Life Lessons: Is There a Definitive Difference?

The big question

To everyone else who plans on answering my questions: Keep in mind that Picture A also has cartoon characters and not just anime characters.

I challenge everyone to come up with the best answer for the following two questions:

1: What makes Picture B better than Picture A?

2: What makes Picture A better than Picture B?

3: Is there a difference between Picture A and Picture B?

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32 Responses to Life Lessons: Is There a Definitive Difference?

  1. NemoPrime says:

    Is the pillow on the right (next to Kamina) Fate from the Nanoha series?
    And I think the difference is that football isn’t as closely associated with sexual deviancy. Which, let’s be honest, there are animes that have pre-pubescent girls portrayed in sexual ways, and even though I do enjoy some of them, I can understand why most people find that uncomfortable.

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    • Overlord-G says:

      To counter that statement, I would say that not all sports fans are mentally sane.

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      • NemoPrime says:

        I never said there was anything insane about liking anime, just that I can understand why an outsider would be less comfortable with anime than with sports, even if anime are infinitely more interesting than sports,

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    • Feith says:

      The average person doesn’t seem to understand how precocious kids are becoming. I know of a young woman who had sex before she turned 12, even earlier still because of the way her father viewed relationships. He viewed them as something you can just throw away at any time for something “better”. She adopted his views, sad to say. I was actually submitted to this attitude myself. She took what she wanted, and later threw me away. I recently found out she became pregnant a few years after I met her.

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      • Overlord-G says:

        After changing courses from English Teacher to Social Worker, such a sad tale no longer surprises me. Life is both a blessing and a curse depending on the environment the child is raised and who the child is around.

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    • Overlord-G says:

      The point I was trying to get at is that looking down on one medium won’t exactly enhance the opinion of the other. Still, both media have their share of weirdo supporters.

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      • NemoPrime says:

        Again, I never said anything like that. I didn’t say anything about looking down on one medium makes the other better, and I never said anything about the fans of either. I just said that anime sometimes portray incredibly taboo things in a positive light and sports don’t, so sports are more accessible to the general public, and thus the general public considers them to be less weird, even if both fandoms have equal amounts of crazy.

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      • Overlord-G says:

        Now I gotcha. This conversation reminded me that I need to watch Princess Nine one of these days.

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  2. Feith says:

    While there is no difference in the fact that they are both rooms that someone has put their favourite things in, there is a difference in what the type of thing is.

    Whoever made this image is obviously one of those that believes all Anime is Japanese cartoon porn. Anybody who says that an Anime fan is a “Pathetic Manchild” obviously is biased towards sports. I personally have no love of sports, though I will support wrestlers (even if wrestling is staged).

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    • Overlord-G says:

      Your answer is now the top answer of this post. I look forward to seeing who can top yours. No fan alive should be ashamed of being a wrestling fan.

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      • Feith says:

        My personal favourite wrestlers were the “Rock” and the “Undertaker”. We all know that most wrestlers, while big and buff, are big softies when it comes to their fans. Not sure if the Undertaker is a part of that group, I know that he will take pictures with his fans if they ask politely. I know the Rock loves kids, being a father kinda helps with that.

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    • Overlord-G says:

      Mine would have to be The Rock, Kurt Angle and Mark Henry. These are my top 3 Attitude Era guys. I would post wrestling stuff on this blog but having tried that before and seeing how big of a failure it was, I stopped.

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  3. SilverFox says:

    1. I have to go in a different mindset here for this because I truly don’t like sports and sports nuts bore the hell out of me. Probably from someone with a sports background in their family the room would be totally normal for having stuff of their favorite team all around them in order to aspire to their goals and dreams for their future. Why it would be better than A, well, for one if their family promotes and loves sports they’d go shopping together for more collectors edition items and chat about the items sitting in the room. Also, the kid would be considered “normal” by whatever stupid standards we’ve set.

    2. Why’s this better than B? The kid isn’t ashamed of showing off things they love. I don’t care that there are obviously more female/feminine items within the room. They’re probably favorite characters of the person. Of course he probably got the figma’s for how they look but could have also gotten them because, again, personal favorites. The decor in the room would actually allow me to start a conversation on something I actually know about and not have me sitting there nodding like an idiot when sports talk goes around.

    3. The only difference between both of these rooms are the items the people have chosen to collect. They’re obviously both big fans of something in particular, one football and the other anime. Other than that they’re both collectors or figures, pictures, and whatever else can be made.

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    • Overlord-G says:

      I’m also on the “can’t talk squat about sports but would happily converse about cartoons and anime” side. I could talk around 5-10 minutes about why King K.Rool is awesome and he, along with the Kremling Krew, deserve to be in the next Donkey Kong Country game after Tropical Freeze and why K. Rool should be in Smash Bros. 4.

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  4. rikuo06 says:

    Both of them have too much money too spend.

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  5. steph curry says:

    to many people sports is real adventure
    while i love anime not all people do think of it as appropriate for adults(which i disagree with)to be stuck in there imagination

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  6. judge212 says:

    To start things off, I’m a big anime fan and sports fan. They are both entertaining in their own way. To the person up there who said, “even if anime are infinitely more interesting than sports,” that’s obviously a very biased opinion with no factual backing. Now moving on to the image at hand…

    There’s nothing wrong with either per se. Both have insane fans. I collect various otaku related paraphernalia (mostly just figures and art books. And mugs. I like collecting mugs in general.), but hardly collect sports items except for a few old baseball cards and signed shit. The only difference is social perception. However, I believe that’s slowly changing. Just look at e-sports. E-sports are big and continuing to grow, and 10-20 years from now, I believe they will be more accepted by the average person. It just takes time for the older generations to give way to the new.

    I will say though, that while both anime and sports have insane fans, you have to admit that anime encompasses some very questionable subjects, such as naked underage girls, tentacle porn, etc. That in part plays into the whole social perception. Of course these are the most extreme examples, but those are always the most publicized.

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    • Overlord-G says:

      I’m not much of a sports guy myself. I watch them every now and then but don’t expect a conversation about plays, execution, stats or even team members’ names. I could talk about a recent live boxing event, sometimes UFC and plenty of wrestling but that’s about it. I am eagerly anticipating tomorrow night’s Pacquiao fight.

      I don’t play games as much as I used to, meaning I’m not skilled enough to enter a video game tournament. I still love video games, I just watch more anime than play games.

      Yup. Can’t deny that. People who undermine and dislike have valid reasons for doing so. It’s just that some downright label ALL anime as porn. Again, as you mentioned the bad side of anime is what Western fans were exposed more frequently during the early 2000’s or so. At least they cut down on the tentacle h since then. It still rears its ugly head every now and then but thankfully less often. As for underage fanservice…that’s pretty much an anime and manga norm, like it or not. I had to work hard to develop an immune system to all things loli skin exposure. Then again, I think Utsutsu is hot and she doesn’t look like a 16 year old…or was it 15? I dunno.

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  7. Sben says:

    Because what is popular in your country is normal, what is normal is safe, anything and everything different from the norm is a weird perversion, and anyone and everyone who enjoys said different thing is an enemy and must be emotionally brutalized.
    Human nature in a nutshell.

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    • Overlord-G says:

      Humanity is capable of accomplishing great things and yet they have an equal amount of destructive potential. It’s reached the point that the noun/adjective “normal” has lost meaning and is possibly the most subjective of all words in any language, regardless of how it is pronounced.

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  8. Baka says:

    As an guy that only likes anime, i’m not proud to say that my mindset is the almost the same as the picture above. As i said in a comment on Foxy Lady’s blog, there are things that are difficult to unlearn. My bad experiences with otakus (i freakin hate them) in general and the image society have on these things made me an prejudiced person about this. Just so you know, when i started reading manga i wasn’t gonna start watching anime. Only when the need came that i got to it, and it lead me here and today, so, my preconception needs a lot more time to be erased from me, you know.

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    • Overlord-G says:

      That’s tough dood. The fact you had to deal with the dark side of otakudom. I haven’t been in your position but I can at least empathize. Glad to hear there’s progress in your journey to becoming an animeniac despite the difficulty you had to start watching anime.

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  9. Wandering Wastrel says:

    1: What makes Picture B better than Picture A?

    The collection in Picture B is better protected than the one in Picture A. Almost all the sports items are kept in protective cases, the magazines in sleeves, the uniforms in see-through covers. This indicates a collector who values the items greatly, and intends to keep them for a very long time, or at least recognizes the potential for price appreciation in the future if kept in good condition.

    2: What makes Picture A better than Picture B?

    Organization. Whereas the individual items in the sports collection are protected better, they are also haphazardly arranged, seemingly placed at random. The anime/cartoon collection by contrast is carefully arranged: like items together on shelves, careful use of available wall space for hanging items, and walkways through the room kept clear to provide accessibility to all items. I particularly like the figure display case visible in the reflection in the mirror.

    3: Is there a difference between Picture A and Picture B?

    You mean besides the moral judgements in the captions put on each one?

    Oh, and your questions were meant to elicit answers from the moral standpoint, weren’t they? And here I am being all practical… 🙂

    Okay… look, “normal” is a statistical measurement. More people like sports than like anime (at least in most Western societies), so yes, sports will be considered more normal than anime. There is always going to be someone around who will mock and deride whatever is less common.

    So what? There’s also going to be people around who will mock and deride whatever is more common. Again, so what?

    There’s an incredible sense of freedom in no longer giving a damn what other people think about you, or what you collect, or what you do.

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  10. Overlord-G says:

    It’s cool that you looked carefully at how well both rooms are decorated and taken care of.

    It’ll be quite a while before both sides can agree not to misjudge each other. I’d like to at least think optimistically by saying that the tendency to mock a person for their hobbies has greatly decreased over the years. However, there will always be people who misjudge someone based on how much they enjoy their hobbies.

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  11. mutopis says:

    that depends on the culture and the worship of macho images or the idea of manhood that has been ingrained on people, which depends from culture or society or persons. frankly I think it is childish to worry about such things and one should live ones life as one pleases.

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    • Overlord-G says:

      Unfortunately, it is not that simple for some. As you said, some cultures have created a certain image of how to be a macho man and going against it could lead to unfair misjudgment. Hopefully this issue will lessen in time.

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  12. Yurimylove says:

    yes there’s a big difference between Picture A and Picture B, which is I really wish MY room looked just like Picture A!

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  13. Otaku says:

    Not everyone likes sports I on the other hand would choose an anime any day no matter what my mom says!!!!!

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