I was watching Midori no Hibi the other day and there was this one episode in which Seiji and Midori bumped into Seiji’s classmate in a figure shop. Seiji had to buy doll size apparels for Midori so to a figure shop he went. I take that he’s very uncomfortable around those avid collectors.
What happened was Seiji and his classmate decided to keep their meeting a secret since according to them, it’s generally embarrassing and socially unacceptable that they were in a figure shop. Huh.
I can’t say for other cultures and what are the views of societies from other parts of the world regarding one’s love for figure collection or similar hobbies such as watching anime, but in my circle of friends, family and acquaintances, it’s just another normal hobby.
I’ve been talking about anime around non-anime fans all the time. Of course, not excessively to the point it’s overwhelming. Even though they didn’t show the enthusiasm I hoped for, at least they’re willing to hear me rant or gush about certain titles. Some of my friends (non-anime fans) are even willing to watch a few episodes just to have an idea of what I was talking about. I won’t force them into watching anime with me though, but I managed to convince some of my friends to watch Nodame Cantabile and more recently, Mawaru Penguindrum. Also, I finally managed to convince my sister to watch Gosick last season, and she’d always bluntly refused to watch anime for as long as I can remember. Sure, they’re still nowhere near being called an anime fan but at least, they know some anime can be very good.
I also talked about figures occasionally and even brought my friends to figure shops with me. I remember showing a friend the Nendoroid series just cuz I was bored one afternoon, and guess what? Now he even collects figures too!
What I’m trying to say is, is it really necessarily to hide our own hobbies? Something that we like, and that we enjoy?
P.S I have Midori no Hibi with me for almost a year and never got around to watch it until recently. It’s surprisingly a fun show. Do have a look at it if you’re up for some light story.