Otakuite+ | Posted 05/29/13 | Reply
Yes I have. by my sister. sometimes when I am watching anime I do the normal otaku thing, cry when awesome characters die, sigh or squeal when your favorite character couple confess and/or kiss, get pissed off at the annoying bad guys, and pull in an occasional fangirl scream. But whenever i do that she comes over and starts bullying me about how im such a wack-job. *sigh* she just doesnʻt understand. only anime fans (mostly girls i would think) would understand the scream of a fan when zero kiryuu takes off his shirt!!!! ;)
Otakuite | Posted 04/27/13 | Reply
well, I wouldn't say I've been bullied really. I have been shunned, called a nerd, and had people roll their eyes or say "oh great not this again" but I have never been really bullied about it.
Senior Otaku | Posted 04/27/13 | Reply
I have a very close group of friends (4 girls) who actually introduced me to the diversity of Anime and Manga out there, beyond the masterpieces of Miyazaki and Ghibli. So ever since I got into the hobby, I have been respected and helped them feel more secure about their passion at the same time.
One of my friends dislikes manga and finds it incredibly stupid. He thinks the only reason I got into reading manga was because of my gf, which is partially true. But he only messes around and it's sometimes quite funny to watch his face when he walks in on me watching Fairy Tail or some other fanservice-heavy anime.
Someone else from my class once pestered the girls about what kind of hentai they were watching. He thoroughly annoyed them, but nothing more than that.
I'll admit that I've probably been pretty lucky so far with regard to social acceptance of my hobbies and such... although I will be going to live in Brussels after the summer break-we'll see how people regard Otaku there : )
Senior Otaku+ | Posted 04/25/13 | Reply
I was never really bullied for anime, but for something ells that doesn't matter. My classmate never made fun of me, they just tease me and say jokingly that I'm watching hentai.
Otakuite | Posted 04/25/13 | Reply
Hello. Just happened to stumble across this website after looking up forums to discuss my obsession with anime so I'm not really too sure what this community is like but here I go.
Well to start off I wouldn't say I'm bullied at school although I made this one mistake where I told one of my friends what 'hentai' meant. He's not too big a fan of anime as the most he has seen is Totoro and it's pretty much the same with all my other friends hence me being here. He started joking around about me watching hentai and I was fine with it as it was only a joke. Somehow this got around the school and I came to school this one day with people in my class saying 'oh, there he is. I heard that kid watches that japanese anime porn thing *giggle giggle giggle*'
It's sort of just become a thing that I put up with these days though as most of them are just joking around some really just enjoy really teasing me about my love of anime. It's just annoying as some people put anime into a genre itself without realising that them watching Totoro doesn't actually mean they have seen every anime in existence. I guess being an otaku I just have to put up with all these stenotypes such as tentacle porn and so on. So in short no, I haven't really been bullied just teased for my obsession of anime.
Happy I finally found a site to discuss things like this, cya :3
Otakuite+ | Posted 04/25/13 | Reply
I feel extremely lucky, because I have never been bullied once, I am homeschooled so my sister and I get to wear our cosplay to "School" and our school changes every day to fit us. Whenever my sister and i go shopping or on walks, people smile at us and they often call us "sweeties" XD I am very blessed, and glad I have friends here too *-*
Otakuite | Posted 04/24/13 | Reply
I agree! I mean I wear dolly or Japanese style fashion to college and I read anime magazines everywhere. Like everyone on here said "Its babyish" But I love it.
Its annoying because through it all I've got no friends. But who does wants to be friends with people who drinks and does other stuff? I mean I get bullied allot because of what I do and my hobby.
I draw manga in the library and in my spare time when I haven't got course work.
But when I'm in the library, there are manga books, but no one reads them. Well not even me because everyone is afraid of being picked on. Which I'm not surprised.
Otakuite | Posted 04/23/13 | Reply
I guess it's because the mainstream population of people aren't quite used to anime just yet. I heard somewhere that anime and manga re only 50 years old and as much as that sounds pretty old-ish to most of us, it's pretty young in the world of media.
And I know how you feel about those Sesshomaru-themed notebooks buddy -.- (take it from someone who OWNS at least 3 moon and striped notebooks)
I remember in grade 5, people used to make fun of me 'cause I was Sri Lankan yet I loved to draw anime. They all thought it was for Asians only. Back then my drawing style was pretty crappy I have to admit, but then people started to tell me that because I wasn't Japanese I couldn't draw any descent manga.
But I made them shut up when I asked them if they could draw any better. heh heh -.-
I'm still continuing on with my manga drawing and anime-watching to this day. And bullies are just retards who don't have anything better to do than make fun of someone else! :3
The Hero of Time (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 04/22/13 | Reply
Sure, you'd get teased in middle school for playing YuGioh, but they were enough card players that you found your niche and it wouldn't matter.
But otherwise, anime and manga was big in high school and middle school, and everyone who shared manga in class--it was also in our school library. Probably because everyone watched Toonami. There was an anime club in high school, and people openly wore Naruto Headbands etc. It really wasn't a big deal, if I'm remembering right XD
Otakuite++ | Posted 04/21/13 | Reply
I was teased in middle school for it. I was reading Fruit's Basket in class, because I'd finished my work, and someone asked me why I was reading a comic book. I told them what it was, and from that day forth, I was constantly asked, "Why do you read that stuff? You don't even know what it means!" and told, "To stop pretending I was Japanese", when all I did was read manga in class one day. The teasing done to me in Middle School served as a gate way to much harsher bullying in High School, by the same people.
Otaku Legend | Posted 04/21/13 | Reply
A classmate of mine "caught" me reading manga in class and he deliberately came up to me and said, "Are you reading that backwards?"
When I replied that yes, I was, he said, "Ew. Those are stupid."
Of course, this was one instance; there were quite a few other ones, in which people thought it was funny to tell me that "black people don't like anime" and/or "I knew you were an oreo (black on the outside and white on the inside)". I often get the occasional jab by "friends" when they don't think I'm giving them enough attention about how "this is kawaii" and "You can use dattebayo as a placeholder for any word".
I've gone through something similar. You aren't alone, dude. <3
Otakuite | Posted 04/21/13 | Reply
Anime where i'm from is considered for whites and Asians. So because i'm black they spend their entire day saying " you don't act black so you must be a white person with a dark tan". So apparently i don't have a race anymore. I learned not to care because i found a group of people who treat me as a person not based on the color of my skin.
Oh man, don't even get me started. I'm still considered a freak in school because of the things I liked in elementary school. That, and because I'm not mainstream enough. I'm even an outcast among many anime lovers at my school. But that's because most of the people at my school are jerks. But I remember that this one tome, I was drawing something in my frencg class my freshman year and some girl said I wasn't good just because I could draw in the anime style. To be fair, I'm not that good, but it still hurt. And another time, I joined Japanese club, which was essentially just anime club, and at the time, I liked Durarara!!, and when I said that, everyone groaned. I think it was because I think they thought I was a yaoi fangirl or something. Nah, I just liked it because it was cool, had an interesting plotline, and it was made by the same guyvwho made Baccano.
But even so, despite all the bullying and teasing, anime has made me the person I am today. Most of my friends are now into it, my boyfriend's getting into it (it was only a matter of time XD) and I meet new friends because of it. So I'm not ashamed of going to school with a Madoka t-shirt on, or reading Manga in class. It's who I am, and I embrace it.
Ochibi~ (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 04/20/13 | Reply
In middle school I was tortured by the entire class for basically being me. I wasn't really into anime then, but more obsessive with one show, Swat Kats. They were my life and when I used to draw them, I had people snicker and talk in whisper about me because of it. It was extremely hard getting through it, but once I got to high school, anime became pretty much the center of my world and I had a TON of friends for it. Even after graduating high school almost 8 years ago (holy crap..) I still have those friends and even more. Couldn't have asked for a better turn around :)
Otaku Legend | Posted 04/20/13 | Reply
During elementary I wasn't totally bullied but the way my classmates made fun of me was so traumatizing for me. They called me immature and childish or will come up with whatever words to make me shut up. Simply because I liked anime so much and the way I obsess over it was just insane (I'm aware though). The worst cases I got was when a group of boys spitted on me and when one of my classmate was shouting to the whole class that I'm so childish and went on with how ugly I am and more hurtful words I could hardly remember. I tried not to cry and just laughed but at home I just cried myself to sleep. I feel they don't respect me because just because of anime and they're only using my drawing skills when they need me. Some people act so mature even though they're not.
That's why during high school I was embarrassed to be a total anime freak, afraid I'll be a laughing stock again. I just simply say I watch this anime and I like it. Somehow I became suspicious with people and I'll only open up my anime obsession to the people I can express it with: the 1 out 10 otakus I know.
Now I'm fully proud to be an anime fan thanks to this site, Tumblr and my own college (Fine Arts) where a lot of people are really into anime. No one judges me for overacting at times, thinking of weird stuff and we have talks regarding our anime interests.
I know my elementary classmates have changed but somehow I still have a bit of hate for them because it felt like it's me against the world. Even my own friends did not comfort me nor said anything about it. OMG remembering those elementary days never fail to make me cry and now i'm really crying. Sorry for the long comment ;___;
Otakuite++ | Posted 04/20/13 | Reply
The only thing I was really bullied for as far as anime goes is that I was watching too much "main stream" anime and not enough other anime. Though at that time I didn't have access to the internet, just the tv :/ the guy that was being mean to me was a meanie anyway.
Otherwise, it seems that anime has always brought me closer to other people.
Don't Forget 3 Oct (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 04/19/13 | Reply
Aw, that's so sweet. *Hugs back.*
Bossman, I'm sorry for spamming this topic.
Call it karma. Call it luck. Me, I just don't give a... BOUNCE!
LDS Fangirl! (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 04/19/13 | Reply
@Keba Si Rota:
I am hereby giving you a hug for no real reason other than you deserve one.
Detective Mask (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 04/19/13 | Reply
My fandom hobbies didn't really cause me to be bullied. Maybe teased, especially in a joking manner among friends, but never to the point of being bullied.
I guess it helped that during my time, anime was very popular among students. It was pretty mainstream in our society back then. It probably was more of the other way around; if you didn't jive with the latest trend (e.g. Magic cards, Beyblade), then you would be outcast instead. But I don't think it came to the point of bullying in my school.
I did notice others being outcasted though. But it appears that for some of them, it might be because they have not developed their interpersonal skills that well yet, thus contributing to the likelihood of being outcast. So it's more than just their fandom hobbies. Of course, the type of people who outcasted them can also be a reason.
"Students, be ambitious!"
State Alchemist (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 04/19/13 | Reply
I think wearing merch made me more of a target but I was never made fun of specifically for it.
Senior Otaku | Posted 04/19/13 | Reply
Eh, other kids don't harass me for being an anime fan. However, I'm a bit of an outcast at school because I'm nerdy and I don't act like the in crowd. Which is fine with me, because I can't stand the in crowd and I want them to leave me alone. My family is always picking on me for being an otaku, though. My brothers, age 9 and 11, are what I think of as anime philistines. The 9 year old creeps up on me when I'm watching anime at the library, watches over my shoulder till I notice him, and gives me a sort of a disapproving look. Frankly, I don't like being criticized for my tastes by someone who thinks Captain Underpants is high literature.
Flame Alchemist (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 04/18/13 | Reply
At the risk of sounding like a bully, this artwork is by moonlit dream. As is the comic Something Impossible. Which hasn't been updated for roughly FOUR. YEARS. Get on that, neh?
Otaku Legend | Posted 04/18/13 | Reply
I just laugh at them.
Otakuite++ | Posted 04/18/13 | Reply
I don't see why people think anime fans are weird, there are a lot of anime fans in the world, it's no more weird that being a gamer.
We will gladly welcome you into the club
Neko Girl (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 04/18/13 | Reply
Ahhhh! That's the one I have. I got it from FYE.
Lombax of Earth (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 04/18/13 | Reply
I was on vacation last year and I saw this one girl wearing the exact same Miku shirt I have :D That was a wonderful thing, even if it was technically insignificant.
Just out of curiosity, what's the image on your Miku shirt? Mine has her kind of chibi, singing, with musical notes and the like.
I hate to single them out but...let's talk about parents, shall we?
I grew up in a nice household. No problems, no poverty, just your average white bread middle class. As a kid, I got no flak for liking Pokémon or Sailor Moon because, in Mom's words, "I don't know what the show's about, but it keeps them quiet for a half hour." (this being me and my sister)
So I find myself in sixth grade or so getting into anime through Miyazaki, and they were definitely interested in what the messages were. They were certainly different than what they grew up with, as I recall the only animation they remember as children was Disney.
They were okay with anime until they learned of the *ahem* "h side" of anime. Granted, you're bound to learn about some time but they were a little more than on edge. I steered clear when it came to matters of such nature. Around this time, the house nearly became a Catholic sanctuary as my mother decidedly changed her life around, physically and spiritually. More power to her, except it brought anime into a new light. One day, she found out I was watching Death Note. What with a sinister name like that, she just about banned me from anime altogether without actually learning what the show was about.
One of the near final straws occurred when I, and this is my fault entirely, but you know when a manga is so good you can't put it down? That was a manga called Ai Kora, and I will admit it was ecchi but very entertaining ecchi. So, instead of homework, I was reading online ecchi. Mom flipped out on me and banned me from using the computer for a week, devoting my homework to paper only.
Now, I've learned my lesson and she's okay with the whole deal. She's actually encouraging me to write for theO, so bonus!
The point I'm trying to make is bullies and parents have the same mindset when it comes to the unknown: they haven't yet been exposed so they deem it foreign and detrimental. The course of action they take is viciously different, but the same principle stands. Help them find an anime they enjoy (if they're willing and open to it), because anime is a varied art. It's all about spreading the love.
As for bullying, I myself have yet to really feel the stigma that comes from being an otaku. Trying to keep secret I'm a 20 year-old brony... now that takes effort.
That's totally awesome! I really wish my parents would watch anime with me, but it's just not their thing. They were kinda disturbed at first, but now they've just settled on the belief that their daughter is just rather strange . . . which is true
Glad you can bond with your parents over stuff like that p.s. I join you and your father in the Sasuke hate fanclub XD
Local Tales Nerd (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 04/18/13 | Reply
People didn't really make fun of me for it, honestly.
They were too busy thinking I was gonna beat them up for some reason.
Lady-person (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 04/18/13 | Reply
Thanks for using my picture! ;u;
I was briefly questioned by a random kid in my class in 6th grade... He asked "Why do you read those Japanese comics? They're stupid." or something like that. I just shrugged it off. Besides that, people don't say anything about me reading manga or playing video games.
Ouch. Yeaaahh....I still get that sometimes even now. I tend to roll my eyes and ignore it.
But I did get a kid who saw my Hatsune, Miku Shirt who was like, "I like your shirt" and then excitedly ran over to her mom and was like, "MOM. SHE HAS A MIKU SHIRT"
That is exciting.
Otakuite | Posted 04/18/13 | Reply
i haven't really been bullied but i'm shock at how many people look at my "backwards books" like it's from the future. also my friends tend to tease me about the genre that i like such as Slice of Life or Ecchi as opposed to Action stuff but we all tease each other so i can't call it bullying.
Resident Dark Lord (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 04/18/13 | Reply
One time I brought a Pokemon related book with me to school and left it alone in the room for a few minutes. When I came back it was stolen. It was returned to me at the end of the week, but after that I never brought any sort of book like that with me to school again.
The greatest fear is that of the unknown.
Don't Forget 3 Oct (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 04/18/13 | Reply
I hardly ever was bullied in school for liking anime and video games. The few instances I can think of were some jabs at my interest in Pokemon from middle school onward (mostly from my dad, oddly enough). And about two years ago, some kind who was 10 years my junior called me a "Narutard".
There were these guys who ganged up on me when playing Super Smash Bros in a high school video game club. I was the only girl in the club, and I remember at least one of these guys picked on me in grade school.
So, I didn't really get bullied for stuff like anime. However, I was constantly being bullied for being a "cry baby" (some kid threatened me with a non-existent gun and I burst into tears), a "fatty", an easy target, "special", and a mean [censored] 'cause I had no friends. While it's true that I'm a sensitive, overweight person with some mental and developmental issues, the last item on that list is outright slander.
I was also constantly being insulted for my musical tastes as well. I guess that kinda fits into being bullied for things I like. I'd give a long list of instances, but that would be getting off topic.
I will say this, though: it doesn't last forever. I wore my Pikachu shirt the other day and I didn't get insulted or stared at or anything. And I don't exactly fit the definition of "kid" anymore (physically, anyway). Once you graduate high school, bullying from your peers does drop significantly. You just have to worry about those anime-hating art professors. They're freakin' EVERYWHERE.
Raving Lunatic (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 04/18/13 | Reply
I got made fun of for a lot of stuff.
When it came to my hobbies I figured they didn't have problems with those, They just wanted something to upset me. Why not make fun of stuff I like?
Didn't really work for them (IN YOUR FACE BULLYS!)
Master of Lists (Senior Otaku) | Posted 04/18/13 | Reply
It always angers me when people referred to anime as porn, had to deal with that in my last two school years
LDS Fangirl! (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 04/18/13 | Reply
I don't remember any particular events related to anime, but I did get some weird looks at some of my telemarketing jobs because I'd bring stuffed animals to work to 'keep me company'. I mean, they were in my purse or backpack mostly, but people would ask me why I'd brought them. And at one job, we were playing the 'Who Am I?' game where everyone had to pick a superhero and I picked Green Lantern. But I didn't pick Hal Jordan; I chose John Stewart, an African-American GL that I remembered from seeing some episodes of JLA. My co-workers wouldn't guess who it was and when I told them, they badgered me saying that there was no African-American GL, which was the point they'd been unable to guess on. I tried to insist that there was, but they said I was just making it up. Other events led to my soon leaving that job, but it rather rankled in me that they questioned me just because I hadn't picked a major hero like Superman or Batman, who had already been chosen by the time it came around to me.
My brother is into the same stuff as me (anime and video games) so we watch and play a lot of stuff together.
My parents teased me a little for liking anime (mostly my dad) but now I've got them watching anime and they've openly confessed to liking Fullmetal Alchemist and Death Note (though my mom quit watching it when L died, I couldn't blame her). Now I'm watching Naruto with them. I've greatly enjoyed watching it with my dad simply cause he completely understands and agrees with my hatred for Sasuke, we can rant about how much he sucks together lol. And much to my surprise, my mom is a Gaara fan lol.
Chibi Otaku (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 04/18/13 | Reply
I've never really been bullied for liking anime and manga. I'd have people asking why I always drew guys' stuff ('cause I liked mostly shonen at the time and was drawing from Beyblade), but that was about it. Most people liked my drawings, and if anyone had anything to say about the few times I went around with my hair like Haku from Naruto, I never heard it.
Eternal Scout (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 04/18/13 | Reply
In middle school I used to get a lot of "Why are you reading colouring books?" "Why don't you read regular comics?" and ENDLESS earfuls of "You're reading backwards! Why are you so dumb?" Luckily, around the same time I found an anime drawing club, so I had a circle of friends who liked the same things as me and we kinda helped each other out. And I was also lucky enough to have friends in school that were respectful towards my drawing and interests as well.
I find that now in my later teen years (I'm 17), I get a lot more flak from watching animated movies than I do reading manga or comic books or playing video games. I have a great community of friends on tumblr who have the same interests, as well as most of my RL friends, but I've gotten some weird looks/questions from people who I don't know that well concerning animated movies. Nowadays, when people ask about my interests, I just say that I am interested in animation. (It lets me dodge some of the more awkward questions, plus they assume I'm an art student).
Also, yay for Akioh's art. :)
EDIT: I totally forgot about this! I also have a Miku wallet, and a lot of the time when I pull it out people go "Oh, I love Hatsune Miku!". So that's kinda cool.
Just a Nerd (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 04/18/13 | Reply
Other than just a couple of incidences at school that are too small to mention, the most crap I've gotten about it has been, believe it or not, from my family - mainly my brother and to a slightly lesser extent my former stepbrother. My ex-stepdad picked on me a bit for it too, first by insisting that what I was watching was dirty and inappropriate (which it wasn't except for the occasional fanservice-y scene), and for a little while if he knew I was watching anime he'd teasingly yell "Stop watching porn!" from the other room. But then as I got older and was starting college he started saying that I needed to find more grown-up hobbies, as if he switched gears from equating anime with scandalous content to the idea of it being too childish for a young adult to be dealing with.
Otakuite+ | Posted 04/18/13 | Reply
I guess I'm lucky when I haven't experienced someone teasing me about anime or manga. Instead, I'd say more people than I ever thought actually watched anime, and it was accepted in my middle school. There were people who brought Naruto, Bleach, One Piece, and Prince of Tennis manga to school, someone who wore a Death Note shirt, and even someone who cosplayed in Halloween. There was even a "club" where we get to draw in manga style. Even now in high school, it's accepted because there are so many people who watch anime and read manga.
13th Angel (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 04/18/13 | Reply
I haven't been openly bullied for liking anime or sporting such merchandise (such as my wonderful PSYCHO-PASS travel mugs I recently acquired in the mail c;). However, I do get those awkward stares from people who are trying to figure out why I'm 18 and still into "kids cartoons." It honestly doesn't bother me anymore. I don't worry about what others have to say.
Maybe it wasn't bullying, but I was scared out of my wits by some guy who saw me playing my 3DS and saw it as an opportunity to HIT ON ME @_o (I was sitting, all alone, in a hallway minding my own business) I feel like now, unless I'm with my brother, I can't play my 3DS in public anymore TT_TT
The worst part (aside from the grandiose gesturing, bowing, and use of flowery language) was that this guy was apparently a fan of geekery, too... but looked like what you'd imagine the stereotype to be (on the larger side, oily-looking hair, etc.). I mean, I'm a geek myself, but... o_o I felt super-uncomfortable.
But I certainly have been called weird by my peers before. Just not for liking anime, manga, or video games.
Drachen Herz (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 04/18/13 | Reply
I find it funny that 'game controller' and 'couch' are actually written on these objects and ironic that 'love' that is written on the t-shirt of that rude girl. I know, it is not that important. xP
About bullying, hmm... We had a different society and views just after the war. One can say that there were groups and they all protected these in between, like me who was not in either group, but helped them all.
Personally grew up with video games and anime and also influenced those around me, so I also grew up with friends with the same or similar interests as me. But I do know that I was not so open about those, because here is the thing. Not many actually knew what that all was, so they can't judge you upon something they see the first time. There were some bad things now and then of course, but it is all gone now and when you get older and more experienced you get to know how to treat others and how to make them treat you.
I had a similar experience.
I wore a "Code Lyoko" shirt and my friend spilled yogurt on it (By accident).
On the bus, there was this big jackass who said "What's that on your shirt"? I said "Yogurt."
He sneered back "No, that retarded shit on there."
the way I snapped back was a bit weird, though. I couldn't be blamed, though, I was in 3rd grade and had no control over my reactions.
Yeah. I wore my first and only anime shirt to school once,(it was a Naruto shirt btw) and had a boy go, "You watch Na roo toe?" in a mean tone. :I and I proudly said yes. And I used to get made fun of for reading "backwards" books.