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Post Reply Why is Anime fans looked down up in Japan?
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Posted 6/24/16
I mean like..., I've been told that if you go to Japan you are supposed to hide the fact you like anime.

Why is it looked down upon? It is one of the countries biggest things it is known for in most of the world and ends up bringing people from all over. Even in Japan itself Anime stuff sells very well. So why is it so supposedly looked down upon to like it?



I want to get to know the culture and stuff a lot more about Japan. Learning leads to better understanding after all.
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Posted 6/24/16

SDtheElf wrote:

It is one of the countries biggest things it is known for in most of the world and ends up bringing people from all over.


Well, aside from say the electronics and automotive industries, probably.
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I thought that Japan are the only country that make Anime, but I was sorely mistaken. Other countries make decent Anime as well!

For example Legend of Qin series Anime are made in China.
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TRKitsune wrote:


SDtheElf wrote:

It is one of the countries biggest things it is known for in most of the world and ends up bringing people from all over.


Well, aside from say the electronics and automotive industries, probably.


I keep forgetting about that. Not interested in Cars (Can't afford it, so I never even looked) and I forgot they did a lot of electronics.
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Posted 6/24/16 , edited 6/24/16
It's a social thing, though not as much as it used to be. Anime fans still have the reputation of being socially awkward people.
In Japanese culture the people still rely a lot on social standing, so being an anime fan is something they'd rather not admit out in the open.

But as I said, Japan too is changing in that regard and faster than you may think.
As long as you don't behave like the generic Otaku, you'll be fine.
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George_z wrote:

It's a social thing, though not as much as it used to be. Anime fans still have the reputation of being socially awkward people.
In Japanese culture the people still rely a lot on social standing, so openly admitting that you are an anime fan is something they'd rather not admit out in the open.

But as I said, Japan too is changing in that regard and faster than you may think.
As long as you don't behave like the generic Otaku, you'll be fine.


Thank you very much for the response! It is very helpful regarding the topic and helps clarify some stuff up.
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As George_z stated it is a social thing, and it really is a matter of obsession level.

It is one thing to like anime, manga, cosplay, etc., but the term otaku has a very different meaning in Japan. An Otaku is an individual that is lacking in social skills because their obsession with pop culture (this could be anime, military, computer games, etc.) is so extreme (think Onoda from Yowamushi Pedal). Some even become NEET's because of their obsession level.

I have known several Japanese who would say they like anime, but they were quick to add that they weren't otaku.

You could get away with acting Otaku in some areas (Harajuku or Akihabara for example), in other areas you can show interest (even at the Studio Ghibli Museum or Oarai which are more anime friendly) where appropriate (don't go making everything an anime reference) as long as you don't act obsessed.
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Posted 6/24/16 , edited 6/25/16
Same reason why anime fans are being looked down upon in other countries. CAUSE PEOPLE CAN'T HANDLE THE SWAGGER IN ANIME FANS!!NEET LIFE!
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Anime fans "are" looked down on in Japan due to the behaviors of the local hardcore fans. It's not that you need to hide the fact you like it, just know moderation and pay attention to the situation.
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Dango2031 wrote:

As George_z stated it is a social thing, and it really is a matter of obsession level.

It is one thing to like anime, manga, cosplay, etc., but the term otaku has a very different meaning in Japan. An Otaku is an individual that is lacking in social skills because their obsession with pop culture (this could be anime, military, computer games, etc.) is so extreme (think Onoda from Yowamushi Pedal). Some even become NEET's because of their obsession level.

I have known several Japanese who would say they like anime, but they were quick to add that they weren't otaku.

You could get away with acting Otaku in some areas (Harajuku or Akihabara for example), in other areas you can show interest (even at the Studio Ghibli Museum or Oarai which are more anime friendly) where appropriate (don't go making everything an anime reference) as long as you don't act obsessed.


So essentially don't be overly obsessed. Sounds like a fair point there yeah.

Funny enough the type of people I grew up with, a few of them are on the more extreme end of the Anime fandom (Can't think of a better word), like is was essentially Konata from Lucky Star. Hyper, essentric, etc etc. And loves to talk about Anime and video games, but..., she is also able to function in the real world too. Last I heard she was working on becoming a nurse in University and getting average marks.

Anyway, I guess my point is.., what I grew up for socializing was talking about your interests and stuff. All of us never really knew what else to talk about, so it was always either interests or random crap. Honestly looking back on it my High School life could have easily been an Anime slice of life series. And that idea of socializing has done me pretty well in North America, so many people end up just relaxed around me when talking and I attract weird. Was telling a "normal" friends recently about my friends from High School and he was all "Whaaaaaa!!! those people sound insane and very strange! Like I don't think I would have talked to them or wanted to be friends with them!"

So, I guess if I went to Japan socializing might be a bit of an issue aside from just idle awkward small talk haha.


Edit: Just to add, yeah I agree with the not making everything an Anime reference. I honestly don't think I have made many references in my time watching Anime even with anime fans. It just ended up being talked about a lot in my social group.
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Posted 6/24/16
as long as you're not speaking like a weaboo and dressing up as naruto in public, I think you'll be fine
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What George_z said.
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