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Posted 7/12/15 , edited 7/14/15
Alright im in one of my more cerebral moods so I though I would just throw out some thoughts that have had about the anime/gaming fandom as of late.

I see a problem with both the anime and gaming fandoms in that many people in them are so dead set on refusing to try new things and have a lack of understanding culturally. For example I see alot of people who exclusively listen to anime/gaming OSTs and keep this as there sole musical intake never venturing or exploring other types of music. Or anime/manga fans being unable to connect or talk with people about anything outside of there fandom so much so that they have little contact with other people socially. Like on the Chit-Chat forums you see alot of lonely people who try and use the internet to connect with people who hold similar interests cause they self admittedly have no friends or social life. I read a article recently that said banality of topics is one of the reasons people finds a person boring and frankly if you can only talk about one hobby your a pretty shallow person. So many anime/gaming fans seem unwilling to try new things or expand there interests or develop a robust skill set.

Overall I think this is a problem. I may be grasping at straws and stereotyping a lot of people here so what do you guys think?

Edit: To clarify since alot of people are getting this wrong ITS NOT WHAT YOU LIKE THAT IS THE PROBLEM BUT BEING TO INVESTED IN IT TOO MUCH IN LIEU OF HAVING A BROADER RANGE OF TOPICS. SECONDLY ANIME/MANGA NOT BEING SOCIALLY ACCEPTABLE HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THIS VERY LITTLE OF WHAT I LIKE IS SOCIALLY ACCEPTABLE. What im talking about can affect anyone with any hobby but I see it occur the most in the Anime/gaming fandom

The point im trying to make is that even if you dont like society retreating into a hobby is not the proper reaction. Working to change society is.
Posted 7/12/15
maybe they do have friends? or they do have a social life?
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and i mean not everyone is willing to try new things. Lets not shove it down there throats
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I don't think its a problem, people like what they like.
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Posted 7/12/15 , edited 7/13/15

ignitingmemories wrote:

and i mean not everyone is willing to try new things. Lets not shove it down there throats


Of course not everyone is willing to and we shouldn't shove it down there throats but its not healthy for someone to intake on form of media and isolate himself from the rest of culture.
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ignitingmemories wrote:

and i mean not everyone is willing to try new things. Lets not shove it down there throats


Of course not everyone is willing to and we shouldn't shove it down there throats but its not healthy for someone to intake on form of media and isolate himself from the rest of culture.


ehhh that's what they like , i wont sweat them for liking it
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I don't think its a problem, people like what they like.


Like what you like is fine but saturating yourself in one corner of comfort lessens the amount you enjoy and your reference base for understanding other things. Having a basic understanding of culture is healthy and good for social interaction. You cant sit around in your comfort zone of culture and have no idea what influences or affects what you view and how you view it. A basic understanding of cinematic language could work wonders on your appreciation for anime and increase your understanding of what you watch.
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ignitingmemories wrote:


megahobbit wrote:


ignitingmemories wrote:

and i mean not everyone is willing to try new things. Lets not shove it down there throats


Of course not everyone is willing to and we shouldn't shove it down there throats but its not healthy for someone to intake on form of media and isolate himself from the rest of culture.


ehhh that's what they like , i wont sweat them for liking it


Its not about what there liking is wrong just that only saturating yourself in one thing is not good for you. I love weird music but I would have a problem if all I did was listen to weird music.
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I feel that a lot of people in those communities are scared of necessary growing pains.
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This only describes one anime fan that I know out of over a dozen. The others including myself have varied interests and fairly wide social circles. I am friends with folks from about eighteen years to late sixties, many of whom barely know what anime is. My personal interests include hiking, camping, reading, martial arts, gaming (many types, vidya games are only one kind), swimming, technology, astronomy, anime, the list goes on.

Most of my friends and acquaintances have similarly varied interests. The one exception is actually a wee bit neck-bearded, hyper focuses on a few fandoms (wrestling, live action sentai shows, anime, and for some reason Ariana Grande), and is rather socially awkward. He's actually a pretty nice guy, but he can be hard to talk to even if you share an interest of his. I have diagnoses and I'm less socially awkward, I kinda feel bad for the guy.

In all honesty though I know a few guys with zero interest in anime or gaming who can only really talk about football, beer, and the weather. That and who they think they should be banging. They're just as hard to hold a conversation with as the aforementioned fellow. I think it's less a particular hobby that is the problem and more that some people suck at being well-rounded human beings. Sometimes someone can help them and they end up better off. This only works if they want to make changes though, you can't really save someone from themselves unless they willingly participate.
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LordDust wrote:

This only describes one anime fan that I know out of over a dozen. The others including myself have varied interests and fairly wide social circles. I am friends with folks from about eighteen years to late sixties, many of whom barely know what anime is. My personal interests include hiking, camping, reading, martial arts, gaming (many types, vidya games are only one kind), swimming, technology, astronomy, anime, the list goes on.

Most of my friends and acquaintances have similarly varied interests. The one exception is actually a wee bit neck-bearded, hyper focuses on a few fandoms (wrestling, live action sentai shows, anime, and for some reason Ariana Grande), and is rather socially awkward. He's actually a pretty nice guy, but he can be hard to talk to even if you share an interest of his. I have diagnoses and I'm less socially awkward, I kinda feel bad for the guy.

In all honesty though I know a few guys with zero interest in anime or gaming who can only really talk about football, beer, and the weather. That and who they think they should be banging. They're just as hard to hold a conversation with as the aforementioned fellow. I think it's less a particular hobby that is the problem and more that some people suck at being well-rounded human beings. Sometimes someone can help them and they end up better off. This only works if they want to make changes though, you can't really save someone from themselves unless they willingly participate.


Thats a good point. I dont think all anime fans are like this or even a majority but there is sizable group of people who are like this out there. Maybe ive been hanging around 4chan too long.
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Honestly, I think it's more an issue that being able to talk about anime or gaming outside the internet is a difficult thing to do, so when presented with the opportunity to talk about something they love or given an environment or person to do so with, they jump on it. I mean, anybody can talk about sports or the news or their daily lives with ease, but for many, talking about gaming or anime is difficult because society looks down on the gamer or the anime-lover, no matter how social they may be.

As a result, especially for the people who love it, when they find someone else who honestly enjoys games and anime (not the guy pretending to be nerdy to be a hipster, but a genuine gamer or anime-lover), they want to talk about their passion, the thing they love, more than anything else with them because they have nobody else to talk to about it. Anime or gaming might bring out who they truly are and talking about other subjects all the time that don't interest them gets dull after a while.

Furthermore, very few people in society are really the "well-rounded" "I-do-everything-and-anything" kind of person and it's more common to find people who love something in particular, like the sports fan who buys official jerseys, paints his/her face, and goes to every game (at home or away) or the guy whose constantly following the news and making predictions on the state of the world, the economy, and domestic affairs or the guy whose obsessed with their job and who strives to reach the very top, even if it means fixing cars everyday and being the best in town.

In short: Passion is a necessary part of being one's true self for many and people love talking about their passions. As to how open-minded they are in trying new things is really an issue of the individual rather than an issue exclusive to the anime or gaming community.

For that matter, however, if you're on the internet in an anime or game forum (like Crunchyroll) or in an Anime Club meeting or doing co-op with other gamers, I think it's only natural that other subjects won't be brought up unless you're really close to that person, if that eases the mind.




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-Knowledge is power-

Your right, but people don't care thus telling them that they should do more things will fall on deaf ears.

To sum it, people should explore new things, but if they don't enjoy learning about new things then it's pointless.

Posted 7/12/15 , edited 7/12/15
I don't think it's a fault to have narrow interests. To me, it only becomes a fault when you become pushy with said interests or inconsiderate to others.

Some of the most brilliant people I know only talk about what they're brilliant at. It makes sense - they devote so much of themselves to one thing that it almost becomes a part of who they are. I don't find them shallow for that - even if I can't always relate to them.

And while I think it's a good thing to branch out and try new things, at the end of the day, I kind of feel like people's tastes are fairly stable. You can never force yourself or someone else to like something they don't already like - only help them to discover new things they never knew they liked.

However, I personally doubt that people only have one hobby to begin with. Or I guess "hobby" isn't the right word - but "interest". People are probably far more complex than you might think from seeing text on a screen.

Basically, I don't think it's a problem. But i'm probably not the best person to even respond to this type of post since I have odd stances on social interaction in general.
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I'm one of those people who can only be friends with anime/game afficionados, and frankly I do not care at all that that severley limits my ability to make friends. All I want is people who I can relate, too and are fun. I am not a mainstream dude(just stating a fact not making insults), and I could care less if I cannot relate to them.
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