What We Talk About When We Talk About Anime

July 16, 2019

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Eversince I was a kid, I always enjoy watching anime. I remember running home from school after the class is over, with my heavy bag full of school books on my back, just to watch Slam Dunk and/or Prince of Tennis on the television. When every weekend means staying at home, trying get things done before 8am just to watch Hunter X Hunter and Fullmetal Panic. Nothing really changes when I got into high school. I think most of my classmates know that I’m a big fan of anime, I even started collecting K-zone, Otaku mag, and Neocomics. So yeah, I wasn’t a girly girl back then. 

girl at a coffee shop

You see, I don’t really have a friend whom I can talk to about anime related stuff. I was kind of alone in my own little world, and it doesn’t help that I’m quite timid too. So yeah, I turned to online forums and groups. But even so, I still feel the lack of connection. 

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Not until I met my boyfriend two (2) years ago. How we met was pretty unusual but I remember that the first thing I asked him was, “Do you like anime?” Which he replied that he does. Imagine how happy I was to finally have someone to talk to about anime stuff. Not only that, he collects gunplas and anime figures too, just like how I collect anime magazine and comics back then. 

guy at a coffee shop

After months of talking back and forth, discussing theories, and tagging each other with anime memes on Facebook, we finally got together. But just like any other relationship, ours aren’t perfect, there were lots of small fights, insecurities, and jealousy. But we worked hard, we try to understand each other, and most importantly, I learned to compromise.

girl smiling at a coffee shop

Whenever we're out for lunch or dinner,  we always never fail to make conversations about anime—like the responsible adults that we are. I remember there was one time where we got into this kind of heated debate about Attack on Titan, while we wait for our food. We can get pretty loud but there are times that we don't talk to each other too, we just sit down facing each other while minding our own business— I read while he plays Ragnarok or Mobile Legends on his phone. I'm just thankful that I finally found someone who I can be alone with.

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56 comments

  1. The only anime I've ever watched is Digimon and Pokemon. Not even sure if those are considered anime.

    Jennifer
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    1. I haven't watched a single ep of Digimon but I do love Pokemon. I even played Pokemon Go.

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  2. How sweet that you and your boyfriend share a mutual love for anime. It probably makes it all the more enjoyable for you both :)

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  3. It's always nice when you can share your hobbies with your loved ones! Your desserts look so delish by the way!

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  4. That's wonderful you've found someone who shares your love for anime! Although I don't know much about anime, I know the feeling of having an interest that isn't shared with others. The internet can play a great role in "finding your tribe". However, I'm like you; oftentimes I don't feel the connection even when I meet like-minded people online. Or else the connection is very fleeting.

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    1. Yes, most of the connection I've had with people, be it irl or online, is always fleeting. It's sad but it's okay.

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  5. oh gosh Hunter X hunter! I used to watch that every day after I got home from school! so nostalgic! though, I rarely watch anime now.

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    1. Yes me too! It's like one of the best anime those times— still is now.

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  6. I've never really watched anime. This is such a cute post. I love your pictures. The food is so appetizing and you are so pretty.
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  7. Aww this was such a lovely post! I've never really seen any anime, but I'm glad you found someone to have your heated debates with x

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  8. I think one of the most important things in a relationship is that you have mutual interests. There definitely has to be something that binds you together .... a hobby or interest that you can do together. Your photos are beautiful and the food looks amazing!

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    1. Yes, I totally agree with you. I'm glad that I found a man with the same interest as me. Thank you for stopping by :)

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  9. So cool you and your boyfriend share a passion for Anime. Your photos are adorable. You're such a cute couple. I love what you said about how you worked hard for your relationship and learned how to compromise. Communication is always important.

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  10. A nice couple!
    A conversation about anime is a good thing!

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  11. This looks like a lovely experience! So glad you have something that you two can share and bond over.
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  12. What a cute coffee shop! It's great you and your boyfriend have a shared love of cartoons :)

    Hope that you are having a wonderful weekend :)

    Away From Blue

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  13. There are so many cool animes out there. It is a bummer that you didn't have a friend to talk to about anime. I felt the same way when I was younger. It is great that your boyfriend can talk to you about anime! I'm glad that you both work together to figure each other's differences out. Glad you had a fun time at the cafe as well!

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

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    1. Aww thank you, Nancy! Yes, it was indeed a bummer but it was okay :)

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  14. To me common interests are the most important part, especially when it comes to something that not everyone might go for. <3
    BTW, those cakes look soooo good!

    LackaDaisy

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  15. I like anime from Japan such as saint seiya

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    1. Yes, I watched that too back when I was very little.

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  16. So cute, I love anime as well :)) Beautiful pictures :) x

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  17. Very cute post (and he photos too!). I don't watch anime too often, just watched a few in the past and they were nice ^^
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  18. This is so cute! I'm glad you found someone who enjoys anime just as much as you do and that you feel more comfortable talking about it now.

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  19. It's always nice to have someone who has the same interest as you. Anyhoo, these desserts are making me hungry. Is that a matcha drink? How was it? Omo, love matcha. x

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  20. My hubby and my children love anime though I'm not into it but I understand the culture hehe. Infact, they went to this Smash event in Sydney yesterday and brought home anime posters and figures.

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  21. I love anime!! There's something about the animation style and artwork that is so captivating and nostalgic. I'm currently watching Children of Whale, it's really good!

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    1. I'm glad to know that you love anime! I haven't watched Children of Whale, is it good?

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  22. I love anime! Me and my bf always watch anime together. :)

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  23. So lucky to have found someone who likes what you like as well
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  24. Aww! How lovely you both like anime and what a lovely thing to have bonded over two years ago when you met each other. Adorable! :)

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  25. Replying comments in the old way is good to know that you are having a good life. That is comforting. I really like the anime too and even now when I am to my late twenties I enjoy the anime too much like when I was young. The difference now I have obligations. Thank you for visiting my blog and I hope we can maintain in touch but please don't publish your link in the comments. I hope you can have a good day darling

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    1. That's good to know that you like anime too. And thank you!

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  26. Your story is so cute. Love when you meet likeminded people who share the same interests.

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  27. So awesome when we find someone who is interested in the same things as us. Makes for a great connection!

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