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Posted 6/6/15 , edited 6/7/15
Looking at the Crunchy stats http://www.crunchyroll.com/advertising 80% of us that use this site are men and just 20% are women. So that is the first "holy fuck" moment you get when thinking about who the fanbase consists of. When you look at the Crunchy polls http://www.crunchyroll.com/forumtopic-830255/what-ethnicity-are-you?pg=8#50176381 you figure anime fandom is closer to NASCAR than NBA.

Now I understand this is a small sample size and this site doesn't represent all the fans around the world so what are some of your own personal views and experiences with diversity in anime fandom?

My experience starting out was very unpleasant. Being black it pretty much sucked going to cons in the early 2000's. Highschool sucked because you couldn't be both a football player and in the anime club without getting some shit. First thing my coach said when I told him I was in the anime club was "What the fuck is that, Speed Racer?". Try to strike up a conversation with an anime fan and they assume you only like DBZ and know jack shit about anything else.

Some time had passed and I built my circle of anime friends complete with MMO-playing Filipino NEETS, gun-toting rednecks, kush blowing Latinos and my people. After shoving Hunter x Hunter down all their throats we've become real tight. In fact some of us went to a con last year (my first in like 8 years) and it was completely different from my first time in 2004. This time if I stood in the middle of the room the place would look like a giant eyeball. A lot of different faces.

With anime characters becoming more diverse I only expect the situation to improve.
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I think anime suffers from too much sexism. Just take a look at a show like HxH from 2011. Compare number of female characters to male characters. Like in the first exam. I think there was 1 girl, and like 499 guys. The entire show has 1 great female character. (Neferpitou)
Edit: Okay, i like his mom too, but she is just a typical staying home, doing laundry and raising kid character.

I am currently watching Ace of Diamond. So far, theres been 2 good female characters. One of them was only in it for 1 episode. The other one is the coach. Then you have these 3 female characters that spend their entire time alive with making sure the guys playing baseball have it as good as possible. And when the dont do that, the worry/think about them. This may be a show about a guys baseball team but comon!

Get rid of that shit and i am sure more females would find anime more accessible and fun.
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Posted 6/6/15
Don't forget them Japs are in NASCAR now. And have hosted races before.

REEEEE HAWWWW!

Really though, it has gotten more mainstream..... but yeah, shows like Ace of Diamonds and Eyeshield23 aren't going to have strong female leads because it's dealing with male sports for boys.

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Posted 6/6/15
Someone made Free! KyoAnis best selling title, and I doubt it was dudes.
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*Begins rant*



Ends rant

And to reply to your post regarding conventions. Then the anime community used to be extremely toxic pre-2006. And if you ever got to anime forum pre-2006 then it would be much more toxic then gaming forums are these days. So this might be why you feel older conventions to be unpleasant.
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Most the anime fans Ive met irl were women actually.
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Haven't been to a con since 2004... but I get an impression of great diversity here on the forums.
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AiYumega wrote:

Most the anime fans Ive met irl were women actually.


I'm in the same seat over here, there are more females at conventions. I know the head organizer for a local convention and according to him the female visitors far out reach the male visitors.

Well, like I said in my other post I think the number is utter bullshit and only intended to be as a advertisement thing.

Woman cosplayers also far out reach male cosplayers at conventions. Just look up cosplay tutorials on youtube, there's a 99% chance that a woman is making the tutorials
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Cant really say the anime fandom is diverse racially. I dont know if I am qualified to point a reason why though. OP brought up a good point with how POC are ostracized in the fandom.

Gender diversity is better than games though in that anime has more shows aimed at women. There is a stupid double standard though (KIll la Kill is fine but Free ruined anime) and I do think there is a problem sexism in anime and manga. Its at both times better and worse than games.
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Really? Only 20% though? I find that hard to believe.
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A true representation of anime fans can never be made by viewing the stats of just one site. There's hulu, crunchyroll, netflix, amazon prime, and numerous other legal sites out there. You can't assume people ALL watch the same site. As a matter of fact, we even have the Anime Network on both cable and Roku now not to mention standard PPV and dvd only purchasers who only buy sets once an anime is full and complete. At this time there really is no way to take an accurate count (especially knowing that all the dub only fans are on other sites too). In my life it's about 60%/40% male/female ratio but in the next person's it may be (will most likely be) completely different.
Posted 6/7/15
It makes sense why anime fans are mostly male.
Anime is often targeted at male audiences more often than female audiences.
So of course, not many females can get into anime, where their targeted audience is male more often than not. Its the same with video games.
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My roommate and I are anime fans. He's black and from Chicago, I'm Puerto Rican and from New York. So people don't really know how to take it lol one thing's for certain though, they don' t talk crap
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Posted 6/7/15 , edited 6/7/15
I know more female fans irl than male ones and online it's the other way around
Diversity is something that happens naturally and trying to achieve/force it comes by mistreating/discrimniating certain groups of people by telling them that there are too many of them and they should feel bad about it and other groups by treating them like special snowflakes who are just too stupid to understand how good it would be for them the be part of something. Why would we need that


@Robin929 Sexism.
You keep using that word. I don't think it means what you think it means.
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