Jump to content
OtakuBoards

Anime Anime Stereotypes


Kamuro
 Share

Recommended Posts

No, this isn't a post about the anime's themselves, its about the people that watch them. I've found that theres several stereotypes about the [U]people[/U] that watch anime. I've heard that people who watch anime don't have lives, no friends, even that they're so crazy for feeling something for a drawn character that they could never do so for another human being. I call these myths or even rumors because they're obviously not true. But I've decided to make a post to prove the majority of these are false. Tell me stereotypes you've heard and why they're just plain not true. A "MythBusters" of my own you might say.
Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Replies 50
  • Created
  • Last Reply

Top Posters In This Topic

[COLOR=blue]Actually, I find those "myths" to be shockingly true. If only you could have seen my myO post about the otaku who was looking for a girlfriend... I can't post the stuff here, unfortunately, as it's a little crude, and I have no desire to put up the files again.

The point is, though, that there are way too many of these people. And while they may be a fraction of the anime community, they stand out too much. It's those people that non-anime fans take notice of. I have also met way too many people who believe that perfect love can only be achieved with anime characters and complain about how flawed reality is.

It's a disturbing phenomenon when a person can't appreciate the beauty and splendor of other people.[/COLOR]
Link to comment
Share on other sites

[I]I absolutely love Anime. I watch it pretty much everyday. As a matter of fact, you could ask me what anime I watch yesterday and I would say: "Full Metal Alchemist, Zatch Bell, Ghost in the Shell, Dragonball GT (sadly), Inuyasha, Cowboy Bebop and Super Milk Chan on Toonami, and Adult Swim." But that doesn't count what I watched on iControl (Digital Cable :D ). Before and between those shows, I was reading my Naruto Manga, and drawing them, thinking about how awesome it would be to be able to do Kage Bunshin no Jutsu. I'm also a BLACK DUDE!!!! Do you know how many people commented on that? I''m also really good at sports, and very pro-social. I'm a freshman in high school who hangs out with all kinds of different people, popular, unpopular, jock, nerd, quiet, loud, just name a adjective and I can give you a name of a friend who can fit it.

What I'm trying to say is that you can't say "Otaku," and everyone get a correct image in their head of everyone into the anime world. I know that it's sad when someone looks at someone reading a manga, and automaticly label them as "geek," but it's going to happen no matter what... All you can do is accept it because there is no use being angry about something you don't have control in. Just let them know that there is someone out there that does not fit that stereotype of "Everyone who like anime or spents time or money on it bescause they found a passion in something are nerds"... because I'm living proof.[/I]
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Well, where I live people have the mistaken notion that if you like anime you are into porn. And although I am sure there are people like that who enjoy anime, me and most of my friends are not like that. It gets kind of annoying when you are at a bookstore and people avoid you like the plague for buying anime or manga.

As for fitting a sterotype well both me and my best friend are more average than the people around here think. My best friend who loves Detective Conan, Fruits Basket & D.N.Angel is actually a business major, married, and has two girls. She has to find time to even watch anime. Then there's me, I'm a Computer tech and service person who switched jobs to Trucking *cause I've lost my job to outsourcing 3 times in the past 5 years* I have plenty of friends, and definatly have a life. Like my friend I too have to find time to watch anime as I am very busy.

It really annoys me when others assume I have no life and that I'm slime because I enjoy anime and manga. :animeangr I try my best to be open minded and insist they actually watch some anime before they judge people. Two of them were open minded enough that they actually did watch some and surprise surprise! They found that anime is not what they orginally thought. :animesmil
Link to comment
Share on other sites

I've tried to persuade some people I know to watch anime, but they won't even do that. They insist its a waste of time and I shouldn't bother with it either. This annoys me a lot cause sometimes I'm just in an anime mood and they won't even talk to me :animestun . These friends are few, but I don't think there should be any like that. People just seemed to be so narrow-minded and set in their ways that they're actually [I]looking[/I] for these stereotypes so they don't have to bother with the anime itself.
Link to comment
Share on other sites

What I find interesting is the amount of stereotypes amongst Anime Fans themselves.

People I know use the terms like Dubby and Narutard freely.
There are stereotypes from within, as without.

-ArV

o.o new pope... interesting.
Link to comment
Share on other sites

for some reason people are shocked when they find out i like anime. i guess i dont seem like the kind of person that would be into it i guess. whenever people see me watching anime or talk about it, they actually seem to care. thats when i take advantage of the moment and try get people into it!

anyway, the most stereotypical thing is that anyone into anime is a nerd. ill admit, some people definitely fall into that category but come on, dont assume that [I]everyone [/I]is like that. people who stereotype ust need open up and try something new.
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Ah ninja you stold that i was going to say :D thats the kind of stereo type i have always heard ... and in my case its false.

Also the stereo type that people that watch anime dont have lives or friends it a bunch of BS... i've never heard that one before but i so many friends it hard to hang out with all of them... plus i have my job and very many other thing like play baseball, basketball, football, going paint balling and so forth.

I also cant stand that stereo type that all people who watch animes are perverts ... thats just not the case. Not all animes are dirty if that was the case they wouldnt be able to show half of the animes they do on T.V...

People who like anime just have good taste... :D
Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 2 weeks later...
being a member of the public relations division of my uniniversity's anime club, I see normal stereotypes each meeting, but there is one facet that always questioned me.....are these stereotypes laws?

I decided to test this theory. I went to a well traveled part of the campus, ran my computer with some Detective Loki Ragnarok (awesome series by the way:) ) and I just sat with a notebook and just watched people pass by. In 3 hours time, about 30 people gave me dirty looks(they will die very soon one day), and 10 people came to see what I was watching. From that 10, 7 admitted that they loved anime and asked me what sereis this was. about 3 of them fit the traditional otaku stereotypes, 2 of the others were very goodlooking ladies, 1 was an athletic guy, and the last one was gothic.

In summation, we have many anime fans out there who don't nessecarily fit the stereotype.
Link to comment
Share on other sites

[COLOR=Indigo]It's both. Anime is an easy was to kill a day off.

We do it cause we like it. It's a hobby. We have lives, but this is a main focus of entertainment.

Others thing it's a waste of time... those who sit home all day watching MTV.

Both sets of people go to parties, hang out, work, and do other randomness.

We both have lives, or the same amount of lifelessness in us.

List...

Anime:
Cop Drama: Ghost in the shell
Kung Fu movie: Half of it.
Porn: Hentai

Everyone else:
Cop Drama: NYPD BLUE
Kung-Fu movie: Kung-fu movie
Porn: Porn

Our entertainment is slightly varied. We substitute bad actors with squigly lines. Our Kung-fu movies have fireballs, and our porn has a good storyline.

I think we're bettter off.[/COLOR]
Link to comment
Share on other sites

[COLOR=Red][B]I really hate that! People at my school sterotype me for having no friends, being a loser, and being a low person in society that doesn't deserve anu respect! I'm sick of it! It's like, so what? I like, no, i love anime? what's your deal? Do you have to hate and bug me just because I don't get all crazy over Usher or Eminem? :flaming: They say that i'm unrealistic for thinking anime people are cute or hot or soemthing when really they are the ones who are even more unrealistic! They love these actors and singers and famous people and are like, oh i love them!One day they'll be my husband/wife! Whatever! There is no way! :mad: I mean sure i think a drawing of a guy is hot? so what? if they would just leave us be and mind their own desires and fantasies as well as their own lives and business i would not be mean to them. (people at my school complain about me being mean to them for them not liking that i like anime) I still do not under stand why they get mad at me for liking anime...it's my life! It's my choice what i like! :animeangr And then thye get mad at me for expressing my love for anime by reading or talking loudly with my friends about it. I'm just trying to live my life the way i want to! I want to have as much fun as possible, i want to enjoy the hobbies i have picked up, one being anime. I say to them that if they leave me alone i'll leave them alone! They should just stop stereotyping and mind their own business! :cussing:

-a ver misunderstood, irritated :angry2:
AnimeJunkie00[/B][/COLOR]
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Interestingly a workmate of mine saw my Tokyo Babylon manga I'd just bought and said 'You really are a geek!!'

Now I openly call myself a geek - and I work at an Internet company so being a 'geek' is something to be proud of. Also my workmate did not use it in at all a deregetory way and was extremly interested in the manga.

It just struck me that someone who wasn't into anime/manga tagged it as something that appeals to the 'geeks' at my work.

She's right - it does, there are more people from the Internet industry that I know that love anime than from any other group of people I've spoken to!

[COLOR=Plum][SIZE=1][I]just an aside, within our Industry there is stereotyping - 'geeks' are defined by being great with computers and having non mainstream interests - but still kinda cool! [/I][/SIZE][/COLOR]
Link to comment
Share on other sites

The stereotype I've heard is dat anime fans don't live on this Earth. I mean dat anime fans r unrealistic.
I told my best friend dat I want to become a writer, n she said dat I'll neva make it. Then she told me dat I watch too much anime where ppl's dreams come true. Den she said dat I shud find a more realistic career :animeangr Well, I'm gonna b a very famous writer n show her! :mad:
We anime fans r realistic ppl who knos dat if u work reali hard, den ne realistic dreams could come true!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D
Link to comment
Share on other sites

[color=#503f86]Raina, please refrain from using abbreviations in posts- it looks untidy and is against the [url="http://www.otakuboards.com/rules.php?"]Rules[/url].

I find it interesting the relation of anime fans to internet users. I'd say most anime fans would be internet users, even though not all internet users are anime fans. I guess it's because in western markets such as the US and UK where anime gets released after it does in Japan, people are always interested to know what's coming next and the internet's the best way to keep track of it.

Eh, I've never met anyone I'd call an anime 'stereotype'. I know someone who keeps going on about how crap some dub names are, but that's about the only regular trait I can find. I have many friends and am incredibly active, so I can't see where the 'no life, no friends' comes in. But that's just me.

I don't admit to many people that I'm an anime fan. A lot of people who mention it seem to bring up hentai as well, and I don't want to come off as a pervert.[/color]
Link to comment
Share on other sites

I'm about to fit the "no friends" and "no life" parts of that stereotype. All of my friends either have moved away or are in the process of doing so. And they're taking my social life with them! Its cool though, since we're all planning on staying in contact with eachother. There's a chance that I'm not going to be living in the gay *** little town for much longer myself. I imagine that I'll be gone and out of California (and possibly out of America) by this time next year.

But I do know big anime fans (really wouldn't call them my friends... more like friendly acquaintances) that have a large group of friends. One of them has a car trunk full of anime. Kinda sad if you think about it.
Link to comment
Share on other sites

[QUOTE=Havokio][COLOR=Indigo]It's both. Anime is an easy was to kill a day off.

We do it cause we like it. It's a hobby. We have lives, but this is a main focus of entertainment.

Others thing it's a waste of time... those who sit home all day watching MTV.

Both sets of people go to parties, hang out, work, and do other randomness.

We both have lives, or the same amount of lifelessness in us.

List...

Anime:
Cop Drama: Ghost in the shell
Kung Fu movie: Half of it.
Porn: Hentai

Everyone else:
Cop Drama: NYPD BLUE
Kung-Fu movie: Kung-fu movie
Porn: Porn

Our entertainment is slightly varied. We substitute bad actors with squigly lines. Our Kung-fu movies have fireballs, and our porn has a good storyline.

I think we're bettter off.[/COLOR][/QUOTE]
most of what you say makes sense. but could you define "life"? (as in" have no life")
Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 3 years later...
I get told all the time by my apparent school friends that im some sort of wierd freak for watching it but I don't really mind, i know that most people think of anime as a cartoon but as long as it means something more to me and other otaku's i don't mind.

I'm going to a convention soon and it will be the first time i've ever met other otaku's in person actually.

Maybe I am what people thing we are but i'm not bothered.
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Anime is cartoons. However it is unique in the way it is portrayed, written, and drawn.

It really depends on how obsessed the person is with anime. Do they chose anime over personal hygiene? Do they spend all their time choosing anime over their responsibilities?

If they take care of themselves then who cares if they spend time watching anime on their free time. It can be a healthy hobby.
Link to comment
Share on other sites

It's unfair that we people who watch anime get labelled as freaks of nature. I mean, I'm the type of person that only has a few really close friends, but I do have a life. I play sport. I play an instrument. I study. My friend is the same, but just the other day she got asked whether she was drawing hentai in art class!! I swear that some people are just closed-minded. Honestly, I don't draw so much attention to myself at school, people ask if I can draw them cute little chibis... but apart from that my friends at school are mostly labeled as freaks. :animeangr
Besides, some anime is educational, and my school (although they don't know it) likes me playing anime theme music when they do school concerts. So, they unknowingly like the anime music.
As long as we keep ourselves healthy, I think that people opposed to anime should just mind their own business and let us mind ours.
Link to comment
Share on other sites

i hate it how many people in my school concider my music and hobby interests as 'weird', i mean yeah..i like japanses music and im english (no i dont understand it but i love it!) they think im all weird if i havent heard the latest sugarbabes single!
Also one time i was in my end of year exams and i didnt have an exam on that day so i bought 2 death note books and a naruto one to pass the time and everyone (except my friends) though i was a complete weirdo o.0. I mean yeah so what if i read manga everyone is entitled to their own interests, their own life. I dont want to follow the crowd at my school -.- i like being an individual. BTW im the only person in the whole school how likes manga (well except for one guy but he doesnt watch it any more:()
I hate being labled for my interests -.-
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Lol I read some funny things....

anyways, most people don't know I like anime, I don't hide it but I don't go around telling everyone, as a matter of fact it depends on people, 1 of my girlfriends thought it was attractive that I was "unique" not only because I watched anime but that was 1 of the things, another girlfriend thought it was totally weird and didn't want to talk about it. The only person that "guessed" that I watch anime is 1 of my good friend's girlfriends, apparently my "funny faces" make it seem like I'm an anime character, so she assumed I liked anime.

I don't understand why people would say anime is a waste of life, most people watch t.v., some people may watch Real World, some people may watch sports, some people may watch the animal channel, whatever, we can't all like the same kind of food, music, shows, sports and everything, there wouldn't be such a thing as individuality. If you eat, breathe and sleep anime then that's called no life, but then again if you do that with what ever the hell you watch it could be said for that 2. Most people I know don't have the balls to call me a loser or a dork, and even if they did I'd laugh in their face, the kids that drink, smoke weed and watch MTV all day are losers in my eyes, so what's a loser anyway?

los⋅er
–noun
1. a person, team, nation, etc., that loses: The visiting team was the loser in the series.
2. Informal.
a. a person who has been convicted of a misdemeanor or, esp., a felony: a two-time loser.
b. a person who has failed at a particular activity: a loser at marriage.
c. someone or something that is marked by consistently or thoroughly bad quality, performance, etc.: Don't bother to see that film, it's a real loser.
3. Slang. a misfit, esp. someone who has never or seldom been successful at a job, personal relationship, etc.

Would you look at that, those amazingly cool people that go get drunk off their *** and get convicted of crimes are called two-time losers, yet it says nothing about watching anime.

I guess in a few words I'm trying to say that if you're not skipping more important things like work or school work it doesn't make you not have a life. You can go to school all week, work a few days a week, go out with your friends and still have more then enough time to watch anime, trust me. I wouldn't be surprised if I watched anime the rest of my life, but 1 thing I'm sure of, it won't get in the way of my school, and definitely not my career once I start it.

Japan_86 said, it can be a healthy hobby, as long as it doesn't get in the way of your responsibilities.
Link to comment
Share on other sites

I actually disagree with what most of you people are saying.

When people make friends, they make friends cause they share a common interest. Like for example, people that like cars. You wont find people that like cars hanging out with Amish folk. So what I'm trying to point out is that saying otaku's don't have friends is a complete lie. I've seen otakus that hang out with other otakus, I my self have friends that are in fact otakus.

But there are another type of people that contradict this and those are people who like anime but hide that fact to other people. I can honestly say that i am this kind of person. I'm not very open with talking about anime (that hasn't been shown on adultswim) around other people. So I don't criticized often.
Link to comment
Share on other sites

[quote name='Udon']But there are another type of people that contradict this and those are people who like anime but hide that fact to other people. I can honestly say that i am this kind of person. I'm not very open with talking about anime (that hasn't been shown on adultswim) around other people. So I don't criticized often.[/QUOTE]
[FONT="Times New Roman"]Heh, you can say that I'm in the same category then. But then again, it's more like a "don't ask, don't tell" type of thing. None of my friends ask me if I watch anime, and I don't bring it up. I'm not afraid to either. I just don't have any reasons to do so.

But those that do know that I watch anime are rather goofy anyway... They seem more hardcore-ish than casual... or more geared towards sub or something... "shrugs"[/FONT]
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
 Share


×
×
  • Create New...