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One thing is for sure: we're all here because we love anime. USA's purpose, aside from bringing us all together in our shared love, is to encourage all members to take control of their lives and make their dreams come true. We've all got ambitions, whether we're social butterflies or total hikikomori (I have a tendency to go through phases of both).

But here's the thing: it's no secret that mass media and less open-minded citizens of Earth view Japanese animation as nothing more than a cesspool of loli tentacle porn. We know that it's not (but I'm certainly not judging you if your hard drive is indeed full of loli tentacle porn); that it's a rich entertainment medium, less prone to limitations such as a cast of actors (though voice acting is an accolade in and of itself), CGI and special effects budgets. Sure, that comes into play even with anime, but considerably less so than live action. As such, if you can think it, illustrate it, animate it, and give it a voice, it can be enjoyed by yourself and others.

So, it shouldn't be weird to like anime, right? Similar to the stigma of the stereotypical otaku in Japanese mass media, being a fan of anime seems to be a "freak flag" for the average American. Some may choose to keep it quiet, enjoying their shows in secret, while others aren't afraid to let their love show. Even my own family members and close friends had their own reservations, but many were much more accepting and some even began watching anime once I had explained what is so great about it.

Do you keep your love of anime a secret, or do you openly claim to watch anime? Despite most of my friends being your typical "dudebro," "hypebeast," and/or "hipster" stereotypes, I'm very open about it. It's not uncommon for friends to come over while I'm in the middle of an anime, and while I do get the occasional "what the ****?" it's more common for my friends to sit down and actually admit that the concepts and art are pretty cool. Playing my uncensored patch version of Huniepop is pretty much a WTF magnet, though.

I ordered a genuine Wakaba for my Japanese four-wheel-drive truck, own morale patches from "Weapons Grade Waifus" (amazing company!), and even have a screenshot of Ritsu Kawai from the Bokura Wa Minna Kawaisou manga as my phone wallpaper (see below :3). I'll even allude to my favorite anime storylines and characters in conversation with strangers, which unfortunately does not always turn out well, but I generally pity their ignorance and carry on. So, freak flag or not, I let it fly! What about you, USA?



Feel free to share any stories, including converting others to otaku culture and/or being judged by misinformed or ignorant people. Remember, we're all in this together.
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I definitely don't keep my love for anime/manga a secret. I don't understand why anyone would ever feel the need to really. If you're passionate about something then who cares what someone else has to think. I read manga in public sometimes and the thought of what someone else has to think about it never crosses my mind. It's not 24/7 but I post on social media about anime/manga and I only know of a few people around here who are into it. I've been called nerdy a couple times but that was only coming from people who were too quick to judge and haven't even gave anime a chance. I wear anime merch a lot too with my collection growing and here is some of my favorite clothing

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I totally agree, stealyourface. Anyone who can't accept you for you is almost certainly a negative influence in life. We should also consider people who really shouldn't have a reason not to be accepting: parents and other family members (or equivalent). Some feel the need to hide their interests, including anime, from more old-fashioned individuals in their life. My father, for example, is still convinced that anime is just cartoon porn, and that I'm kinda weird for liking it. It doesn't exactly affect our relationship because I'm independent, but the fact that he should even have to "overlook it" based on stereotypes is ludicrous.

On a side note, that Luffy shirt is rad!
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I get krap from my family if i'm to open. but with friends i really don't care, if they want to know about me then that is a part of me. but i don't flaunt it.
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No need to keep that kind of thing secret. I have certain things I do like keep my Santa Yui statue in the video game cabinet but that's only because it has so much leg showing and I don't need family members questioning me about it. But otherwise I go walking around with an anime phone strap dangling and I'll watch shit at college with other people around. I generally don't wear anime clothing but I have a Kill la Kill tee I wear occasionally. And of course I have toys and models scattered about my room. Life is short, so have fun and do what you enjoy doing.
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Everyone who knows me knows that i like anime its just who i am.
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C0mlink wrote:

I get krap from my family if i'm to open. but with friends i really don't care, if they want to know about me then that is a part of me. but i don't flaunt it.



Overyodel wrote:

I have certain things I do like keep my Santa Yui statue in the video game cabinet but that's only because it has so much leg showing and I don't need family members questioning me about it....


So, the general consensus seems to be that friends don't seem to mind to a point where it would break up a friendship, but we all know the our older family members probably won't be cool with it. It really is sad, but you can't change others no matter how hard you try, especially once they're stuck in their ways.



Teukari123 wrote:

Everyone who knows me knows that i like anime its just who i am.


That, I think, is the best way to be.

It's not necessarily that anyone who hides it is hiding it out of shame, I really do think some people are capable of loving something so much they prefer to keep it all for themselves.

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I'm not really hiding it, but I do live in Utah so I don't really talk about anime a whole lot unless I'm with someone who also likes anime. ;P

But my room is covered in anime/kpop/Japanese related posters, so if anyone went to my room without knowing me very well, they would probably freak out haha
Posted 2/15/16
I'm definitely with the majority, I don't necessarily hide it, but I don't really speak on it unless I know who I'm speaking with is a fan of it.

But don't get me wrong, my love for anime is near and dear to me. Especially, being an athlete and half black (not to bring race into it), but most of the people I hang out with wouldn't watch it...lmao
Posted 2/16/16
Hide it, definitely.
Posted 2/16/16
I don't keep it a secret but I don't go out of my way to tell everyone about it.
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halfblackhalfwhiteguy wrote:

Especially, being an athlete and half black (not to bring race into it), but most of the people I hang out with wouldn't watch it...lmao


Race shouldn't play a part but, it does. I'm half Mexican altogether, and 90% of my friends in Los Angeles (I keep a small circle anyway) are full-blooded hispanic. Anime is so stigmatized in Hispanic culture it's ridiculous, so I see where you're coming from.. But....
Being well-loved by my friends, however, they accept me all the same. You should consider that as well ^^ (and being a fighter doesn't hurt )

Also, my dirtbike riding buddies and hockey buddies are generally opposed to anything of this nature, but the same thing as above applies here. Still, I understand where you're coming from with the athlete thing.


LightningDragonSlayerLaxus wrote:

Hide it, definitely.


Yeah, the immaturity of others can be a b****, do they have any clubs or organizations at your school that might relate? Power in numbers, brother.

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I'm open about being an otaku but I don't run around telling everyone. I keep it as a hobby for my self when there are bad times or when i'm simply bored :3. I managed to get my weab hating friend to watch one punch man and like anyone else he liked it. BTW Mosquitos suck.
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conyete wrote:

I'm open about being an otaku but I don't run around telling everyone. I keep it as a hobby for my self when there are bad times or when i'm simply bored :3. I managed to get my weab hating friend to watch one punch man and like anyone else he liked it. BTW Mosquitos suck.


Yeah, anime is extremely comforting for me as well.

"I walk the streets of Japan, 'til I get lost, 'cause it doesn't remind me of anything." - Chris Cornell, "Doesn't Remind Me" by Audioslave.

And I haven't watched One Punch Man

Mosquitos do suck.
Posted 2/20/16
I don't really talk about it. Then again I haven't met anyone that's really a fan of it, so yeah.
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