Advertising your anime fandom

Being a big fan of anime and other things, I always feel the need to have something on my person that shows it, whether it’s a keychain, pins on my bag, or an anime T-shirt. A few years ago I actually wrote all about how I “wear” anime on my person all the time in a past post. There I described how, over the years, I’ve always kept little fan trinkets on me, like pictures on my school notebook or charms on my phone – the “how” of advertising my fandom if you will. But today, I wanted to look at the “why” and “why not” of people who like to publicly show that they’re anime fans and people who don’t…

It always puzzles me when I see people who I know are big fans of anime (and/or other similar hobbies like video games) yet they never have any kind of anime paraphernalia on their person ever – no anime keychains, bags, wallets, or even shirts on non-work days. At every anime convention I’ve been to I always see a few people who don’t have any “nerd” stuff on them whatsoever and I’m like, “C’mon, we’re here to celebrate our love for this stuff! It can be the one day of the year you wear that Evangelion shirt you’ve been saving at least!”

But maybe that’s just me and someone can be just as passionate about anime completely internally, without feeling a need to advertise it externally. The feeling I always have to want to showcase my fandom actually started back in middle school and early high school when I first got into Pokemon, but only on a private level mostly. So during the height of my Pokemon craze from 1999-2001, my room at home was completely covered in Pokemon posters, stickers, toys, figures, plushies, and anything else you can imagine…but it stopped there. I only wore Pokemon shirts once in a while on non-school days and didn’t have anything Pokemon on my backpack, notebook or anywhere else. It’s not that I didn’t want to show my love for Pokemon publicly as well as privately, but as I’ve mentioned on the blog before, most of my classmates in middle school were snobs who thought Pokemon was just for little kids and anyone who likes it is a dork. Nowadays I wouldn’t care what they think, but I was a shy kid back then and didn’t want to bring on any bullying. So I just kept my Pokemon fandom on the private level in my room and amongst the few friends I had who also liked it.

High school is where my world was opened up in terms of discovering that I wasn’t such an unusual person for liking Pokemon and anime, and that there are plenty of people my age who are just as passionate about it. I finally started to extend showcasing my fandom into the public level: I started wearing various anime T-shirts to school as well as on weekends, I covered my school backpack in anime and Pokemon pins and keychains, and put anime pictures on the cover of my school notebook. At first I was nervous that doing so would illicit bullying like it probably would have in middle school, but thankfully that didn’t happen. In fact, the opposite happened – thanks to advertising anime on myself, I struck up fun conversations with schoolmates who were also fans, some of which I’m still good friends with today! And I continued keeping anime stuff on myself throughout the rest of high school and my five years in college, and likewise I continued to make new friends who shared my interest that I probably wouldn’t have met otherwise if I didn’t wear anime shirts or keep anime pictures on my notebook.

So that’s why I’m all for advertising my fandom any chance I get. I would have missed out not only on a lot of great friendships if I had kept my being an anime fan hidden, but I would have missed out on countless little encounters and conversations with fellow fans. Even if it’s just someone passing me on the street saying, “Hey, I like your shirt,” things like that brighten up both our days. Anything that brings fans a little closer together, no matter how insignificant it seems, is what I want to strive for. My room is still totally covered in anime (which reminds me, those photos are two years old now. My room has changed since then so it’s time to make a 2014 version!) and I always have anime, Pokemon, My Little Pony, etc., keychains on my keys, pins on my bag, and charms on my phone. On days where I’m mostly gonna be home all day, I’ll wear plain shirts, but any day I know I’m gonna be out and seen by people, I’ll always wear one of my anime or other “nerdy” shirts. Of course I can’t wear anime shirts or keep my bag on me at work, but I do have some My Little Pony necklaces and Pokemon, etc., pins I wear with my uniform (the managers don’t care). And thanks to that I’ve gotten lots of positive comments from customers and their kids. Work can be a miserable place so you gotta create your own fun, and mine is subtly advertising my fandom and seeing which customers notice ;) Whether it’s a fellow anime fan complimenting my shirt or bag when I’m out, or little kids ogling the My Little Pony or Pokemon stuff I wear at work, I think encounters like these are a good thing and bring a small bit of joy to an otherwise dull day.

Even though I have my reasons for always wanting to advertise my fandom, I know plenty of people who don’t. Since I’m not one of them, I can only speculate on their reasons based on external experience, but I think it boils down to two. The first is just general shyness and fear of being mocked. An adult, especially a guy, might get awkward glances if they’re wearing a shirt with a cute moe girl on it for example. Or maybe people don’t fear being mocked so much as not wanting people who are ignorant about anime to see their shirt, bag, etc., and ask them “What’s that?” and then they have to go and explain it. A desire to be inconspicuous and not wanting to draw attention to oneself could be a factor too. Someone might really love anime and have anime stuff all over their room, but if they’re a shy or introverted person, advertising their fandom out in public might create more anxiety than it’s worth. But surprisingly, none of these negative situations have ever happened to me whenever I’ve worn anime stuff. People who like it will give me positive comments, and people who don’t will just ignore me or just give me a weird look. I’ve never had anyone make fun of the anime stuff I wear or ask me a bunch of annoying questions. So if you’re afraid of that, I would say you have nothing to fear XD It could happen of course, but from my experiences the positive encounters greatly outnumber the negative ones.

And the second reason people don’t advertise their anime fandom out in the open could be because they want to keep a strict divide between their “private self” and their “public self.” Anime and other hobbies are only for one’s private life and shouldn’t mix with the public image one displays out in society, whether it’s at work, school, going to stores, or even with certain friends and family members. While that’s certainly their priority and it doesn’t make them less of a fan – and I know there are certain situations where I put my fan advertising away completely too – I personally can’t divide myself like that. Anime and my other hobbies are a big part of who I am, and I’m also all about openness and honesty, so if someone really wants to know me, I want them to know that I like this stuff. They don’t have to know how much I like it – that can come gradually if necessary – and if they think less of me because of it, that’s their loss. As one of my favorite quotes by Dr. Seuss goes, “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” =)

So now I’d like to ask my readers, are you someone who likes to advertise your anime fandom out in public by having anime keychains, shirts, pins, etc.,? If so, do you mostly get positive reactions from it like I do? Or are you someone who prefers to hide their anime fandom from the public eye? If so, why? Is it for the reasons I described or something else?

38 Comments… read them or add your own.

  1. Kal says:

    I have no problem advertising my anime fandom now. However, before, I would not advertise it at all. I’m mostly introverted, so I did not want to attract attention to myself. I would contact other anime fans when they advertise, but I would not advertise myself.

    Now, I’m much older, and like you, I’m really not affected by what other people think. I have my anime phone cover, and it does attract attention. Like you, I have not received any negative response from people. They either ignore it, or ask about it. However, I still keep things subtle. That’s not the same that happened to a girl at work though…

    One of my co-workers at work, she’s a huge anime fan. One day, she came into work with her hair dyed bright pink. There are no rules against it at work, but she started to get a lot of pressure from her other co-workers and boss to remove the dye. Citing that it was not professional, even if we do not work directly with clients. So she dyed it back after a week or so. So there are still some negative reactions from society, and that’s what many people may try to avoid. I personally would not go so far as to paint my car with anime characters, or anything that would draw too much attention, because I know that would definitely spark some kind of negative response from society… So I’ll stick with the subtle advertisement only. I do not think society is quite ready for a full on show.

    • Yumeka says:

      Dying your hair is close to dressing up as a character, and that’s going a bit too far, especially for a work environment. I don’t go any farther than wearing shirts and decorating my belongings with anime stuff. I probably would put a few decals and things on my car if I didn’t share it with my mom. But I wouldn’t repaint it or anything extreme like that. I don’t mind looking like a fan out in public, but going too far and looking like a total fanatic is when the experiences could start to turn negative XD

  2. MouseUK says:

    Hey,

    Nice Post :)

    I’m getting on now, I’m 32, married with 2 kids so walking around with a t-shirt with a moe girl on it would probably get me some strange looks :P but like yourself I do show my fandom where ever I can in other ways.

    Currently when ever I’m out and about especially since its cold I’ve had my gloves on which both have “L” patches on in the same font as the Death Note L.

    I’ve ended up having a 30 minute conversation about anime on the bus with a fellow anime fan that happened to notice the gloves as well as the odd “nice gloves”, “You like Death note?” comments which do brighten up your day however, due to it just being a letter, I think its less likely to get attention of the wrong kind.

    I also always have a anime styled wallet on me I(Fairy Tail at the moment)

    I can understand the want for people to keep their fandom private in some instances, keeping it away from work or even relatives (in some cases) though, personally I found it quite fun showing my love of anime off at work, not in the likes of t-shirts etc but being a techi sat at a Desk means I have plenty of space between the work pads, books and photos of the family to have a few figures (armigate III, Laura Bodewig from Ininite Statros, Yami from To Love Ru and soon when it gets delivered Asuna from Sword art online :D) my computer wallpaper is currently Log Horizon and my Mouse Page is Sword Art Online…

    Though I’ve not managed to find an Anime Wrist rest which is safe for work yet ;)

    I started with my background and slowly added the figures, mouse mat etc… It was quite an interesting experience… I went from not knowing anyone in my department or company liked anime to suddenly finding a small group of die hard fans who quickly picked up on the background and figures.. all of a sudden I had more anime orientated friends to chat about stuff with :D

    The amusing thing was that after I started showing off my love for anime, the people who had been so quiet about it then started to add their own backgrounds and items to their desks :D

    Though you do still get the odd question from people who don’t know what its about which can be interesting and may even create some more converts though I can’t see my operational manager going away from our conversation about to love ru and watching that series hehe

    That’s been my happy experiences, I can’t say I’ve had any negative ones…
    There is one or two relatives that came across Henti as their first exposure to Anime and believed that’s what Anime was… So I ended up explaining a little bit lol but that more amused me than anything else.

    So like yourself, its all been positive for myself so far… :D

    Great Post :)

    • Yumeka says:

      Thanks, I’m glad you enjoyed the post!

      It sounds like you’ve found the perfect balance of advertising your fandom so that it’s a pleasurable experience and you’ve met fellow fans at work and elsewhere, but without going too extreme to the point of people being creeped out. That’s awesome that after you started decorating your workspace you found many coworkers who also like anime =D I haven’t had a job where I have my own office, but if I did, I’d decorate it with similar stuff and see who notices and who’s a fellow fan XD Keep up the good work!

  3. chikorita157 says:

    As for me, I never wear any t-shirts from any franchise as I always prefer wearing polo shirts and that my room is a complete mess. However, perhaps the only thing I show that I like anime is of course naming my computers after my favorite Anime characters while having Anime related wallpapers on my laptop and even on my tablet, smartphone and Playstation Vita.

    On my other hand, my little sister is different. While she is not into Anime, she wears t-shirts that are video game related, mostly Nintendo. But still, I wouldn’t go so far and dye my hair blue or something and dress like an Anime character in real life.

    • Yumeka says:

      I know a lot of people who name their computers and their other big machines/electronics, but I never cared to for some reason. As much as I rely on computers for my hobbies and many other things, I just can’t see them as “human” enough to give them a name XD

      Heh, if you ever make it to your first anime convention, you need to get at least one anime shirt for the occasion. A polo shirt just won’t do! XD

      But yeah, having anime wallpapers on your computer and phone is fun, though since I graduated college I never bring my laptop anywhere so nobody ever sees it anyway ^^ And the smartphone wallpaper is kinda too small for people to notice unless they’re really looking, LOL. I wish you could have a customized background for the 3DS home screen.

  4. Vii says:

    I advertise a little, but since I spend most of my money actually buying manga I don’t have much left to buy fannish things. I do want to get a cell-phone charm soon, since I finally discovered my phone has a spot for them. There’s also a Gundam W shirt I kind of have my eye on.
    My backpack is covered in pins; I don’t have any specifically anime ones yet but I probably will soon (I do have some Kamen Rider ones, though). Strangely enough I’ve only ever gotten a few remarks on them. Maybe it’s because it’s a rolling backpack, so it isn’t in people’s field of view as much.

    • Yumeka says:

      I’m really big on character goods, so most of my money goes specifically to fan stuff like posters, keychains, pins, plushies, figures, etc,. I love buying that stuff a lot more than anime DVDs or manga volumes. It just depends on what kind of item brings you the most enjoyment as a fan ;)

      The best place to get anime pins is at conventions since a lot of vendors sell a wide variety for cheap prices. Most of them are small though, so if you really want people to notice, I’d recommend getting larger pins and/or keychains. There’s lots of anime-themed book bags and backpacks available too. I used an Inuyasha book bag for most of my 5 years of college =)

  5. Muse says:

    I’ve only recently started wearing anime related clothing. For years I was really nervous about it, partially because I was introverted but also because people were teased pretty badly at my high school if they admitted they were into anime (there was a group of people who were Naruto chuunibyous, and everyone assumed that if you were into anime, then you were like them). I don’t care so much now, but I do like the more subtle expressions, like with logos and such that only other fans would understand. My Scouting Legion hoodie got a lot of wear this winter. :)

    I’ve always really liked straps and other phone decorations, though. I was really excited to get my first smartphone so that I could have a fandom case on it!

    • Yumeka says:

      I can certainly understand not wanting to advertise your fandom in a situation like your high school with the Naruto chuunibyous. That’s how I felt in middle school as far as being a Pokemon fan. Luckily my high school was so big (4,000+ students) that even if there was a group like that, nobody would really care/notice. Once you can get away from the bullies and schoolyard cliques, college is so much better as far as finding like-minded people =)

      I’m actually the opposite in that any anime shirt, keychian, pin, etc., I buy has to have an actual character on it – I never want just a logo XD That’s just me, LOL.

      My old non-smartphone actually had a hook for straps, but strangely the first smartphone I got didn’t. They didn’t even have any cases with pictures on them for it either (it’s not an iphone). Then, after having it for a year, I realized I could hook straps into the side of the case and they’d dangle fine that way. So I can at least do that now XD

  6. Frootytooty says:

    I like having badges, phone straps and other such anime trinkets on my belongings, but anime clothing is something else entirely. Firstly, maybe it’s just me, but almost all anime shirts I’ve seen tend to be poorly tailored and rather unflattering for girls. They’d be good for wearing at home or when you’re just slacking off; when you’re trying to put together an outfit, however, they don’t really help at all. Another factor is that anime merchandise, including clothing, tend to be more expensive than their non-anime counterparts. As much as I love anime, as a poor university student, I’d rather not spend more than I have to. ^^;;

    Aside from that, I definitely see the benefit in “advertising” the fact that you’re an anime lover. When you see someone who has anime trinkets on their belongings, you already know that you have something in common with them! It definitely makes it easier to make friends.

    • Yumeka says:

      I definitely know what you mean as far as anime shirts not fitting well on the female body. In fact, that’s the reason my mom gets upset when I buy anime shirts – not because she doesn’t like the picture that’s on them, but because she thinks their shape is unattractive on me and I sort of get what she means. But I don’t mind since I rarely go anywhere that would require fancy dress or anything. Also, I’m a big person in general so anime shirts probably fit me better than a more shapely, smaller girl XD It’s more important to me to advertise my fandom and have a bit of a sloppy shirt, than to wear a better fitting shirt that’s plain. I just can’t be a “plain Jane” XD

      And yeah, they can always rack up the price for something if it has certain trademarked characters on it. So I don’t buy anime shirts that often…only if I find ones I really like, usually at conventions where they’re cheaper.

  7. jimmy says:

    I don’t typically see the appeal in “accessorising”, I guess. I don’t generally like the aesthetic of “fandom” shirts, keychains or a room covered in posters. I do wear band shirts, though. I dunno, they seem different to me. Anime-wise, I prefer to just have a couple of display shelves, although I had a small End of Evangelion poster I stuck to the side of my desk (it was like three dollars on Amazon and in Russian, so I decided I should buy it) and a kind of solid poster thing of Spriggan. When I get a place where I can put up posters and such I have a (G-rated) Strike Witches wall scroll I want to put up, too, because I like the look of them.

    When it comes to meeting new people, I guess what you say makes sense. About three times members of my uni’s heavy metal club invited me to join after seeing my shirts (though I think I’d already joined before any of these encounters).

    • Yumeka says:

      Well, not every fan feels the need to advertise and accessorize, so I guess you’re one of them. Nothing wrong with that of course, LOL ;) I’m assuming your dislike for the aesthetic of advertising your fandom overrides any desire you might have to meet people through accessorizing? Like, you would feel different if people from your uni’s anime club (if it has one) saw an anime shirt you’re wearing and tried to recruit you? It’s funny that you don’t mind wearing band shirts though. But I can see how it’s a different feeling from anime/gaming stuff.

      My room is filled to the brim with anime and my other collectibles, but when I get my own place I’ll extend it to other rooms XD

      • jimmy says:

        Hm. I guess that the prospect doesn’t particularly bother me is all I can say. (And I’m actually already a member of the anime club, anyway.) And maybe it sounds conceited, but I’m more interested in whether someone and I get along on a personal level than if we have the same hobbies or not.

        How did “casual conversations with people based on your anime attire” go when you lived in Japan? Or were you not as decked out at that time? I’m imagining a small child saying “Pokémon suki?” to you and it’s an adorable image.

        • Yumeka says:

          Heh, yeah, I didn’t bring any anime shirts with me to Japan and wasn’t really decked out in anime trinkets either. But the Japanese people I hung out with knew I liked anime and didn’t have a problem with it – most of them thought it was cute and/or interesting how I’d get so excited about seeing Pokemon and anime stuff in Akihabara.

  8. Myna says:

    I’m another person who prefers to show my love for anime through subtler ways: my shoulder bag with the Tsubasa logo on it, and two keychains (Mokona and Squirtle) being just about the only things that I have on me these days. This is mainly due to the fact that I’m often not taken very seriously as it is, and wearing shirts with chibi Vocaloids on them certainly would not help that, and also bring more attention to my subscription to another Asian stereotype. I think all my friends at school know I like it anyway, so it’s certainly not like I’m trying to hide it. But it probably would not the first thing I’d mention about myself when meeting new people and such.

    • Yumeka says:

      Those are certainly valid reason for not wanting to over-advertise your fandom. I never thought of the Asian stereotype thing…that’s a good point. But it’s good that you at least have some subtle trinkets with you that people won’t notice unless they’re a fan themselves.

      Saying I’m an anime fan isn’t the first thing I like to bring up when meeting new people either. I used to get really nervous when people I meet would ask me “What things do you like/what are your hobbies?” but nowadays I don’t care. I tell them flat-out what it is…but they don’t have to know how much of a fan I am XD That can come later, LOL.

  9. Alex says:

    Really interesting post. I hardly advertise my anime fandom, mostly because I’m a bit embarassed about it. Which I really shouldn’t be, grrr. Your post has inspired me to be more open about it :-) . But the second reason is that I actually have hardly any anime gear. It would be obvious enough at home in my room, because I have a Madoka poster, Evangelion pictures and manga scattered about. But things that I bring outside? I don’t have any anime keychains, pins etc. (I do own one Megatokyo shirt but it’s not that comfortable). But I still show my fandom in subtler ways, like if I bring a book to uni I’ve got some anime bookmarks I use, or my iPad background is anime/J-Music related, or just reading manga on the bus.

    • Yumeka says:

      I’m glad I inspired you to not be so embarrassed about advertising your fandom =) I’m not sure where you live, but here in the US, and other countries I’ve heard, anime is becoming more acknowledged and popular, so you’re more likely to get positive remarks about your anime apparel than you would have a decade or so ago. If money is an issue, anime keychains and pins are much cheaper than shirts and bags, so you can start slowly with those and see how confident you feel ;) As I said in the post, I’ve made a lot of friends over the years that I wouldn’t have otherwise if I didn’t have anime stuff on me all the time.

  10. I’ve never been big on t-shirts and whatnot, but I’m pretty unapologetic about displaying my fandom otherwise. Posters in my room, figures on display, anime girl wallpaper on my laptop. I even wear cat ears on my helmet when I play airsoft.

    Back in middle school or early high school, I might’ve been pretty reluctant to do even that much, but since Junior year of HS and especially now that I’m in college, it’s more like “I’mma be me, everyone who doesn’t like that can deal.” I mean, what’re they gonna do? Make fun of me? I’m 23, I got things to do, I don’t have time for that middle-school crap. I’m self-assured and I’m not gonna be shamed into abandoning the stuff I like just because some people think it’s creepy or whatever.

    • Yumeka says:

      Like you, I’m really unapologetic about displaying my fandom in my room. I’ve literally reached a point where I have no more wall space for posters or shelf space for figures, etc., and if I bring in anything new now I have to put other things away (which I don’t like doing since I’m kind of a pack rat, LOL).

      I developed that “I’m gonna be me and I don’t care what others think” attitude in high school and continued with it in college of course. And gradually as the years have gone by, I’ve cared less and less about who knows about my hobby XD For example, at my first job I used to be embarrassed to tell my coworkers about my hobby, but now I don’t care about that either. I not only wear My Little Pony and Pokemon stuff on me at work (something I wouldn’t have done even a few years ago), but when I told my boss at my current job why I was taking vacation days, which was for Anime Expo, he actually seemed kind of interested. So ya never know XD

  11. Rioraku says:

    I would probably display stuff more….if I had the money to buy stuff that is. Other than that, I guess I usually bring up anime and the like around other people if I see them with anime related memorabilia or whatever or hear them talking about it. Its not very “out there”, but that’s my way of advertising.

    • Yumeka says:

      Yeah, I can see money being an issue for things like anime shirts and bags. But pins and keychains are pretty cheap, especially if you can find the US brand ones instead of ones imported from Japan. But yeah, being on the other end of the conversation (the person noticing the accessories rather than the one wearing them) can be just as fun ;)

  12. Paul says:

    I’m past the age range of most anime fans, so I don’t really go out of my way to advertise my fandom anymore. I’ve got a few t-shirts that I’d wear to a comic con or other event where they wouldn’t seem out of place, and you’d see some figures and wall scrolls (not to mention shelves of DVDs) if you visited my home.

    • Yumeka says:

      I wonder, when I get older, if I’ll no longer feel the need to advertise my fandom or totally cover my room in fan stuff. Right now it seems unlikely but you never know ;)

  13. Frog says:

    This is going to sound like the creepiest/awesomest thing ever, but this one time I bought a Haruhi Suzumiya cosplay. And I wore it.

    I guess I’m pretty open about myself, yeah.

    • Yumeka says:

      Wow, really? Where did you wear it? I don’t think I’d wear cosplay out in public besides at an anime con, unless I was with friends and in a silly mood or something =P Did anyone take pictures of you in your cosplay?

  14. Aaron says:

    I have no problem with advertising my fandom, I just don’t let my identity as a fan become a substitute for having a personality.

  15. Heh, reading this makes me think about how different things were in high school for me, compared to your experiences.

    When I was in high school in the mid-to-late ’90s, anime wasn’t super-popular yet, so I never got a chance to meet fellow anime fans. Everyone around me were video game geeks though, but they never showed off merchandise whatsoever. It sorta makes me wonder what would life be like if the anime boom back in the 2000s’ never happened.

    I do know people who show off how otaku they are. I have a friend who’s an otaku and puts tons of One Piece figures on her desk, though she works for a Japanese company. That might make things different. :D

    There are times where I’ve been called the “anime man”, “expert”, and “real-life anime character.” I take pride in making jokes about Senpai not noticing me. Gotta have a sense of humor to survive in all this negativity out there, right?

    As of right now, I have a Miku Channel sticker and a Good Smile Company sticker on my messenger bag. I haven’t gotten any strange looks, since they’re not too flashy.

    • Yumeka says:

      Yeah, the anime boom was in the early 2000s, when I started high school, so I was lucky there in terms of meeting fellow fans more easily. I’m considered an “anime expert” among people I know in real life, though I try to tell them that there are people out there who have seen and know about way more anime than I do XD

  16. Kai says:

    I wonder what will you happen if you use “boobspad” (those anime mousepad that “supposedly” support your wrist with two humps) at work.

    • Yumeka says:

      I would not recommend that XD

      • MouseUK says:

        I’ve thought about it, but I know my HR (especially all being women) would be on my case within minutes lol Unfortunately there are some things you just can’t get away with… :P

        *Ps, I don’t think I can get away with them at home, the wife wouldn’t be impressed lol especially with my desk being in the living room :P

  17. Robert says:

    The older I’ve gotten the more I’ve stepped away from outwardly expressing my “nerdy fandoms”. I used to wear anime shirts on occasion, or had other trinkets that made my fandom more obvious. But to be honest, I think the only reason I did that was because I wanted to meet other like minded people. In todays age it’s easy to connect with people who like anime, so I dress more or less “normally” and don’t express my interests through my clothes.

    I think it’s also due in part to the fact that I’m midway through my 20s and I don’t think it’s becoming of somebody my age to dress in the ways that they did in high and middle school. Though I don’t think less of anyone who does, I just don’t do it myself.

  18. Fullmetalrocker says:

    Is wearing anything anime-related pretty common in Japan?
    Because if so, then I’m guessing its probably having something to culture. Like in here in the US, If i wear a shirt with a moe character on my shirt I’ll most likely get weird looks from others. But if I wear a shirt relating to superheros like Batman or Superman, I don’t think anyone would have care that much.

  19. Overlord-G says:

    There are hardly any interesting enough anime related accessories to buy where I come from. I did get a cool Charizard shirt though but I rarely wear it. I mainly wear it for special occasions. Other than that shirt I have nothing else. I still wait for the day I can finally get a plushie or nendoroid.

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