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Were you always for Anime and Otaku Culture?
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Posted 11/14/14
I mean before I really got into anime, about 1 year ago I looked down upon people who watched it which I highly regret. The first anime I watched was SAO, like many it's a great first anime to get you hooked into, then I accepted everything. Hell that seems like a very funny story to many but, why do you think whenever someone hears the word ANIME they immediately go to these false conclusions and start slurs about what it is? What do you think gives people these ideas? When you first heard of anime was it a hobby you were willing to get into? Or were you born into it like as a kid who would watch Sailor Moon, Code Geass, Yugio 5D's or even wake up at 7:30 to watch pokemon in the morning. Or, were you introduced to it and you said to yourself. "Ah why not ." On the other hand of people who look down upon anime "WHAT THE **** WHO THE H**L DO YOU THINK I F***KING AM? DO YOU THINK I AM GOING TO WATCH THAT CHILD P**N? F**K YOU AND EVERYTHING THAT HAS TO DO WITH JAPAN. ( ha that rymed. )


But why do people think that? Leave your thoughts and comments below!

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Posted 11/14/14
I started watching Anime as a kid, then eventually grew into a hobby and such. I'm a hardcore manga collector and such. Although, there are some who freak out about anime and talk about it 24/7 non-stop. I encountered a couple of those people in high school and was like okay? My love for Anime/manga is pretty much open to people who know me. There are people who do give me a hard time about liking Anime saying that it's weird, stupid, and a waste of time. I believe those people think I (we) need to grow up and face life like adults rather than hide and watch "cartoons" all day. I'm a firm believer that do whatever makes you happy, don't be a people pleaser. So, buy all the anime, manga, figurines you want. : )
Posted 11/15/14 , edited 11/15/14
because it's not a normal or cool thing to do. when something is not normal or cool, people get uncomfortable about it, thus they start shaming that thing.

majority of adults don't understand anime. they don't think it's normal for adults to like this form of media.

random rambling under spoiler

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Been into this since childhood, so ... yes, always. Japanese media and I go all the way back to the '80s.
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Posted 11/15/14
I started watching it before the majority of people even knew what it was. Even throughout middle school and highschool, no one even knew anime existed so it wasn't really a thing to be hated. Hell, everyone thought that the fact that I knew Japanese was pretty cool.

People will have their prejudices, I am too lazy to try to argue with them and change their views of the world. It's easier for me to just avoid their aggression. I really don't feel the need to be proud of watching anime like a lot of anime fans do. To me it is just another medium for telling stories and conveying ideas. In fact even I get annoyed at just how obnoxious some hardcore anime fans can be, although this applies to fans of just about anything.
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I've always had "outsider" interests (though Anime is somewhat more recent for me) so I suppose it's easier for me to be more tolerant of others. I guess I'm lucky in that sense, I kind of feel sorry for people who feel the need to hate anything that is different.


GayAsianBoy wrote:

because it's not a normal or cool thing to do. when something is not normal or cool, people get uncomfortable about it, thus they start shaming that thing.

majority of adults don't understand anime. they don't think it's normal for adults to like this form of media.

random rambling under spoiler


On the subject of family, I do agree that some people obsess over an idealised view of a "perfect" family and end up suffering as a result. Still, I think that a "family" is usually a good thing to have but in the sense of "person or people who support you and you support in turn" rather than "blood relatives". I think that's one of the reasons that I like anime, the concept of "Nakama" is probably quite close to what I mean and appears quite often.
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Sort of. I watched Pokemon all the time growing up and have nostalgic memories of Yugioh. Watched Naruto and several anime in middle school before watching more of it.
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I watched DBZ. Pokemon, and Sailor Moon religiously as a child, but my exposure to "otaku" culture was mostly through video games.

When I was like 15, I started writing a novel. A friend mentioned that my concept was similar to a show called Bleach, and that I should check it out because it was awesome. So I did. And it was. I binge watched it up to the Bount arc in about a week, started getting into other series, and from then on I've been hooked. But I wasn't always into it.

When I thought of anime, I thought of the dubbed stuff for kids: Yu-Gi-Oh, Pokemon, Ultimate Muscle, Card Captor Sakura, etc. I thought anime was for children and that I had outgrown it, but I was ignorant of the many genres and series that weren't dubbed. Now I think of anime as "cartoons for adults."

Anime gives me the same excitement I got when I rushed home to watch DBZ after school, except now the stories are aimed at my demographic. There are mature themes comparable to great novels, engaging action scenes and emotion--and of course, cute girls. It's a medium that allows for crazy concepts and huge scenes that would cost a fortune to produce in live action, yet it's more engaging than reading text in novels or flipping through images in comics/manga.

So no, I wasn't always for otaku culture. I considered it childish, but I didn't know any better at the time.
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no i looked down on it just look at me now ..
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Posted 11/15/14
I grew up with it, then grew out of it because of high school activities, then I grew back into it during my senior year. It took me about 1 1/2 to 2 years to catch up on what I missed during those 3 1/2 years of high school. I'm still catching up on some stuff, but now I am mostly caught up to what I was into. I am also into new anime and manga.
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pffffffft... wow ^. i could stare at this all day....
Posted 11/15/14 , edited 11/15/14
No, I definitely wasn't a fan since childhood. I guess I just found it and said "Eh, why not?"

I've always really liked watching cartoons (or I guess i'll say "animated shows" to avoid that thorny topic). I suppose I started watching anime specifically because it was just so.... I don't know....

I came in with Fruits Basket because it was the first animated show to make me cry. I guess I realized that anime was doing a far better job making compelling characters and interesting premises than Western animation.

Or you might look at anime as the natural progression for me. Why? Well, again, I've always loved watching cartoons, but Western cartoons tend to be aimed at children. I don't think it's a coincidence that I started watching anime aimed more at teens in my teenage years and anime aimed more at adults fairly recently,

Bearing in mind, of course, that if I can trust the manga demographics, then shows like K-On, Yuyushiki, and Gochiusa are indeed aimed at adults. (Which truly does make perfect sense to me personally).

EDIT - though I suppose I should again mention that the age thing isn't as important as the whole "more compelling characters and interesting premises" thing, since target age groups for shows have never really spurred or deterred me from anything.
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Posted 11/15/14
I kinda unintentionally got into it. I watched shit-ton of anime, read manga and played japanese games as a kid. I kinda grew off of those at middle school but now I've found my long lost love again.
Posted 11/15/14
I kinda got into it when i finished school.

Truth is, I would have watched it sooner, but school is a judgmental time in your life. Frankly, by having a hobby for programming i was already sticking out, and bullied for it.

Looking at my mates, I'd say that a lot of people pretty much felt the same way, and they didn't persue what they wanted to do, out of fear of being bullied for it. In college now, most of my mates actually watch anime (probably because i'm in a rather geeky social group). None of us admitted to watching it before, cause people would assume anime = kids cartoons or anime = cartoon porn.


Kids cartoons? That's like saying everyone who owns a smartphone is a text addict
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Posted 11/16/14
I really got into anime this year, doesn't mean I was never an anime fan.
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