To be able to talk about anime with people you know is fun. One thing that’s awesome about being an anime fan here in the Philippines, especially in the ages of 16, 17-ish to, I guess, a bit above 20, is that, there’s a relatively high probability that you can strike up a conversation with anime with a person you just met.
An awesome junior of mine is graduating this week, and being reminded of that, I think back to our first encounter. I saw her reading manga a couple or so times at my old high school so I just assumed she could just as well be an anime fan. I got the opportunity to actually talk to her thanks to some off-campus journalism competition. We’ve talked a few times before, but never about anime, so I decided to give it a shot. Unsure of her preferred genre for a series to talk about, I went with my “Ice Breaker” anime, or, a series that I always use whenever I want to talk about anime. For my case, it was Toradora!, and, as I hoped it would, it got a conversation going. The rest is history.
Now, of all the shows, why Toradora! you may ask? Well, I guess you could say it fits the idea of an “Ice Breaker”. The Internet would have it as “phrases that start conversations”, and yeah, that’s pretty much your goal. The means however, would be to choose a show that would hold both your interests. Like how I probably won’t start chatting someone up with shows like Bleach or Naruto ’cause, although I and a majority of anime fans in my age group know about them, I wouldn’t be talking as much. It should also be a show that is well-known, I mean, I doubt I can find someone else around me who has watched, say, Katanagatari or Ookami-san to Shichinin no Nakamatachi (though, there are those who I got into anime by watching those two shows, but that’s a subject for another time)
Toradora! fits this relatively well because it’s a wonderful romance anime and is very popular in its own right. Add to the fact that it holds one of the few 10’s in my list, and you’ve got a show I can just talk on and on about. Given it’s fame here as well, makes Toradora! as mainstream as any.
After re-reading the above, it does actually kinda sounds creepy. Rest assured, I’m not a guy that talks anime to every guy or girl I meet. It’s just that, I really love the feeling when I do get to talk about anime with someone, more so if that’s how I start getting to know someone.
And of course, all this isn’t a sure-fire way to actually start talking to someone. There will always be moments that you’ll be the only anime fan in the room. In the end, it’s better to just introduce yourself ^^
So with that, what would you show/s would you use as an “Ice Breaker” to start a conversation?