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Being open about Anime watching
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Posted 8/26/14
Hi, so I'm kinda new to this, but I'll give it a shot. I'm in my first week of college right now and I'm enjoying it a lot. I make friends pretty easily and I'm usually sociable/outgoing although I can be a bit awkward at times. What I want other people's opinions on is do you think there is a certain age where watching anime can be viewed as immature/childish, and also are you guys completely honest/open to your friends about watching anime? To be honest I have not told any of my close friends that I watch anime in fear that they will look down on me or think that I'm weird. I know they won't stop being my friends of course, but I am just very self-conscious and it scares me to think how they would change around me. I know this seems like a small, insignificant problem to people who don't give a fuck about what other people think and are able to just embrace their hobby. I don't want to be embarrassed by it, but I am. Sorry for the long post but I hope I can get some other perspectives.

Thanks for your time.
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Posted 8/26/14 , edited 8/26/14
Well ya see I'm 17 and I'm picky about who I share it with. My close friends know, I wouldn't be close friends with anyone who would make fun of me for it. It's definitely not something I tell everyone though. Especially being in a high school that is extremely judgmental I try to keep it to myself.

If It's ever asked about or brought up though I won't lie or anything. After all anime is apart of who I am and my interests. ^-^
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Posted 8/26/14 , edited 8/26/14
You will be surprised how many people in college love anime. I wouldn't worry too much about it. Join the anime club I'm sure they have one. The one I'm going to now has 3 different anime clubs.
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Posted 8/26/14
Thanks for the replies, I really appreciate it. I think will look into joining an anime club!
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Posted 8/26/14 , edited 8/26/14
Hello there. I actually got into anime again during college. I didn't really tell anyone about it. Just mentioned it here an there and just got "oh gosh, you're such a geek" type of response. I didn't really care but if they weren't into it I felt no need to further discuss it.

I agree with the response above me. Joining an anime club would be awesome. I was sad to find out my school had one about there was 3 weeks left before I graduated lol.

I doubt anyone would think you're weird for watching anime btw.
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Eh, to each his own, I suppose. I don't tell anyone really, the few I told already think I'm weird.
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Does it really matter how other people perceive you if you enjoy doing something? I'm currently in high school and I'm open about my love of anime and video games, because honestly I don't really want friends how are going to look down on me or make fun of me because of my interests. Just be honest about it and take into consideration that yes, there are going to be people that will openly say to you that anime is for kids or just plain stupid, but who cares? If you have a passion about something you shouldn't keep it hidden.
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Wow I feel like such a little bitch. I mean all of you are girls and are completely open about what you love while I'm over here trying to hide something I'm passionate about. But honestly thanks for the responses they meant a lot and now I'm considering whether or not I should just be open up to my friends. It sucks not having anyone to talk to about Anime either lol
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First week of college to. I had trouble during high school not wanting people to know that I liked anime. I eventually opened up more once I got friends with common interests. Eventually, I watched anime and read manga openly in class. I even read To Love Ru Darkness during class once :D. If you mention that you like anime and they don't, then don't talk about it much. It gets annoying if people talk about anime to much. I only say I like anime if someone happens to bring up the topic. If they say anime is for kids and they are being stubborn about it ll the time, show them 30 seconds of the most gruesome anime scene you have ever seen. Then show it to their younger siblings and scar them for life
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OMG lol that is some pretty risque stuff for in class hahah how did you get away with that
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Posted 8/26/14 , edited 8/26/14
Pretty much everybody knows I'm crazy for anime, and nobody cares.

My iPhone case/background/lock screen is anime, I blast anime soundtracks in my car and in my headphones, and I talk about it a lot.

If you're worried about people being so shallow that they care about one specific hobby or interest then you're hanging out with the wrong people.
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Posted 8/26/14 , edited 8/26/14
Hey also if anyone wants to talk Anime with me I'm definitely willing! Just add me
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Posted 8/26/14 , edited 8/26/14

TheGreatHoneyBun wrote:

First week of college to. I had trouble during high school not wanting people to know that I liked anime. I eventually opened up more once I got friends with common interests. Eventually, I watched anime and read manga openly in class. I even read To Love Ru Darkness during class once :D. If you mention that you like anime and they don't, then don't talk about it much. It gets annoying if people talk about anime to much. I only say I like anime if someone happens to bring up the topic. If they say anime is for kids and they are being stubborn about it ll the time, show them 30 seconds of the most gruesome anime scene you have ever seen. Then show it to their younger siblings and scar them for life


Nice! I watch Naruto in my office lol.

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Posted 8/26/14

ayylmao8 wrote:

OMG lol that is some pretty risque stuff for in class hahah how did you get away with that


Sit next to friend that likes anime/friends that know you like anime. Wait for teacher to pass by. Read.
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Posted 8/26/14
Lolll gonna have to try that some time
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