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Anime and FamilyAnime and Family

royaltobioroyaltobio3 anos atrásAsk MFC
I come from a fairly close knit family. We all know a lot about each other, even my extended family. They know about my anime hobby, including watching anime and collecting anime related goods. Granted, I wasn't the one who told them. My mother did. My parents have sort of an understanding of my hobby, but the rest of my family is pretty much clueless. When I'm asked about what it is, I try and explain that it's animated TV shows and movies that come from Japan. A few of them kind of get it. Then there are those of them still think "anime" is a show, even though I've tried to explain that there are many shows and different genres. After explaining it to my grandma, she thought "she saw anime in a store", when it was actually merchandise from the movie Frozen. They really want to understand what anime is, but I don't know how to get what it is across to them. I usually wouldn't worry about what others think of my hobby, but I find myself wishing they understood at least a little bit about what it is. They always ask me about it at pretty much every family gathering. My great aunt even searched for an anime channel, found one, but didn't use it because it was a paid channel. This worries me a little because I think about if she were to watch something inappropriate accidentally. My mom has seen a few shows, but will still ask me if what I'm watching is "dirty" and I really don't appreciate that. This all got me thinking whether or not I should recommend a show for them to watch.

My mom has seen several episodes of Hunter x Hunter, Fullmetal Alchemist, Death Note, Haikyuu, and Madoka Magica with me. She wasn't all that interested in any of those and just kept asking me how they ended. I don't know why she asked that, maybe she just didn't want to watch anymore. She also didn't care for the comedy used in Fullmetal Alchemist. My dad seems to have more patience. We watched a few episodes Attack on Titan together and he had no complaints. It's not like he wanted to watch any more episodes after that though. I think he liked it enough. Lastly, I showed my brother, who was 20 at the time, an episode of Cowboy Bebop. He thought it was "weird" and that's about it. I was thinking of shows that my immediate family may like. My mom and dad enjoy The Walking Dead, Breaking Bad, and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. My brother enjoys Agents of Shield and Arrow. I don't think they would enjoy a slice of life show. I was thinking possibly Fate/Zero, which I only recently finished. From what I remember, there is no fan service. Also, it has an engaging story. I'm just worried my mom will give up on it too easily and my brother won't care enough to even start watching! I thought over a few other shows, but the cons outweighed the pros. My other family is another story. They have no anime background. They are all over in age. I would like them to better understand my hobby, but I don't even know where to start.

TL;DR So I guess after all this background, what I really wanted to ask is what I should do. Should I just try and keep explaining anime to my family? What should I say? Should I just let them think what they want and give up? Or should I recommend them a show to watch? If so, what show? Any suggestions? What does your family think of your hobby? Have you ever given them a show to watch? What show? What did they think of it? Lots of questions, I know, but I'd really like some advice if you can answer any one of those. That's probably the biggest info dump I've ever written, so feel free to ask me questions or clarification on anything.

Thanks for reading.
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26pt
You can keep explaining to them as much as they are interested. I watched a few Ghibli movies with my parents when I was a kid and it was fun. Could try finding some family-friendly movies to watch with them if they want to. I believe movies are better than series in this case since they might wanna drop watching a series.
3 anos atrás
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I can get my dad to watch almost anything with me, but he's usually on his phone the whole time, so I'm not sure if it counts -_- (which one of us is the millennial, huh?)

I'm currently on a mission to make my whole (immediate) family watch Madoka Magica. I'm not sure how I convinced my mom to sit down and watch it because she's really dismissive of anime, but I did. I think the shortness of the series/episodes helped (this was before the movies btw). I'm still working on my two sisters though and I'll probably never convince one of them... At one point one of them offered a deal where if I watched one of the Twilight movies, she'd watch Madoka lol but I guess that was forgotten.

So I guess a tl;dr I'd try shorter series? If that doesnt pan out then I'd probably give up.
3 anos atrás
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Have them peruse www.animenewsnetwork.com if they are tech-savvy. That's a respectable site. There won't be any hentai or softcore porn rearing their head at your relations from accidental mouse clicks. Since you're not a tween or perpetual 1st year high school student I would think, from what you've posted, your relatives are intelligent enough to accept your hobby (such that it is) with little or no concern about corruption or moral decay.

Slice of Life: 5 cm / sec....nice 1 hour long show about loss, puberty, space shuttle, painterly scenes; far safer than Dead Leaves, Kill la Kill, Panty & Stocking w/ Garterbelt (dub), Koi Kaze (incest).
3 anos atrás
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I was actually on the other side of this at one point. I thought anime was just not my thing but my twin sister forced it onto me and for that I am super grateful. The anime she showed me were Clannad, Code Geass, and Fairy Tail...three very different shows, but I think they helped me see that anime spans a lot of different genres and I still love all three. <3

What you show your family definitely depends on what genre they like in general though. My twin had it easy with me because we both have very similar taste. My mom on the other hand, has only really enjoyed and finished Psycho-Pass and Death Note because she likes crime dramas, and she would only watch the dubs but that was good enough for me. ^^ I tried showing her Attack on Titan and Madoka before that but she couldn't get into them, so it really depends on the genre.
3 anos atrás
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Bloempje Hunting my grails
My family/friends knows i am watching anime, except for one sister the rest does not watch it or are interested in anime/merch. That sister of mine got into yaoi because of me and is now reading a lot of mangas lol. I watched a few animes with her, she likes it, but does not watch it as much as i am. She is more into manga.
3 anos atrás
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I'm feelin kinda grateful that my parents kinda introduced me into it so I never really had to explain it, and since pokemon was big when I was a kid and everyone kinda understood that, my grandparents n stuff never really questioned it. Though if I had to recommend, I definitely agree with the idea of showing them things like the Ghibli movies. They're long enough to satisfy without being a bit too long. Not to mention they're family friendly. As for when people don't catch on, I wouldn't feel too discouraged about it... Like, not everyone's going to like it, even if there's multiple genres and themes.
3 anos atrás
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I would recommend My Hero Academia (Boku no Hīrō Academia) for your brother, it's a new series which is inspired by the western comic universe like marvel and DC. I enjoy it a lot and it's going to air a anime next spring 2016 (if the schedule doesn't change).
And like the other people mention, I would recommend Ghibli.
3 anos atrás
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Ghibli is probably the safest way to go since they can be enjoyed by just about anyone, with or without knowledge of anime. In my opionion, I never bring up anime around my family and keep it to myself. My parents don't really like most of my hobbies to begin with soo..
The only people I ever talk to it about in my family are my two cousins that also like it, but that's it. Some people just can't get into anime and if it were me I probably wouldn't continue trying.
3 anos atrás
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Himmm if I was you I'd just give up, I find it insulting when people just don't get things after its been shown and explained. Its not like they need to be interested and I'm sure you have some things that they like but you don't get at all.
3 anos atrás
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The only ones that REALLY know about anime and manga and about my collecting hobby are my parents, especially my mom. My grandma KIND OF knows what anime is (not sure about manga), but I think my other family members are somewhat clueless. For my last birthday, I got some manga from my parents and my family was like "What is that?" so I explained to them that manga are Japanese comics. That was a while ago, so I'm not sure if they remember what it is.

My family is really close, but I'm especially close with my mom. I talk to her about anime a lot. Whenever she has free time, I like to show her anime openings and anime scenes I like. I WANT to show her some anime shows, but unfortunately, I'd have to watch dubs. I'm a "subbed" watcher and my mom doesn't like reading subtitles, so if I were to show her a show, it'd have to be a dubbed. There are some dubs I don't think are bad, so maybe one day we can watch an actual anime series. But I can't show her my favorite anime (Noragami) because I completely despise the dub. XD She doesn't mind watching short-ish scenes from an anime subbed, but she wouldn't want to watch a whole show.

I did, however, buy the Wolf Children DVD movie and show that to my parents. I don't mind the dub, so I decided to show it to them, and they liked it.

Forgot to mention, my older sister also likes anime (not nearly as much as me, though), but we never really watch anime much because she's moved out and lives somewhat far away. But I did show her my Wolf Children movie too.
3 anos atrás
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why not show them shoujo anime..
3 anos atrás
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