Thoughts on Manga fans, and my time among them


I have recently joined a local manga/anime club, in which every Wednesday I’ve been spending a good bit of time with “anime people”. Now, I love anime (I would not have joined if I didn’t) but don’t really consider myself an “anime person”.   It is a sub-culture, not unlike comic fandom. It’s just so interesting seeing the differences and similarities between the comic and manga crowd.   Here are some of the things I’ve noted:

·          Anime/Manga people are extremely touchy grabby. Hugs are just how you say hello, and to be honest it makes me very uncomfortable. They are all really amazing people, but in my head I’m screaming don’t touch me.   I guess it’s just one of those things. As I told my friend, “You try that s**t in a comic shop and they’ll kick your ass out.”

·          What’s really great is that the manga/anime crowd embraces both male and female fans. Now I can talk comics with guys and gals at the shop, and totally feel part of the gang. However every so often I chat up some gentleman browsing the shelves, and get that “what the hell is a girl doing in here” look, followed by the infinitely annoying “You read comics?”

·          Manga fans are not as elitist as us, and are more inclined to welcome new fans with open arms (literally).

·          Manga fans are (perverts) very comfortable with explicitly sexual material.

·          It’s all about a love for the art! That’s the number one thing that comic and manga fans share. Capes or big eyes, it doesn’t matter. It’s the fan love that’s keeps it alive.

                   

25 Comments
25 Comments
Posted by ARMIV
@TheBug said:
"

I have recently joined a local manga/anime club, in which every Wednesday I’ve been spending a good bit of time with “anime people”. Now, I love anime (I would not have joined if I didn’t) but don’t really consider myself an “anime person”.   It is a sub-culture, not unlike comic fandom. It’s just so interesting seeing the differences and similarities between the comic and manga crowd.   Here are some of the things I’ve noted:

·          Anime/Manga people are extremely touchy grabby. Hugs are just how you say hello, and to be honest it makes me very uncomfortable. They are all really amazing people, but in my head I’m screaming don’t touch me.   I guess it’s just one of those things. As I told my friend, “You try that s**t in a comic shop and they’ll kick your ass out.”

·          What’s really great is that the manga/anime crowd embraces both male and female fans. Now I can talk comics with guys and gals at the shop, and totally feel part of the gang. However every so often I chat up some gentleman browsing the shelves, and get that “what the hell is a girl doing in here” look, followed by the infinitely annoying “You read comics?”

·          Manga fans are not as elitist as us, and are more inclined to welcome new fans with open arms (literally).

·          Manga fans are very comfortable with explicitly sexual material.

·          It’s all about a love for the art! That’s the number one thing that comic and manga fans share. Capes or big eyes, it doesn’t matter. It’s the fan love that’s keeps it alive.

                   

"
Yeah,I've noticed those things as well.
Posted by burr787

I agree with a lot of this.

Posted by Son_of_Magnus

I like anime not to big on manga but that hentai crap bugs me out thats just way to wierd for me my friends sister is a big manga fan and all you said like painted her portrait and its true if i tried to hug someone at my shop it be like commiting murder but i dont like being touched so its cool

Posted by ssjsuperman
@ARMIV:
ya anime fans love there hentaiant a lot of those girls are underage or at lest there under age in my country
Posted by TheBug
@ssjsuperman :
thats what creeps me out.
Posted by ~The Wanderer~
@ssjsuperman said:
" @ARMIV: ya anime fans love there hentaiant a lot of those girls are underage or at lest there under age in my country "
This anime fan doesn't.
Posted by ssjsuperman
@TheBug:
whats rong with this
 

Posted by TheBug
@ssjsuperman said:
"@TheBug:
whats rong with this
 
"

Thats is actually not that bad, we see stuff like that in american comics. Whats weird are books like Love Hina with the little school girls bent over with their tight um.....form fitting panties. I give my friend such a hard time for reading that.
Posted by ssjsuperman
@TheBug:
you dont like it becuse they show young girls
Posted by Agent Buttons
@burr787 said:
"I agree with a lot of this. "
Posted by Nerx

Damn straight about the perverse explicit stuff, tentacles + women = awesome

Posted by crazywolf
@TheBug said:
"As I told my friend, “You try that s**t in a comic shop and they’ll kick your ass out.”
LOL Still don't know why guys even give a second thought about girls in a comic shop. A few LCS's in my area has female customers and employees. Its definitely not the same genre it used to be 10 or 30 years ago.
Posted by MrMiracle77

There's almost always a woman in the comic shop when I go there.  My wife goes there with me.

Posted by Dynamo8

Everything is so true and I agree about this. And I understand about that "anime/manga people are extremely touchy grabby" that can make most people uncomfortable, but I on the other hand would welcome that. . .to the GIRLS ONLY. . .As for dudes, I rather shake hands or pound fist. 

Posted by burr787
@TheBug said:

·          Manga fans are (perverts) very comfortable with explicitly sexual material.

I think that the reason for this is that we get desensitized to it. I remember when I was 12 and I read my first Manga(Inuyasha). In it there was a woman without a shirt on, I was completely shocked by this and I thought that I shouldn't be reading it. But as time went on I just got used to it and just saw it as part of the art form. Now that I read comics I notice that people get so offended by upskirt shots or any real sexual content besides actual sex(as long as the blankets are over them) in DC or Marvel books. I think a lot of it has to do with our culture. American culture feels that most sexual things should be saved until adulthood or late teenage years, while Japan has nudity in its childrens show. an example is:
 
and no it's not a picture, I just don't know if certian people don't want to read it.
Posted by Agent Buttons
@burr787:
Hamtaro had globes? wow...
Posted by TheBug
@burr787:
That is kind of awesome.
Posted by ssjsuperman
@TheBug:
i love hentai
Posted by TheBug
@ssjsuperman said:
"@TheBug: i love hentai "

*facepalm*
Posted by ssjsuperman
@TheBug:
just playin man
Posted by Agent Buttons
@ssjsuperman said:
"@TheBug: just playin man "

good man...
Posted by ssjsuperman
@Agent Buttons:
ya a 13teen year old girl getting raped by a giant tentacle monster is not my thing    
Posted by kagetaicho

Sakura picture rocks.

Posted by ssjsuperman
@kagetaicho:
thanks man
Posted by ARMIV
@TheBug said:
" @ssjsuperman : thats what creeps me out. "
Same here.