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    Are you openminded about unfamiliar genres or kinds of anime?

    So, are you openminded about exploring different genres outside your comfort zone, or do you prefer sticking to things you know you like?

    I personally watch everything and can give anything a chance to prove itself despite which genre it belongs to. I even watch a few shoujos and *whispers* yaoi just to try them out. Turns out Yaoi isn't as sexual as Yuri is, I'm surprised so many guys frown upon this type of stories even though girls don't seem to feel as disgusted by the usually sexualized Yuri counterparts. That is assuming these guys aren't homophobic hypocrites lol, then that's the natural reaction to expect from them.

    So basically I can watch anything and everything unless it ends up extremely uncomfortable. I don't always let the 'genre' label decide for me. What about you?

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    Well definitely. I used to watch some animes that are quite normal and ones that I can watch on TV when I was a kid. But I also watch some animes just becasue my friends tell me they are fine. I remember watching Kiss X Sis becasue a friend of mine said it was good, it turns out the story was about incest. I wasn't comfortable at first but I still watched it.

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    Hmmm, good thread. Surprised it got swallowed up without being noticed, so thanks for pulling it out from that fate, Buck. I'd like to think I'm very open-minded. I have a friend who I'm not very compatible with when it comes to anime, though. It's because he only really seems to stick to series that are preferred by a child audience, up to teens maybe. Don't get me wrong—I love those series too, but I want to watch more as well. So it's a bit grating when I'm willing to watch his stuff, and when I mention anything for a more mature audience (i.e. seinen anime), not a chance in hell he'd watch it. Hell, even Outlaw Star which has shonen elements was a bit too adult for him. He'd typically go for Digimon or Pokémon. I can watch that stuff (heck, I was rewatching the first Pokémon series some time back), but only in short bursts. If I'm going to have an anime buddy I want this to be mutual.

    He also wouldn't watch slice of life. I like action, but I also like more dramatic series with no action scenes. I do like a fair amount of comedy in anime. My favourite is black comedy which is quite rare in anime actually:



    While I do like other kinds of comedy, I'll admit that I can only tolerate so much silliness. I've been really put off some series by comedy that's inanely childish. I love to mellow out and have fun watching anime, but some jokes are just overused and not funny anymore. As for yaoi in the OP, it's not a matter of sexual orientation (even though I'm hetero), but the fact I never watch hentai anyway. Well, actually, my mistake. I have watched hentai on rare occasions with notoriously bad scripts because they're as funny as hell.

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    I love watching anime so yeah I'm open for all genres whether it's adventure, fantasy, sci-fi, comedy, horror etc. It's been a long time since I've last seen an anime series and I would like to watch something different like romantic anime or horror

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    I'm basically ignorant to everything that isn't super macho or gritty when it comes to anime. Seriously, I've only seen a handful of episodes of Sword Art Online but I'd rather blind myself with a screwdriver than suffer through another episode of that, I'd probably say the same thing about the majority of anime in general.

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    I don't branch out to often. My main go to are comedies, where I'm the opposite of Mantis where I love the goofy, nonsensical humor. One of the reasons I love Studio Trigger is because of the gonzo, oddball sense of humor their shows have. That and action. I do branch out every once in awhile and with differing results. I watched the first 6 or 7 episodes of Bakemonogatari and I couldn't get into it. It's not a bad show, but it's a bit too dry for my tastes. For the most part, I'd be willing to watch anything. The only thing I tend to avoid is most shounen shows. They go on forever, especially with the filler episodes so much to the point where the show doesn't feel like it's going anywhere and it ends up boring me to tears.

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    @Bar I: wouldn't you rather break your ear drums with needles .

    I branch out of my comfort zone at times. I decided to try Kuroko's basketball a few years ago and really liked it. I hadn't watched a sports anime before, but that got me into the genre.
    I'll also the occasional psychological/horror anime (like Elfen Lied and Higurashi). I haven't ventured too far away from the norm, though. I want to at least try yaoi, but im a bit apprehensive, tbh.


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    Hari, you get points from me...808, to be exact...for evoking Cyber City Oedo. That is one of the macho-est anime I've ever seen, and it don't get enough love.

    As for me, I do try to be open-minded when looking for something to view. If I hadn't been, I would have missed out on Azumanga Daioh, Hetalia, Kaiji, Cromartie High School, Nadia, and prob a lot more I can't think of right now. They're all titles that I either went in completely blind or, knowing it was a genre/demographic I normally don't watch much of, went for it anyway. Sure, you're not gonna' hit a bullseye every time, and oh boy I've had some misses, but when it comes to anime or any media, you never have to sit through any more than you're willing to tolerate.
    No one's gonna' give you a map. You've gotta' walk your own path.
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