Do you have anime friends IRL?

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  1. Clover

    Clover Bananya!

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    Anime/manga wasn't at all popular where I grew up. I didn't dare 'admit' I liked that stuff, as it was seen as pornography. (Someone mentioned that before in this thread - it's weird how 'japanese cartoon' instantly translates to 'hardcore hentai' to some, hah.)

    We did finally get Pokemon and Dragonball Z at one point, but Pokemon was deemed childish and DBZ was "only for boys". Luckily it did open the doors for more anime and manga to be released (but for some reason only older titles that were already out several years everywhere else in the world, ha). Over the past years, some of my friends got into stuff like Death Note, but I dare say I'm the biggest anime-addict amongst friends. It's still seen as weird, childish or even pathetic where I grew up. I don't have many friends in England, but so far everyone seems indifferent towards anime/manga - they don't care for it, but luckily don't see me as some weird hentai lover, haha.

    It can be hard to find people with the same interests if your interests aren't that mainstream, therefore I'm thankful online communities like this one allow us to connect with likeminded people :)
    As mentioned before, cons are also highly recommended to visit - even if you don't talk to anyone, it's still a nice feeling to be amongst people who like the same stuff. I was unsure what to do at my first con too, but once you're there the day flies by. And heck, if you get bored or sick of it you can always just leave. What's the worst that could happen?
     
  2. seppuku95

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    I know it's kind of a delayed response, but what did you do at cons alone? I often end up only thinking of the most tragic tragedies, or at least some general awkwardness that accompanies my usual life occuring (or just aimlessly walking around). I mean I'd assume it's just buying fan related stuff and having a look around, though not ever going to a con only gives me vague ideas of what cons are.
     
  3. PeterM

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    One guy but thats because he draws his own Manga and its amazing! I wish i did know people irl so i could at least talk about it instead of banging my head off a wall screaming ive found another amazing anime but i havent got anyone to tell!
     
  4. Acteon

    Acteon Behind you...

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    I didn't for a long time, but after visiting a few conventions in my teens I made a lot of anime friends. They've come and gone over the years as we've grown up and grown apart, but unsurprisingly most of remaining friends (by which I mean people I spend serious time with) are anime fans. Seb, Soph and James, and I'm working on my g/f Bryony. My good friend Emmental Sloth of course loves anime and nerd culture in general.

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  5. -Danielle-

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    Seppuku, sorry for the delay. When I did them alone I went to signings, panels and a mooch around. It wasnt too long i'd be there for when alone tbh but I still did it.

    Bought a ticket for Doki Doki i'll be doing alone if no UKA people are there.

    They're showing A Letter To Momo and The Garden Of Words so i'll watch those inbetween panels/demonstrations and eating lol.

    My fella is into anime thank god. He hid that side from his glorious ex so he loves embracing it with me. I've got him into some dubs and some series and we try and see all the anime cinema releases together. He joins me at panels at cons too now.

    He lives down South so I should really practice cinema alone as i've missed the odd anime showing from not wanting to solo.
     
  6. andrewbcalculating

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    This is a problem that I'm having.

    I moved from London to work in Cambridge and I want to find new real world local friends who share my interest in anime.

    If my better half goes out and I am home by myself, I currently don't know anyone locally who I can meet up with.

    Unfortunately I think my age and circumstance works against me as seemingly the only anime social gatherings in Cambridge happen through the anime societies at the local colleges and universities.

    Also I think in general it is harder to meet up with new friends as the older people get, the more responsibilities they have that take away their free time.

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  7. Weirdo

    Weirdo UKA Editor in Chief
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    It might be easy looking for some friendly events. I know of some very nice people in Cambridge. I'd recommend finding someong in the Throne of Games. A weekly board game event, but all are friendly people, into gaming and quite a few are weebs too :).

    Might be worth looking also on meetup.com. There are a lot of groups for Cambridge, including the anime socs and some older people too.
     
  8. megalomaniac

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    There are a few Cambridge types on here, occasionally. Our former podcast host is one... so they do exist!
     
  9. andrewbcalculating

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    Does Throne of Games have an online presence that you could link me to please?

    I did an online search but the results I got back were for Game of Thrones.

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  10. alpharitto

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    I prefer keeping it online anyway, but would be nice to have more hobby friends.
     
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  11. Pierre Maynard

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    I got in to Anime back when i was in secondary school, and the first anime i watched was Pokemon and i loved it :D I didn't really start watching Anime allot or reading any Manga until only way back in January this year! I have some friends who are in to Anime and manga, but they are not as enthusiastic about it as i am. OMG can we be friends Seppuku95? Welcome to the NHK is like my favorite anime of all time! :D I know exactly how you feel, i have felt lonely before and it's not fun. You honestly can't find anything amusing in life when you are lonely, except from when you watch anime of course haha XD I live in the UK here, but the Anime community is a bit messed up. Now everytime someone mentions the word anime or manga, they automatically get called a weeaboo and i hate people who say that.
     
  12. Ch1cken

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    I joined an anime club recently and they're nice people, but the people I speak to most now at Uni aren't actually into anime. I suppose it's just finding someone I get along with well who coincidentally likes anime is what I'd need.
     
  13. sun_chan

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    I have 1 good friend and she is dorama fan. But it seems that half of people around me enjoy anime. Therefore, I always have the opportunity to discuss the latest series with someone.
     
  14. PerrinAybara

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    From year 8 all the way to college I didn’t have any friends who watched anime, only when I started my current job did I meet my current friends did I find kindred spirits to express my hobbies. Especially one friend who seems to have most of the same hobbies such as the games we play / anime / manga and even wuxia/Japanese light novels. You don’t know how much you need to express and vent until you find such people and how good it feels to do so.
     

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