I don't know how many people the average person on a site like this knows in real life that actually watches anime. For me, I know... two person that, in my definition, really watch anime.
One is a guy, and he was my best guy friend ever. I'm not good around guys most of the time. Girls find my fascinating and witty; guys tend to find me annoying. If I find a guy that looks at me like most girls seem to look at me, though, WE ARE BUDDIES FOR LIFE.
No, I'm not a lesbian magnet. Actually, scratch that, two lesbians have had crushes on me, compared to the three guys. That's a pretty high percentage for me.
But I'm digressing.
So in high school, I found out my best guy friend who watches anime HAD NEVER SEEN OURAN. This shit was... odd to me. EVERYONE I knew that even kinda-sorta-sometimes watched anime HAD SEEN OURAN. It was a girly premise and stuff, but everyone I knew... mostly guys... begrudingly admitted they liked it.
I mean, sure, it's a girly show, but it's pretty funny.
Or maybe I'm surrounded by guys who like girly things. I like the scratch out thing. Unscratch that thing I just scratched out, I actually mean it.
So two days later, we're at school, and as soon as we're alone he tells me it's awesome. He and I started talking about all the jokes in depth and I cleared up his question of, "So... how many of them are gay? Just so I know what to expect?" because well, apparently even though it was funny, he had qualms about mass dude orgies.
So there's that.
Now, part two. I'M IN THE MIDDLE OF THE BIGGEST ANIME BATTLE OF MY LIFE.
My best friend in the entire world. Has not. Seen. Fullmetal Alchemist.
THIS IS WEIRD SHIT EVEN FOR THE AVERAGE PERSON. THIS IS WEIRD EVEN FOR PEOPLE WHO DON'T ANIME.
I HAVE HAD DISCUSSIONS WITH HER MOTHER ABOUT THIS SHOW.
This is life altering.
And it's bad, because she reads yaoi doujin from this fandom. Maybe that's the problem. Maybe she'd watch it if there were yaoi. She's kind of picky in that way.
I've asked her about it and she keeps telling me that it's because it's 'boring and didn't keep her interest.' Lies. She saw like, two episodes.
She didn't even see the harrowing episode about Shou Tucker. You know, I don't know if this is just my area and the people I know, but that was a... an episode that kind of brought everyone together. I mean, shit, we talked about it like we'd survived some kind of Vietnam War thing together.
We had a long talk about it over lunch and talked about all the fucked-up things we'd do to him if we got the chance...
To this day, it is still the only anime scene that gave me a nightmare.
I mean, I was eleven, but still, that's an impressive achievement.
The nightmare was about my dad, who suddenly gained alchemic powers, deciding that I needed to be fused with our orange tabby, Buddyboy.
SO I'M GOING TO GIVE FORCING FMA DOWN HER THROAT A SHOT. Because she's forcing Bones and Psych down mine. Psych I'm fine with... it's in my mental category of 'crime — investigation — comedic,' while Bones is categorized as 'crime — forensics — apparently-funny-later-but-right-now-it's-painful-to-watch-and-damn-it-why-is-Angel-not-on-fire-oh-yeah-right-I-forgot-he's-people-now.'
And I don't like forensics shows. I like FUNNY investigation crime things SOMETIMES, but forensics BORE THE SHIT OUT OF ME.
This is completely different from say, Criminal Minds, which is 'crime — PSYCHOLOGY — dramatic-and-interesting-with-funny-scenes.'
MY FRIEND. IS NOT. GETTING IT THROUGH HER HEAD. THAT FORENSICS ARE BORING TO ME.
Anyways. So that is the kind of shit I'm going through to try and get her to watch FMA. If it doesn't work, I'll be PISSSSSSED.
/end 4:50 AM rant/