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Do Not Fear the New Anime Fan

Fear leads to the dark side, which in this case means losing out on the chance to influence the next anime generation.

 We already noted a while back that Dragon Ball Z Kai would be airing on Nicktoons, giving the '90s anime a chance to create another batch of new anime fans. More recently, Cartoon Network announced that it would be airing an anime called Beyblade, a franchise based on a line of spinning top toys. 
 
And then, of course, there's a new Pokemon series in the works, and to top it off, a new Digimon as well. Setting aside that DBZ+Pokemon+Digimon feels like a weird reunion of my middle school and early high school days, it feels like we're going to have more "gateway" anime for younger folk on TV than we've had in some time-- so we may start to see a slow influx of new anime fans.  
    
I'm sure even now some of you are groaning at the idea of having to deal with a bunch of anime newbies coming in and getting young!Goku and young!Gohan confused, or bragging about being able to list every Pokemon from the latest game (but not the original). I understand. It's a hassle. But I'm going to argue in favor of treating these young newbies well! No, I'm not preaching niceness: there are some very good greedy reasons for you to take care of the younger generation. 
 
First:
our "fan generation" is shitty at actually buying things. R1 anime companies and Japanese companies alike are still having trouble figuring out how to (or WHETHER to) work things out for fans abroad. It's probably too late to change our generation's habits in their entirety, but if we can get the next generation buying instead of downloading, the Japanese companies will be more interested in releasing more here. And that would mean more simulcasts, more merch, more cons, and all that other stuff that you DO partake in.
 
Second: eventually we will all grow out of the all-powerful 13-30 age demographic. But many of these newer, younger fans will be in it longer than we will, which means that eventually, it's their tastes that will be catered to. So you want these noobs to be into the kind of stuff YOU'RE into. So consider mentoring a newbie anime fan-- maybe take one of the DBZ Kai kiddies and move them on to One Piece to Gurren Lagann to Black Lagoon, for example.  
 
So there you go: now you have two perfectly greedy, non-altruistic reasons to be a liiiiiittle nice to any bright-eyed bushy-tailed new anime fans who come through our door. Because god forbid anyone actually just want to be nice for nice reasons!
crusader8463on April 23, 2010 at 8:56 a.m.
*grumble grumble grumble* Dam kids, get off my forums... *grumble grumble grumble*
Whiskeyjackon April 23, 2010 at 9:08 a.m.
*rocks slowly in his chair* 
I remember the great Naruto flood of '05.. more fans than you could beat with a stick.
*mutters something about having to walk uphill, in the snow to watch anime*
giaon April 23, 2010 at 9:09 a.m.
Man, I love you guys. :D
sora_thekey moderator on April 23, 2010 at 9:14 a.m.
What I want to know is... where do I fit in all this?
Am I a newbie... (Which means all of you being nice to me for selfish reasons)
or an older anime watcher?... (Which means me being nice for selfish reasons)
 
Digimon <3
Djmon April 23, 2010 at 9:20 a.m.
Train them when they're young, and they'll become awesome otaku later.
Oishi_47on April 23, 2010 at 9:23 a.m.
I remember way back when, when all we had to watch was a Saiyan push a hoop with a stick. 
agila61on April 23, 2010 at 9:30 a.m.
Shhhh, now we know it did not happen, but no need to avoid CLAIMING watching anime on open-reel videotape with subtitles on mimeographed sheets. If someone has to look up "mimeograph on wikipedia, so much the better.
sickVisionz moderator is online on April 23, 2010 at 9:43 a.m.
Everyone starts somewhere.
empressdonnaon April 23, 2010 at 9:43 a.m.
We were all there once (and a lot of the newer anime fans came in when Naruto/Bleach/Death Note became popular more recently). 
 
But since none of these fit into the Magical Girl genre, I guess it is a case of "You like DBZ Kai but want girls instead? Here is <insert anime here>"
Kelleth moderator on April 23, 2010 at 9:45 a.m.
Has anyone seen my pills? pills anybody? some darn kids run away with my pills and i was to slow to catch up to the....... *SNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOR*
AmandaBeeon April 23, 2010 at 9:49 a.m.
We would go to conventions with an onion tied to our belts, which was the style at the time.
Konandaon April 23, 2010 at 10:16 a.m.
@Whiskeyjack said:

"*mutters something about having to walk uphill, in the snow to watch anime* "

I actually had to do that last winter to get to the anime club at my university.
DK1105on April 23, 2010 at 10:52 a.m.
Who needs this new fans.  We had are Dragon Ball just that way me liked it but no it doesn't appeal to the new fans with there fancy new digital animation.  Oh and Bayblade don''t get me started.  Be then we had spin fighters and we liked them.  They took are spinning steel toys and add safety to them.
 
OK old man rant done.  Really getting some new fans would be a good thing.  Don't want the non japanese fandom to go away but please we need to teach them a little better than the Naruto generation.
Count_Zeroon April 23, 2010 at 11:42 a.m.
Now, I just need to figure out a way to get the new school anime fan hooked on old-school anime, like Zeta Gundam and Record of Lodoss War and Patlabor, Votroms & Sailor Moon. The last three are gonna be tricky though the licenses for all of those have lapsed and I'm skeptical about anyone picking them up - though there is hope for Sailor Moon.
Kelleth moderator on April 23, 2010 at 11:56 a.m.
@DK1105:  That`s funny i`m just about to finish a Power Ranger Blog lol Its Disney`s own fault btw they have to add bad photoshop techniques to the remastered version.
cfatalison April 23, 2010 at 12:05 p.m.
@Kelleth: you know what this mean? more dbz fanboy.....
Kelleth moderator on April 23, 2010 at 12:06 p.m.
@cfatalis:  There will be blood but not mine lol
cfatalison April 23, 2010 at 12:15 p.m.
@Kelleth: so it would be the same case as the nier replicant threat?
Kelleth moderator on April 23, 2010 at 12:21 p.m.
@cfatalis:  Think so....
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