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Are anime fans the most critical of anime fans?
Posted 10/17/14
Are anime fans the most critical of anime fans?

How many times have you seen other anime fans complaining about "weeaboos", "waifus" and "weirdness"? The three W's.
You can't have waifus. You can't have lolis. You can't ship gay pairings in a straight anime. You can't be too much of this or too much of that.


Why does it feel like anime fans are more critical and judgmental of other anime fans than non-anime fans?? Even though non-anime fans call it "childish" and "cartoons", I feel like the more hurtful comments actually come from people who watch anime... "You're a pedobear if you have loli pillows".

Discuss. Essays are more than welcome.

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Posted 10/17/14 , edited 10/17/14
It's all about familiarity with the subject. An anime fan's judgement feels more critical because they are more familiar with the subject, therefore they know the terms as you put, "The 3 Ws", and have their own preferences in anime and can make a more coherent(or incoherent) argument or judgement, whereas someone outside of the anime fanbase who just calls it cartoons and whatnot is unfamiliar so their judgement seems less critical.
Hopefully the above sentences made sense, I had to rewrite it a few times. Still doesn't sound quite right too me.

Oh and also, people like to start arguments.

Posted 10/17/14

Iberjib wrote:

It's all about familiarity with the subject. An anime fan's judgement feels more critical because they are more familiar with the subject, therefore they know the terms as you put, "The 3 Ws", and have their own preferences in anime and can make a more coherent(or incoherent) argument or judgement, whereas someone outside of the anime fanbase who just calls it cartoons and whatnot is unfamiliar so their judgement seems less critical.
Hopefully the above sentences made sense, I had to rewrite it a few times. Still doesn't sound quite right too me.

Oh and also, people like to start arguments.



makes sense, and I agree. thanks for your input.
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I don't know, sure this happens sometimes, but in general what I like about the community, especially at conventions and such, is that most people seem to be thinking 'live and let live'. Most people don't complain about other's hobbies. I am bisexual myself and a pervert, so I love yuri, ecchi, yaoi, harems, moe (I also love cute things!) etc. , and I never, ever, had any negative comments for that. Mind you, some people certainly told me they liked different anime from me, which is perfectly fine and good because variety is the spice of life (would be boring if everyone was the same), but I have never been personally attacked for liking what I like. Which is what I think you mean right?

So I voted no, and I am pretty happy with that . D:
Posted 10/17/14

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I don't know, sure this happens sometimes, but in general what I like about the community, especially at conventions and such, is that most people seem to be thinking 'live and let live'. Most people don't complain about other's hobbies. I am bisexual myself and a pervert, so I love yuri, ecchi, yaoi, harems, moe (I also love cute things!) etc. , and I never, ever, had any negative comments for that. Mind you, some people certainly told me they liked different anime from me, which is perfectly fine and good because variety is the spice of life (would be boring if everyone was the same), but I have never been personally attacked for liking what I like. Which is what I think you mean right?

So I voted no, and I am pretty happy with that . D:


yeah, that's what i mean. i noticed a lot of name-calling when it comes to particular genre of anime... but it's good that you've never personally experienced it yourself.
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eragon2890 wrote:

I don't know, sure this happens sometimes, but in general what I like about the community, especially at conventions and such, is that most people seem to be thinking 'live and let live'. Most people don't complain about other's hobbies. I am bisexual myself and a pervert, so I love yuri, ecchi, yaoi, harems, moe (I also love cute things!) etc. , and I never, ever, had any negative comments for that. Mind you, some people certainly told me they liked different anime from me, which is perfectly fine and good because variety is the spice of life (would be boring if everyone was the same), but I have never been personally attacked for liking what I like. Which is what I think you mean right?

So I voted no, and I am pretty happy with that . D:


yeah, that's what i mean. i noticed a lot of name-calling when it comes to particular genre of anime... but it's good that you've never personally experienced it yourself.


Nope, and I am really open about liking ecchi and such, and also about playing (if you get what I mean) with a lot of people (basically anyone who wants to) for no other reason than that it's fun and I enjoy it. Still never had a problem, the Netherlands is a pretty tolerant country so maybe that's the reason.
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Posted 10/17/14
When your really like something, there comes a point where it's gotten out of control. Sometimes it's harmless and sometime's it's not, it all just depends
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Honestly I can be critical sometimes, but it really depends on how serious the show is. If the show is always hardcore with no humor at all then I will tend to be more critical about the show. Hence why I tend to watch shows with more humor in them I like to be relaxed when I watch.
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i did not know this, I guess that makes me close to a weeaboo not fully but close
people can call anime chidish oh well I hate when people call it cartoons because to me its different lol
and I think there should be anime for all types mixing both straight and gay anime charictors is only fair
and reaches out to more people. am slow this is there first I herd of these terms lol I need to get out more.
i call it anime speck and I am still learning.
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I guess they can both be pretty critical, but I feel like non-anime fans who don't like it look at it briefly, dismiss it as weird, and don't give it much further thought. Unless fans are in their face for whatever reason, they have no motivation to seek them out just to criticize (I realize some people do this... but they're easy to ignore)

Whereas anime fans are more immersed in and more familiar with the subject like Iberjib said, so they form more opinions and make their own judgments, and voice these opinions more often because they're actively involved with the community.
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Posted 10/17/14 , edited 10/17/14
Don't all fandoms do that?
Posted 10/17/14
Abso-f*ckin-lutely
Posted 10/17/14
They are. I shall say, if you bring hypothetical extreme views to a public setting (forum in this case) - you should be able to defend your likes. Whether that is shamelessly stating an anime is the best (ugh) or posting pictures that some would disagree with. Generally speaking, people that go out of their way to put others down are in the wrong. If they are polite about bringing up what they do not find agreeable then I see no reason to instantly claim they are a troll and/or dodge claims.

Everyone has their own interests. I'll comment on an opening post comment on non-anime fans. If you showed non-anime fans pictures/scenes of most any anime that exploits young girls - you'd get similar reactions to those anime fans that make "hurtful comments" towards those that like questionable material. The opening post wasn't "why" - but it can range from quieting loud fans of disagreeable material [so the public doesn't relate them to it just for liking anime] to just being mean for the sake of being mean [which is even worse].

Best of luck. In the end, you shouldn't let random comments from strangers on the internet bother you. If you're anime-fan friends call you names for things you specifically like about anime - you should probably get new friends.
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Posted 10/17/14
I find, fans of anything are critical of other fans.

Like once I was watching a show long before a couple of other friends and they "claimed" I ruined the fandom for them because I knew so much about the show. I was like "What?" 0.o; they asked a question I knew the answer so I answered it.
Posted 10/18/14

qualeshia3 wrote:

Don't all fandoms do that?


True.

But i'm focusing on anime fans because we are the ones who feel like we're being ostracised by non-anime fans... yet within the anime community itself, there is a lot of prejudice going on...
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