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New Poll - Anime/Manga for Parents
This week's poll comes from the mind of mu2020. Let's talk about your parents, shall we? Since they're of the older crowd, I do doubt they've tried, but we shall see!

You can submit poll ideas here (and try to keep them manga/anime-related):
http://www.mangaupdates.com/showtopic.php?tid=3903

Previous Poll Results:
Question: In manga, do you consider the majority of characters to be Asian?
Choices:
Always do - votes: 4071 (31.9%)
No, they look Caucasian - votes: 1982 (15.5%)
Only when portrayed in Asian society - votes: 6728 (52.6%)
There were 12781 total votes.
The poll ended: October 13th 2012

I've always found the anime eyes fascinating since most Asians have small eyes (including me)
Posted by lambchopsil on October 13th 8:29pm Comments ( 46 )  [ View ]  [ Add ]
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» doomkitty on October 13th, 2012, 1:35pm

I'm 49 and love both smile wink grin

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» danthom1704 on October 19th, 2012, 12:50pm

Quote from doomkitty
I'm 49 and love both smile wink grin

Same here, my son says I'm a 14 year old Japanese school girl trapped in a 49 year old body.

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» Here_And_Now on October 13th, 2012, 1:39pm

I need a "they think I'm silly reading comics and watching cartoons at my age" option. They never have, and most likely never will, try manga.

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» OtakuMadness on October 13th, 2012, 1:42pm

Both my parents have tried because their kids all love it biggrin but neither continued with it. bigrazz

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» Badkarma on October 13th, 2012, 1:58pm

Quote from The Steed
I was never born, I just came into existence.

Yours Truly,
The Steed.


Tch, typical. Where's the "I don't have parents" option?? How do you expect The Steed to vote??

Gee.

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» Oriolidae on October 13th, 2012, 2:09pm

Nah, it ain't their style. wink And I see no point in forcing it on them.

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» TofuQueen on October 13th, 2012, 2:15pm

I think my mom & step-dad have both tried manga but neither really got into it. There is some anime they like, but they don't watch it regularly. Of course, they're both 70 years old, so... laugh

I love manga & read a lot, and watch some anime, but my kids aren't so into it. none

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» tactics on October 13th, 2012, 2:27pm

They aren't interested in the slightest.

I wouldn't even dream of trying to convert them either.

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» aries_girl on October 13th, 2012, 2:33pm

My dad used to love anime but stopped watching. He tried, I guess.

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» dosetsu on October 13th, 2012, 2:37pm

Depends on the quality of the show. I can/I have gotten my 56-year-old mother to watch something quirky like Squid Girl, and a drama like Tokyo Magnitude 8.0. I've also gotten my dad to watch things like Ghost in the Shell. However, most of the in general bullshit, no.

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» darkraiders on October 13th, 2012, 3:01pm

For my mother anime, cartoon or anything like that = for kids.
So she never even tried to watch one, even though i'm sure there's a few anime she would enjoy watching.

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» forror on October 13th, 2012, 3:04pm

Back as a child, my mum would used to watch anime - never cartoons - with me. Recorded them all on VHS for me. Otherwise, I don't think she would have bothered.

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» nailq on October 13th, 2012, 3:05pm

My dad used to said manga or game was ''root of all evil'' each time he received my grade reports from school biggrin,so i never think of making my parents try it

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» Slacker5001 on October 13th, 2012, 3:06pm

Me and my sister on many occasions have tried to get my parents to watch anime or read manga. So far the only success we found was Death Note and Mobile Suit Gundam 00. We still haven't been able to watch either of these series though. It's so hard to get my whole family to sit down and watch. It's like trying to catch a wild tiger with your bare hands. cry

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» KuroNeko159487263 on October 13th, 2012, 3:16pm

Mine would watch it with my siblings and I when I was younger, stuff like Sailor Moon, DBZ, and Hamtaro. They don't really care much for it though. It really depends on the plot actually, if its a more mature anime they might like it. Mom watched and liked Casshern Sins but she thinks DBZ is a waste of time (come on, mom. it's a classic!).

Manga they will never appreciate the value of. roll eyes

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» ilovebhong on October 13th, 2012, 3:20pm

My mom grew up watching anime (Future Boy Conan, Doraemon, etc) but she stopped watching it as she matured. My dad probably couldn't afford a TV as he was growing up LOL. They both grew up in South Korea, so there wasn't as much anime at the time on TV.

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» mizaki2100 on October 13th, 2012, 3:47pm

I remembered watching Dragon Ball on tapes every Sunday at 7pm. Other than that, no.

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» Verito.S on October 13th, 2012, 4:02pm

My parents watch some in the local anime channel, my dad llikes Hajime no Ippo xD and my mom loved Candy Candy when she was a teenager so yeah, they do, not the amount I do, of course.

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» WrldDmntr on October 13th, 2012, 5:01pm

My mom read manga as a kid and when she was pregnant with me. She would rent some manga from the local manga place and buy some good Taiwanese food and then go home and just eat and read.

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» 007demosthenes on October 13th, 2012, 5:10pm

If my parents ever watch anime it's to check the content rating. Other than that, they never tried.

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» evilcleo on October 13th, 2012, 5:20pm

I had to laugh when I saw that poll because honestly, my parents cannot understand it at all. My mom has reverted to "Well, this is is your hobby" and my dad chooses to say nothing, probably because he thinks there are worse hobbies to have. Needless to say they're never finding out I read yaoi.

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» Coccyzus on October 13th, 2012, 5:52pm

Ha ha, my parents read/watched manga and anime as kids, but kind of lost touch after moving to the States. When I got into it in college, I reintroduced them to it. Now that they are retired, they watch all sorts of anime on TV and online, and they read all my manga. ALL my manga. Though I think my Dad is a little confused by the BL and shoujo-ai...
And yeah, I even insisted my parents read Madness (Shimotsuki Kairi). Mom enjoyed it, but I think Dad preferred my Hellsing and Kenshin.
Come to think of it, I haven't done a buying trip in a while because my Mom does it for me bigrazz

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» auriga on October 13th, 2012, 6:29pm

There should be a "they used to" option. They followed super robot anime back in the seventies, and when there was an anime boom here in the late nineties they watched with me. I remember my mother saying she enjoyed watching Yu Yu Hakusho.

Things slowed down and eventually stopped when I started getting my fix online instead of local/cable tv. And it's not like I'm willing to show them the stuff I'm involved in now, lol.

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» whitespade on October 13th, 2012, 8:30pm

no, not their thing. mom only watch cartoon and anime when all the kids switch them on on tv, but she dont especially watch it. mom also buy the usual children's manga for us, but she don't read it.

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» vietangelix on October 13th, 2012, 8:37pm

Haha, like I could ever convince them to. >_> It's "too childish" and my parents rather watch Asian dramas. I do, however, enjoy watching Asian dramas, too. bigrazz

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» lynira on October 13th, 2012, 8:44pm

Well, my mom occasionally watches anime movies (that I know of, she's watched Ponyo, Toki o Kakeru Shoujo, and Arietty), but only when they are on TV (free), which is rarely, and I think she only watches them because she sees them as unique (also she just loves watching movies). In other words, she's not really "into" anime and never watches regular anime. I've never seen her read manga, either--oh, except for Hikari to tomo ni (but I think that was only because it's the story of an autistic child). So I'm counting her as a no. My dad's definitely a no, I've never seen him watch anime (not into TV or movies) or touch manga (not really interested in reading other than textbooks).

This may be in large part my fault. I'm pretty sure if I shared my manga with my mom, she would read it (she loves reading); however, I don't let anyone touch my manga that I've bought (it's for my collection, so I want it kept in perfect condition. And it's all in Japanese anyway, which she can't read), I read most of my manga online (not shareable because my mom hates reading on computer monitors), I don't want to talk about manga with her (I like talking about manga in general, but I hate talking about stories, characters, etc.--any subject content), and also I don't want to read with her or when she's around (I only read manga alone, because I hate being watched and I hate being interrupted)... so sharing is almost impossible.

I'm sure my mom would watch anime with me if I asked her to--as a matter of fact, she's asked me to watch anime movies with her, but I hate anime, so I refuse to watch it. Sort of a shame really, but I can't stand the stuff. But even if I did watch anime, I'd watch it alone anyway (because I want to watch things in silence). My dad's a lost cause though, I think.

I guess what I'd have to do is go out and buy manga especially for her (English & genre she would like) from the bookstore... Hmm, you know, now that I've thought of that, I may actually do it.

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» BlueHaro on October 13th, 2012, 11:35pm

My mom use to watch anime when she was younger. Speed Racer, Astro boy, Princess Knight. Now...not so much. We sometimes see Ghibli films together and an anime here and there as a family. Other than that, she doesn't watch anymore. She thinks it's more for kids (didn't help when she was forced to watch the first Pokemon movie in theaters laugh )

On the other hand, my dad was actually the person who introduced me to anime at the tender age of 4. We use to watch Sailor Moon together. He would record and even tell me what happened when I missed episodes because of school. We use to watch Princess Mononoke together when I was around 6-7 years old (though he probably got tired of it because I liked to watch it all the time biggrin ). This was all before I got into Pokemon... These days I catch him watching anime once in a while. Ghost in the shell SAC, Texhnolyze, Blood the Last Vampire, Cowboy Bebop, Samurai 7. He's not into shounen. When my bro and I watch something like FMA on the tv, he gets a hilarious look on his face.

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» 0oKat~0 on October 14th, 2012, 12:52am

Nope. Never tried, and never will. I'm probably happy with things being this way. Who knows what will happen if they actually got into anime/manga and realised just what I've been reading all these while eek

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» Sapphiresky on October 14th, 2012, 7:22am

My mom used to watch it with me since the we only had one tv hooked up to cable. She kind of liked Sailor Moon. She never watched it on her own though and when I stopped watching it on TV, so did she.

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» NightSwan on October 14th, 2012, 7:24am

Nope.
I tried making my father read Kiseijuu (because it's awesome) on his laptop, but he never did.
I even downloaded it for him and everything, but he just looked at me like I'm crazy and said "I'm not going to read that".

As for my mother, I tried getting her to watch Ghibli films because she usually watches stuff that father downloads together with the brat, but she was all "I don't wanna watch these stupid cartoons".
Then one day I caught them watching "Tales from Earthsea" so I asked what did she think she was watching....
"Oh, but it's so interesting", she said.
"You see? Why wouldn't it be", I questioned.

Anyways, after that, I tried making my father download more Ghibli films for them but he didn't...
My parents are really rather frustrating people.

But I guess I don't really care either way.

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» tailor31415 on October 14th, 2012, 7:38am

My mom will watch with me if she likes the series (so far, she's enjoyed Cowboy Bebop, Yukikaze, and Jyu Oh Sei). She doesn't make an effort on her own to watch though. And no reading whatsoever

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» Dragonfiremule on October 14th, 2012, 8:27am

No, they never tried. In fact, they always found anime/manga sort of ridiculous and thought it was only for children. (Since their experience with it includes only Naruto, Pokemon, and Sailor Moon). At the same time, I never felt the inclination to introduce them to works targeted to an older audience. My parents are incredible religious Roman Catholics, and if they even got the slightest hint that I had read Berserk or something similar I could see myself never being allowed on the internet again. So, they don't read/watch manga/anime, and for that I am eternally grateful.

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» sarah-eats-cupcakes on October 14th, 2012, 9:21am

Quote from Dragonfiremule
No, they never tried. In fact, they always found anime/manga sort of ridiculous and thought it was only for children. (Since their experience with it includes only Naruto, Pokemon, and Sailor Moon). At the same time, I never felt the inclination to introduce them to works targeted to an older audien ...

this

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» strixflash on October 19th, 2012, 2:37pm

Quote from Dragonfiremule
No, they never tried. In fact, they always found anime/manga sort of ridiculous and thought it was only for children. (Since their experience with it includes only Naruto, Pokemon, and Sailor Moon). At the same time, I never felt the inclination to introduce them to works targeted to an older audien ...

Looks like this applies to me as well.

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» pyonk on October 14th, 2012, 8:59am

My mum was a manga reader, all candy-candy and 80's shoujo manga in my house was her (now mine biggrin) but she doesnt read manga anymore.

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» Snakering on October 14th, 2012, 12:49pm

I really like this poll smile It's interesting to see how other people's parents react.

My dad likes to tease me about it, although not meanly. I don't really think he cares one way or the other to be honest, although he probably thinks it's a little silly.

My mom has watched a little anime with me... and although she tries I don't think she understands it very much. She tried to watch Howl's Moving Castle, for instance, and I got so many questions of "What's going on? Who is that? Why does he care so much about his hair?" that I couldn't answer all of them. I'm still trying to find one that she'd enjoy haha.

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» Ballads on October 15th, 2012, 8:23am

Haha, manga's in my blood. My dad started on manga since his teen days and he's still an avid fan now. Yeah, I've got a pretty cool dad, although now he watches anime mostly... He watches all the popular ones like Fairy Tail and Hitman Reborn and One Piece, and a good lot of other stuff that I've never heard of. Sheesh, he even dabbles in Shoujo now and then. My mother likrs the classics, so Doraemon? And she watches with the rest of us now and then. They buy me manga for my birthday, although none of them read the genre I read... Yaoi... Ahem... Well, they don't quite understand it and they poke fun at it a lot. Gosh the gay jokes you hear at my house... But they're not really judgmental.

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» plann on October 15th, 2012, 5:16pm

My father's a scholar of Elizabethan literature and poetry. Manga is not his "thing."

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» Calamansi on October 15th, 2012, 5:32pm

I remember my dad watching DBZ since... well, since I can remember. xD
Even today I hear him complaining about Sasuke to the TV.
My mom has tried to watch anime but it's just not her thing. She's more of the Whovian type.. though she'll eat up some Miyazaki movies.

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» BlackOrion on October 15th, 2012, 5:42pm

I'm an Orphan... so yeah, that option it's kind of not in the list.

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» secretdesires on October 15th, 2012, 6:30pm

There should have been this option on the poll: Don't know what manga/anime is.

That's pretty much my parents.

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» sidzero on October 16th, 2012, 1:39pm

This poll should have really had an option like "I don't see any race other than 'human'".

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» xailah on October 16th, 2012, 5:17pm

My dad does like anime. Waaaay back since Sailormoon started, I used to record the episodes and made him watch it with me, LOL. He also enjoyed DBZ back when we had cable. Inuyasha, Rurouni Kenshin, Chobits, NGE were some anime dvds I bought that he also liked. Now, for some years, I've stopped watching anime but he still keeps up with the top shounens. Naruto, Bleach, One Piece are ones I know for sure he watches.

So yeah, he's been a fan for awhile and still is! Me, not so much anymore. Mom just watches asian dramas. She did sit through one episode of Inuyasha just 'cause there were chinese subtitles. Heh.

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» kawaiiairbender on October 17th, 2012, 9:11am

i voted no, but, I forgot that my dad watched part of Moribito and liked it. I know he'd enjoy some action/political shows (he loved Avatar) but, I can't recommend the shows to him. I can imagine him judging me b/c some of the stuff in the shows.

My mom would never. It's not that she dislikes the storylines (big drama fan) just she doesn't like animation at all. Nor is she interested in comics.

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» toshirodragon on October 22nd, 2012, 5:01pm

my parents are dead so I don't have to worry about their opinion anymore.

And I'm nearly 48 so...

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» chally298 on October 24th, 2012, 10:28pm

My dad has refused to watch anything animated since I was about three.He's more into things like CSI. My mom will sometimes watch Ghibli(but nothing with subtitles),and she's read a few manga I got from the library,just to see what I was reading.She also puts up with me raving about it all the time biggrin

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