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8 Common Mistakes People Make Before Watching Anime

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As human beings we tend to knock things before we try them. Meaning we’ll criticize something without first giving it a try.

We judge a book by its cover instead of reading it first.

The same thing happens in the world of Anime.

So let’s clear a few things up in case you happen to be one of those people.


Amateur anime mistakes people make:


1. Comparing Anime to cartoons

Cartoons definition:

“a simple drawing showing the features of its subjects in a humorously exaggerated way. Especially a satirical one in a newspaper or magazine.”

Cartoons, unlike Anime, are not only designed differently, but the plot is different.

In cartoons there usually is no plot, and it’s very simplistic. As it’s aimed exclusively at children. A good example of this is the cartoon: Courage The Cowardly Dog.

3 Common Mistakes People Make Before Watching Anime


Anime tends to follow a plot most of the time, and can be educational + entertaining.

If you’ve held back on watching Anime because of this comparison, you can put this myth to rest.

Give it a try and you’ll be surprised at how different Anime is in comparison to cartoons.


2. Taking advice from people who’ve never watched Anime

3 Common Mistakes People Make Before Watching Anime

The problem is when you’ve never watched something yourself, giving advice to people who want to watch it is a bad idea.

Why? Because you become a backseat driver.

You give advice when you’re not in the position to give it.

And If the person you give advice to believes you, then they end up doing the same thing.

And the cycle continues….

Instead of listening to what people have told you about Anime, watch it for yourself.

Watch a couple of different Anime shows and then judge whether Anime is worth your time or not.


3. Assuming every Anime is like DBZ, Naruto, One Piece, etc

3 Common Mistakes People Make Before Watching Anime

There’s nothing wrong with the Anime shows above. Nothing at all.

But the problem is these Anime’s are extremely popular, so people who’ve never watched Anime assume that’s what Anime is about.

That’s far from the truth.

There are Anime shows about anything and everything, no different to films or TV.

You can watch Anime shows about:

  • Romance.
  • War.
  • Mystery.
  • Horror.
  • School life.
  • Zombies.
  • Fantasy.
  • Government.
  • Military.
  • Music.

And so many other categories.

Like with a lot of things, you just have to look for the good stuff to see it.

Not every Anime show is about superpowers and super human strength. That shit would get boring too fast if that were the case.


4. Watching Boku No Pico

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“Noobs” trip up on this over and over again. Because someone recommends it as a joke knowing they don’t know any better.

I doubt this will ever get old unless anime becomes too mainstream for its own good.


5. Putting their faith in ANIME FRONT COVERS

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Some fans get their recommendations from websites like MAL, rather than video trailers on YouTube.

Look at the cover of Food Wars.

Does this LOOK like an anime filled with…. this?

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Obviously it’s not LITERALLY this extreme, but front covers don’t always tell the full story.

6. Judging anime by western standards (or the equivalent)

Unlike regular cartoons outside Japan, anime is a different beast all together.

The format, style, nuances, expectations, comedy, weirdness, art, and everything in between is worlds apart.

A “noob” has no idea what they’re in for if they judge it by “normal” standards of cartoons or films (not that this is a bad thing).

7. Thinking MOST anime look like THIS

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Shounen is the most popular genre in the anime industry. It’s been this way for decades.

New fans are brainwashed by these types of images, ideas, and what anime generally looks like.

That leads to my next point….

8. Not understanding how far the rabbit hole goes

  • Shounen
  • Shoujo
  • Action
  • Comedy
  • Slice Of Life
  • Shounen AI
  • Space
  • Ecchi
  • Psychological

And the list goes on and on.

anime for all types of people.

Most of the time – if you can think of it, you can find it. And you’ll even come across anime you like, with genres you like that you never expected.

What are some other mistakes people make before watching anime?



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