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Nov 22, 2019 9:48 AM
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Nerd culture is at the rage now, with the rise of gaming, superhero movies, anime, etc. What if it goes out of fashion and becomes stigmatized (as it used to be) again? Will you drop out of it or continue to go on?
 
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Nov 22, 2019 9:59 AM

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...anime is fashionable? That's news to me.

Anyway, I didn't get into anime because of popularity, and I won't leave because of popularity either.
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GlennMagusHarvey said:
...anime is fashionable? That's news to me.

Anyway, I didn't get into anime because of popularity, and I won't leave because of popularity either.

It very much is, well the mainstream shows at least like battle shonen, not all of it.
 
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Nov 22, 2019 10:03 AM
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I would say anime has only been non stigmatised for a few years so most fans would remember when it was stigmatised. So because of that your probably going too get a lot of noes
 
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Nov 22, 2019 10:08 AM

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Those who like anime or any other form of entertainment for being fashionable don't actually watch it. They just buy funko pops.
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Nov 22, 2019 10:11 AM

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yes; i am a very fashion-conscious tadpole
 
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GlennMagusHarvey said:
...anime is fashionable? That's news to me.

Anyway, I didn't get into anime because of popularity, and I won't leave because of popularity either.


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Nov 22, 2019 10:19 AM

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Nerd culture is fashionable, being a nerd isn't.
 
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Nov 22, 2019 10:21 AM

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Anime ain't fashionable at least not where I live. People think I watch Chinese cartoons, I pity them tbh.



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Nov 22, 2019 10:23 AM

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I don't care lol. I don't watch anime for fashion. I'll watch as long as good anime continue to be produced.
 
Nov 22, 2019 10:27 AM
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NO why would I stop watching it. I'm not some normie watching it bc it happens to be popular- tho anime isnt fashionable. I watch it bc I like it and always will watch it for as long as I enjoy it
 
Nov 22, 2019 10:29 AM

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Fashions come and go. Passions are for life.
 
Nov 22, 2019 10:30 AM

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it's a medium so probably not.

I've not stopped watching live action, reading books, playing video games, or just watching western animations.

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Nov 22, 2019 10:31 AM

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Anime just seems “fashionable” just because we are in a community where we have the same thing in common. I would say outside of the communities (IRL), anime is known, but it isn’t popular. As long there are people like us on MAL, I’m sure most of us will still watch anime.
 
Nov 22, 2019 10:35 AM

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Of course. When it becomes unfashionable I build a bonfire of all the manga and LN books I possess, then unformat all the external hard drives I store my favourite anime series and movies on and lastly I publicly recant my nerdy ways. What else could I do?
 
Nov 22, 2019 10:43 AM
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I can't stop even if I try, I will be a degenerate forever
 
Nov 22, 2019 10:44 AM

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Anime was never fashionable tho. If it was, we wouldn't have been judged that hard.
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Nov 22, 2019 10:59 AM

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When even a good portion of the fans think it's a shameful thing to watch anime (see post #16 at this very thread for the said mindset), it's hard to think of it as fashionable, to say the least.

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Nov 22, 2019 11:06 AM
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Is this a normie question that I'm too weeb to understand.
 
Nov 22, 2019 11:15 AM

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Why would you watch something only if it´s popular?I don´t get that mindset because i´m not a trendchaser,if I like stuff such as anime it´s because I LIKE it,not because of other people.I feel that those kind of people must not have a lot going for them as an individual,if they only care about what´s the most easily accessible content catered to the masses.
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I don't even know that I am being fashionable. You know something new everyday.
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GlennMagusHarvey said:
Anyway, I didn't get into anime because of popularity, and I won't leave because of popularity either.


Same here. 100% SAME HERE AAAAHHH

*cough* Well, it's more so that some selected anime are 'fashionable' and not anime in general - that's the feeling I'm having. For example, if I were to tell someone that I'm watching and enjoying Bleach, Naturo or Boku no Hero Academia, I'd get a totally different reaction that telling that I'm watching an enjoying non-popular anime.
 
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SpectralFox said:
GlennMagusHarvey said:
Anyway, I didn't get into anime because of popularity, and I won't leave because of popularity either.


Same here. 100% SAME HERE AAAAHHH

*cough* Well, it's more so that some selected anime are 'fashionable' and not anime in general - that's the feeling I'm having. For example, if I were to tell someone that I'm watching and enjoying Bleach, Naturo or Boku no Hero Academia, I'd get a totally different reaction that telling that I'm watching an enjoying non-popular anime.

And even then,when you talk about anime with these kind of people it´s only on a superficial level,because they only watch it ˋcasually´,and obviously because it is popular,so they don´t connect to it the way you do.
 
Nov 22, 2019 11:39 AM

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Missaliensan said:
SpectralFox said:

*cough* Well, it's more so that some selected anime are 'fashionable' and not anime in general - that's the feeling I'm having. For example, if I were to tell someone that I'm watching and enjoying Bleach, Naturo or Boku no Hero Academia, I'd get a totally different reaction that telling that I'm watching an enjoying non-popular anime.

And even then,when you talk about anime with these kind of people it´s only on a superficial level,because they only watch it ˋcasually´,and obviously because it is popular,so they don´t connect to it the way you do.


That's true. But bold of you to assume that those people would ever admit that they're just watching it because it's cool, looool!~
 
Nov 22, 2019 12:07 PM

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I'll probably continue watching unless I run out of shows
 
Nov 22, 2019 12:08 PM

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Nubiellee said:
Nerd culture is fashionable, being a nerd isn't.


Pretty much.

It's cool to wear "retro" stuff and even some anime accessories.
It's not cool to be an actual otaku (the term itself has very negative roots) and it never will be.

If you're in the MAL forums, chances are you're not normie enough to be cool.
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SpectralFox said:
GlennMagusHarvey said:
Anyway, I didn't get into anime because of popularity, and I won't leave because of popularity either.


Same here. 100% SAME HERE AAAAHHH

*cough* Well, it's more so that some selected anime are 'fashionable' and not anime in general - that's the feeling I'm having. For example, if I were to tell someone that I'm watching and enjoying Bleach, Naturo or Boku no Hero Academia, I'd get a totally different reaction that telling that I'm watching an enjoying non-popular anime.
I would probably get blank stares (or placeholder nodding) if I told people -- even at an anime convention! -- that I'm watching "Z/X Code Reunion" and "Ms. Vampire Who Lives In My Neighborhood". Maybe slightly fewer blank stares if I told people I'd recently watched "Black Rock Shooter".
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Nov 22, 2019 12:35 PM

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Absolutely not. I couldn't care less what other people think. So long as great art keeps being made, I'll be around to consume it.
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Nov 22, 2019 12:40 PM

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Nah I enjoy it, what other reason do I need.

Honestly though if you're just watching anime in order to "fit in" that's a little sad isn't it? I would recommend finding people with similar hobbies you actually genuinely enjoy. Life is too short to be fake.
 
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I was already a nerd before it allegedly became 'cool' and in general don't care much about society's fashions to the point of not even being aware of what's trendy at any given moment. I think I'll be fine.
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Nov 22, 2019 12:58 PM
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Orhunaa said:
When even a good portion of the fans think it's a shameful thing to watch anime (see post #16 at this very thread for the said mindset), it's hard to think of it as fashionable, to say the least.

They only think that way because they watch the "wrong" kind of anime, lmao.
 
Nov 22, 2019 3:44 PM

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I didn't drop it during the late 2000s anime crash, I sure as hell won't drop it again if that ever happens again.
 
Nov 22, 2019 3:46 PM

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Wait

It's fashionable?

I still feel like I'd get bullied if I mentioned that I love it.

 
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Nubiellee said:
Nerd culture is fashionable, being a nerd isn't.

Nice distinction. It's very true. It's fashionable to claim to like anime and video games etc., and people can get lots of social cred by having very surface level knowledge and popular opinions. But the actual anime fans and the actual hardcore gamers... basically anyone who is a nerd (as in, actually gets super passionate about their hobbies, literally "nerds out") is still looked down on.

The video game scene has been hit hard by this. Games are less and less about serving hardcore players. They've been dumbed down more and more, and video game journalists complain about games being too hard. The same journalists and the casual fans they cater too also complain about the "gamers" to the point that identifying as a "gamer" is becoming stigmatized and linked with inceldom and such.

Subculture > Mainstream culture, for the same reason that quiet little villages tend to have much less crime and healthier residents than big cities. On the health point, it's not just the pollution, lots of strangers around you all day leads to tons of stress. This is the same reason I pretty much don't use r/anime anymore. I prefer the smaller community on MAL.
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Nov 22, 2019 4:41 PM

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Not really, I never liked anything just because it's fashionable.
 
Nov 22, 2019 5:02 PM

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I get the impression most anime fans don't think anime is "fashionable". I didn't start watching anime because/if it was fashionable and I certainly wouldn't stop watching it if it stopped being fashionable (if it ever was).

Gaming and superhero movies are genuinely very popular right now. I don't really care if I keep up with superhero movies or not and I've never been a huge gamer. Staring or stopping something because of how fashionable it is seems stupid to me, do things for yourself not for your appearance to others.
 
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The question is a little hilarious to be honest.
I won't stop watching anime unless I don't have time to watch it, or maybe... if I finish my "Plan to Watch" list, but, over 500 animes is there and it refresh daily ¯\_(ツ)_/¯


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Nov 22, 2019 5:18 PM

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No, I'll watch what I want to watch. Regardless of if it's fashionable or not.
 
Nov 22, 2019 5:28 PM

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Yeah...that's not going to happen. Hell, when I first started watching anime it never even crossed mind mind whether or not it was popular. I watched it for my own enjoyment, and nothing more.
 
Nov 22, 2019 5:33 PM

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Wait, am I missing something? Did this thread just say it was fashionable ? LOOOOOL
 
Nov 25, 2019 7:17 AM

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I watch anime for the quality, for the graphics, for the sound, for the plot twists. I never thought anime was a fashion, nor is anime popular in my country, heck people judge you and dont understand if they see a figure of your favorite characters.

I'll stop watching anime it stops becoming available for us outside of Japan or who knows, it disappears as a medium due to some natural disaster in Japan.
 
Nov 25, 2019 7:24 AM

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Look, I watch anime for two reasons: to fuck chicks and to look cool doing it. The moment this shit becomes uncool again, i'll be the first to yeet myself away from here.
 
Nov 25, 2019 7:27 AM

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I have a really bad habit of not giving two fucks about what society deems is "unfashionable" or not, so yes I will continue to watch anime even if that ever happens.
 
Nov 25, 2019 7:40 AM

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I don't care about others opinion lol if I like something I'll keep watching/reading anyway :P . I guess the more fashionable is the more I'll avoid it tbh ...
 
Nov 25, 2019 7:43 AM

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Nope, because I never cared about what was fashionable.

 
Nov 25, 2019 7:59 AM
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I rarely watch content that's popular where I live so it's not for fashion.
 
Nov 25, 2019 8:06 AM

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GlennMagusHarvey said:

Anyway, I didn't get into anime because of popularity, and I won't leave because of popularity either.


What he said. I don't see a reason why anyone should stop watching anime just because it loses popularity.
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Nov 25, 2019 1:41 PM

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I mean it still isnt fashionable, only the hype battle shounen are acceptable, 99% of anime is still considered weeb trash by the mainstream. Either way i didn't start watching it because it was the cool thing to do and i wont stop when it goes back to being "weeb trash"
 
Nov 25, 2019 1:42 PM

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Nah. I don't watch it because it's fashionable, I watch it because I like it.
 
Nov 25, 2019 2:56 PM
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Nope, I will continue to watch it, I don’t care if it’s fashionable or not.
 
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