Explaining anime to the non-fan

There comes a time in an anime fan's life (often repeatedly) when one has the seemingly endless challenge of trying to explain anime to someone who effectively has blinders on. Now in the non-fan's defense chances are the only thing they have seen of anime are the brief glimpses of western dubbed, merchandise motivated, anime series (you know the kind that that attract the very fanboys/girls/etc... that drives everyone nuts) as they channel surf. Such an experience is nearly always guaranteed to drive people away from the whole concept of anime and write it off as a bad experience.

So what to do, what to do.....

I tend to alternate with not even trying to explain it, if the person in question doesn't seem like they really want to know, with equating anime with any other type of media that tells a story such as books, movies, live-action shows, and what have you.

Most look at me blankly at that last concept. =/ Some just let the possibility that what I said is true just drift on by like a dandelion in the breeze. What keeps me from giving up on future attempts are those few people that almost visibly gain that lit up light-bulb over their heads of understanding. By George I think they got it! Not that it will always make one iota of difference in their attitudes about the medium of anime, but at least they have caught a clue. XD

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Solitaire Feb 2, 09
Ok, I so want an edit button. That will teach me to post too quickly. -.-;
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Rabla Feb 2, 09
im pretty sure there is an edit button, in the Post Information bit.
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Solitaire Feb 2, 09
Well heck, now how did I miss that? Can I blame lack of caffeine? ^^;
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Rabla Feb 2, 09
go ahead, thats my excuse for everything
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Gaaralover12345 Feb 4, 09
Caffeine does nothing for me.
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HamsterMan Feb 8, 09
Aimed at me, Jen? ;_; XD
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Solitaire Feb 9, 09
No, there is still hope for you rodent. *huggles*
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Ranger 1 Nov 10, 09
I miss the days when channel surfing could find you something bizarre and amazing, like Serial Experiments Lain. It seems in recent years it's gotten a lot harder to find stuff that isn't Naruto or Bleach on cable until quite late on Saturday nights, and even that seems to be disappearing. And yes, lol gravedig.

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Ranger 1 Nov 10, 09
I seem to have lost an eye. That is most unfortunate. If you happen to find it, please contact me.
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Lakeisha Apr 19, 11
I'm not easily impressed. . . but that's imrpssieng me!
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SypherTheGamemaster Apr 21, 11
you managed to lose an eye how?
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Ranger 1 Apr 22, 11
I was commenting on my failure to properly type "<_<"

Though that was a year and change ago.
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WinnieThePooh64 Aug 11, 11
O.k so Anime is Sailor Moon type cartooning?? if so I like it quite fine my daughter owns the entire series on VHS unfortunately we can't find it on DVD or blue ray. If you know how to acquire this series on DVD or blue ray please let me know so I can buy it thanks everyone :-)
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