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In the closet Anime fans
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Posted 9/25/14
I'm also a closet anime fan.

But only because people don't see me as an anime fan. Except a few close friends. Then I'll be all open. It's most because almost everyone I'm friends with just has some negativity towards anime like it's childlike. But it's whatever. They don't ask me about it anyways.
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Posted 9/26/14
I usually only talk to my friends about anime if it comes up in a conversation, but a lot of my friends know about and really dont mind at all. Some of them even watch it themselves.
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Posted 9/26/14

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It's become more stigmatized than being gay.


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26 / F / The great not so...
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Posted 9/26/14
Only my friends who were fellow anime fans know of my hobby. I don't dare tell my family cause they already make my life a living hell for other reasons. Only way they will find out is if they walk into my room.

I just don't think I can ever come out to my family, but maybe slowly my other friends?
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Posted 9/26/14 , edited 9/26/14
I'm in the closet because there are way too many people who misunderstand anime for the wrong reasons, either because they think they're kid shows, cute girls with big eyes, or porn, so when I bring it up I fear them getting the wrong idea. It has a lot of negativity attached to it, and I don't care for giving an explanation as to why it's not what they'd initially believe, especially if in the end they wouldn't listen or their end answer would be 'Oh well, it's not for me'. A couple of my close friends know I watch it, one of them actually watches it too, and my family knows I like it, but that's all. What's more, with the media trying to paint anime watchers as pedophiles and rapists here and there it's probably one of the worst times to open up about liking it. But even then I can never think of a whole lot of stuff I'd be interested in talking about when it comes to anime, and I've watched hundreds of shows, so I'm not really that bothered anyway.
Posted 9/26/14 , edited 9/26/14
I used to be in MS but as soon as HS rolled around I let lose. I thought to myself that if these people, who will probably be my friends in life, don't accept me for who I am then thats their loss.

Now I'll wear my anime shirts where ever I can, if its appropriate enough, like the mall or a gas station etc.

Me showing my love of anime acutally peaked and made people that never even thought of watching anime to start and 'come out of the close't for anime.
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Posted 9/26/14
I'm not necessarily in the closet about it - at least not anymore, I just don't talk about it 24/7 to anyone and everyone. I'll only bring it up if someone else does, or if a conversation is going on in which I'm interested in joining in and expressing my thoughts regarding the specific topic or anime the conversation is revolving around. If someone in my class back when I was in high school was talking about Naruto or Bleach or Fairytail, I wouldn't join in. Not even just to say "hey there, just a lil anouncement, I watch anime too, let's chat". Why? Because I have no interest in those animes (nor a majority of their fans, but that's a different story). Rather than being a closet anime watcher, I'm just a bit picky about my conversational partners in regards to that topic - same goes for gaming and books. Regardless, it's a lot easier to be open about these interests online/anonymously (for the most part) than in real life, most probably becaus social pressure and the possibility of judgement rooted from ignorant stereotypes are enough to put anyone off from being open about their interests and passions.

To be honest, aside from all the stereotypes associated with anime (and even videogames for me personally), I think one of the things I feel extremely on the fence about is hearing the phrase "You don't look like you're into that" in regards to my interests if people so happen to become aware of them. What does that mean? What is someone who watches anime and plays games meant to look like? Somehow I find it slightly condescending and unnerving but maybe that's just me.
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Posted 9/26/14

kokorowohiraite wrote:

I'm not necessarily in the closet about it - at least not anymore, I just don't talk about it 24/7 to anyone and everyone. I'll only bring it up if someone else does, or if a conversation is going on in which I'm interested in joining in and expressing my thoughts regarding the specific topic or anime the conversation is revolving around. If someone in my class back when I was in high school was talking about Naruto or Bleach or Fairytail, I wouldn't join in. Not even just to say "hey there, just a lil anouncement, I watch anime too, let's chat". Why? Because I have no interest in those animes (nor a majority of their fans, but that's a different story). Rather than being a closet anime watcher, I'm just a bit picky about my conversational partners in regards to that topic - same goes for gaming and books. Regardless, it's a lot easier to be open about these interests online/anonymously (for the most part) than in real life, most probably becaus social pressure and the possibility of judgement rooted from ignorant stereotypes are enough to put anyone off from being open about their interests and passions.

To be honest, aside from all the stereotypes associated with anime (and even videogames for me personally), I think one of the things I feel extremely on the fence about is hearing the phrase "You don't look like you're into that" in regards to my interests if people so happen to become aware of them. What does that mean? What is someone who watches anime and plays games meant to look like? Somehow I find it slightly condescending and unnerving but maybe that's just me.


I've gotten that before too- the whole "You don't look like you're into that" or "Really? You don't look like it" Like wtf does it mean? What are anime fans supposed to look like? I didn't know anime fans had a particular look. But that's happened to me with some of my other hobbies too. Even with video games or certain movies.

Most annoying thing when I was told this was the fact that I hadn't even told this person I liked anime. They were being a creep and watching me on my cell phone and they saw my wallpaper.
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Posted 9/26/14
i dont bring it up to new people i meet. i have a fairy tail necklace that has the symbol on it so i wait for someone to bring it up or if they are wearing something that has to do with anime ill say something but i usually keep it to myself

so far mostly people just ask what in the world the symbol is. i think i had 3 people ask me what it was and one person to start asking about anime BUT its the one person in the damn world i dont want to get to know... he cant take care of his animals.... they die from too much flea exposure..... i cant imagine how thats even freaking possible.. and it wasnt just one cat...it was 3....and not at the same time... its like one cat a year...

i am in the closet about other things though >///> i cant come out any time soon
Posted 9/26/14 , edited 9/26/14
I was quiet about it in college. I only used a few references to check if people fell for my trap card. Generally, once I found out someone else liked it then I let people see my true form ><.

The why about it - I know in general anime and its fans are looked down on. While I treat anime like other hobbies (most movies, tv shows, books, games, ect) in that I can acknowledge a good percent of titles are bad, I am crazy for a few. To be quiet about my interests means I don't get discriminated about the parts of anime I don't enjoy either. Once I find out someone else likes it - I can have a real conversation about the things I do like instead of the things I don't like about anime.

Posted 9/26/14

Lancehot wrote:


innerdemons wrote:

It's become more stigmatized than being gay.




I chuckled heartily at this.
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25 / F / New Jersey, USA
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Posted 9/26/14
I have a friend who likes anime and one who will not watch anime. I do not try to force my friend who doesn't want to watch anime to try it. Anime is my thing and I rather not get people who aren't into it involved. I'll still wear anime shirts, hoodies, and jackets regardless of how people feel. I try not to worry about others and just enjoy myself.

I had one foot in the closet and another foot out back then.
Posted 9/26/14
I'm an in the closet anime fan as well. My friends usually bash on it, so I never bring it up. I honestly don't care. Anime seems to be my thing and I'm happy with it being that way.
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22 / M / California
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Posted 9/27/14
Just by looking at me you can't tell I enjoy anime. I have no type of anime clothing or accessories. If I'm in a conversation where I could bring it up, I would. It is something I enjoy and is nothing for me to hide. If someone was gonna hate on me for liking anime, I would just stay away from them. You don't want that type of influence around.
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Posted 9/28/14 , edited 9/28/14
Who gives a fuck what people think but i generally don't talk about it unless it comes up in a discussion. I don't get why people tend to think that people who watch anime are "freaks" while on the other hand, they're proud to watch 'Pretty Little Liars' Lol. EMBRACE WHAT YA WATCH BABY!
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