Just a Thought

The Closet Hobby

A lot of people have one or two hobbies that they keep kind of secret or just prefer not to talk about with their friends. Here’s mine.

If you were to walk up to me on the street, you might not guess that I’m a huge fan of anime/manga. Sure, otakus come in all shapes and sizes but…I just don’t know if I meet the “appearance” of a typical otaku.

It actually started kind of a long time ago. As a child, I used to fall asleep to Cartoon Network (which would switch over to more mature content in the late night). A lot of times, I would wake up to anime being on and I would stay up and watch it briefly (I was between 5 and 8 so I couldn’t stay and watch the entire thing of course  ). But it turned out that some of the animes I caught were Inuyasha, Wolf’s Rain, and even some sort of version of Pokèmon.

As the years went on, I watched a lot of different shows and later found out that about half of them were anime (Dragonball Z, Ruroni Kenshin, Naruto).

When I got to middle school, when of my best friends took an interest into Fruits Basket, so naturally I followed suit. I also made some online friends that were Naruto fanatics so I went back and started watching the show from the very beginning (I only got as far as the chunin exams).

However, by the time I got to high school, I ditched it. I really hated being different and didn’t want to give anyone a reason to make fun of me or gossip. So I kept my geekery to Y.A. novels and the occasional computer jabber.

But I never really lost interest.

In my junior year, I tried to fight my interest and ended up feeling pretty bad about myself. Luckily, a lot of my friends and some of the people I hung out with were otakus. So when I started reading my school’s collection of D.N. Angel, I had some people to talk to and fan girl with.

In my senior year, I ditched manga/anime again and it pretty much stayed liked that until after my freshman year of college.

But then I realized that if I have an interest in something, I shouldn’t let anything or anyone stop me. Not even myself.

So last summer, I embraced my inner otaku and started watching anime again. I started with Attack on Titan ( Mikasa ) and then went back and watched the seasons of Inuyasha that were available on Netflix. And my fandoms just sort of extended from there.

Recently, I’ve been watching RWBY, Bleach, and Inuyasha (I found a free anime site where I could watch all the episodes).

I don’t really care if people judge me for this aspect. I am who I am and all that matters is that I embrace it.

P.S – If anyone has any anime/manga recommendations, I’d love hear them! 😀



  • Laurie

    Hey Cassidy!! I love your blog! Do you know where Alexandria is?

    My friends in college were really into anime. They even watched a lot of shows from a website called crunchy roll. I watched some things with them. The only movies I really fell in love was studio glibi. I like howls moving castle!!

    Anyways it was nice talking to you! You can follow me on Twitter and talk to me on there if you want!

  • Georgie

    Yakitate was a really good series that I found myself hooked on. I never really watched much anime, though some of my friends were very into it.

    I don’t think I have any closet hobbies. I say photography is one, but most people know about that hobby now. I like bushwalking, which most people are surprised by as well.

    I like getting crafty and making my own cards every now and then. Some people have considered it a hidden talent of mine because it isn’t until I put in the effort to hand-make a birthday card or Christmas card that they realise I am not just digitally creative but creative with physical art as well. I don’t consider myself very good at it though.

  • Michelle

    Ah girl, I have some anime recommendations and they aren’t light at all: Madoka Magica, Sailor Moon, Card Captor Sakura (New series in the works!) xxxHolic, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Kaleido Star, GTO, Haibane-Renmei, and lastly, Saikano. There you go with some recommendations.

    I admit that I collect Disney, and Monster High Dolls. <3 Enjoy the little things in life and don't care what others say.

  • Tara

    I have a couple of closet, erm, fetishes, that I don’t talk about to anyone with, but all my hobbies are an open book. I may not go around advertising it all the time, but if someone asks about it, I will tell them that I like anime, mangas, video games, reading, and so forth so on 🙂

    Quite frankly, judging someone for like animes and mangas is pretty messed up. There’s nothing wrong with liking those!