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Jan 12, 2008 7:13 AM

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my parents dont really care about anime at all, although my mom does like ghibli films. when i watch too much though, they tell me to stop wasting time and go study.
sometimes, they also tell me to go watch some chinese soap operas to go improve my chinese vocabulary, so im just liek, wow, its good enough already
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Jan 12, 2008 7:23 AM

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I usually minimize if they come in, to avoid any misunderstainding etc =P
ecchi sections / mega violence in some animes...
But they have come in a few times, maybe a small comment or something, usually from my dad.

My mom came in once i watched Hellsing, and she asked seriously if I had joined a satanic cult or something
 
Jan 12, 2008 7:49 AM
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To some people, all Asians are the same. They probably don't want to deal with remembering all of them.
I know. I've been carefull as to avoid that pitfall myself and remember their differences. But every time someone who's not into Anime comes and sees me watching a sub they're all "What's with those chinese guys?". My aunt especially just won't stop saying it is chinese no matter the amount of time I've told her they're japanese. I've even gone as far as shown her the differences, but I guess to her they all sound the same.

 
Jan 12, 2008 7:51 AM
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llxwarbirdxll said:
To some people, all Asians are the same. They probably don't want to deal with remembering all of them.
I know. I've been carefull as to avoid that pitfall myself and remember their differences. But every time someone who's not into Anime comes and sees me watching a sub they're all "What's with those chinese guys?". My aunt especially just won't stop saying it is chinese no matter the amount of time I've told her they're japanese. I've even gone as far as shown her the differences, but I guess to her they all sound the same.
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Mom - "Watch your manga in your room. What if someone came over and saw what you were watching?"
Mine only gave me looks suggesting to go read it somewhere else, but she never has told it to my face. She's not amused with the fact I used up around 100 bucks on manga.
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Jan 12, 2008 9:08 AM

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This thread got some nice replies. It really seems like parents are most anti-anime. But I bet they'd be the same about everything your interested in that they weren't as kids. They should be grateful that you're at home watching anime and not going out and sleeping around or something you know? At least, in my case that holds true. I get a lot of grief for staying in my room a lot, and you think they'd like that since they don't have to put up with me, but they want me to come out of my hole and do boring stuff with them. Like, watching TV, and I've told them numerous times that I hate watching the crap on TV. And it doesn't help that my Mom's boyfriend changes the channel after every commercial because he doesn't like watching the commercials and he never goes back. So you can't even follow and entire episode of CSI or something.

I think I've done a good job in getting my parents to know that I'm interested in Japan and the Japanese language that they don't make the mistake in calling it a "Chinese cartoon" or something of the sort. I find myself fortunate for that at least after reading some of the replies.

I did get my Mom's boyfriend to sit and watched dubbed Trigun with me for a day. And it made him laugh, so I guess that's a good thing too. But he'd never sit and watch something that was subtitled, ever. Too much work for them I guess.

I've come to the conclusion that you need to be a fan to sit and watch it subbed. Otherwise you won't care and won't read and get lost and just hear the rambling of the characters and the flashy scenes. I really think parents should be more supportive of their child's interest, and not just around the holidays when you ask for that DVD you've been dying to get, but year 'round. Because if your parents don't support you in it, then who will?

The issue with friends not liking it can be a problem too. That's probably why forum communities such as MAL were created. So we can talk amongst other fans that like anime just as you do, so when you obsess over them, it seems normal. But with those hater friends that think it's nerdy, they probably don't know what their talking about and have never tried it.

Thanks everyone for the replies on this, it's been an interesting read.
 
Jan 12, 2008 9:42 AM
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kimochi said:
This thread got some nice replies. It really seems like parents are most anti-anime. But I bet they'd be the same about everything your interested in that they weren't as kids. They should be grateful that you're at home watching anime and not going out and sleeping around or something you know? At least, in my case that holds true. I get a lot of grief for staying in my room a lot, and you think they'd like that since they don't have to put up with me, but they want me to come out of my hole and do boring stuff with them. Like, watching TV, and I've told them numerous times that I hate watching the crap on TV.
It's funny, because there's really no difference between expending your time in front of a TV and expending it watching Anime (most likely in front of your computer). In both situations you are sitting in front of a screen doing nothing but watching (and thinking, unless you zoned out).

 
Jan 12, 2008 10:06 AM

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Leon-Gun said:
kimochi said:
This thread got some nice replies. It really seems like parents are most anti-anime. But I bet they'd be the same about everything your interested in that they weren't as kids. They should be grateful that you're at home watching anime and not going out and sleeping around or something you know? At least, in my case that holds true. I get a lot of grief for staying in my room a lot, and you think they'd like that since they don't have to put up with me, but they want me to come out of my hole and do boring stuff with them. Like, watching TV, and I've told them numerous times that I hate watching the crap on TV.
It's funny, because there's really no difference between expending your time in front of a TV and expending it watching Anime (most likely in front of your computer). In both situations you are sitting in front of a screen doing nothing but watching (and thinking, unless you zoned out).


Yes, but the issue isn't what you're actually doing. It's the content of what your watching. And I don't like watching stuff on TV, referring to those shows with real people, or American cartoons. It's just not something I really like. And at least with the computer I can decide to stop and go post on forums or make some graphics or something. With the TV, you turn it on and sit and watch. But, I'm not against movies, since they generally can hold my attention. (I really hate commercials).

 
Jan 12, 2008 10:09 AM
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My mom and I watched FAKE together last night. She's borrowing my volumes of Angel Sanctuary, Hellsing and FMA. She likes Gakuen Heaven and is watching it via Netflix (I'm rather meh about it, though the hamus are cute). When we go to Borders/B&N/whatever, she always buys yaoi manga. I made her watch Millennium Actress, and she enjoyed it. She once wrote a Petshop of Horrors fanfic. (surprise, it was Leon/Count D)

So yeah, she's pretty cool with it. My dad likes anime somewhat - he's a big fan of the Dragonball series :D (I've told him to watch Death Note on CN, since he's usually up to watch it)

ETA: Oh, did I mention she's a MAL member? ;D
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My mom and I watched FAKE together last night. She's borrowing my volumes of Angel Sanctuary, Hellsing and FMA. She likes Gakuen Heaven and is watching it via Netflix (I'm rather meh about it, though the hamus are cute). When we go to Borders/B&N/whatever, she always buys yaoi manga. I made her watch Millennium Actress, and she enjoyed it. She once wrote a Petshop of Horrors fanfic. (surprise, it was Leon/Count D)

So yeah, she's pretty cool with it. My dad likes anime somewhat - he's a big fan of the Dragonball series :D (I've told him to watch Death Note on CN, since he's usually up to watch it)

ETA: Oh, did I mention she's a MAL member? ;D


That's awesome that your parents are so into what you do. I'm very envious of it. I wish my parents would spend the time and money to enjoy it with me, because It would make it a lot easier to hold conversation if I could bring it up once in a while. It's pathetic when I try to explain things to my parents about my interests because I'm so into it, it makes it hard for me to understand that they don't quite get it.

I'd love to have parents that would willingly spend that kind of quality time with me. But it's probably too late for that to ever happen. At least we can all go enjoy a movie and dinner together and discuss foods and whatever we watch. So, that becomes my quality time with them. Then again I guess it could go both ways, and I could try to share in their interests too. Like my father's obsession with football. I try to sit down and watch games with him sometimes if I'm bored and have nothing else to do at his house. Or I'll watch big hyped up games like Ohio State vs Michigan.

My Dad has always gotten me things that I've asked for at the holidays and he once said to me that I go in phases and I hyper-focus on things until they get old. I was happy that he noticed this, because that's really how I am. And I don't see my father much because my parents have been divorced for a long time. (Since I was 9 months old). My time with him is hard to come across, but I like to go golfing with him, and that's something he really enjoys doing. So that works out too.

So I do participate with some of their interests, but it isn't really a mutual thing. So I just keep my hobbies, like anime, to myself.
 
Jan 12, 2008 11:19 AM

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the_seventh_l said:

ETA: Oh, did I mention she's a MAL member? ;D


Damn thats freaky lol, but cool that your parents are into anime too.

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I've come to the conclusion that you need to be a fan to sit and watch it subbed. Otherwise you won't care and won't read and get lost and just hear the rambling of the characters and the flashy scenes. I really think parents should be more supportive of their child's interest, and not just around the holidays when you ask for that DVD you've been dying to get, but year 'round. Because if your parents don't support you in it, then who will?


I agree with this, when my friends were avid fans a few years back (before I started watching) they kept telling me about how they pulled all nighters watching Bleach or Gundam Seed or something. I was just like, wow man, anime kills ppl xD. I eventually got into it though, after watching Shaman King, the first fansubbed anime I've ever watched. Before that, whenever I watched a random anime episode before (like FMA or Gundam Seed) I'd think it was lame and slow, partially because of how I was unaccustomed to Japanese and had no idea that anime could build up over so many episodes.

I guess parents who've never been exposed to anime before react in the same way, its understandable, but I think that most parents could get into it if they happened to try a series on their own instead of walking in during the middle of an episode or having you force them to try it.
 
Jan 12, 2008 11:24 AM

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My parents are pretty OK with it. WE watch Ghibli movies too from time to time, my parents would watch FMP! Fumoffu (dubbed, of course) with us, and my dad got us into the Gundam series which was pretty cool.
Likes: Anime/Manga obviously, elevator music, my Wii, Japan, my computer, Jpop/rock/core, Electronica/Techno/Dance

Hates: Doing homework, chores, people that annoy me in a bad way.

Trivia:
-Supposed to be one grade lower
-Can speak 2.01 languages: English, Filipino, and barely Japanese
-Choked on air once, spit a couple times

Rants and Raves
 
Jan 12, 2008 11:34 AM

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My dad had no problems with it. He saw me watch love hina the first time. From time to time he tried to watch a anime. He watched one episode of Gunslinger girl saying it was pretty cool :P.

My mom thinks like Wtf how can you understand that chinese shit. I say there are english subs and it is JAPANESE DAMNIT xD

My moms boyfriend thinks the same as my mom.

My lil brother tries to watch anime online on youtube :/ but never follows episode by episode just scrolls to the action :/
 
Jan 12, 2008 11:46 AM

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I pretty much have to watch anime when my parents aren't around, cuz they think I should be studying for SAT's more or something. When they ask why I spend so much time watching, I just say that there's no explaining true love, though it probably has to do with the fact that I relate to the characters and often learn life lessons from anime.
For the most part though my parents don't really do anything about my watching anime as long as I keep my grades high.
 
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You guys' parents sorta suck. D:

Hold on, let me ask mother unit next to me what she thinks. . . She says it's ignorance on the parents' part, 'cos they usually don't know what it is. (err, hold on, lemme remind her about telling Netflix her second disc of Gakuen Heaven was screwy - okay XD)
 
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My mom stole my brother's Rin Tohsaka figurine even. XD
Haha go mom!

It seeems that a handful of parents enjoy Studio Ghibli. One night there was nothing on TV so I popped in my Castle in the Sky DVD. I even set the dub to English so it wouldn't make my mom feel like she was watching a foreign animation. She lost interest and went to bed halfway through.
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My mom thinks like Wtf how can you understand that chinese shit. I say there are english subs and it is JAPANESE DAMNIT xD
Sometimes my parents ask me, "Can you understand what they're saying?" Hardly, of course, but that question's always entertaining.
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^ Should have started with Spirited Away. That seems to be the one that brought my parents into the Ghibli fold. :3
 
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My parents are slightly impartial. See, I have Christian parents and they happen to be against Eastern beliefs. So anything with demons, occult or things of that caliber are pretty much banded from the house.

My mother happens to enjoy some anime though. I showed her an episode of Mushishi and she said she really liked it (she used to be a big scifi nut when she was younger so I'm guessing it didn't really weird her out). Phase two is introducing her to FMA.

My father on the other hand, accepts it, but doesn't pursue it. He came in while my sister and I were watching a Fullmetal Alchemist AMV and watched it with us and left.

He has on occasion made a snide comment or two about either the language or the amount of lip flaps it takes to say a single word. That and he can't understand that "anime" is the animated version of it and "manga" is the comic book form and continually flips the two around (i.e. "So ran out of your manga shows to watch?" <-Said this last night while my sister and I were watching The King of Queens). I've learn to just ignore the mistakes he makes.

My sister on the other hand, loves anime and manga. Although she doesn't like the subtitled versions of it, she is willing to watch it with me that way, as long as she's seen the episode once in English (not to shabby for an 8 year old, eh?). She happens to enjoy a lot of the shows I do, although she doesn't like harem shows (ala Maoh Sensai Negima!).

And of course the kids at my school are about as understanding of anime and manga as the local pastor. They know nothing about it, and make assumptions based on one panel of manga or one scene in an anime. That's the last time I ever bring a volume of Negima! on the bus with me...
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Jan 12, 2008 12:10 PM
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I pretty much have to watch anime when my parents aren't around, cuz they think I should be studying for SAT's more or something.
I destroy those claims by having a 3.80 Average at College, so they know it DOESN'T get in the ways of my life. Ever since then my father has steered clear of the subject. His favorite words were always "Stop playing videogames and watching Anime, you won't get anywhere in life." Heh, like watching CSI every week will get me anywhere either.

 
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My mom saw 5 eisodes of Gundam seed with it. She saw the last episodes of Robotech and wanted Rick hunter to pick Lisa hayes. Other than that she loves the music and listens to me when I talk about anime or manga. I told her about Monster, thats its my fave anime and manga and she listened as I explained the plot and looked at the books.

My dad makes fun of me(oh your watching(or buying) or jap crap again) but he does watch it with me. He likes Gundam Seed, Rurouni Kenshin, Trigun and Inu Yasha(don't ask). He doesn't watch the whole seris. Just a few episodes.

He hates Bleach, One Piece(haha we agree on something) and MAR(boo hoo).
 
Jan 12, 2008 1:07 PM

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My mother doesn't really understand what anime is whatsoever. I usually watch all of my anime with my door open and she'll come in my room asking, "are you Japanese today?" Strangely enough, she actually watched like an episode of Bleach with me about a month ago (no idea why) and kinda liked it... but she still has no clue why I like watching foreign material.

... my sister thinks every anime is pornographic :X


 
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No offense, but your sister sounds like a tool D: Show her some Ghibli and see if she thinks the same thing afterwards.
 
Jan 12, 2008 1:56 PM

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With my parents, it isn't really about the anime but more about the amount of time and money I spend on it.


True with my parent as well, except for the money part XD

I win above all of you. My mom listens to my recommendations and watches anime 8D
Although she hasn't seen much-

Spirited Away
Death Note
Utawarerumono
Kanon 2006

and now she's watching Moyashimon =3
 
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My parents don't really 'know.' I'm sure my dad knows because if he wants, he can see the sites I go on. My mom knows I watch something on the computer but hasn't really been there when I watch anime. I just watch it when they're not around.

My friend though, she knows I watch anime and had scoffed at it but one time she walked in while I was watching Ghost Hunt - File 2 at the creepy part just when
She freaked and left. Never bothered me again. :D
 
Jan 12, 2008 2:04 PM

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Xyik said:
the_seventh_l said:

ETA: Oh, did I mention she's a MAL member? ;D


Damn thats freaky lol, but cool that your parents are into anime too.

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I've come to the conclusion that you need to be a fan to sit and watch it subbed. Otherwise you won't care and won't read and get lost and just hear the rambling of the characters and the flashy scenes. I really think parents should be more supportive of their child's interest, and not just around the holidays when you ask for that DVD you've been dying to get, but year 'round. Because if your parents don't support you in it, then who will?


I agree with this, when my friends were avid fans a few years back (before I started watching) they kept telling me about how they pulled all nighters watching Bleach or Gundam Seed or something. I was just like, wow man, anime kills ppl xD. I eventually got into it though, after watching Shaman King, the first fansubbed anime I've ever watched. Before that, whenever I watched a random anime episode before (like FMA or Gundam Seed) I'd think it was lame and slow, partially because of how I was unaccustomed to Japanese and had no idea that anime could build up over so many episodes.

I guess parents who've never been exposed to anime before react in the same way, its understandable, but I think that most parents could get into it if they happened to try a series on their own instead of walking in during the middle of an episode or having you force them to try it.


This is soooo true. Like, my Mom's boyfriend who watched trigun with me once watched a couple episodes and he actually liked it because he's a beer drinking womanizer kind of person. If he had actually started from the beginning and watched it all, I think he'd appreciate anime a little more.
 
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My friend though, she knows I watch anime and had scoffed at it but one time she walked in while I was watching Ghost Hunt - File 2 at the creepy part just when
She freaked and left. Never bothered me again. :D

That's epic. Reminds me of when I traumatized classmates with yaoi. (Only I did it on purpose. Mwahaha.)

Heck, my parents bugged me so much to get a cosplay done. I swear they'd go to the cons I go if they could.
 
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My friend though, she knows I watch anime and had scoffed at it but one time she walked in while I was watching Ghost Hunt - File 2 at the creepy part just when
She freaked and left. Never bothered me again. :D

That's epic. Reminds me of when I traumatized classmates with yaoi. (Only I did it on purpose. Mwahaha.)

Heck, my parents bugged me so much to get a cosplay done. I swear they'd go to the cons I go if they could.

Your parents are awesome. xD
 
Jan 12, 2008 2:15 PM

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Your parents are awesome. xD

Yeah, I know. I always feel glad that they don't bother me about it, since anime is my favourite hobby since I was like 5. I had posters on my room and they never complained about that either.
 
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My parents never really say anything about it except when i lock myself in my room all day and dont even bother to come out to eat:D
But i'm glad they do that cuz otherwise i just forget..

My friends do give me a hard time tho..they just dont get it but i guess that's cuz anime isn't really that big in this country..I actually think thet would really like it if they would just give it a chance
 
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My mom doesn't care, she's watched a few things with me and sometimes makes fun of the way so many characters have squeaky voices and no one looks Japanese.

My dad constantly makes fun of it, but he is interested in watching something if I honestly thought he'd like it. He's seen a few episodes of Gunslinger Girl and thought it was really interesting.

My brothers find most of the things I watch frightening (too girly) but they like the kid's shounen type stuff, and I think one of them secretly likes mahou shoujo.

My sister thinks it's cool and sometimes watches things with me; she likes pretty much everything that you'd expect an eight-year-old girl to like.

oh, these little earthquakes
 
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I like some mahou shoujou too xD
 
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Don't have dad, and my Mom doesn't know. I don't watch anime when other people are around. I don't like watching anime with headphones on. It's never brought up. I don't keep my memorabilia in plain sight, and I don't talk about anime. It's sort of like Fight Club for me I guess. I only talk about it with a select few I trust in real life. None of which are related to me or even go to my school.

 
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Don't have dad, and my Mom doesn't know. I don't watch anime when other people are around. I don't like watching anime with headphones on. It's never brought up. I don't keep my memorabilia in plain sight, and I don't talk about anime. It's sort of like Fight Club for me I guess. I only talk about it with a select few I trust in real life. None of which are related to me or even go to my school.
That's not being very proud of it though. I can't judge though.

 
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Hmmm parents moaned that I'm being like a child watching cartoons and everything when I explained it is ANIME not one of those crappy cartoons made in UK...............

My brother copies me by watching anime but he reckons Fushigi Yuugi is the best >_>

And for friends, Some of them watches anime so it is easier to talk to them about it and borrow DVDs off them too.

But apart from that...I'm the only person in the family * plus brother * and I mean out of the WHOLE family ...(cousins, etx) that watches anime.
 
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when i was watching tenchi muyo on TV, my dad heard them say "Yosho" and he was all like "YOSHI!!" and ever since he calls anime "yoshi moshi" haha... its funny

anyway, i started watching anime (in japanese, fansubs and stuff) when i was in middle school so it wasnt weird, since i would watch cartoons anyway. my mom thought it was a "phase" and in a few years i wouldnt watch it anymore... but yeah, so much for that idea :P but my parents stopped caring at a certain point. i would drag them to all the japanese bookstores so i could buy manga whenever we went to see a broadway show and such, and they got over it. they realized it doesnt take over my life and its just like watching tv for me so they dont care. video games on the other hand...... they give me so much shit for it. (saying i should studyand not play games and blah blah )

oh yeah, my parents watch the ghibli films i get from netflix. they really enjoyed porco rosso and had a good discussion about it.. to bad they sent it back to netflix before i had a chance to watch it!!!!
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Leon-Gun said:
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Don't have dad, and my Mom doesn't know. I don't watch anime when other people are around. I don't like watching anime with headphones on. It's never brought up. I don't keep my memorabilia in plain sight, and I don't talk about anime. It's sort of like Fight Club for me I guess. I only talk about it with a select few I trust in real life. None of which are related to me or even go to my school.
That's not being very proud of it though. I can't judge though.


I don't think you understand why I do it. I'm more "proud" of it then most of you probably are.

 
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AnimusNathan said:
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AnimusNathan said:
Don't have dad, and my Mom doesn't know. I don't watch anime when other people are around. I don't like watching anime with headphones on. It's never brought up. I don't keep my memorabilia in plain sight, and I don't talk about anime. It's sort of like Fight Club for me I guess. I only talk about it with a select few I trust in real life. None of which are related to me or even go to my school.
That's not being very proud of it though. I can't judge though.


I don't think you understand why I do it. I'm more "proud" of it then most of you probably are.
Nah, and I probably will never get it since our train of thought seem to be different in this case.

 
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Hmmm parents moaned that I'm being like a child watching cartoons and everything when I explained it is ANIME not one of those crappy cartoons made in UK


Hey, don't you be dissing The Secret Show! *is the only UK cartoon she knows* :3

The only time my mom won't watch anime with me is if I'm in the middle of a series. She likes to start at the beginning, but I'm impatient and usually start without her XD
 
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BlueYoshi said:
Did I mention that my little sister is just as addicted to anime as I am? I think I've mentioned her a couple times, when I relate back to my first watched anime and that random topic that suggested animes for little kids (yes, she wanted to watch Higurashi and I kept telling her NO).
I remember when I was looking through the anime DVD section somewhere and the Higurashi boxset was decorated pink and girly. "So misleading," I thought.



I should trick someone into watching the first 4 episodes after showing them the boxset.

The best and most MAL-famous example of a parent loving anime would probably be Chelle. She has two daughters on this site, and they all love to watch anime as I recall. I don't think Chelle has been on MAL lately, so I'm a little surprised that Mimiko or Dragon_Empress haven't noticed this thread yet.
 
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My mum and I are really close, it's just been the two of us for years. When I first got into anime, she had no problem with it, and still doesn't - she knows I like some different stuff to her. To start with, I was really kind of stealthy about my interest in anime, in case she got the wrong idea about it or something, and only very gradually brought the idea out into the open. However, once I knew she wasn't against the idea on principle, for a long time I tried to get her interested in anime herself, given that I had gotten so much pleasure out of it myself, but she was really resistant. Part of it was that she didn't like the art style, but it turned out that one big factor was that reading subtitles gave her a headache.

She's got better glasses now, and I managed to persuade her to watch Only Yesterday and Paprika over christmas, much to my surprise. Even more to my surprise, she liked them (although OY was apparently boring in places and Paprika was "very fucked up").

I had a long talk with her about this. It seems one big thing for her is that she doesn't enjoy the "feel" of watching animation at all, preferring the greater natural expressiveness and more subtle display of emotion in real human faces, and doesn't like the incorrect visual proportions of anime faces or emotions expressed through "face faults". She walked in while I was watching GitS2: Innocence once, and was very impressed by how it looked without human characters on screen (the parade and Etorofu flypast bit) but lost interest as soon as any people appeared. She saw Only Yesterday very differently from me - she saw a massive difference between the way the characters are drawn and the way the backgrounds were drawn. She loved the backgrounds but didn't like the people at all, even though to me Only Yesterday has more lifelike and realistic people than any Ghibli film I can think of. She thought Paprika was much closer to the same style for both backgrounds and characters, but there was still something of a difference. Interesting, though.
 
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My mum and I are really close, it's just been the two of us for years. When I first got into anime, she had no problem with it, and still doesn't - she knows I like some different stuff to her. To start with, I was really kind of stealthy about my interest in anime, in case she got the wrong idea about it or something, and only very gradually brought the idea out into the open. However, once I knew she wasn't against the idea on principle, for a long time I tried to get her interested in anime herself, given that I had gotten so much pleasure out of it myself, but she was really resistant. Part of it was that she didn't like the art style, but it turned out that one big factor was that reading subtitles gave her a headache.

She's got better glasses now, and I managed to persuade her to watch Only Yesterday and Paprika over christmas, much to my surprise. Even more to my surprise, she liked them (although OY was apparently boring in places and Paprika was "very fucked up").

I had a long talk with her about this. It seems one big thing for her is that she doesn't enjoy the "feel" of watching animation at all, preferring the greater natural expressiveness and more subtle display of emotion in real human faces, and doesn't like the incorrect visual proportions of anime faces or emotions expressed through "face faults". She walked in while I was watching GitS2: Innocence once, and was very impressed by how it looked without human characters on screen (the parade and Etorofu flypast bit) but lost interest as soon as any people appeared. She saw Only Yesterday very differently from me - she saw a massive difference between the way the characters are drawn and the way the backgrounds were drawn. She loved the backgrounds but didn't like the people at all, even though to me Only Yesterday has more lifelike and realistic people than any Ghibli film I can think of. She thought Paprika was much closer to the same style for both backgrounds and characters, but there was still something of a difference. Interesting, though.


*steals your mom*

Really, I wish my Mom would take the time to notice SOME things about anime. That way she doesn't classify it all in the same group of "junk" that I'm into.
 
Jan 12, 2008 7:28 PM

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The best and most MAL-famous example of a parent loving anime would probably be Chelle. She has two daughters on this site, and they all love to watch anime as I recall. I don't think Chelle has been on MAL lately, so I'm a little surprised that Mimiko or Dragon_Empress haven't noticed this thread yet.

Ooh, I remember hearing about this and thinking 'I want my family like that too!' lulz
 
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BlueYoshi said:
The best and most MAL-famous example of a parent loving anime would probably be Chelle. She has two daughters on this site, and they all love to watch anime as I recall. I don't think Chelle has been on MAL lately, so I'm a little surprised that Mimiko or Dragon_Empress haven't noticed this thread yet.

Ooh, I remember hearing about this and thinking 'I want my family like that too!' lulz
I don't know if I would like it if my mom posted on forums like this as much as I did. I don't need her trolling me. >_>
 
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oh god, my mom doesn't make fun of me but she'll make her little comments here and there when i'm watching it - like the other day, i went and put on 5 centimeters out in the living room, and she sat down on the couch and was like 'oh great, i do not want to watch this anime bullshit' and i was like MOM IT'S BEAUTIFUL SHUT UP OK. she doesn't even understand what anime is, really.

my sister and brother on the other hand support anime, they watch it with me ;)
 
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parents are pretty chill and let me go to cons all the time, but hey i'm asian anyway. don't think that has an effect but i'll throw that in XP

i think it does have an effect. well. i dunno, one of my childhood friends is japanese and when i went into the computer room the shelves had all of the dragonball and slam dunk mangas.... cause her dad reads them. her older sister would read NANA too. and her mom used to go shopping and get me random manga (like the monthly things like lala and ribon). i dunno. i think if its a japanese family its different since they know what anime is :P
 
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I guess they don't really care. Well, there was this one time I was watching an episode of FLCL and someones butt was on the screen and suggested dialogue could be heard, and they probably thought that was weird.

My dad was watching an Basilisk once, that aired on IFC, a channel he commonly watches. I thought it was kinda odd. Another time, I was watching Castle in the Sky and my mom was interested in it, but never stayed to watch it with me. I guess they understand that anime isn't as childish as it seems because some of the anime i watch wouldn't make sense or isn't appropriate to the youngsters.
 
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I asked my mum about what she thought of my anime habits last night. She's more worried in the increasingly amount of psychological/horror anime I'm watching rather than the whole sexual/fanservice element of anime.

kimochi said:
Iriya said:
BlueYoshi said:
The best and most MAL-famous example of a parent loving anime would probably be Chelle. She has two daughters on this site, and they all love to watch anime as I recall. I don't think Chelle has been on MAL lately, so I'm a little surprised that Mimiko or Dragon_Empress haven't noticed this thread yet.

Ooh, I remember hearing about this and thinking 'I want my family like that too!' lulz
I don't know if I would like it if my mom posted on forums like this as much as I did. I don't need her trolling me. >_>


That's a little...harsh? Chelle is (she's kind of in a identity crisis right now and isn't watching anime at the moment) one of the most fun people to talk to on MAL. I really hope she comes back soon.

(PS: I need to keep posting in these serious threads, or I'm going to keep gushing the word Mayumi in the spam and MAL Moe threads)
 
Jan 12, 2008 9:41 PM

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everybody is pretty shallow and closed-minded so they'll be like "how can you watch something in another language?!" and a friend is checking out my ipod and says "why are you listening to asian stuff, can you read this?" since i set my ipod in other languages now and then >_>


That reminds me of something...

Top questions I hate being asked by shallow kids at school:

>Do you speak Japanese?
>Why do you have songs on your iPod that you can't understand?
>How do you read those things? (in reference to manga)
>Oh my god is that porn? (Jeez one freaking panty shot and they think it's xxx material)

Makes me mad that they make assumptions only about the medium based only on certain aspects of the Japanese culture included in the medium. Yes, the Japanese are a little more open minded about nudity than Americans happen to be, but that doesn't make every flash of breasts is necessarily used in a pornographic way.

That and the fact I get this kind of flack from people whose parents take them to rated R films annoys the hell out of me. If it's a rated R film you're gonna see a lot more than just a womans chest.

Any of the above is my two cents and is only my ranting. No offense is intended in any way, and I apologize if it does offend anyone.
 
Jan 12, 2008 9:51 PM
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I am not even sure if my parents know i watch anime at all. I spend an entire day watching anime, they even come in a see some of it playing and there are like "dont you do anything but play video game" Other then some greff about the time I spend infront of my computer they dont care. I go out on weekends and hang out some times on week days with friend but some how watching tv is better then watching a computer screen.
 
Jan 13, 2008 12:43 AM

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well, my parents are pretty supportive, and are pleased im intersted in the japanese culture aswell. They dont mind me watchin anime, as long as there isn't revising or homework to be done. And the fact that i've cut down on anime has helped too. If my dad see's something japanese in a shop, he'll buy it for me. Though they don't like me spending much money on it, i guess theyre a bit annoyed that over the past two years i have spent over £300 on manga. My brother likes anime, but he loves the dubs, and only watches when im watching shonen stuff. My sister is too obsessed with make up and bags and things (Which im not) so she doesnt care. I have a ew close friends that are very supportive and sometimes watch amime with me and get me japanese style things which is good. This is excluding my friend who likes japanese culture and anime anyway, we watch anime sometimes when i see her, but i dont think she is obsessed as me.

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Jan 13, 2008 1:00 AM

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My parents just think I'm still watching cartoons. = =;;;

I have tried and failed countless times to tell them that it's ANIME and explain the differences between the two. So now, I just don't bother anymore...


果てしない時の中で、この時間が二度と戻らない。
 
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