Oh, and he "awwww'd" when Kyubey was introduced. The poor fool!
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I'll tell you 2 experiences I had: one where I was the non-anime person (LONNG TIME AGO, I think I was 12), and one where I'm the experienced anime person.

Anime Person story (present):

My cousin came over and decided to hang out, and I just started watching the first episode of Psycho-Pass. When she was watching it with me, I guess there was some dark/creepy parts near the middle and end, because she reacted like this: "Oh my God! What the shit? That's just disgusting!" For me, I didn't see what was so gross about it, but she freaked out like no tomorrow, so I paused the episode and we went to the mall.

Then there was this other time she came to my house again (after the apparent traumatic Psycho-Pass episode) and I decided to show her D-Frag (much lighter and funnier). At first, she was pretty cautious of me because we have this thing where we like to troll each other a lot, but by the end of the first episode she was laughing her pants off and we finished watching the whole thing together.

Non-anime person story:

Okay, if I remember right, I might have been 12 years old. At that time I wasn't really into watching anime. I mean, I did see shows like Sailor Moon and DBZ, but I definitely wasn't invested into it. So one day my friends (who watch anime) were talking about this show: Katekyo Hitman Reborn. Apparently they thought all the dudes were super attractive and they showed me a bunch of pictures of them and made me (more like forced me to) choose which looked hotter..... (ugh damn it). Then one of my friends kept pestering me to watch it, saying, "Oh, they're so cool when they fight, especially Tsuna when he's in his Hyper Dying Will Mode." And then they started talking about how hot Gokudera and Hibari was.... Anyway, they annoyed me so much that I had to promise that I'd watch the first episode with them.

Honestly, when I watched the first episode, I didn't see what was so great about it. And apparently, my friends weren't satisfied with that answer so we ended up watching Mukoro's arc together. I thought that was still a "meh". So we watched the Varia Arc. I guess that arc wasn't too bad, because I actually started to like it then. Basically by the end of this, we watched the whole freaking 203 episodes together. I've got to say, the Future Arc was shitting long. It was still a pretty good arc nonetheless. Either way, this is the story of how I got into anime. But can you imagine the amount of effort it took to get me into it? I mean in the beginning few episodes, I kept questioning what was going on and it may have annoyed them a bit. I think it would have been better if they showed me Code Geass first instead, because the first episode got me hooked.
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LOL i find it a bit awkward, since most people who dont want anime, are not used to the type of humor found in almost every generic anime genre. So its often kind of awkward when a weird scene comes up and im the only one laughing. Speaking of Attack On Titan; I watched it with my 11 year old sister and now shes a hardcore otaku, even more so than myself :P.
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Sacae89 wrote:

So I had an odd day. I got my Attack on Titan dvds a few days ago, and my mom was curious.

Bad idea showing it to her.

She said it was horribly sad and traumatic. After only watching the first episode after the mom is eaten.

We have this awkward talk and suddenly she thinks every anime I watch is as dark. It worried her.

It was weird to talk about and explain that not everything is dark.

I saved the evening by netflixing Ouran Host Club. XD to show her something light and funny.

So I think I did good to show her that. Iono.

It was odd.

Why would you show your mother a pilot episode in which not much happens except that a bunch of people are butchered and the protagonist's own mother is eaten alive in front of him? lmao

Well, I've been working on a buddy of mine for a while now. The other day we sat down to a bit of Noucome (to my joy the humour suited him too), Log Horizon (he seemed interested given that we both played WoW together) and Kill la Kill (he was a bit offput by the seemingly pointless boobies). I transfered the latter two and Darker than Black over to his hard-drive. Here's hoping he actually gets around to watching them and has fun doing so.
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Renegatz wrote:

Why would you show your mother a pilot episode in which not much happens except that a bunch of people are butchered and the protagonist's own mother is eaten alive in front of him? lmao



Clearly because Im a horrible person. lol It didnt cross my mind.
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Posted 6/7/14 , edited 6/7/14

Sacae89 wrote:


Renegatz wrote:

Why would you show your mother a pilot episode in which not much happens except that a bunch of people are butchered and the protagonist's own mother is eaten alive in front of him? lmao



Clearly because Im a horrible person. lol It didnt cross my mind.

Haha, I actually know the feeling. When you're showing someone something you're hoping you can get them into, and gradually you start to slowly die a little bit inside as you realize your mistake.

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My mom say the thumbnails for both FMA on netflix, before we watch Ouran Host Club.

And she was curious. But I dont know which one to show her. I havent seen Brotherhood yet.

And I doubt she would watch both and understand why they are different.

Any ideas?
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Sacae89 wrote:

My mom say the thumbnails for both FMA on netflix, before we watch Ouran Host Club.

And she was curious. But I dont know which one to show her. I havent seen Brotherhood yet.

And I doubt she would watch both and understand why they are different.

Any ideas?


Brotherhood, its based off the manga and has a better story imo.

EDIT: Not to mention this gives you an excuse to watch it as well.

Also I really really think you should show your mom Mirai Nikki, show her some Yuno love. (Total sarcasm here, if my family saw me watching it they would seriously worry for me lol. What can I say though? I'm a gore lover. At least none of the mc in Mirai are getting swung around by their intestines like in Bakemongatari.)
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I was watching Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood on Toonami a few weeks ago. My mother claimed I was watching something related to satan.


Sacae89 wrote:

My mom say the thumbnails for both FMA on netflix, before we watch Ouran Host Club.

And she was curious. But I dont know which one to show her. I havent seen Brotherhood yet.

And I doubt she would watch both and understand why they are different.

Any ideas?


I recommend Brotherhood. I really loved the story and characters. I can't say anything about the 2001 FMA since I'm still in the process of watching the episodes.
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my sister and brother are not really anime fans and tend to make fun of it! My sis thinks anime's prevy and my bro doesn't really get it. Anyway I have watch Bleach and Inuyasha while they were in the same room at time (thanks toonami/adult swim! seriously, I mean it) and they would come up with snide remarks. I tried to get my sister to watch attack on titan but she said Eren was annoying.
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colorfulhoudini wrote:

I recommend Brotherhood. I really loved the story and characters. I can't say anything about the 2001 FMA since I'm still in the process of watching the episodes.


^This made me laugh.



colorfulhoudini wrote:

I was watching Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood on Toonami a few weeks ago. My mother claimed I was watching something related to satan.



Oops...I meant this.^
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My dad's always been receptive to what I like and while anime isn't his main bag, he was one to take us to see Howls moving castle, and spirited away, and rented Totoro for us the first time. after that, he didn't really watch much else. Now I'm 21 and I've gradually matured into what i like.
My dad organizes jazz concerts in town with friends of his who are on tour and I thought "yeah one day i need to show him Cowboy b=bebop". Last summer, we finally watched it. I beamed every time Tank! played and he would lean back and just say "beautiful" and we'd watch a few episodes together. We'd talk about the shows, influences, and style choices and during a spring break when i was back home, we were at the library, he brings me a DVD and says "what do you know about this one?" It's Akira, And I couldn't be happier.
I need to show him Kids on the Slope still...
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It's not quite the same thing, but I have this fun game I play with a friend who's not really a watcher. His eye is not adjusted to the high color/high contrast ways of anime (both metaphorically and literally) so I always get a funny response ><
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Posted 6/7/14 , edited 6/7/14
I got my friend that had never seen any Anime in his entire life to watch Nagi no Asukara with me and he busted out " Bro, we're like 5 episodes in and no one had sex yet, wtf ? "
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