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Being open about Anime watching
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I think it gets better with age.

Early on everyone seems to take every little difference as an excuse to make fun of people. I remember a few years back, before gaming was considered normal and was still a pretty geeky thing to do, people would constantly poke fun of my gamer friends, saying they were nerds or geeks. Few years into high school, halo 2 was everywhere and fifa and what-not, turns out it's socially accepted and now no one makes fun of it.

People are dumb, you should be able to tell your closest friends and it shouldn't be an issue. Whether you share the same likes is a whole other story, but they're not your friends if they poke fun at what you like tbh :S
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ayylmao8 wrote:

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.



Wow thanks for such a detailed response, I think I will look into finding the Anime club at my college and joining it! That is awesome how you started it up on your own though, and also how you got your mom to start watching it lolll

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Though it's mostly looked down upon where I live, I try to be open about it. I used to be "in the closet" about it. Now, I just don't care. I'll most likely be wearing anime related articles of clothing, anyway.
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I don't go out of my way to show i like anime but if i'm talking to someone and it gets brought up i have no problem talking about it. Another thing in college their are many people that watch anime i guarantee it so don't worry about other people if you want to be open about it.
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your never to old to like anime my family loves the animez~ (the children of my overall family)
always show your anime pride theres nothing to be ashamed about! i show my pride by wearing anime shirts!
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Meh. i force others to watch anime. Then they thank me for it.
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Posted 8/27/14

ayylmao8 wrote:


Nightblade370 wrote:


ayylmao8 wrote:

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.



Wow thanks for such a detailed response, I think I will look into finding the Anime club at my college and joining it! That is awesome how you started it up on your own though, and also how you got your mom to start watching it lolll



Of course! I can tell you from experience, talking to people who especially like the kind of anime you like specifically make for some of the best conversations I've ever had, but you'll see in time Best of luck in your pursuit!
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If you find a good person to watch anime with, even if you may dislike that anime they introduced, chances are you become more open.
Hey I still like cartoons but I don't watch it enough.
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high school is cruel and judgemental. everyone wants to fit in and the people who don't get bashed on. The reason why non-anime fans call anime childish is because when they think of anime they can only come up with pokemon, sailor moon and hentai. They don't know about the awesome shows like tokyo ghoul and psycho-pass. This is going to sound cheesy but...you only got one life and you should do what makes you happy

P.S, my dad was the one who got me into anime with black lagoon.
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I ask my friends if they watch anime, if they don't I'll recommend them to watch it and if they do I'll discuss it. A lot of people don't really understand anime, they think it's childish like pokemon or super long like one piece and they really don't know what they're missing.
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I am really open about the anime i watch, if people ask me what anime i have watched, i pull out my diary and pass it to them to read all of the anime i watched.
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I'm not sociable like you and I think I'm already weird to begin with.

Actually, I don't really tell them, they just see my fb or social media page and they know I like anime. I was kinda branded as anime lover among my friends, but it doesn't stop me and them to be still be friends. ^_^;; Well, because of that, everyone thought I watch anime constantly even after I was stressed out and busy in my college class, which in truth, I was in a 4year hiatus from anime.

I think for years I did try to hide it, not from my friends, but from my parents, who always tells me to grow up and forces me to watch their shows... but now, I just don't care, I watch anime and play games whenever I feel like it. It's just who I am now. and If I did post anime stuff in my social media, and they couldn't connect, I don't really have the care to explain that to them.

You just have to realize that people have their own hobby or interest. Some people like you & me, likes anime, some games, some sports, some guns, some outdoors. So if they tell you you're weird for having anime as a hobby, just tell them you have your interest and I have my own.. or just get them back with something weird about them. Well, if you can find some weird stuff that they do.
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