How to Uncover an Anime Fan in the Wild

A lot of anime fans try to hide their power levels while in public. Well, guess what? I CAN TOTALLY SEE THROUGH YOUR FACADE! I am about to reveal some tips that will make even the hardest shell crack, but it just requires one teeny, tiny thing from you….not caring about hiding your own power level. Now let’s go catch some anime fans!


1Do a lowkey JoJo’s pose.

If they shout, “HOLY SHIT!! IS THAT A MOTHERFUCKING JOJO REFERENCE???,” then you have a winner.


2Shout, “SHINE!” when someone says a death joke.

If they make a disgusted face, then both of your secrets has been revealed.

3When someone asks what shows you like, say, “You know…stuff like Breaking BadRick and Morty, and *cough* K-On! *cough*.”

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They may follow up with the classic, “W-what was that last one? I-I…uh…never heard of that one…”


4Get a lowkey accessory or shirt of a popular anime icon.

Normies will think nothing of it while undercover anime fans may give a nod of acknowledgement…or a look of disgust.


5Play a “not-so-weeb” anime song in public.

It’s almost cheating how easy it is to catch an undercover fan while playing one of these.


6Play a weeb song in public.

You see the above scenario? If they accept the band name, then you’re clean, but if they keep probing…


7Go full on “baka” mode.

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“Hey, our teacher is such a baka dude…doesn’t even know what Shingeki no Kyoujin is, nii-chan.” A normie will be perplexed, as if you are speaking in some foreign tongue. An undercover anime fan will feel like you are assaulting their soul and have an empty gaze.


8Call someone a tsundere


“What did you just say? I’m not some tsundere trash!! …Uh…I mean….whaaaaat?”


9Attempt to sing an anime opening at karaoke.

If with normies, you can pass it off as having too much soda to drink. But if with a group of undercover agents, then savor their faces of shock, awe, and disappointment as you butcher the lyrics.


10Closet cosplay

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There are a lot of characters you can closet cosplay as while not looking like a lost convention goer. Most people will think you are semi-normal, so it’s a good way to expose some power levels.


11Have courage and put your waifu or husbando on your phone.

If someone asks why you have a trash can on your phone, then you’ll know.

12Just casually talk about an anime.

Honestly, 99% of people don’t care if you watch anime as long as it’s not the only thing you talk to them about. It might hurt your inner elitist, but try starting a convo about watching some mainstream series and you’ll be golden.

Aaron Magulick has been a fan of anime ever since being exposed to it in the late '90s. A fan of nearly all genres, he is not afraid to explore the creepier side of the industry.
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