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Alot of my friends don't watch anime. Only two of them do. We have different lunch times so we can't talk about anime until after school. I'm stuck with the ones who don't watch anime, so whenever I start saying something (I almost always talk about anime), they barely understand a word I'm saying. Does any one have experiences like that?
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Heh, I used to be in a situation like that, except that my friends did know about anime, but didn't really know much about it.

They were fans of DBZ and other mainstream anime, but didn't know anything about Rurouni Kenshin, Bubblegum Crisis, Cowboy Bebop, and other animes I liked.
Like idiots, they used to make cracks whenever I wore a shirt from an anime they never heard of.

And well, that's about it.:D
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Actually, I have a slightly different situation..

My friends know about anime and know about all the different ones, but don't care about them in the least.

I talk about anime and manga all the time at my school, and they just seem to tune me out. One of my friends actually tends to just look at me and go "Shut up" frequently nowadays. *sigh* They all hold video games about anything else, and believe I "wasted a fortune" on the Evangelion box set.

It seems impossible to find anyone at our school that DOES like anime, as well. The only people at our little maximum security prison of education that are otaku are already my friends.

I'm considered the outcast/know-it-all of the group. Despite one guy has a sailor's mouth, one hasn't eaten anything in 2 days, one has been known to have a "girlfriend of the week" for two years now, and the others are just.. Strange.

*sigh* Between the the pricy DVDs, the lack of musical discs based on anime in America, and the bad rap of anime, sometimes it is hard acting in the name of Japan. (Well that sentence certainly came out strange..)
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My friends always call me a dork when I bring it up. Sometimes I'll be stupid and pretend like I'm Vash th stampede during class. LOL My friends are like what are you doing?! Nah, I'm not that stupid, but I've done it once. I brought a manga to school one time and someone stole it and passed it around the homeroom. Everyone was like who's is this? I just got up and took it back. I think everyone would like it if they gave it a chance. My friends just think I'm a dork, but hey, I get tons of laughs with my vash killing the teacher impression!
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Hmm... My interests don't seem to bother people that much, although I did feel a little weird reading Naruto in the school library. :blush: I haven't met another anime fan, even though there's an anime club here (maybe I should actually go at least once to a meeting, but Friday is my time! :whoops: ).

Haha, I guess it is because I don't express my anime interest as strongly as the rest of you.
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Well, I was in that situation, reversed. My friends knew all about their favorite animes and I just followed along, and I somtimes threw in something they had told me. Now, I'm the anime freak (except for the fact that one of my friends has an Inuyasha shirt) who talks about anime almost non-stop, except when we talk about movies on newgrounds.
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I cannot really say that I have had that problem. There have only been a few times that anime has come up between my friends and I. I know one of my friends that enjoys DBZ and had the DVD's of the end while CN was still trying to get up to the "Otherworld Tourney."

As for the rest of them, I am not sure how many watch anime. I think I was taking to one of my friends at college last week about anime, but I cannot remember exactly. :p
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I have the same problem. Some of my friends love anime and some friends hate it. This year I can't see any of my friends that do like anime at all during school. Having different lunch times than them does suck.
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[QUOTE][i]Originally posted by kenshinsbabe [/i]
[B]Alot of my friends don't watch anime. Only two of them do. We have different lunch times so we can't talk about anime until after school. I'm stuck with the ones who don't watch anime, so whenever I start saying something (I almost always talk about anime), they barely understand a word I'm saying. Does any one have experiences like that? [/B][/QUOTE]

[SIZE=1][COLOR=darkblue]It happens all the time. Mostly one the bus though, I normally don't talk much at lunch 'cuse I just wanna eat! But some people that are friendly people that I normally will talk to, but they're not quite my friends, and my some of myfriends have no idea what anime is. So everyone is always askin' what I'm talking about. :P Oh well, at least three of my friends watch anime, and I have all the people here to talk to it about. ^_^ Me so lucky.[/COLOR][/SIZE]
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Well, a pretty large amount of people know about anime in my school, so I don't really have that problem. Rather, I have the problem where people think anime is :

A) Cartoons, and [i]everyone[/i] knows cartoons are just for children.

B) Japanese cartoons border on pornography, with gore and nudity on every page.

C) Both.

A had a rare example of a "C" when I bought my last issue of my favorite magazine, Newtype-USA (for the uninformed, the anime-watchers bible.) The following happened at the checkout line.

- Me (walking up to checkout counter ): I'll buy this.

- Cashier : Certainly. One moment.

*Cashier scans magazine, then proceeds to stare up and down the cover for about two minutes.*

- Me : ...Um, there a problem?

- Cashier : I'm just making sure you can buy this.

- Me: Why wouldn't I be able to?

- Cashier : Well, these Japansese cartoons are, you know, a little more adult-oriented.

- Me : Well, if it's too [U]adult[/U] for fifteen year olds, why isn't there a "Adults Only" tag on it, like Playboy?

- Cashier: Well, the manager told us these Japanese cartoon comics don't always respect that rule.

- Me (now slightly annoyed ) : Well, if that's true, then why did you're store put them next to Superman, Batman, and other clearly kid's comics, since, you know, comics are only for kids? Mixing some adult-child stereotypes here, aren't we?

- Cashier ( looking confused ) : I don't know sir. Here's your comic book. Have a nice day.

*note* Newtype-USA is around 190 pages. Comic book? Methinks thats a bit of an understatement. Lol.
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[COLOR=GREEN] My situation is kinda weird. Ya I have a lot of friends who aren't really into anime but they don't give me any trouble about it because they have strange intrest too. But surprisingly, its my brother, a [I]former[/I] anime fan, who bothers me the most about it. He used to be into DBZ and Gundum but then he went to privet school and he changed. Oh, well. [/COLOR]
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I have one friend who watches anime, the rest make fun of it constantly saying " 17 and still watching cartoons your pathetic" My one friend who does like anime is in another lunch, so it I try saying anything I hear constant moans and groans. best thing to do is keep it to yourself then talk to your friend later.
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[QUOTE][i]Originally posted by anime_guy [/i]
[B]thats what i do, cuz i only have one friend that waches it too... and he doesnt seem to like it as much anymore! :( [/B][/QUOTE]

don't worry soon everyone will wish they knew as much as you about it!

with the growing popularity of anime in future years we will have alot more people enjoying it,
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[QUOTE][i]Originally posted by anime_guy [/i]
[B]well, i hope it gets popuar.... my other friends are kinda stupid... all they like is being itidots and playing football, i like being an idiot, i like sports, but i like lots of other stuff too, unlike my stupid friends... [/B][/QUOTE]

Try going to a few conventions near you, you'll find that more people are showing every year.
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