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What do your friends/family think of your love for Touhou ?
« on: September 02, 2018, 11:43:52 am »
Saw a similar topic on a french Touhou forum, so, why not !

Family side, everything seems to be okay. My father likes gaming so he totally understands my passion for Touhou ! I Even if he doesn't like the gameplay (bullet hells are not really his thing), he enjoys the soundtracks and the characters. He also finds the story "poetic" *-* My cousin tried EoSD and found the danmaku "beautiful" !  I made her listen to some remixes and she really enjoyed it too. The others family members either don't know about my passion, either don't care about it  :D

At school, other students seem very curious about it, one day I was wearing a Touhou T-shirt, and a girl came and asked me "Where is this character(Reimu)  from ? She looks so badass !"  :D Anime is actually quite popular iny my country, so it doesn't shock people when they see me reading doujinshis, or my pencil case covered by pins x) Some of them even occasionally play Touhou or listen to Touhou music, even if I haven't found anyone as hardcore as me, lol.

Friends side, well, they are all understanding ! Two of them actually know and like the series :) My others friends show little interest in Touhou, they just know that I'm a fan, and it doesn't shock them (most of them are weebs haha)

What about you ?

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Re: What do your friends/family think of your love for Touhou ?
« Reply #1 on: September 02, 2018, 07:11:59 pm »
I'm known to love Touhou but I keep the less normal levels of love for it a secret from everybody but my little brother.

My mum knows smeg all about touhou - just that I like it. She has trouble separating it from Vocaloid

My little brother's dad knows I like it and encourages me to enjoy it like anything else. He tried to get me into other shoot em ups and gets me to try things like touhou. I do enjoy those things (especially when I can play them with other people) but he didn't find any danmaku games I liked quite as much as Touhou.

My little brother is critical of my love for touhou but does enjoy the fangames I've given him. His favourite touhou game is Hisoutensoku and does enjoy Touhou with me but he doesn't really care about it and just thinks I'm slightly weird. We bond much more over vocaloid but we can talk about touhou to a point.

I'm well known amongst my friends for being the person who loves Touhou. This mostly manifests in knowledge about Japanese mythology and our lengthy discussions about stories of old. One of my friends once drew me a picture of Alice Margatroid for my birthday - which I loved. However, none of them are in to Touhou in any way. The friend who made the Alice picture demonstrated this once by trying to perfect the picture but making it less touhou (replacing a lazer in the background with a moon) which I didn't have the heart to tell him made the picture worse. One of my other friends heard a touhou arrangement once and loved it so I gave him more songs. I think it's just a side thing though - he loved them but it didn't get him into touhou. My anime loving friend isn't into Touhou either but knows of it enough for us to talk about it's game mechanics. Touhou has given me a reputation of being good at shoot em up games (which was proved when I played Jamestown for the first time) but other than that - nobody knows enough about it to really develop an opinion of my love on it. It is just "weeb trash" (which is a term we all use ironically considering we all like anime and anime related things) to most of them.

While I've revealed that my love of touhou goes far deeper (to quite frankly insane levels) on here, I don't mention Touhou when I tell those things to friends. My friends only really knew that I had plans to go to japan and die searching for a black listed site that I intended to live in. One person once guessed that it may be Gensokyo that I wanted to go to but I didn't confirm it and he doesn't seem to have spread it. Even the religious part of it is accepting in their eyes. Mentioning that I worship "Hecate" doesn't turn any heads but I suspect that saying I worship "Hecatia Lapislazuli" probably will. Even my worship of Yukari and Doremy is simply referred to as "Worshiping some demons" and that's just fine to everybody - even my devout Christian friend doesn't bat an eye considering that to him all my gods are demons to him except the one that is also his.
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Re: What do your friends/family think of your love for Touhou ?
« Reply #2 on: September 02, 2018, 08:10:43 pm »
Pretty much none of my physical friends, or at least the ones I had still in school, cared. Some would be grasped for a while by something Touhou related, but forgot eventually.

Most of family just thinks of it as another game I play/anime I watch. No comments about the characters or content or anything.
Only notable things are really:
Younger cousin that pretty much idolizes me most of the time acknowledges that it's a series that I like, and tries to point out characters and music he recognizes.
An older cousin that shows interest in it, like thinking the characters are cute or such.
Older brother has given me a few Touhou related things.

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Re: What do your friends/family think of your love for Touhou ?
« Reply #3 on: September 03, 2018, 06:21:33 am »
Let's see.

As far as family goes, only my sister knows. She doesn't care. As for the rest, well, they are not online peoples at all, nor into video games or anything like that. So there's just no common ground to even begin to talk about it.

As for friends...most do to an extent? But there's my older friends that I don't talk about it much to, because frankly it's not their thing. And there's my newer friends (yalls) who I do talk to about it. Older friends generally know to ask me things, and some have dabbled themselves (such as my hipster friend, whom I ended up sending PCB in order to test to see if he'd front on it. He kinda did.)

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Re: What do your friends/family think of your love for Touhou ?
« Reply #4 on: September 03, 2018, 10:07:00 am »
My mother knows little about Touhou, but enjoys the music and aesthetics when I do show it off. Occasionally, when trying to relax or fall asleep, she requests the Perfect Cherry Blossom soundtrack or some piano/violin arrangements (TAM or Marasy mostly).

My father gets irked every time I whistle a Touhou tune.

My loved one is well aware of the series' existence, knows some music, I've also shown her several games, introduced some characters and plenty of memes. She gave me multiple Touhou related drawings of her own and other gifts, which I cherish deeply.

Friends? They're almost all from here, so they know by default. I've never been able to get any "outsider" into Touhou and have stopped trying long ago. Plus I'm a recluse, which doesn't exactly help. Clearly, none of the above mind that I'm interested in some silly Japanese thing, but they're not crazy about it either.

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Re: What do your friends/family think of your love for Touhou ?
« Reply #5 on: September 04, 2018, 07:28:49 pm »
I'm pretty sure my parents don't like it, just like anything they view as not "normal". So I tend to avoid showing it to them.

I'm not sure what my friends think about it, I think they're pretty indifferent. My attempts to get them interested have been unsuccessful, but they don't seem to be allergic to it either. I wouldn't mind befriending some fellow fans, but for people like me that's easier said than done.

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Re: What do your friends/family think of your love for Touhou ?
« Reply #6 on: September 08, 2018, 03:08:36 am »
As people who don't use internet, i get the impression my parent are unable to distinguish between Touhou or Gundam. And sibling only know i like to watch Gundam for free. They just glad i'm not in biker gang.

Outside of family, "are you into Hentai?". Actually there's a lot i want to say about this, but that phrase in quotation sum it up pretty fair, elaborating it would just irk me.

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Re: What do your friends/family think of your love for Touhou ?
« Reply #7 on: September 18, 2018, 12:29:08 am »
I do not really end up in situations where somebody would judge my interest for certain parts of Japanese popular culture. It is kind of frightening to hear stories about fellow Tōhō fans who just sit quietly at work or at school, listening to how a bunch of their mates collectively thrash “anime”, or “hentai”, or whatever, with no apparent reason, just because these things happen to irritate them on sight.

More than a handful of the people I call friends or acquaintances today I’ve met through my interest for manga or the Tōhō fandom, so there is not much to comment. Some manga fans are notably indifferent to our fandom, because it offers almost zero opportunity for boys’ love relationshipping.

More than one of my friends outside these circles openly dislike anime and manga and the related drawing styles, but they rarely bring this up. All they want is not to be bothered with enthusiasm regarding kawaii girls with weird, big eyes.

I have a lot in common with my parents, but one major factor separating us has always been their extremely low interest for any kind of fantasy fiction. Thus there is little reason for us to discuss the Tōhō Project. I once showed Anira’s famous “Bad Apple!!” animation to them, and they found it aesthetically very pleasing. Further discussion soon led to my mother psychologizing some aspects of Gensōkyō and wondering what sorts of aggressions lead people to play any shooting games in the first place. She comes from an era when all or most entertainment containing any sort of violence was commonly condemned, even if she has never been an extremist in that sense.
Re: What do your friends/family think of your love for Touhou ?
« Reply #8 on: September 18, 2018, 07:23:18 am »
Friends? What are those?

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Re: What do your friends/family think of your love for Touhou ?
« Reply #9 on: September 18, 2018, 04:56:23 pm »
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Re: What do your friends/family think of your love for Touhou ?
« Reply #10 on: September 18, 2018, 07:33:21 pm »
My family mostly don't care.

They find it no odder than anything else I like. If anything; they're approving of my interest in the cultural aspect. [After all; a big thing I like Touhou for is the character inspirations and adaptations] They seem impressed whenever there's some kind of application for the cultural aspects I know at least.

They approved enough to decide to frame a thing I got for CPSS a few years back at least; acknowledging it looked good.

It's also worth mentioning that my family in general has quite a positive opinion on fantasy which probobly helps.
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Re: What do your friends/family think of your love for Touhou ?
« Reply #11 on: September 19, 2018, 04:20:29 am »
I've met most of my online friends' thanks to Touhou, and mostly my RL friends don't seem to be bothered by my Touhou love at all. They are neutral to Touhou at worse.

My family would find Touhou really weird and probably think I'm looking at weird hentai, considering almost all of the characters are cute girls (who are also usually really freaking rude people). So I keep it away from them.
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Re: What do your friends/family think of your love for Touhou ?
« Reply #12 on: October 05, 2018, 02:50:53 pm »
I haven't told anyone about Touhou except from my 5-year old sister. She seems to love it. Her favourite is Touhou 15.5 because she finds the danmaku games too hard for her. I've also shown and let my friend play EoSD and he seems quite interested, although he couldn't get past stage 2.
 

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