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New Poll - Manga and Real-Life Friends
This week's poll by animgirl24 is about how you mix your hobbies with real life. People tend to gravitate to people with similar interests, so is manga one of those interests? Do you talk about manga with your friends?

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: Assuming you know perfect Japanese (read, write, speak, listen), would you live in Japan?
Choices:
Yes - votes: 9009 (58.1%)
No - votes: 6314 (40.7%)
Already live in Japan - votes: 180 (1.2%)
There were 15503 total votes.
The poll ended: April 13th 2013

I'm actually surprised by the number of "No" votes. Wouldn't have predicted that beforehand. Probably should had a "Vacation only" option
Posted by lambchopsil on April 13th 7:34pm Comments ( 26 )  [ View ]  [ Add ]
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» Perim on April 13th, 2013, 12:40pm

Yes, providing family count as friends.

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» markdarkangel on April 13th, 2013, 1:00pm

I can truly say I'm a closeted otaku laugh

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» Oriolidae on April 14th, 2013, 4:12am

Quote from markdarkangel
I can truly say I'm a closeted otaku laugh

This. I ...think... my family knows that I read manga and watch anime, but it just became a habit not to talk about it, so I voted in the last category, "no one knows." For some reason I've kept this habit for the past ten years.

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» jake174 on April 13th, 2013, 1:44pm

No, my real life friends probly don't even know what manga is... Let alone being able to discuss it.
I guess I have a nerd/gaming/manga/sci-fi side with no friends
And a social/party/sport/outdoors/weed smoking side, with the majority (95%) of friends being on this side.
The remaining 5% are miscellaneous.

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» tactics on April 13th, 2013, 1:48pm

I do have a few friends who I talk to about manga and anime now and then.
I mainly talk about anime with them rather than manga though.
One of them has really high standards when it comes to anime, and I watch any old trash so we usually have a bit of banter about that XD

But yeah, when it comes to manga, I don't really discuss it with them. It might pop up now and then, but not often.

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» Damnedman on April 13th, 2013, 2:58pm

Are.. are you me?! That's like my exact situation down to the friend with high standards and the banter (He still watches everything though). Only difference is that they're my gaming buddies and we usually talk about games and school.

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» Cloverpaw on April 13th, 2013, 3:26pm

Luckily, I'm in my school's anime club witch is also mostly comprised of my friends.

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» ashi on April 13th, 2013, 6:35pm

I couldn't choose an option. Every friend of mine knows that I like manga. But I have never been able to make any of them read any manga. I even tell them the plots as if telling a story, they enjoy the storytelling, but still the idea of a story going on for years doesn't appeal to them.
And I don't have online friends, since chatting bores me.
No available option for me.

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» quark1020 on April 13th, 2013, 7:27pm

I'll be your online friend biggrin

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» quark1020 on April 13th, 2013, 7:32pm

There must be a ton of effort involved in order to read manga and still keep it a secret to everyone. Unless people ONLY read it online and only when they are alone.

So yea, I chose the last option just for lulz.

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» Vesey on April 13th, 2013, 8:18pm

I put we don't really discuss anything.

Although the truth is I don't have any manga reading friends anymore, I used to but I've sadly lost touch with many post high school/ college years. Or in the one case I kept in touch she became to busy with a toddler and divorce and life to really read regularly at least.

But even when did have friends we honestly never talked about it much.

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» CuthienSilmeriel on April 13th, 2013, 9:11pm

Me and my friend have differing tastes, so sometimes there is overlap, but usually not. Plus she much prefers anime whereas I barely find time to watch anime between all my manga, so we rarely, if ever, discuss it.

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» animgirl24 on April 13th, 2013, 9:31pm

yeah, i totally fall into the "my friends know i read manga, but none of them care..." situation ::sigh::

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» sarah-eats-cupcakes on April 13th, 2013, 9:52pm

some of my friends read manga, the problem though is that they only read shoujo manga(sometimes shounen too) so we don't discuss manga at all

I once tried to get one of my friends to read some of my favourite manga but I gave up after she found eden: it's an endless world! dull and uninteresting, I also tried to get her to read oyasumi punpun and liar game, she read the first few chapters of each then dropped them both....go figure.
the weird thing though is that we have identical tastes when it comes to books and movies(which is why I thought that she, of all people, would enjoy reading the manga I like) we only clash when it comes to anime and manga

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» iamssjvash on April 13th, 2013, 11:23pm

I actually don't have any friends who read, but they know I do.... So none of the answers quite fit....

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» Humza on April 14th, 2013, 4:04am

I voted we don't really discuss anything.

I have two manga friends. Met them this year. One only reads mainstream shonen. The other has a much larger taste for manga, but he is an otaku in denial, most attempts to discuss manga are met by resistance like "not while the girls are near". none

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» ivypaw1 on April 14th, 2013, 4:28am

yay! i have two otaku fwens! they are super! we talk abt animes and mangas all the time! OTAKU 4eva biggrin

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» dreamaway on April 14th, 2013, 5:01am

Aside from Slam Dunk, I don't have anyone I talk to about manga in real life. There were a couple of times some people talk to me about Naruto, but meh. Anime is a different story, however.

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» deadhoney on April 14th, 2013, 6:56am

Let's see.... I do have friends (;D). Most of 'em know I like manga/anime. And several watch anime their self or read manga. But I have a different taste so we only share a few while trying to convince each other who's favorite is better.

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» whitespade on April 14th, 2013, 7:27am

i read manga, a lot of my friends read manga, and reading manga is not that weird among the younger populations. even two of my irl friend know that i read yaoi and love shotacon, and one of my cousin know that i like yaoi and weird guro ish hentai. but yeah, we seldom talk about manga because it is such a solitary pursuit, but i like to recommend manga to them. though my taste sometimes a bit extreme. so yeah, i choose the 3rd option.

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» Acayaba on April 14th, 2013, 7:55am

I have a few friends that read manga, but I only talk about it with one of them (since we see each other every single day). But our tastes are completely different. She likes shoujo, romance and happy endings. I like seinen, action and drama.
We both like comedies, but even our sense of comedy is different...
Sometime she forces me one of her favorites. I feel diabetic after reading them...
I do the same to her so I can't complain... much.

When we find something we both like we throw a party xD

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» Smillo on April 14th, 2013, 8:19am

My friends know that i read manga and they keep making fun of it, but i won`t stop reading bigrazz

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» Kina92 on April 14th, 2013, 10:28am

My old best friend and I used to read manga together as well as read separately and talk about afterwards--more times than not it was together, though. Nowadays, the few friends I have the read manga and I will generally read separately. >.<

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» BlackOrion on April 15th, 2013, 12:35am

I had been reading since i can remember, so all of my friends that do read manga or comics were initiated by me, the problem is that they only got into entry level stuff, except one, but he doesn't read much either way.

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» hatsumimi99 on April 17th, 2013, 2:47pm

I don't think I have any friends that read manga, and if only I could feel at home among the people who infest comi-con and anime fests and stuff, I might actually have more that do. Unfortunately, those sorts of venues (along with the cosplayers species) are just not for me.

But, well, at least I have friends who will do other things with me, like shopping for novels and going to art walks and stuff.

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» lynira on April 19th, 2013, 7:39pm

Yes, a few of my close friends know I read manga (all of them happen to read manga too). But we don't talk about it much, mainly because I hate talking about specific series' details (like story and characters... the reason is kind of complicated, so I won't explain here)... I do enjoy talking about manga in general with them, though. My immediate family also knows I read manga, but we don't talk about it because they know pretty much zero about manga.

By the way... I'm surprised anyone voted for "we read it together"... How do you even do that? You really read the same book (or same computer screen) at once? (If so, you have crazy skills.) Or you get two copies and read next to each other?

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