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Do you think anime is weird?

Yes, anime is weird
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22%
Anime itself isn’t weird, but some fans are
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42%
Anime isn’t weird, it’s just from a different culture and that seems weird
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26%
Anime isn’t weird in any way, shape or form
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9%
 
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Why is anime so weird?

Postby Aureumterra III » Wed Oct 21, 2020 7:14 am

I’ll just start this off by saying I never liked anime, ever, but I have been around this weird subculture on the internet and in real life that obsesses over it.

Anime seems so weird, almost every anime seems to have people with artificial hair, the hyper sexualization of everything, and other weird things like catgirls and all that. What makes it even weirder is there is a certain subset of people, usually in the West, who obsess over it and spend every breathing moment of their life talking about anime. Why is it so weird and particularly so socially awkward?
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Postby Infected Mushroom » Wed Oct 21, 2020 7:16 am

It... isn't?

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Postby Aureumterra III » Wed Oct 21, 2020 7:17 am

LoveHung wrote:
Aureumterra III wrote:I’ll just start this off by saying I never liked anime, ever, but I have been around this weird subculture on the internet and in real life that obsesses over it.

Anime seems so weird, almost every anime seems to have people with artificial hair, the hyper sexualization of everything, and other weird things like catgirls and all that. What makes it even weirder is there is a certain subset of people, usually in the West, who obsess over it and spend every breathing moment of their life talking about anime. Why is it so weird and particularly so socially awkward?

True. Anime is one of the worst internet phenomena.

I mean, technically it was a thing before the internet, as it’s just a style of animation, but the internet has grown a weird subculture that obsesses over it
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Postby Rwekazaland » Wed Oct 21, 2020 7:18 am

Now I seee how you talk about catgirls and stufff but..
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Postby Whitemore » Wed Oct 21, 2020 7:18 am

What seems weird to you is normal to other people.
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Postby Ifreann » Wed Oct 21, 2020 7:19 am

Infected Mushroom wrote:It... isn't?

Shockingly, this. Anime isn't weird, it's just normal in a way that people on the far side of the world aren't always familiar with.
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Postby Borderlands of Rojava » Wed Oct 21, 2020 7:19 am

Anyone who hates anime hates Jojo. I can't abide by that.
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Postby Mestovakia » Wed Oct 21, 2020 7:21 am

Borderlands of Rojava wrote:Anyone who hates anime hates Jojo. I can't abide by that.


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Postby La Paz de Los Ricos » Wed Oct 21, 2020 7:21 am

Aureumterra III wrote:I’ll just start this off by saying I never liked anime, ever, but I have been around this weird subculture on the internet and in real life that obsesses over it.

Anime seems so weird, almost every anime seems to have people with artificial hair, the hyper sexualization of everything, and other weird things like catgirls and all that. What makes it even weirder is there is a certain subset of people, usually in the West, who obsess over it and spend every breathing moment of their life talking about anime. Why is it so weird and particularly so socially awkward?


This and this have been helpful in understanding anime's online popularity.

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Postby The Holy Therns » Wed Oct 21, 2020 7:22 am

Aureumterra III wrote:I’ll just start this off by saying I never liked anime, ever, but I have been around this weird subculture on the internet and in real life that obsesses over it.

Anime seems so weird, almost every anime seems to have people with artificial hair, the hyper sexualization of everything, and other weird things like catgirls and all that. What makes it even weirder is there is a certain subset of people, usually in the West, who obsess over it and spend every breathing moment of their life talking about anime. Why is it so weird and particularly so socially awkward?


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Postby La xinga » Wed Oct 21, 2020 7:22 am

It just is. The drawings, the face, the voices, I don't like them.

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Postby Borderlands of Rojava » Wed Oct 21, 2020 7:23 am

Mestovakia wrote:
Borderlands of Rojava wrote:Anyone who hates anime hates Jojo. I can't abide by that.


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Postby Mestovakia » Wed Oct 21, 2020 7:23 am

Can't believe you guys can hate Pokemon.

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Postby Aureumterra III » Wed Oct 21, 2020 7:24 am

Borderlands of Rojava wrote:Anyone who hates anime hates Jojo. I can't abide by that.

Never seen that, I don’t particularly hate anime itself, but I definitely hate the weird and toxic internet subculture. I never liked anime, that’s not to say I actively disliked it, I just found it really weird
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Postby Whitemore » Wed Oct 21, 2020 7:25 am

Aureumterra III wrote:
Borderlands of Rojava wrote:Anyone who hates anime hates Jojo. I can't abide by that.

Never seen that, I don’t particularly hate anime itself, but I definitely hate the weird and toxic internet subculture. I never liked anime, that’s not to say I actively disliked it, I just found it really weird


You really shouldn't judge anime based on it's community, that's ignoring the hard work anime writers and producers put into their work.
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Postby Ifreann » Wed Oct 21, 2020 7:25 am

Aureumterra III wrote:
Borderlands of Rojava wrote:Anyone who hates anime hates Jojo. I can't abide by that.

Never seen that, I don’t particularly hate anime itself, but I definitely hate the weird and toxic internet subculture. I never liked anime, that’s not to say I actively disliked it, I just found it really weird

So are you talking about anime or are you talking about a toxic internet subculture?
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Postby Kiu Ghesik » Wed Oct 21, 2020 7:25 am

Aureumterra III wrote:
LoveHung wrote:True. Anime is one of the worst internet phenomena.

I mean, technically it was a thing before the internet, as it’s just a style of animation, but the internet has grown a weird subculture that obsesses over it

...you just described the internet.

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Postby SD_Film Artists » Wed Oct 21, 2020 7:26 am

Aureumterra III wrote:Anime seems so weird, almost every anime seems to have people with artificial hair, the hyper sexualization of everything, and other weird things like catgirls and all that. What makes it even weirder is there is a certain subset of people, usually in the West, who obsess over it and spend every breathing moment of their life talking about anime. Why is it so weird and particularly so socially awkward?


As with any media, it depends which genre you watch. It's not all Dragon Ball Z and hentai, some of it would pass for a normal drama series if it wasn't animated; indeed some great 'western' films such as The Matrix and Inception were directly inspired/copied from anime. My brother wouldn't touch anime until I showed him the more realistic parts of Ghost in the Shell
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Infected Mushroom wrote:It... isn't?

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Postby Wubdich » Wed Oct 21, 2020 7:27 am

Anime isn't much weirder than any other Internet phenomena. Every fandom, franchise, or phenomenon has its 'bad sites' or 'bad examples' that make it appear weird.
So you are neither wrong nor absolutely right.
There are parts of the anime fandom/community/whatever-you-call-it that have some 'weird' attributes for someone that is not that into it. There are people who throw half their income at Anime-merch and whatever else, either out of obsession, or because they want to support the creators of their favorite anime.
But it isn't much 'weirder' than people obsessed by a specific music genre, movie genre, specific artist, movie itself or whatever else that can be obsessed about.
What about meme-culture? Just like anime fans throw half their income at merchandise from an anime, in meme culture people buy stuff worth half their income just for the giggles.
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Postby Destyntine » Wed Oct 21, 2020 7:27 am

Aureumterra III wrote:I’ll just start this off by saying I never liked anime, ever, but I have been around this weird subculture on the internet and in real life that obsesses over it.

Anime seems so weird, almost every anime seems to have people with artificial hair, the hyper sexualization of everything, and other weird things like catgirls and all that. What makes it even weirder is there is a certain subset of people, usually in the West, who obsess over it and spend every breathing moment of their life talking about anime. Why is it so weird and particularly so socially awkward?


I often find myself thinking the same thing. I've honestly tried watching anime (after being forced by multiple friends) and never found the attraction that they do.

I've always noticed a trend in anime, the main character is always some teen/young adult with an average build and introverted personalities who either has a direct super power or a learned supernatural ability. I never understood why the main protagonist is always like this in anime.

I guess we all have that urge in our brains to have the attraction to something. Anime just tends to be more common than other attractions. Kind of like car collector enthusiasts or football fanatics, there is always something that the brain will crave.
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Postby Unstoppable Empire of Doom » Wed Oct 21, 2020 7:30 am

"Certain subset of people, usually in the west"

Someone clearly hasn't heard of Akihabara....
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Postby Hurdergaryp » Wed Oct 21, 2020 7:31 am

The drawing style of the godfather of manga and anime, Osamu Tezuka, was heavily influenced by Disney. Given how Disney comics became available to the Japanese public during the American occupation, it is fair to say that anime was made possible by the defeat of Imperial Japan.


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Aureumterra III wrote:I’ll just start this off by saying I never liked anime, ever, but I have been around this weird subculture on the internet and in real life that obsesses over it.

Anime seems so weird, almost every anime seems to have people with artificial hair, the hyper sexualization of everything, and other weird things like catgirls and all that. What makes it even weirder is there is a certain subset of people, usually in the West, who obsess over it and spend every breathing moment of their life talking about anime. Why is it so weird and particularly so socially awkward?


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