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Posted 7/24/15 , edited 7/24/15

Ejanss wrote:

Well, y'see, that's just it:
A newbie fan would ask another fan "What shows should I first watch?", would immediately be besieged with dozens of previous-generation fans saying he "HAD" to start with the bolded titles mentioned, because they had to be passed down from the previous generation of fans.
Then the new fan would immediately assume he was now Anime-Literate, that those were the core titles around which the very foundations of anime revolved, and go and recommend the same five or six titles to the next generation of newbies, and so on, etta-ceteraaa, etta-ceteraaa....
An experienced fan has enough of his own viewing experience to know when to break the EVA and Fireflies cycle, and recommend a wide variety of tailored favorites, even if they're not playing for free on Cartoon Network.

(Yeah, I remember the days when you had to condescendingly recommend whatever happened to be playing on Toonami/Adult Swim, because there were no streaming sites and they wouldn't know where else to find it.)

Except that it's not how it happens. Those old titles are not recommended by peoples with a low number of anime viewed (bared exceptions) as most anime watchers who watched only a little number of show don't even know what is Akira or Hotaru no haka for example.

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Posted 7/24/15 , edited 7/24/15
Nothing really ostensibly distinguishes a veteran fan vs an inexperienced fan. Being a long time fan does not prohibit you from calling a mainstream anime your favorite. However, if you say some shit like "Goku is the strongest anime character ever" then that will certainly get you laughed at by anyone that has even decent knowledge of anime.
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Posted 7/24/15

kvlassis wrote:

I believe this is a very arbitrary separation...

IMHO there are people who just 'watch/consume' anime, these are the 'causal' users who will watch maybe a handful of episodes per month, have their favourites series but probably forgot what they watched last... year or don't really care about a 2nd series that has just been released. They like anime but they don't really 'dig' the big fuss around it.

On the other 'side' there are the more 'passionate' fans that are very enthusiastic, will want to go home and explore new anime series, discuss about them with their friends, know about the plot, the voice actors, the directors, get involved in online forums/conversations, attent conferences/exhibitions, they start building their won collection of DVDs, figures, posters, manga, etc.



I agree "inexperienced" fans are really just viewers and tend to watch from time to time or some of the most popular series.
"Experienced" fans are more like fans, like you said, they are way more enthusiastic about anime always wanting to try out a new series and always wanting to talk about it with their friends.
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I's say for me it's simple. If a person can tell me about a non-mainstream anime he/she liked from more than 2-3 years ago I consider them an experienced anime fan. If all I hear is "I saw Dragonball once! It's an anime right ?" then that's inexperienced.
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Pretty much, it's a simple matter of what you have learned from watching anime and understanding that in Japan things work quite differently than in America. It's not a simple matter of watching lots of anime. There are trends and other stuff that's extremely popular in Japan and not so much in America. I would say that it the meaning will vary from person to person, but the general idea is that you watch it because you love it whether it be Miyazaki movies, the slice of life stuff, mecha, or whatever else is out there to watch.
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Posted 7/24/15 , edited 7/24/15
Inexperienced: someone who just finished their gateway anime and ask more experienced anime fans for recommandations.

Experienced: people who are past that stage and look for new anime to watch on their own.

That's really all there is to it.
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Posted 7/24/15 , edited 7/24/15
People have already covered this pretty well, but basically familiarity with trends, tropes and cliches as well as knowing what kind of shows you like.

I think experienced is very subjective though, you can be familiar with current anime trends and still know little about older shows.
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Posted 7/24/15 , edited 7/24/15
Experienced anime fan is someone who has a long time watching anime, IMHO
I used to watch a lot of anime when I was a kid ( 3 ~ 7 years): Yu Yu Hakusho, Saint Seiya, Inuyasha, Dragon Ball,Pokemon, Digimon, Card Captor Sakura, Sailor Moon, Captain Tsubasa, Shurato, Hamtaro, Crayon Shin-chan [...]
And then I just got turned into anime again in 2011, so I guess you can say I have 8 years watching anime (or at least 4 years -> 2011 ~ 2015)
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Posted 7/24/15
If your MAL list looks like http://myanimelist.net/animelist/zenithtb you're probably experienced.

At least I consider myself so ;-)
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Posted 7/24/15
I can say, when you truly become experienced with anime though, you probably won't enjoy it as much.

I find myself rolling my eyes a lot while watching popular anime.
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Posted 7/24/15
IMO its one that have only watched the main stream anime, and hasn't been into anime too long, Not a bad thing honestly, just gotta get time to learn to branch out your circles
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Inexperienced Anime Fan: Attack on Titan is the greatest Anime ever!!!!

Experienced Anime Fan: Attack on Titan is a great show but it suffers from pacing issues. There were also problems in production during it's run so some animation short cuts were used in later episodes, such as still images with voice overs, extreme close ups, and recap at the beginning of every episode.
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Posted 7/25/15 , edited 7/25/15
Well, i would say an experienced anime watcher could calmly criticize their favourite anime at least and explain their good pts.
or understand references from other anime'/manga
know the authors/director/company and what their good /bad points
understand most japanese terms. NEET/Otaku and so on
know the cliches and typical plots almost instantly
and had a waifu before.... jk


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Thats easy ask them to list 10 anime if they list only figureheads such as naruto bleach one piece and the like then they are either newbies or wannabes while other can certainly name all those they can also name diffrent ones that are more obscure
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Posted 8/6/15 , edited 8/6/15

another505 wrote:

and had a waifu before.... jk

This step took me 10 years.
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