Why Do Anime Fans Act the Way they Do
A couple of weeks ago, I went to an Anime Convention. Shutocon more specifically. This is not my first one and it will not be my last. I have met some of the most down to earth and amazing people at these conventions as well as have so much fun. I feel so blessed to have had the opportunities to meet some of my favorite voice actors and spend a whole weekend geeking out over my favorite shows. However, despite all the fun I have there is always someone who has to ruin it and make me wonder why they act such a way.
Now I am not trying to say that all anime fans are weird. I am an anime fan myself and I will admit going crazy over my favorite shows. But I do keep my cool and know that it just a TV show, nothing more. From my experience having gone to many conventions, the people that I noticed is that they scream when someone dressed as their favorite character comes in, the cosplayers who act like the character, the know-it-alls, and the ones who go crazy for the voice actors. A lot of them are probably just young and immature or maybe this is their first con and does not know how to control their urges.
They run and scream. Ask questions and rant on and on about their favorite fandom. Then get offended if you do not agree with them. Maybe it is the adult in me or maybe it is because I have a serious personality. When I go to conventions I love to go crazy and talk about my fandoms, however, I am mature to know how to act around people and I do not want to scare them off. Sometimes, these fans just make me wonder what they are thinking inside that anime crazed brain of theirs.
I remember being at a panel and several people were asking questions about shipping characters togethers and requesting weird things for the actors to do and say, etc. It amazes me to think that people would interact in such a way. They get all crazy with excitement and get mad if if was not answered the way they were hoping. I am not one to judge but I do see how awkward it can be to answer a question that you did not expect. Remember they are people too and needed to be treated with respect and kindness.
Another thing I have noticed was the know-it-alls or the "I am better than you at anime" mentality. I do not care if you think you are a better than me because you have seen certain shows and know every detail from the anime to the manga. You are not a bigger fan than me just because you keep up with the Japanese side and see these shows the moment it comes out. Downloading anime and reading scanslations is not only illegal but wrong considering that it does not make you a better fan.
Even the behavior of how some of these people around each other. It saddens me to hear that there is bullying in this community especially when I hear stories about my fellow fans being bullied for liking anime. I mean is the point of going to a convention is to geek out with those who share the same interests. The fact that it had resorted to this makes it harder for people and myself to enjoy my anime when someone keeps bringing me down.
Maybe it is the fact that people of the anime community are socially awkward. I really love anime, I really do, but it does bother me when non anime people put me in the category of the socially awkward, strange, and a being Japanese wannabe. It is unfortunate that many people fit that stereotype and I get dragged into it. I just wish the fans would calm down and let the actors do their thing instead of bothering them with crazy requests. Please, even try to understand that it is just a story and nothing more.
But enough about that, anime fans are some of the coolest and most talented people I have met. Some just need an attitude adjustment. Sorry for the long rant, as much as I love going to anime conventions and meeting people with the same interests. Just like any other social group out there in the world, there are the odd people. I just felt I needed to address it since I want everyone else to have an enjoyable con experience as I did.
So tell me. What was your greatest con experience?