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Ahahahaha who called it? This guy! :D
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Honestly, it'll always depend on your demographics. I'm not very certain if race plays a role in it, probably not but I could be wrong. It's not like there a LOT of people of color in anime, anyways. But that's a different class.
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I get the impression that my response is misinterpreted. I don't think that older people enjoying anime is a sign of perversion. But I know there's those who do. I've seen confrontations at expos. Those are people with bias views so ethnicity adds to their assumptions.
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Is it cute girls doing cute things anime or...?
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I am asian and everyone expect me to like anime, they are right!
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I'm not trying to be offensive here, but I didn't know any black people that liked anime until I went to high school. And it's funny because today I met a black guy who loves Death Note. It's weird but I haven't met a black girl who likes anime yet... I know a lot of black guys that do. But anime is for everyone! I don't care what you are, as long as you're not a mean person.
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I know so many black "geeks" its not funny. You can find a ton of them on Youtube too and they dont have any racial hate going on in their channels or the comments section. The media is just over blowing problems in certain areas. We are not nearly as racially divided as the media plays it out.
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Posted 2/21/15 , edited 2/22/15

onibrotonel wrote:


Steelmonk wrote:


onibrotonel wrote:


QuintaroOe wrote:

People that aren't familiar with anime think it's for kids only. The older you are the more likely they'll assume you're perverted. Add to that minority stereotypes and multiply it by the individual in questions' behavior and you get the uninformed assumption.


Psh. Please. That was deliberate.

The guy knows what he's doing and the mixed reactions he would get.


Yes my question was deliberate, however you misconstrue my reasons. I'm actually quite pleased when I meet other black engineers, scientists and anime lovers. You have taken my question and taken exception where I meant none. Sorry about angering you, I didn't mean to do that. My apologies.

Not angry. I just want to say something different in the thread. I just want to express myself because if I can see there something's wrong then there must be someone else that shares my view too. Maybe not here but there's always somewhere. It's uncommon but it's doesn't mean the original thought is non-existent. I just don't want to say a good lip service "good for you. Awww" when the thread says "I'm old, I'm black, I love anime."

I just don't like the social stigma.
There's this invisible pedestal that whatever blacks get interested with society sees it cool.
But if Asians do the same thing, society would make an assumption, "oh, they are genetically modified / scientifically enhanced / dorks."

What do you think society sees Asians playing football? And, yes. Foot ball is also a sport being participated and played in South Korea.


My kids are half Japanese and half black. Pedestal? Are you kidding you have no idea what kind of looks I got as a black scientist back in the day. "wow you must be one of the smart ones" was what I got in the 70s and 80s aad then got soundly beaten, by both blacks and whites. You probably don't have that perspective, and that's ok, no one should get the crap kicked out of them like I did for being different. Why do you think my martial arts skill are so deadly? My past colors my self image, but also made my resolve. If you are Asian and people say you can't play football, then do so. Do it with passion, do it righteously, and do NOT stop until "you" are satisfied. Ever meet a black sword fighter? You have now. You need to ignore your own "others on a pedestal thing" that will do nothing for you except build resentment and color your world as resentful. Instead use that inner fire to drive yourself forward and up ( I have to tell my son and daughter this all the time). You obviously have the passion, now direct it and use it correctly for your advantage!! This forum isn't the place to waste your passion or your youth, get out there and be another Haruki Nakamura!! You can do it!
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Posted 2/21/15 , edited 2/21/15
I always find it a bit difficult to relate most of the stereotyping. It could be because I grew up where you could choose any hobby you liked and no one would think it strange. You could choose any career that was available or travel and study internationally to reach this goal if need be. The population in the Caribbean where I was is about 38% African origin, 40% Indian origin, 22% European, Chinese and Carib/taino and all of these groups have mixes between them. Yes siblings may tease but they tease about everything so it's best to ignore them. Most of the stereotyping I hear about comes directly or indirectly from the US via media. I hadn't heard of them until I was an adult.
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Posted 2/21/15
i don't think your ethnicity and age matter when it comes to enjoying anime (or anything, for that matter)
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I think black people in general are less likely to hide the fact that they watch anime because they don't give two fucks what other people think about them. But I also think you'd be less likely to find out on your own because they don't walk around with cat ears, forehead protectors and anime based merchandise.
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I too, am African-American, male, turning 44 next month and I also LOVE Anime!!
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Posted 2/21/15

Steelmonk wrote:


Sogno- wrote:


Steelmonk wrote:

By the way, my wife is Japanese and we have been married for 25 years and I did work for Sekisui Chemicals...waaay back in prehistory...when dinosaurs roamed the Earth... and anime was black and white...painted on rocks...


whoa cool what was ur fav anime back then


Marine Boy, Kimba the white lion, Speed racer, I also liked Jonny Socko and his flying robot and Ultraman. I liked Marine boy the best by Seven arts television. Check out my stylin Avatar!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9HqSkY4vtVY



whaaa those aren't in black n white i bet they ain't painted on rocks either

i was fooled
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I get where you are comin from. I'm a anime geek, love my video games and board games alike. Im 41 and def am a minority lover of nerdy/geeky stuff. So, I see where you are comin from. Example... i lay a lot of League of Legends with a good online friend who's a 51yr old grandma... people loose their shit about us playing. Its amusing. 'd say it's just not as prevelent, but 40-50 yrs old is also the pioneers of americans who love anime so we are a much smaller core of fans. Especially since the pool of animation we grew up with is shallow and mostly became main stream 10 years after we originally enjoyed it.

It's good to see us older folks enjoying this shyte instead of just yelling get off my lawn...
Posted 2/21/15

Urboistar wrote:


teallerina wrote:

I had absolutely no idea that you had to be a certain race to like something - thanks for pointing it out to me! Learn something new everyday.


Op never said anything about having to be a certain race to like anything. He pointed out in his personal life he knows more black people that openly talk about their like of anime.


I wasn't replying to the OP - rather, another user who deleted his comment though it was just above my own.
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