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Anime Try-hards?
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27 / M / California
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Posted 7/7/14
In a sense i feel like they are ignorant of what's not considered mainstream; however, i don't hate them for it. I hate american broadcasting for only letting a select few to be force fed to the masses. I feel if anime was a bigger hit in different countries more Anime studios could get bigger teams and work on bigger projects instead of like certain generic harem animes where the story is bland with no unique characters.

I'd rather get creative quality like with Kill la kill, Nagi no Asukara, and Baka to Test, but also with like a good story like Magi, Code Geass, and No game No life.
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i don't care for people that discount other's interest in something just because they don't like it as much as them.

Example: Person A likes something, but not as much as person B. Therefore person B is a pseudo-fan/wannabe.

Just read some hipster memes and apply it to yourself if you want to feel superior to other people for not having a vast catalog of anime under their belt. Don't create a thread and state arbitrary requirements of what you have to watch to be a fan of anime.

I'm sure to other die hard anime fans your interest in anime is laughable too.
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I think people who have that opinion are somewhat misguided, and unfortunately it's pretty common for people to have similar opinions when it comes to music. At the end of the day Naruto is anime, just like Muse is a band or Twilight is a book. Yeah, they're popular, but that doesn't mean they're bad.

I've been elitist before and I think everyone has, but what people need to realize is that because these things are popular they're a great point of entry. Someone who is interested in Naruto might be interested in Attack on Titan and somebody who's interested in Attack on Titan might be interested in Hunter X Hunter. Those are obviously just examples, but you can see where I'm coming from.

At the end of the day, people are malleable. I guarantee that you wouldn't have a problem introducing someone who watches Naruto to Hunter X Hunter because watching Naruto is how I got here in the first place and my tastes have only grown since I joined this website. Some people might just be casual fans, there's nothing wrong with enjoying the singles. Some people just don't have the time or attention span to delve into the whole album.
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Posted 7/7/14 , edited 7/7/14
No. I spent a good portion of my childhood and adolescence scavenging for what little anime/manga that I could find, so I find it difficult to adopt even a visage of elitistism.

The most aggravation that I feel is in response to the occasional person that truly pretends to be an expert of the entire anime/manga subject(s), despite so little experience and knowledge. I'd feel the same if the topic in question was essentially anything else, though.
Posted 7/7/14
They are still fans, but I would call them casual anime fans and not hardcore.

I call myself a hardcore anime fan. Because I've watched a lot to be able to name tons of clichéd and understand parodies. Not sure why I started talking about myself... Going offtopic again.
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rockadilla wrote:

Meh if they want to call themselves an anime fan that's cool, makes no difference to me. But I wouldn't personally consider them one. Just like if people say they like horror games but have only played slender *shrugs*


Look at it this way. Let's say you attend your first EVER baseball game and you completely fall in love with it. You became a fan of baseball from your first game and so you decide to come to more. The same can be done to anime. One person watches an anime and find it so good that they fall in love with it and watch many other anime. In my opinion, the number of anime you watch to become a fan is completely arbitrary. You could become a fan after 1 or maybe even after 1,000. "Perhaps" calling them fanatics after one show would be too much, but calling them a fan would not be too much. I think it's just wanting to feel superior because they've watched a lot of shows. Similarly to how people I see some people who think they are better fans because they pay CR to watch anime instead of pirating it. (Probably going to hit a nerve here. I'm not saying whether it's good or bad that people think this. However it doesn't change the fact that people think they are elitist fans because they pay for anime)
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It doesn't annoy me when they call themselves anime fanatics because they only watch those shows. What annoys me is people judging anime in itself based on naruto.
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25 / M / Fenix, AZ
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Posted 7/7/14

phong128992 wrote:


rockadilla wrote:

Meh if they want to call themselves an anime fan that's cool, makes no difference to me. But I wouldn't personally consider them one. Just like if people say they like horror games but have only played slender *shrugs*


Look at it this way. Let's say you attend your first EVER baseball game and you completely fall in love with it. You became a fan of baseball from your first game and so you decide to come to more. The same can be done to anime. One person watches an anime and find it so good that they fall in love with it and watch many other anime. In my opinion, the number of anime you watch to become a fan is completely arbitrary. You could become a fan after 1 or maybe even after 1,000. "Perhaps" calling them fanatics after one show would be too much, but calling them a fan would not be too much. I think it's just wanting to feel superior because they've watched a lot of shows. Similarly to how people I see some people who think they are better fans because they pay CR to watch anime instead of pirating it. (Probably going to hit a nerve here. I'm not saying whether it's good or bad that people think this. However it doesn't change the fact that people think they are elitist fans because they pay for anime)


I get what you're saying and its a good point but it's a little bit more complicated than that. using the baseball example it would be like if they went to a minor league game, and fell in love with a specific minor league baseball team (we'll call them The Bats) etc etc, but never watched or showed any interest in any major league or college games, or even any other minor league teams besides The Bats, but then they say they're a baseball fan. I wouldn't really consider them a baseball fan, more like a Bats fan.

Or take for example some who claims that they love beer, but dislikes and refuses to try anything besides blue moon, not really a beer fan, just a blue moon fan.

Same principle applies to anime, I think what the OP is getting at is the people that don't show any interest in anime besides 1 or 2 shows, if they've only seen Pokemon and refuse to watch or show interest in any other anime, yet they say they're an ANIME fan, that's not what my interpretation of an ANIME fan is, Pokemon fan yes, Anime fan no. But again, if they want to call themselves that its not a big deal to me either way.
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I consider them anime fans if they have seen a myriad of different animes excluding mainstream ones. Reason I oppose mainstream is that if all you watch is mainstream that is easily accessible, and not the hidden gems, then you haven't delved or looked hard enough to be considered an anime "fan". The ones that watch Naruto and One Piece can say they are "Naruto" fans or "One Piece" fans, but not anime fans.
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Posted 7/7/14 , edited 7/7/14
Well if you only like one series from a certain genre, that doesn't really make you a fan of that genre. If you like watch a great horror series/movie and you really like it, that doesn't really make you a fan of the horror genre.

On the other hand this post is trying too hard.
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21 / M / The Netherlands
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Posted 7/7/14
I 'strongly dislike' those people and i hope they die in a fire.
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Posted 7/7/14 , edited 7/7/14
Yes, it does annoy me. To a certain extent.

If you like Naruto and, say,... Toradora (and you can be pretty good at knowing the characters of both, the plot, and a few other details that my not be so obvious), I wouldn't really have a problem with you.

BUT, if you like Naruto and/or... Bleach (AND those are the only two that you watch),... I'm sorry: you're not an anime fan; you're only kidding yourself and blindly following a trend.

The point is that you should watch anime from all walks of life in order to be considered an "anime fan". If you like Naruto (and nothing else), you're a Naruto fan. Nothing more, nothing less. But adding others into your "watched" portfolio would put you in a better position.

You can call yourself what you want, but it doesn't mean it's true.

But, of course, that's my opinion on the matter.
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I'm not fussed with people who only watch one type of Anime and call themselfs a fan since i was like that once and i know what its like. But now i am watching more and more of it. The only thing i dislike about this type of thing is when people that have only watched one type of anime per se and call Anime kids crap or along those lines.... But i have a feeling i may be off topic.
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25 / M / Inside Lorreen's...
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Posted 7/7/14
It's the ones who have only seen those mainstream type shows and only one or two of them at that, then act all high and mighty to you as if they now know everything about anime because they have seen them and caught all the way up to them. Those are the ones that piss me off. There were a few guys like that at my old school.
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22 / M / Michigan
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Posted 7/7/14
A lot of people my age (20) started out with DBZ and such. Personally I like to think I've expanded myself a bit. But yeah I wouldn't consider yourself an anime watcher if all you've seen is the shows you watched when you were a kid. That just means your human.
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