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Being open about Anime watching
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22 / F / Oklahoma, USA
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Posted 8/26/14 , edited 8/26/14
I'm 20 and love anime and cosplay. Cosplays I have done are on my facebook and its not something I've ever thought to be ashamed of. While my friends may pick on me at times its all jokingly. I don't think I have ever met anyone who has been rude to me because I like anime or cosplay. Usually the response I get is " Wow, that's really surprising but if that's what you like then thats awesome." I hate twilight but if I meet someone who just looooves it I may tease them but I'd never just flat out be like...no you are a weirdo....if people want to de-friend you simply because you like anime then they probably aren't worth being friends with anyways.
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if someone asks or it comes up in conversation, I'll tell them, but I don't go around shouting about my waifu or how terrible western animation is.

anyone that I've had more than an hour of conversation with probably knows.
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I'm a guy. I only watch anime. I'm 21 and a Senior in college. Be proud of your passion!
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Posted 8/27/14 , edited 8/27/14
Wow, I'm an old man compared to all you young ones. 32 years old, and yes, I love watching anime, and don't really care who knows it. I've never had anybody talk bad to my face about my 'weirdness' for enjoying anime at such an old age....but then again, the past six years I was in law enforcement, and most people tend to avoid talking negatively with somebody who legally carries a weapon to work. Now that I'm 'retired' from law enforcement, people still refrain from doing such. Probably because my assault rifle I carried on duty is also my personal one.

I say, if you enjoy something, don't let anybody else tell you not to enjoy it. The only way to get rid of the stigma associated with people watching anime is to make it more well known. Remember years ago when playing video games was frowned upon by the 'cool' kids? Now look, video games are almost the 'in' thing, and are getting recognition world wide. So, just go with it. Be proud, and everyone who thinks negatively on your passion can just be ignored.

Now...since this is my first post, I'm going to watch a celebratory anime episode, then watch a few more, then possibly go to sleep.
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37 / M / Canada
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I am a private person so i don't discuss personal matters unless asked, the shows i usually watch leave no room for anyone using the childish argument. I have had visitors come in the past who ended shocked by the gruesome content, there were even some religious friends who commented on such material been harmful. lol
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I read manga in the middle of class like nobody's business. I never cared about who knew from the start, and I wanted people to know so I could make new friends. But once you understand that nobody really cares, it's easy.
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29 / M / South Carolina
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Personally, I'm fairly open about watching anime. All my friends know I watch it and even a few family members - they don't care. Hell, a few of them watch it.
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When I was in Sixth Form/College (Last two years of highschool for America and other places that use a similarly tiered education system) I watched anime and read manga quite openly during my frees. And now that I'm in University and a member of a Society devoted to anime and manga, I see people of many ages who are open about it regularly and collectively we dob't really encounter that many people that consider it childish or immature except for those that have the view that all anime is like pokemon and similar shows or correlate it to the majority of Western Cartoons. Which isn't that much in university, as we generally get hit with the other end of the stigma.
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24 / F / Johnstown, PA, USA
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Eh... I'm pretty open. I grew up in a family where just about all sorts of cartoons/animations are welcome. For us, anime is simply foreign cartoons, with manga/manhua being foreign comics. My immediate family knows about my tastes (I don't interact much with many relatives), and my younger sis and brother-in-law also like anime/manga. Hell, I was introduced to manga by my Uncle John's step-daughter, though I had long known of anime, despite not knowing what they were called and being unaware of them even being Japanese until I was 12.


Back where I used to go to high school, Mississippi, roughly 25% of my classmates enjoyed anime/manga. We even used the school computers to read and watch anime/manga, specifically the library, until the librarians started to take measures against students who just went there to play on the computers. Yeah, I brought manga and anime magazines to school. No one paid any mind, except for some guys who were fascinated by the ecchi advertisements in my Newtype and OtakuUSA magazines. lol I could tell that they felt the mixture of embarrassment and interest that someone may experience when they first pick up a light porno. Since I commonly read horror, erotica, etc. at school and other public places, I may simply be less sensitive to public scrutiny, though.
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Posted 8/27/14 , edited 8/27/14
I'm very open about anime. Everyone I consider friends knows about my passion for anime. Those who don't know I just don't talk to at all.
I make no secret of it though since I read manga in class and use an attack on titan bag I got from hot topic. Also on non school uniform days I wear anime shirts. I don't care about what others think of me, worrying about it creates too much stress I can't deal with.

Don't worry about what people think of you, if they judge you in a negative way and don't approve of your passion for anime and make fun of you for it should they really be considered friends?
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I am very open about it, I made sure all my friends (almost all anyway) love it too because I made them trough cons and the local anime club and manga library! Otaku paradise circle of friends! :D

I don't care what anyone outside my friends circle thinks of it tough! For example I also love ecchi, and thus also want to play senran kagura burst on my 3ds today, especially because of the awesome packaging (2 good reasons to turn 3d on indeed!). Now there are 'some people', you know who I mean who love to complain about this game because of it's nudity being 'sexist' bla-bla-blah, do you really think I even read those bs editorials? NO! I love ecchi, I am gonna watch it and play it and be proud and open about it! It's my live, I can watch and play what I want! (You never see the complainers deny this BTW. That has a reason: they too, realize that not everynyan might agree with them and people have the right to play the game and love it! )

So yeah, watch what anime youw ant and play what games you want, and pay no heed to criticsm if you love something, it's your life, your hobby, just make friends who do like the same things as you, ignore the rest of the planet, and lead a happy life! :3 DESU!
Posted 8/27/14 , edited 8/27/14
I pretty much think everyone could not care any less about it than you think they do. The only time I suggest to be completely open is in romantic relationships, other than that no one cares. Believe me.
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33 / M / Baltimore, MD
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Posted 8/27/14 , edited 8/27/14
Original poster - I know what you mean, to a certain extent. I got into anime in college. I loved it and was never really embarrassed by it, but a) I was in college and was able to get into an anime club surrounded by others who like it; b) I went to a super geeky science & engineering school so even those not in the club, generally liked anime. As an adult with a wife and kids, I don't get to watch it very often. My wife doens't really like anime all that much. Or most sci fi. Or Star Wars. Or Buffy. She does like Firefly and Angel, though - so there's that.

Recently I got into Blue Exorcist and Fractale. I was watching them by myself at night before bed without my wife (she was pregnant with twins at the time and had trouble sleeping, so was up half the night). Then one day, I just asked if she cared if I watched it in front of her. She said, to go ahead. She still didn't like it, but she doesn't care. She told me the other day, "Look, you sat with me and watched shows you don't like because I want to watch them, I don't care if you want to watch anime every now and then." So, now I do. I wasn't embarrassed, per say, but I know me not watching it front of her was a bit of a, "I know you won't like it, so why bother." I was right, but my wife is awesome and didn't even care. I powered through the last 4 episodes of Blue Exorcist one night while sitting around with her. It was good times and let me share one of my fandoms with her, even if she doesn't love it - she gets that I do.

There will be people in your life who don't get that you like anime or why you like anime. That's fine, but as long as they respect what you like and you them, you can have some good friends. Don't be ashamed, just know that friends who don't like anime, probably don't want to talk about it at length
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27 / M / Florida, USA
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All my close friends know and even some not so close and if someone else asks, I'll say that I enjoy watching anime, but I don't neccessarily go out shouting it to everyone.
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Posted 8/27/14 , edited 8/27/14
I don't go bragging about it to everyone.
But if someone catches me watching it, quoting something, or I catch someone talking about it, I will then discuss Anime, because it's in context so why not?

But I won't go chanting to the world I watch it, that's just unnecessary. If people dislike that I watch anime, then fuck people.
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