American Anime Virgins: “Is Avatar Anime?”




A recent video from internet sump BuzzFeed has showcased the reactions of a few Americans witnessing anime for the first time, garnering over a million views in the process and proving to be a rather irritating watch for experienced fans, whilst reinforcing some uncomfortable stereotypes about the intellects of average Americans.

The “anime virgins” were subjected to glimpses from “Shingeki no Kyojin” and “Kill la Kill“, massively popular shows of vastly differing genres:

This unsurprisingly provoked an enormous variety of excruciating comments further emphasizing the point- more observant viewers however have noticed the mention of Sailor Moon despite the participants (and the video) clearly stating that they have never watched anime before…

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    Comment by Anonymous
    07:10 11/01/2015 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    The woman looks like your typical "THIS OBJECTIFIES REAL WOMEN" feminist.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:44 11/01/2015 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Is it just me or do the internet feminists all have neon colored hair?

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:24 12/01/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Not all, there are many people with neon hair who are good human beings.

    It's just that there's some overlap between being the scourge of mankind and being an attention whore, so feminists are more likely to be visually annoying.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:41 13/01/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    No but neon colored armpit hair since recently.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:28 12/01/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Real feminists have whatever hair color they want, and dress however they want.

    Comment by Anonymous

    You really LOOK for those things?

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:34 12/01/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    The only solution is to remove all women from games, animes, tv series, etc. so that they can't whine about any form of objectifying or whatever feminism bs they manage to invent.

    If claiming it's discrimination then a simple "We suck too much to bring women into this creation without causing some form of upheaval".

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:30 12/01/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Dude, is she a Zoey impersonator?

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:02 11/01/2015 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    I recommend "Boku no Pico" for new Anime watchers...

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:57 11/01/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    dis faggot

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:05 12/01/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    thanks, I had long forgotten about that shit

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    Comment by kamehappo
    08:04 11/01/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Is there scat in it?

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:12 11/01/2015 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    there's ice cream, you can think of that as white poop.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:18 11/01/2015 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Overreacting people as usual…

    It's like giving jam to pigs.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:41 11/01/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    They would make good actors in a jdrama.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:01 11/01/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Casting pearls to swine, perhaps?

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:42 11/01/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Same meaning, it's probably just the literal translation of the french slang "donner de la confiture aux cochons"

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:05 11/01/2015 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    BS, none reacts like this, totally staged stupid video.

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    Comment by LoveJoy
    06:15 11/01/2015 # ! Good (+0.6)

    There is a huge diffeerence on how people react when they know a camera is recording them, and when there is none(or they do not know) :)

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:21 13/01/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    buzzfeed has a video on how much men know about vaginas in the video most of the "men" admit to being gay. yes it is staged but buy the media company them selves trust nothing on the internet especially youtube it mostly all propaganda just look at the front page of YT

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:04 11/01/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    you definitely don't know allot of people. XD

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:16 11/01/2015 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Never watched anime before, yet they are identifying some scene as like DBZ. On top of that they don't really give them a very through look at other anime.

    I call this a bull shit test.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:00 11/01/2015 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Can clearly see the feminist in the group. "That scissor is a metaphore for something sexual"..... Like what the fuck kinds of retard is that?

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:39 11/01/2015 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    clearly that bitch wants some attention

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:16 11/01/2015 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    as expected of a bitch

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:50 11/01/2015 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    A retard who never used scissors for anything non-sexual.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:51 12/01/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Funny thing is, it actually is though. She's not wrong there. KlK is filled with sexual metaphors.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:57 13/01/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's like the only thing that isn't a metaphor for something sexual. It's just part of the ongoing clothing/tailoring theme. She could have picked almost literally anything else and it could have been a sexual coming of age thing.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:06 14/01/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    actually this anime takes much satire about the sexual things and is on purpose as much as non sexual, so i dont think it stands for anything extra sexual.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:15 14/01/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    If scissors is a methaphore... well... scissors cut... A woman with the power of castration. Not a giant pines.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:39 11/01/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Of course it's 'bullshit', this is a youtube video designed to invite 'haters' to watch the video, comment and retweet.

    Make no mistake, you've all made this guy rich.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:31 12/01/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Yep, and the same goes for Sankaku.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:39 11/01/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Considering awful americanization of anime like DBZ, I wouldn't be surprised Americans doesn't know it's anime. Or know it's japanese cartoon, but doesn;t know it's called anime. Generally anyone knows Sailor Moon or DBZ, even those who didn't watch it.
    It's like Justin Bieber - you don't need to listen to his sonsg to know who he is.

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    Comment by YotaruVegeta
    09:05 11/01/2015 # ! Good (+0.6)

    What was Americanized about DBZ? "Over 9000" and "Rock the Dragon" are two of only a few things I can think is Americanized about the US DBZ broadcast. It's largely kept in tact, and what's been censored is available elsewhere (like on DVD/Blu-ray) totally uncensored and unmolested.

    To put it briefly: what are you talking about?

    Anyone can read the credits of an anime and realize that it is most likely not made by Americans.

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    Comment by Usagi
    21:31 11/01/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    "HFIL", frothy mugs of water, frothy mugs of tomato juice...there was plenty of editing and "sanitizing" for the first American TV run of DBZ.

    Funimation has since got their head out of their ass and gone from a company that altered and edited and occasionally butchered shows for American audiences to, overall, the best quality American distributor, though. Including releasing unaltered DBZ, so, I forgive them. :P

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    Comment by YotaruVegeta
    02:01 12/01/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah, that censoring was years ago, because DBZ was running as a Saturday morning cartoon for the US. I can't blame them, because some people are so Puritanical in the US, they think that if kids see nudity, sex, drinking alchohol, gay romance, etc, they will IMMEDIATELY emulate it.

    US broadcasts have to be on thin ice, or special interest groups will try to scare their advertisers.

    Comment by Anonymous

    I'm not talking about memes and viral videos from DBZ. I'm talking overallly about editing existing show. They changed background music to some stupid american noises. Censored some scens. Voice actors souds like brute alcohol addicts. Not to mention accent making it sound even more stupid.
    If you're American, then you'll not notice it due to your own stupidity. For European person it just hurts ears to listen.

    By "americanized" I mean making it more suitable for american mindset of being superior nation. Men must be buffed and shout their voices military style and women described as stupid blondes going easy to bed.

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    Comment by kamehappo
    08:03 11/01/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Who? Never heard of.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:29 11/01/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Funny enough now that you mention it I actually never have heard a Justin Bieber song before.

    Though to be fair I never listen to the radio, know zero tweens and I'm not into his type of music at all anyway so avoiding him has been easy for me so far.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:49 11/01/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Never heard a Bieber song before either. And don't care. He makes money - good for him. Fsck the jealous w@nkers. He's a kid and he sings for kids. Only a kid would take offense.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:09 11/01/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Baby baby baby baby baby ohhh!

    Pretty sure it is this...

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:22 24/01/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    that 'kid' posed for a male model magazine this month, has countless speeding tickets and other lame issues that piss of his neighbors with children, and has been on video calling clinton a itch while peeing in a mop bucket or some such nonsense

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:06 11/01/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Bieber, is impossible you didn't hear her sing by now

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    Comment by kamehappo
    10:31 11/01/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    I live in Sweden, i have now read of JB, never heard his "music" though. We have here our own "stars" who produce to that crowd which never chooses themselves what music they listen.
    I most definitely select my music, i have broad taste from classical music from many time periods, to jazz and rock of all genres. I play jazz and some rock styles from surf to metal.
    I dont listen mindless schlager at all, and i am not a young woman with easily wetted panties.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:52 11/01/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Then again, “anime” are “animated series”, or as some people mistakenly call it, “cartoons”. That they are Japanese matters not, it's just people outside of Japan who arbitrarily decided that the term only applies to Japan-made stuff.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:03 12/01/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Disney and Looney Tunes are considered "anime" in Japan.

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    Comment by kamehappo
    07:39 11/01/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Maybe they think DB is not anime but something genuinely American. If they like something, it must originate from America.

    I like America and many things there is, but as it is with my home country Sweden, i see also what is not so likeable.

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    Comment by YotaruVegeta
    09:07 11/01/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    No,I think the opposite is true, more often. I think that there are American fans of anime who think that if they like something, it must be anime. Like Avatar. People continue to accept it as anime because of its Asian trappings, and because it is good, and emulates anime, then it is anime. "Cartoons" are inferior to them.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:19 12/01/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hell, if you showed them stuff like Sazae-san or Crayon Shin-chan (which are way more popular than any other anime) they wouldn't even guess it's Japanese.

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    Comment by Chen-04
    20:22 11/01/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Obviously Maya (1975) isn't anime. It's a co-production with Europe. Like The Last Unicorn was a co-production with the US. Only the animation was done by Japanese.

    Or maybe you want to make the point that The Last Unicorn is an anime, because it was made by the Ghibli guys (Topcraft) before they started the popular studio, just like Nausicaa. Except they did Nausicaa on their own.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:50 11/01/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    And then there are pretenious BS purists who will tell you that Maya the Bee (original series) is not anime either....

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