This week at the vacation house has been very eye-opening thus far. I'm so happy to see my family really embracing anime and manga. It's something I never thought would happen, but all I had to do was put myself out there. I really do believe in anime and the stories that are told through it, which gave me the courage and enthusiasm needed to spread the word. Now I've turned on over 10 new people to anime!
Within that group, there are definitely people that didn't want anything to do with anime. They may not have hated it, but they just weren't interested in those 'weird cartoons'. It took a bit of convincing, but the end result was definitely worth it. It just goes to show how you can change minds if you work hard enough and care about something. It won't work 100% of the time, but it's worth a shot.
Some of the anime fans I know used to loath the entire anime movement. Again, they had preconceived notions of anime and thought it was a complete waste of time. They lumped all anime into Dragon Ball and Pokemon territory. While those shows are definitely something I can appreciate, they didn't do much for stereotypes that the anime industry faced. It took an introduction to the very wide world of anime for those people to open their eyes.
You may know someone that used to hate anime but has changed over. Do you know anyone like that, or were you in that position yourself? What caused the turnaround?