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Being open about Anime watching
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23 / M / AZ
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Last semester there was this other guy in my class who liked anime. We would get so into it that the girls next to us would laugh.
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I only tell my closest friends, because others would say "ohhhh tentacles ;DDD" >_>
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19 / M / Future Gadget Lab...
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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.


I oftentimes am just open about whatever I do and if they have an interest in it, then I talk to them about it. If not, then I simply talk to them about something else and do other things with them. It really depends on what you prioritize. If you prioritize anime, you should find friend who also enjoy anime. A good place to find such people is by joining your college's anime club, or if they do not have one, make your own. I actually revived my school's anime club and made a lot of good acquaintances and friends because of it , and it's a pretty safe place to talk about anime, so there's nothing to worry about. Anime conventions is a good way of also realizing how many people out there love anime too and it allows you to feel apart of the community more, especially due to how casual they are.

If you prioritize your friends, however, then find out what interests you do have and talk about those. Heck, one of them might even like anime and you might learn a thing or two about them, meaning you have something to gain. If they are curious about anime, then introduce it to them and you can teach them all about the medium. If that is not the case, then you've brought it up only once and that can be that. If they are truly your friends, then they won't out rightly judge you or think less of you for it. There are always times when you can just go home and watch anime on your own, and if you want to talk about it with someone, then find the anime club like I mentioned and join or talk to people on CR if you want to be a little bit removed from the situation physically.

However, to me, you can never be too old for anime. Many anime and manga were aimed towards adults, after all, and it's simply a means of storytelling. It's not like cartoons, which are aimed towards children (and even then, some adults watch those too) and anime can be watched as long as your interest in it is alive. Many anime are highly intellectual and well thought out to where only older individuals can truly appreciate it and those anime need an audience too. Heck, there are many serialized manga magazines in Japan aimed towards adults not older teens, but adults, & I've seen people in their 40s who are still following older anime like Gundam because it was a apart of their childhood (since Gundam originally aired in 1979)

It is not you, if this makes sense, but rather a lack of understanding about anime from other people who have misconceptions. I spent a lot of my time as President of the Anime club correcting these misconceptions, stereotypes, and cliches, so I know this for a fact. It's OK to feel embarrassed, but understanding this point will allow you to conquer your embarrassment & allow you to overcome such a fear.

And if it accounts for anything, I've even convinced my 52 year old mother to watch a few series herself and she just recommended me a series today.
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Well I go to Japan about 4 to 5 times a year and it is pretty well known at my school. Half way through my first year a group of people came up to me asked me to get them some things the next time I went which I did. Turns out they had started an after school anime group that basically just watched anime and learned to play the theme songs(music college yo!). Needless to say I joined said club it's quite fun, most people know I watch anime though and don't mind.
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22 / F / None ya business.
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I'm in my second year in college. I have a rather large group of friends who I'm with on a regular basis. Not once did I hesitate to tell any of them that I like anime. They actually know this about me very well XD. Though some of them don't share my interest, and others only know very little about it, I can't say that letting people know has dampened my friendships in the slightest. I just don't watch anime with them. I tell them about something I'm watching if it seems like something they'd like. But I have other people to watch and discuss anime with.

If someone's not going to be your friend over one thing you don't have in common, seems like a pretty crappy friend to me. I have tons of other things to share and do with both my friends who like it and my friends who don't like it.
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18 / M / Great Britain
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Whenever someone belittles me for watching anime:

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I never understood why people get so shy about admitting what they like or sharing it with others. If you cant share your interests with friends without being made fun of then how can you consider them friends.

My advice is to be loud and proud about it... Dont worry if you lose some "buddys" over it.. You will make alot more that you can be truly open with.
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Dude, if you tell your friends and they look down on you then you clearly need to find yourself some new friends. Though who knows maybe if you tell them they might turn out to be fans or maybe even start watching because you do. I personally have two very close friends who watch anime too and it is great to be able to talk about new animes and discover new shows to watch.
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22 / M / United Kingdom
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well I for one keep it somewhat to myself for the simple reason that most people who don't know about anime wont understand anime so it is a two way street if they don't understand then do what I do I help them understand what anime is (its utmost basic nature) but if they don't understand too well don't get mad about it just dumb it down to the extreme for them and its about patience on both ends
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I don't think liking anime is ever "childish" at any age. To me, watching anime is like playing video games or reading comics, you can do those things at any age. Most of my friends know and they like it too. I'm usually not embarrassed by it around friends that aren't into anime, but I have been avoiding the topic with my coworkers (even though most of them are major sci-fi geeks). But, I'm sure your friends will accept your interest in anime and won't treat you any differently for it. It's nothing to be ashamed of, and I'm sure you'll be fine.
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I normally keep it private, mainly because I always get dirty looks if it even comes up in conversations, which is not very often.

With friends and people who I know watch anime, we get somewhat in depth about anime.

I'm hoping to find an anime club in college after I graduate high school so I can be more open about it.

But then again, it always helps to sit down in a public place and start reading a physical copy of the Attack on Titan manga.
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Not a lot of people know that I watch anime. My family members that live in my house (parents and siblings) know that I like anime, but very few people besides them know that. I have a couple of friends that know I like anime and don't care and even fewer who watch anime themselves.
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24 / M / Not telling
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1) I never think you can be too old for anime. A lot of anime is geared towards adults. And no, I am not talking about skimpy, half dressed girls, but anime with dark stories, like Deadman Wonderland. Since I mentioned it,

2) I don't tell people I like watching anime because of those stupid, half-dressed women and erotic, sickening moments that prevail just about every anime. I feel people would associate anime with just this or that anime is just for girls. Heck, I am not even using my real internet nickname here. I don't even watch it openly at my parent's house or with my roommates because of this. I never know when it might rear it's ugly head in front of others. This aside though, I really like anime, hence I am here.

One anime will probably forever be my all time favorite. It's Attack on Titan, because of its great story, visuals, cast, and every single girl is modestly dressed and none gave any sexual remarks. THAT'S MORE LIKE IT! It's the only anime I ever spoke up on.
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24 / M / Iowa >.>
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I'm pretty open about me liking anime, if some thinks that it's weird that I like anime then I will have no desire to speak to them anymore. I do remember one time, me and a few friends were out eating lunch and we were talking about anime. the waitress heard us then proceeded to talk to another waitress. I overheard her call my group a bunch of wierdo's while I went to the bathroom. I can safely say she did not get a tip.
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22 / M / Baltimore, Maryland
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I'm really open about it. I'll even talk about or reference an anime in conversations with strangers while I'm at work, and sometimes a few actually pick up what I'm referring to.
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