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Posted 9/8/16 , edited 9/8/16
I've seen YouTube videos of impressive manga and anime collections, and I often wonder to myself 'did this person's parents knew about anime/manga?' or 'does this person have a child who stares in wonder at the collection on a daily basis?' Now I would just find it interesting to know how many of the anime/manga fans' here parents were into it, or how many people here are currently getting their children or planning to get their children into it.

I realize anime has blown up in the last few years, so many A/M fans probably don't have kids yet, but still.

My parents had no idea what anime and manga were until I really got into it about 6-7 years ago. And I don't plan on letting any child younger than 10 look at my manga - they'd probably think it's a coloring book! And most of my anime is age 15+, so there's that.

How about you? Any parents/kids into anime? Do you have plans regarding this? Or do you plan for your interest to live and die by you?
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>The year is 2066
>Have huge weeb collection at this point, built up over entire lifespan
>Die
>Pass on belongings to grandson
>Grandson has to go on an archaeological dig through all my old anime junk
>Finds Jojo volumes
>Roundabout plays
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I think it's very rare to be a second generation anime and manga fan, not only because it is relatively new but there would have to be three unusual circumstances for there to be such.

1. The parents have to be quite young, however not so young to where the kid can't coherently post on the forums here, lol.
2. The parent also, has to have caught the likes of anime and manga since a young age for them to be considered a "Fan" (Then again everyone has different interpretations of being a fanatic) not merely just catching the old DBZ episodes once in a while.
3. Hmm..just the fact that anime and manga culture was not nearly as large as it is now.

Myself? If I have kids, sure I'd show them some anime, I guess as they grow and i'd kinda try to set everything up and condition them to make sure they enjoy it by introducing them to it at the right time, lol that might be psychopathic and almost freakish of me to try so intently, but that's about it! If they don't like it? Oh well, I guess it'll just be my own interest.
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Posted 9/8/16
Wait, second generation? What age gap helps define the generations because there are also anime fans from the 70's and 80's who have kids also.
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Posted 9/8/16
I suppse I do overestimate the 'age' of anime. I think 2nd generation would be more common in Japan, maybe.

@Kanudelgruber lol thanks for the good laugh!

I'll bring this discussion up in another 10 years or so, DV.
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Posted 9/8/16
Overestimate the 'age' of anime? It's been going on since the 60s, so I think there may be one or two.
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My parents only know Anime and Manga as 'that Japanese thing'

However I have a four year old daughter who is starting to take an interest. I'm 24 with a kid, so i'm sure lots of others do as well.

She always sits with me when i watch some Anime and i've got figures all over the place that she takes a great interest in, but that's probably cuz they look like toys to her.

As she grows up I am going to do as much as I can to kindle an interest in Anime/Manga with her as it would great to discuss it with my own daughter.

So in answer to the question. I am a first generation Anime/Manga fan but I hope to make my daughter a second generation.

In another 10-20 years it'll be much more common for people to be second generation anime fans, as when I was a kid it was all on cartoon network so it just seemed like every other cartoon...
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My dad watched Astro Boy when he was a kid. I don't know if he watched anything else. He's a first generation Japanese American, as in my grandparents immigrated from Japan before he was born (maybe there's another term for that, idk), so I don't think my dad would have gotten into anime anymore than any other American his age would have.
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My dad watched anime as a kid. Think 8th Man was one of his favorites.
He would also watch Toonami with us. My family still makes references to DBZ.

Now he never had collections of vhs or anything. I don't think having large home media collections was very common until relatively recently. He had better things to be spending money on than expensive vhs tapes (like offspring).
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Posted 9/8/16
Anime started in like the 30's.
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Were like on 4th - 5th generation Anime Fans (Considering a generation is about 25 ish years more or less)
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Posted 9/8/16 , edited 9/8/16
True - anime has been going on for a long time . What I mean with 'second generation' more specifically is:

Mom/dad anime fan/watcher (whatever you want to call it) - can be you or your parents- : 1st generation
Child - you or your child: 2nd generation.

And so on. You can trace your history as far back as the beginning of the first moving pictures, if you want and feel that's relevant.

Thanks for everyone's responses, it's really interesting!
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