Release the geek within...?

Topic started by Lan on Feb. 18, 2009. Last post by Devilly 5 years, 6 months ago.
Post by Lan (621 posts) See mini bio Level 13
Damn facebook and nosy relatives. I'm too lazy to set filters for everyone and everything on facebook, so everyone can see my status and such.  I have a cousin whom I have an  awkward love-hate, distance, respect , and mutual calm existence now that we're all twenty something and not little kids fighting over the Ninetendo relationship with. I  know he's always been a big anime fan and gamer. I haven't always been a major otaku--I was in middle to early high school, then left it behind, and it wasn't until I my sophmore year of college that I started becoming one again.

Getting back to the story which eventually will lead to my question and main point. :p  So I guess he's been nosing around on facebook and saw my status about how pissed I was at the ending of Tsubasa. So he writes on my wall, "So what are you getting into anime now?" I don't know how to respond.  It makes me feel really awkward and embarassed. How am I supposed to respond to that? For one thing we don't have the kind of relationship where we frequently talk with and write on one another's walls. Two, we're at seperate ends of the spectrum--he likes DBZ and I like Sailor Moon; I assume his intrest, like mine, has broadened but to what I don't know. Third is I've never expressed or shared my interest in anime before around him--then again he's never been willing to share his interests with me. Telling him I like anime could go one of two ways: we go back to when I was 10 and he was 14 and making fun of me for everything (though in this situation I will be the first to say that's the pot calling the kettle black) or it could  possibly make us *gasp* friends.

I feel like this is going to be a test of my "cool-ness" and "true anime fan-ness."  I'm all open about being a fangirl and anime otaku on the net and in a select group of friends. However, I keep it on the downlow outside because of the stigma and it's not something generally accepted by the academy. Also, I'm sometimes hestitant to talk about my favorite series with other fans because even in the anime community there's a sort of snobbery too based on what you watch/read. I'm kind of behind in the anime world, the most recent things I've watched are Soul Eater and Haruhi; I've spent most of my time watching older series that I previously had no access to or knowledge about before Baku; plus I'm a big fan of shojo type series. I think back to Ohayocon when I was waiting for the elevator and one guy was talking about how almost all anime sucks because it's colorful, cutesy, magic girl shit and harem animes are the devil. The only good ones according to him were Gurren Lagen, Black Lagoon, and Hellsing; Tenchi was an exception to the shitty harem anime because "Tenchi actually fought people."  My cousin strikes me as that sort of guy.

We all get those moments of self-conciousness. The anime geek stigma is there for a reason--there's a whole lot of people who fill it, and they're the ones people seem to notice the most. So my questions: How public are you about your otaku persona? Have you ever been in a stituation where you had to admit you liked anime/manga and explain why? Do ever find yourself having to justify why you enjoy a certain series? What sort of responses do you get when you say you like anime/manga? How should I respond to my cousin --"Hey, F' off; it's none of your business, so stop being so nosy. But for your information, yes I do like anime and have for a while"  or just ignore his comments like I have been? Note: I really don't expect a serious response to the last question. ;p


Post by Black_Rose (1,204 posts) See mini bio Level 11
How public are you about your otaku persona?
Very open, I never have and never will hide my love for anime to anyone.

 Have you ever been in a stituation where you had to admit you liked anime/manga and explain why?
I don't explain, I just say "I like anime". If they don't then it's their problem.

 Do ever find yourself having to justify why you enjoy a certain series?
Yes, but usually when i'm debating with other anime fans or in reviews.

What sort of responses do you get when you say you like anime/manga?
"Lol Naruto"
"Really?"
"ehhh...cool"
"How old are you again?"

How should I respond to my cousin?
Don't, he has no right to argue your taste when he likes Hellsing :P.


Post by OkazukiIchigo (350 posts) See mini bio Level 11
How public are you about your otaku persona?
I have been known as a closet Otaku, I just observe people talking about anime or amongst those lines and just stare at them.

Have you ever been in a situation where you had to admit you liked anime/manga and explain why?
I just observe people talking obsessively over anime/j-drama in my Japanese classes, I just laugh at them when I hear them saying they are otaku. For no apparent reason. I have with in dealings of other people that I enjoyed anime. But they only like DBZ and naruto which makes me not want to talk to them.

Do ever find yourself having to justify why you enjoy a certain series?

I usually do that in the forums or reviews or if I have a certain crowd that likes anime and I have the courage to talk to them, then yes!

What sort of responses do you get when you say you like anime/manga?

Nothing because most of my Japanese class, likes anime/j-drama. Most of them that I have heard is

"Naruto sucks"

How should I respond to my cousin

As he is towards the senien genres: Black Lagoon and Hellsing. He is quite contradicting himself saying he hates anime but he likes those anime that are anime.




Post by Niko (865 posts) See mini bio Level 8
How public are you about your otaku persona?
Depends on the public. I wear anime-related shirts fairly often, but I am a full-time college student, so it's not like I have a strict dress code. But outside a shirt, not really. I tent to not publicly geek out or anything like that. I just am, I guess.

Have you ever been in a situation where you had to admit you liked anime/manga and explain why?
Sure. Anytime a discussion of one's interests come up, that's bound to be a topic. Not everyone understands anime or even knows what it is.

Do ever find yourself having to justify why you enjoy a certain series?

Usually not, but if I do, I guess I'd say I like it. Everyone has some series that they like but others may not. We all have slightly different tastes, so if I'm the only one that likes something, that's fine.

What sort of responses do you get when you say you like anime/manga?

Usually confusion since people I tend to meet don't really know what it is.

How should I respond to my cousin
Say sure, that you like some series. If he takes issue with what you like, oh well. You like what you like, and if he doesn't, that's fine.
Post by hazelnutman (142 posts) See mini bio Level 2
How public are you about your otaku persona?
Well, it's not like I'm going to spontaneously start doing the Hare Hare Yukai dance in public, but will openly have conversations around my otaku interests.

Have you ever been in a situation where you had to admit you liked anime/manga and explain why?
Admit?! More like people asking me, "Hey Peter, what did you do during the weeken-er... wait... you watched anime, didn't you!"
"Yep"

Do ever find yourself having to justify why you enjoy a certain series?
Surprisingly no. All of my friends really agree with my tastes, but unfortunately, it's not the same way around. My friends are the ones who usually end up having to justify their love for an anime I seriously question.

What sort of responses do you get when you say you like anime/manga?
"Oh naice!"
"What's anime?"
"You mean like Pokemon and stuff?"
"I once ate some anime in Mexico. Great stuff"

How should I respond to my cousin
There's something called opinions and personal tastes.
Post by RedRoses (1,437 posts) See mini bio Level 14
Hmm... interesting predicament. The thing about the Internet though is that more people are "looser" online than anything. Though there are those occasional people who are like the guy you met on the elevator.

How public are you about your otaku persona?
It depends. If I'm with a group of friends, I will be open about it. I don't particularly care if some of those friends are not into anime but I definitely won't fangirl over something with them. If I'm in a place that I need to look professional (ie school classrooms, interviews, etc) I definitely won't mention it because of the stigma.

Have you ever been in a stituation where you had to admit you liked anime/manga and explain why?
Not really. The only time I ever have to admit anything is when friends are jesting me and I jest back with a stupid response. But that's just us joking around so it doesn't really count.
Well technically I have since I've written essays in English about various otaku hobbies like cosplaying or playing videogames but that's purely for an essay with a broad topic.

Do ever find yourself having to justify why you enjoy a certain series?

Only when debating with the hardcore crowd but I usually suck at it since I don't know every single fact about every single thing in every single series.

What sort of responses do you get when you say you like anime/manga?
Usually shock because I don't fit the normal stereotypes of an otaku. I don't look it nor do I fangirl over everything or be blatant about it. There are the people who think anime is all porn or kid stuff but I don't care about those close-minded people.

How should I respond to my cousin?
I'd just ignore the dude. Too lazy to deal with those type of people. The only time I'd ever engage with someone like that is if they have changed as a person over time.
Post by Devilly (5,329 posts) See mini bio Level 10
How public are you about your otaku persona?
Just like i dont care what people think i just go out openly i they can call me an otaku for all i care.
Then again they would call me a nerd over here but that im proud of :)

Have you ever been in a stituation where you had to admit you liked anime/manga and explain why?

You mean where there times i didnt? lol as i said before i dont hide it i even put it on the hobby part of my CV cuz i just dont care :)
And jes during most meeting at school and work it comes into order ^^

Do ever find yourself having to justify why you enjoy a certain series?
yes when im with friends and on cons but mostly we agree with eachother very fast we dutch are so boring XD

What sort of responses do you get when you say you like anime/manga?
Some of the younger people who are part of the outgoing/hanging dirt kinda groups generally think its for nerds actually anything they  have to do with is for nerds older people dont know that much about and dont really care as long as we still read and dont sit behind the pcthat much ^^

How should I respond to my cousin?
What cousin? lol
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