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Anime Try-hards?
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kokorowohiraite wrote:


ThundahKnuckles wrote:

I do tend to get annoyed when this occurs. I can understand what Princeblaster is saying. But saying you are an anime fanatic and only watch one, is like someone saying they love Heavy Metal and they only listen to one band. You can't really love what you don't truly know. They can say what they like, but it just seems like a blatantly ignorant thing to do.


This is my exact opinion in a nutshell. The comparison to music is spot on as well. I know so many younger girls who go on about how they're so brutal and love heavy music, yet in the end it turns out all they listen to is SWS and they rave 24/7 about their love for Kellin, and you kind of just sit back and go "huh, right".


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There's a difference between being an Anime Fan and a fan of a specific show. If you only watch one particular Anime, then you can't really call yourself an Anime fan because you haven't seen the styles that vary between the different Anime. Just compare Bleach and Hyakka Ryouran - Samurai Girls. You'll see the difference between the two instantly. Now, some may find this crazy, but I don't count Digimon/Yu-gi-oh/pokemon as Anime. I classify those as Cartoons. Whilst the way they are animated definitely makes them fall under the Anime category, they're really mainly for kids. But for the most part, it just stems from having grown up with these shows and knowing them as Cartoons instead of Anime. If someone says they're an Anime fan, I expect them to be able to name 5 different anime they've watched off the top of their head. Anyone can name 5 different anime off the top of their head even if they've never watched anime. They just have to name the mainstream ones that everyone knows. That doesn't make you an Anime fan. If you've watched at least 5 different Anime, Dubbed or Subbed, you're definitely a fan.

Anime fans basically hunt for good Anime. If you only watch Naruto, you're not really an Anime fan, just a Naruto fan. It takes more than one to make up a genre.
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Depends if the fact it's an anime affects how much they like it. If they're adamant on watching, say, 2 shows alone and nothing else, chances are that they're just fans of the two shows more than anime itself. If they think all other anime is rubbish and that 2 or 3 shonen are the only things worth watching then those 3 shows would be classified as exceptions. E.g. I am a fan of about 7 or 8 pop songs, that doesn't mean I classify myself as a fan of pop songs in general.
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Anime is an entertainment medium, it is not a handful of shows marketed for mass appeal. If someone watches Naruto and the like, then they are fans of those shows, which are representative of a small few genres within the anime medium. To become an anime fan, in a broader sense, it is to be a fan of the unique and distinctive way in which anime presents its stories.

An easier breakdown would be with gaming:
Someone who plays only WoW is a fan of only WoW, not a gamer in the broader sense of the term. However, if they play any and all MMOs, then they are MMO fans.

Someone who plays literally all kinds of games regardless of genre, platform and control method would fit the criteria of a gamer in the broader sense of the term.

Liking a small and specific thread of things within a medium of entertainment doesn't make that person a fan of the entire medium and all that it has to offer. There's nothing wrong with liking specific things, and no one should ever feel forced to widen their palette of interests to satisfy someone else's criteria regarding what constitutes a fan.

Now I know that reads as blisteringly ironic and contradictory, however, I'm only citing the differences as to line up people with individual interests. Someone who likes shounen fighting anime would have perhaps no interest in a psychological drama where not a single punch is thrown, therefore they could better categorize themselves as fans of shounen anime.

Talking to people out in the real world of course, you say anime rather than a specific genre, as odds are they may not even know what anime is, or instantly assume it's hentai(because they're stupid) or just the mainstream series, as they're the only ones that get any market recognition outside the anime fandom.

Within the fandom, you'll find people who 'fell in love' with a certain series or type of series, and proclaim the series to be the best thing ever and themselves to be anime fans. This is only really a problem if they push this attitude into the faces of others, especially those who've been around for a long time and watch anything and everything.

Generally the more you know, the more faults, tropes and inherent memes within a medium become apparent to you; and with this wealth of knowledge, you can perceive a massively popular series as garbage. Not necessarily because your standards have risen, but because your awareness of the faults within a thing have instead. There is of course no perfect series, so for the most part it's best to just like the 'crap' that you like, and ignore those that'll never gain your perspective.

TL;DR - People like different things, even in the same wider thing, and some are really annoyingly pushy with how they like what they like.
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You sir are a weaboo.
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I don't really mind if some people I meet say they are anime fans even though they've only seen a few. I've made a few friends this way actually. When they would say they had interest in anime I would ask them about series and if they've seen them. If not I show it to them and most of the time they liked it. At least it gave me some friends to watch shows I love with.
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i think it can be annoying when someone says they like anime but they've only ever watched sailor moon. don't get me wrong,sailor moon is my goddess, but theres more to liking anime than that one show. i look at like this: you wouldn't say you were a fan of band just because you like one song by them. does that make sense?
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I've seen too many shows to count and I don't call myself an anime fan... I simply like anime.

Though Naruto/DBZ fandom gets annoying sometimes.
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Haters gonna hate. Haha, In all seriousness, who cares? If you like a certain anime, then good for you. Don't let petty things like that get to you.
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this is possibly the dumbest thing to act elitist over that i've ever seen in my life
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RenegadeVictim wrote:

There's a difference between being an Anime Fan and a fan of a specific show. If you only watch one particular Anime, then you can't really call yourself an Anime fan because you haven't seen the styles that vary between the different Anime. Just compare Bleach and Hyakka Ryouran - Samurai Girls. You'll see the difference between the two instantly. Now, some may find this crazy, but I don't count Digimon/Yu-gi-oh/pokemon as Anime. I classify those as Cartoons. Whilst the way they are animated definitely makes them fall under the Anime category, they're really mainly for kids. But for the most part, it just stems from having grown up with these shows and knowing them as Cartoons instead of Anime. If someone says they're an Anime fan, I expect them to be able to name 5 different anime they've watched off the top of their head. Anyone can name 5 different anime off the top of their head even if they've never watched anime. They just have to name the mainstream ones that everyone knows. That doesn't make you an Anime fan. If you've watched at least 5 different Anime, Dubbed or Subbed, you're definitely a fan.

Anime fans basically hunt for good Anime. If you only watch Naruto, you're not really an Anime fan, just a Naruto fan. It takes more than one to make up a genre.


"There's a difference between being an Anime Fan and a fan of a specific show." Agreed. Exactly what I said in an earlier post. Just because you are a fan of DBZ or Naruto, doesn't mean you'll be a fan of Hamtaro or some magic school girl anime. Even though I end up dropping half the anime I start watching, I think I'm still a "fan" after completing nearly 200 series in the last 17 years and I keep coming back for more! Long live anime! Sorry I digress...

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It's kinda annoying when people claim to know everything about anime if they've only seen one of the big three. When they say, for example, Naruto is the best anime, I just say, go watch more anime.
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I really don't get bothered by people who only see DBZ or Naruto.
I don't like people though who think that you can only be a true "fan" if you've seen Legend of the Galactic Heroes or can appreciate the art of Aku no Hana. Those are the real jerks.
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Others have already beaten me to the punch, but hey, let's repeat it.

Are Naruto, DBZ, Pokemon and all those other mainstream japanese cartoons anime? Yes. Are people who enjoy them fans of those shows? Yes. So, what would you call a person who is a fan of these few anime? An anime fan.

Wow... even I think I sounded a little douchey.

I get it. I understand where one would come from to reject the idea of these people calling themselves anime fans, but seriously... it's not that big a deal. They're anime fans, but just far less so than others.
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amathy wrote:

this is possibly the dumbest thing to act elitist over that i've ever seen in my life


Agreed.

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