Is It Worth It To Encourage Non-Watchers To Watch Anime?

For me, it depends on the person. Most of the time, I can sense whether a person is open about trying something new no matter what kind of reservations he/she has. If the person seems to be willing to try even when doubtful, I’ll encourage him/her to try watching an anime based on his/her preferences.

However, if I sense that a person already has strong preconceived notions about anime and only has negative opinions about it, I don’t bother. It’s better to leave those kind of pinheads alone until they encounter some kind of anime enlightenment by themselves. How about you? What do you think?


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12 thoughts on “Is It Worth It To Encourage Non-Watchers To Watch Anime?”

  1. i used to always want to share anime with my friends but at this point I don’t even try anymore, however, if I see that they may be interested then I’m all on board on helping and recommending 😛

    I don’t anymore because it’s easier to tell when someone’s just being nice but doesn’t really want to check something out and I don’t want to be annoying or push something they’re not really into onto them @_@

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    1. I know what you mean. When I was a kid, all of my friends were into anime and there are many instances when the whole class gathers to discuss the latest episode of Dragon Ball. When I got into high school, things were different because not everyone are into it. The new friends that I met in HS weren’t into it, too, and like you I tried to encourage them but they were just being nice and gave me non-committal “I’ll try it when I have the time” replies. But it was for naught, so I eventually stopped.

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  2. If definitely depends on the kind of person, usually if somebody approaches me asking me about anime or seems to take an interest when I’m watching it then I think it’s worth convincing them, but if it’s someone that looks at it and doesn’t seem to care then I won’t try to convince them even if they ask me.

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    1. Exactly the same with me. I just don’t see the point in carelessly trying to encourage non-watchers, especially those who obviously don’t take any interest in it. But what do we know? People can be strange, and there are many times that a person will surprise you.

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  3. If people ask for recommendations because they know I watch anime, I’ll happily give them. However, recommending an anime to a non-viewer who doesn’t ask usually is met with resistance in my experience. It’s strange because many of these people may consume American animated series, but have this bias in their minds when it comes to Japanese anime. Go figure. People are strange.

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  4. Anime is just a medium, it’s all about genre. If someone likes science fiction, sports drama, high fantasy, anything you can imagine then there is definitely anime they would like! Of course it’s worth encouraging 😀

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    1. As much as I would love to agree with you, there are many people who don’t see anime that way. As anime fans, of course we know that there is a wide array of series out there that will suit everyone’s taste. But I can’t count how many times I heard that “anime is only for kids” and unfortunately these people don’t know that diversity of anime genre. I kind of envy your enthusiasm, though, when it comes to your desire of encouraging others to watch anime. Good for you. 🙂

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  5. To me it really depends on what sort of ‘cartoons’ they like to watch. Like me, there’s alot of cases where people around my age watched dubbed anime without realising it when they were younger (Pokemon and Digimon for example).

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    1. What if the person has never encountered or watched any anime, not even Pokemon or Digimon? Do you think that you’ll still encourage them? And I’m curious whether you have many friends who share you interest with anime.

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      1. I might still try but I’ll ask if they like cartoons and are ok with subs first. I’m the only person i know in my area that likes anime and i discovered it on my own. I started with dubs but swapped to subs when i noticed theres more episodes already done but now I’ll never go back to dubbed.

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      2. Oh? That’s so interesting. How did you discover anime and at what age? It’s hard for me to relate because I’ve been watching anime for as long as I can remember. Some of my family members, especially my dad, was hooked on anime back then, too. He doesn’t watch anymore, but he recently shared his desire to watch Dragon Ball & Yu Yu Hakusho again.

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