What does it means to be an
Just like every other fandom,
Let’s break it down.
How To Become An
Anime Fan: The Simple Guide
1. Decide WHAT TV shows you’re into
Anime is entertainment, no different to
Each type of entertainment comes with its own set of genres, categories and everything in between to choose from.
Are you into:
These types of genres exist outside of
Then when you’re ready to explore more
- Slice of life.
Then you can get into those with an understanding of how anime genres work, and what types of
2. Choose the
streaming platform that suits your tastes
Aside from the problems associated with the
Animeshows not being available on certain platforms.
- Some platforms having more shows available than others.
There are still a good amount of platforms to choose from. You can start with legal sites like:
Crunchyroll(a partner of AnimeMotivation). Funimation. AnimeLab (for Australia and New Zealand).
Crunchyroll offers the most of any legal
But the older the
3. Watch 10 different
anime series to get a “feel” of what to expect
You can never play one video game and expect to know WHAT to expect from video
That’s why you’ve gotta watch at least 10 different
10’s a good starter number for a lot of reasons:
- You’ll know by that point whether
animeis worth pursuing.
- You’ll know whether
animeis interesting enough to keep watching and getting into.
- And you’ll have a “taste” of what different
animeseries can offer. Especially from different genres.
It’s no good watching the same genre over and over again, because that becomes your frame of reference. And you’ll start believing
So try 10 different
4. Join social networks that suit your tastes
Some fans of
I’m more of a:
… kind of guy. Even though most of my energy is spent creating vs consuming.
For you, Twitter might work best. For
Or Instagram might work because it’s all about images. Just like Pinterest.
There’s YouTube as well, where a lot of
Choose whichever social networks work for you, based on how much time you’re willing to spend.
5. Attend conventions, if that’s your thing
I don’t personally attend conventions, but I have plans to do it for the experience. To see what it’s like.
But not every
If the idea of:
- Doing something offline.
- Seeing how
animefans interact in a different environment.
merchandisethat can’t be found online (sometimes).
- Testing the waters.
If the idea of that sounds good, then go for it.
Anime conventions will work well, and you’ll get a “fast” idea of how some people are in the
Not to mention what kinds of things they’re trying to accomplish, and who’s behind the businesses.
Source: Deku and Bakugo Cosplay
This can come later. But if you were already into cosplaying from a different industry like video
In fact – some cosplayers become “
Whatever your reasons, cosplaying is a good “addition” and another way to express your interest in fictional characters. Or in this case:
7. Become a part of the industry
Becoming a part of the industry means “work” in the industry, and contribute as an
This kind of thing comes later on, but it’s still another method a lot of fans use to dive deeper into the
I’m an example of that type of person.
As a result of that, I get to be a fan AND a creator at the same time.
8. Learn the lingo
The lingo of every community is different. The “gamer” community has its own lingo, just like every other entertainment business.
A lot of words you’ll become familiar with:
And too many others to name.
There’s a lot of it, and some of it can only be understood by insiders.
9. Choose a handful of sites to consume
Think about the site you’re using now:
If you want:
- Life lessons.
- Resources and helpful content.
But if it’s:
And things of that nature, sites like:
AnimeNews Network. Crunchyroll. Manga.Tokyo
- Random Curiosity.
They’re the best sites to check out.
Here are two articles to read about that:
Buy anime merch that tickles your fancy
This is something that’ll probably come later, but it’s still worth mentioning. In fact – the thing with merch is:
- If you like a certain
T shirt, figurine or accessory…
Then buying it is easy. Even if you’re not an official “
Buying anime merch isn’t a necessity to get into
anime games online
Doki Doki Literature Club is a good example of a “free”
You download it to your PC, and from there you can get right into it. It’s a type of dating sim game that’s a little dark but cheerful on the surface.
There are plenty of other
Not to mention even better
12. Listen to
All you’ve gotta do is YouTube it (or Google it) and you’ll come across all types of
You’ll find something you’ll love that will make you more curious about