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What distinguishes experienced and inexperienced anime fans?
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Posted 7/23/15 , edited 7/23/15

AzazelOfNexium wrote:

Nothing except some "experienced" anime fans think they are part of some "seekret club" which makes them better than everyone else because they watched over a 9000 different anime.

I mean I have probably seen over 300+ different anime and read close to 60 different manga's.. but I dont think it makes me any different than my sister who is getting into it. (Been watching anime since I was about 5 since I grew up around people who got me into it, so its been about 15 years)

I guess if I answered honestly, it would just be more experienced fans have found their groove as to what they like and we have waded through shitty shows and good shows alike so now we have more of picky outlook on what is a "good" anime, as opposed to a fan just breaking into the medium and finding everything amazing.



QFT. Plus, if you're really an experienced anime fan who actually pays attention to other anime fans you'll probably have noticed after a while that everybody's tastes are different and hopefully won't try to insist that everyone feel exactly the same way you do about ever series.


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you basically contradicted yourself saying its bullshit and you can like popular anime titles but named SAO, AoT, Kill la Kill, Fairy Tail.. LMAO

Read it again. I said I associated more recent titles with newer anime fans, not necessarily more popular titles. And you can like any/all of those and have been an anime fan for years.
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AzazelOfNexium wrote:

Nothing except some "experienced" anime fans think they are part of some "seekret club" which makes them better than everyone else because they watched over a 9000 different anime.

I mean I have probably seen over 300+ different anime and read close to 60 different manga's.. but I dont think it makes me any different than my sister who is getting into it. (Been watching anime since I was about 5 since I grew up around people who got me into it, so its been about 15 years)

I guess if I answered honestly, it would just be more experienced fans have found their groove as to what they like and we have waded through shitty shows and good shows alike so now we have more of picky outlook on what is a "good" anime, as opposed to a fan just breaking into the medium and finding everything amazing.





Well said good sir.
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saprobe wrote:

Read it again. I said I associated more recent titles with newer anime fans, not necessarily more popular titles. And you can like any/all of those and have been an anime fan for years.


Don't worry saprobe, I understood what you meant the first time. But yes, I also agree with your opinion on this subject.
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Inexperienced anime fans are just experienced anime fans that haven't been corrupted yet. :p

I think a better term would probably be "well-read". Experienced makes it sound like you're an elist snob like Azazel mentioned. Some kid wo only ever watched Dbz or Naruto can be just as much a snob about their chosen shpws aa someone who has was years and years of different aimne genres.
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Inexperienced fan "X is great and Y sucks"

Experienced fan: "X is great and Y sucks in my opinion."

That's how I look at it, at least.
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Hmm. Do I want to weigh in on this with my old fart opinion or not?

Does experience even really matter that much in pursuit of a hobby like this?
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seekerperson7 wrote:

Inexperienced fan "X is great and Y sucks"

Experienced fan: "X is great and Y sucks in my opinion."

That's how I look at it, at least.


Oooh, now that's an interesting point of view. I like that.


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archbldr wrote:

Its been a while since I started watching anime but I have always been curious what is the criteria makes you a veteran anime fan and what brands people as newbies. Any thoughts?


"Newbies" are identified by their use of any of the following words:
- Bleach
- Naruto
- Bebop
- One Piece
- Akira
- EVA
- Fireflies



"Experienced" fans have a longer history of buying their anime on disk (or, for some of us, on tape), know where to stream actual new series, can name at least three 90's series and three 80's series, and are aware that Cartoon Network Is Evil.


As if someone new to anime would mention shows who ended their airing time before 2000 like those four.
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Well, you're not going to see very many inexperienced anime viewers complain about lack of originality. Also, they tend to have a very strong preference for dubs over subs, not that seasoned viewers can't like dubs, too.
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Personally I would say an Experienced fan is someone who is willing to look beyond genre conventions, with the recognition that he/she might find something good where they least expect it.
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Funny doesn't matter if your experienced or a rookie bottom line is your a fan why fight about terms or titles who cares- its why your on CR cant we all get along in the spirit of anime? Does it really matter? not so much if your really really think about it
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Posted 7/23/15
Watch more anime
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I don't relate certain series with experience. All you do to watch anime is sit around and stare at a screen. Some series require more focus since there's a subtle wordplay or something, but watching anime is just sitting in front of a screen.

Experienced watchers, IMO, can't be defined simply by their knowledge of their tastes. People like different things even as they age and watch new series. I think an experienced fan is merely someone who has seen a lot of anime, enough to notice things like friendship-fueled-sudden-powerup stuff and other noteworthy cliches even in new animes they have not previously watched. I guess having more defined tastes does sometimes characterize one who has seen a lot, but it's not really a conclusive thing.
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AzazelOfNexium wrote:

Nothing except some "experienced" anime fans think they are part of some "seekret club" which makes them better than everyone else because they watched over a 9000 different anime.


Lol. That reminds me, the other day, I had a Youtube encounter with one of these "experienced" fans that thought I was a noob (and called me such) apparently because I pointed out some characters being common anime archetypes.

You'd think s/he would have paused for moment and realized that if I'm knowledgeable of anime tropes... that probably means I've watched a good number of anime. What made it funnier was I had the sneaky suspicion that I've been watching anime longer than s/he's been alive but well, I don't have a anime channel so clearly I'm 'new' to this and was in need of her 'wisdom'.


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Well experienced anime fans act like this
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8mQScjlXbBE
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Rikunamatata wrote:

Well, everyone has their own standard...

I'd say, if you can watch a show and identify all the tropes (or be surprised by the lack of them) - you probably have seen a lot of anime and are a veteran. If you watch a few dozen anime and everything you watch feels fresh and unique - you probably are inexperienced (which is assumed if you haven't watched that many).


My version isn't about elitism though. Every veteran was new to the hobby. I've never used the term "anime watching veteran" though.


^ something close to that.

There are a lot of recurring themes / plot devices used in anime. Some like SAO, just smush all the popular ones together. Others like Monster, Cowboy Bebop, Psycho-Pass season 1, still use some of them but they hide it well and make their package at least seem well constructed. If you are experienced you will to some extent be able to pretty much figure out most of the plot to an anime that relies heavily on tropes.

I am not the most experienced anime watcher, but there are some animes, primarily romcoms, with which I was able to predict pretty much everything that would happen within the course of the episode.

This doesn't apply to only anime though. Disney movies are about 10x as predictable as even the most predictable anime. So are some action movies and American dramas. However the tropes they use are usually exclusive to their respective genres.

Anyone who finds SAO or Fairy Tail to be novel for example probably hasn't watched much anime. Anyone who finds a Sunrise mecha to be novel, well that is up in the air, because Sunrise has been going nuts with their series recently.

Ah yes here is one example of a trope that pretty much applies to everything:

If you have a protagonist with a grey morality who has committed a crime. He will almost definitely end up dead or in jail by the end of the series.

I have never seen that trope broken. Every protagonist who has done something evil without regret that I know of, has ended up dead.
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