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"Overall, I feel that this show is not worth the time of any serious anime fan." - ultra13

So I'm just curious and have nothing else to do today. Does sheer number of hours watching anime make you a serious fan? Or is it your elitist set of tastes in animation quality? Or is it your blanket stereotyping of individual animes? Or the number of overpriced anime trinkets you own? Or the amount of trivia you know that most people could care less about? Or are you the type that even with 10K+ episodes under your belt, treats each anime as a new experience, never comparing it to what you've watched before?
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To me a serious anime fan would be someone who could sustain a discussion about what they were watching. This does not necessarily mean that they know industry inside out or they have an extensive list of titles that they've watched, what I want to know is that they were paying attention to what they're watching and have thoughts on it.

All that being said, the phrase "serious anime fan" sounds like a bit of a no true Scotsman argument to me.
Posted 10/3/15
He probably meant people who watch anime a lot or every day... and not casual fans...?
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Probably just refers to people who actually watch anime as a hobby, rather than just a couple shows. Like people who actively seek out the anime style.
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Posted 10/3/15
When you decide to just watch more anime.
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I think its someone who watches anime pretty much everyday
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Posted 10/3/15
When they evolve at lvl 36 from weeaboo to otakus
Posted 10/3/15
I always thought that a serious Anime fan is a serious-minded person who watches Anime.
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Day and night, they wear their ''No Fun Allowed'' shirt.

They react with disdain to jokes of any kind.

They write university level essays about every episode they watch.

That...is a serious anime fan.

Seriously.
Posted 10/3/15
When they start paying for it.
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Posted 10/3/15
Serious anime fans are not bred, they are born. The anime gods bestow upon them a divine sense of judgment that the peasantry lack. You should simply accept their words as gospel and feel shame that you had at any time possessed a flawed opinion.
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I'd say a serious anime fan is someone who doesn't judge others based on their taste and just appreciate the art for what it is.

Having opinions is one thing, being a douchebag is another.
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Posted 10/3/15 , edited 10/3/15
I think this question is mostly opinion based (well obviously it is actually). There are probably many different standards by many different people of what qualifies as being serious. Some people think you have to have watched a crazy amount of anime, some think you have to own an insane amount of merc., etc..

IMPO, I think it's anyone who can go through an anime in their own pace, and at the end they actually remember everything (if not, most of the stuff) that happened. Someone who watches an episode then decides that they aren't going to like it and quits isn't what I'd call a diehard anime watcher. For instance,


Overall, I feel that this show is not worth the time of any serious anime fan.

sounds like someone excusing themselves from watching something because they didn't feel like finishing the first episode. For the few anime that I didn't like (and there's really only a very small selection of those), I simply say that I've watched, but I don't recommend, and I even joke about it saying watch at your own risk.

Also, when you finish watching one, you'd have some input that you could add to anyone else also talking about it. It's about the experience of watching it rather than the "omg this is lame they totally just copied that from a million other anime." A lot of things in anime (and any other media) has already been done before, but the variable is the characters and their reactions to certain situations. Just because something similar happens in one anime doesn't mean the outcome was the same, and it could only be a small part of the plot, yet a lot of people will still complain about it.

An example of this would be the many people who go on MAL to put down anime using the fancy words they got off of other reviews on the site. These are not serious anime fans.
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Posted 10/3/15
It is a difficult question to answer since nearly all labels, self applied or given, tend to be partially or fully wrong. I try to watch anime every day, but do I consider myself a serious anime fan? Not really. since I don't like certain genres. Opinions are exactly that opinions. One is neither better or worse than another; just different. So if a person think they're a serious anime fan; that' cool. As long as they don't try to force their opinion on me.
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Posted 10/3/15

XxDarkSasuxX wrote:
Someone who watches an episode then decides that they aren't going to like it and quits isn't what I'd call a diehard anime watcher.


I take what your saying but at the same time there needs to be room to drop shows. If you know a shows not for you and there's another 200 episodes it's just masochism to force yourself to watch all of them. At the the same time people should be giving shows more than an episode and not writing reviews if they didn't finish it.
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