Is anime as big in Japan as anime and manga portray it to be?
Do the Japanese think an American is cool and he likes to watch anime and read manga as an adult?
It's not big. It's a society full of people with other interests just like everywhere else. The market is considerably bigger there than anywhere else, certainly, but it's still a niche hobby.
Went over the summer by myself for a little vacation. Loved it so much, I decided that I'll get my degree in English and teach over there. Has nothing to do with anime/manga though. Tokyo is just an unbelievable city.
The otaku stuff moe-pandering stuff is really niche, but anime is pretty popular among kids here. I'm teaching junior high over here, and at least a quarter of my kids use anime folders, have anime keychains on their bags, etc.
The epitome of western thought and culture.
Not to say I don't love other cultures, and haven't traveled. America is simply my comfort zone.
Manga in Japan is like TV in America. It's mainstream.
Anime in Japan is like tabletop Roleplaying in America: It's viewed as the domain of smelly, ill-adjusted weirdoes who are probably criminals too.
Unlikely. Their culture is xenophobic, stagnant, and far too demanding.
This was in the back of my mind when I said America is my comfort zone. I don't care for how Asians socialize. In America, I can make friends on the streets and party with strangers doing all sorts of things that are 'frowned upon' in Japan.
>Wait, then how is tabletop games viewed over there?
It's been discussed a couple of times on /tg/ that Japanese roleplaying tends to be oddly railroad-y and like a stage play. They also seem to like Warhammer Fantasy a lot for some reason.
As for how the culture views it, I guess it's just a hobby?
Not him, but the ability to say what you want and believe it whether or not it offends people
>inb4 reaction images and people saying that doesn't exist anymore
Bullshit, my state still has active Klan rallies. You're telling me freedom of speech is dead in a place where a group knowing for hanging people from trees is still around?
Alabama, but you were close. Either way, I like it here. I just wish the summers weren't so damn unbearable.
I've thought about it. I don't think I'd want to live in Tokyo though. The people are too stuffy and format about everything. I enjoyed when I was in Osaka much more, the people are so much more open. And they don't hate foreigners nearly as much, probably because they were a major port city so they were used to foreign ships coming in.
Okinawa would be nice, too.
Hate to drop a fucking MAL link but you anons are on crack.
Wear a fancy suit. They'll think you're rich.
There was shit literally last week
Kyoto would take you like they would any foreigner. The issue would be finding work. Obviously the height wouldn't matter, but you're not gonna get into a position that you'd call a career with long hair and a mustache. Not one of those "You're a degenerate!" assholes, I promise, I have hair down to my lower back. It's just the unfortunate truth. A looooot of businesses have strict appearance policies, as they see employees as a reflection of themselves, and want them to give off the image they think is appropriate
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That is some abusive gym teacher shit.
It really has quieted down. They are scared shitless of China, which lays a claim to the whole area. Do they love the new base? No. But it's more reflexive opinion plus a vocal minority.