Anime fans in banking?

I'm curious to know if banking has a fair amount of people who like anime? Prior to covid, I would pretty much never disclose that I watched a ton of anime because I know I could get really mixed reactions, but now I find myself caring less and less what other people think of me for it because I love it. Starting FT in NY later this year and wondering if I should still just never bring it up?

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Apr 8, 2021 - 11:32pm

At a smaller shop I worked at, my MD liked to sit at the animated virtual blackjack tables in our local casino because the "cartoon girls looked better than the real ones."

I miss working for that guy.

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  • Intern in IB - CB
Apr 6, 2021 - 2:47pm

Always said I do when the topic comes up makes for some nice conversation if they do too.

  • Analyst 1 in IB - Gen
Apr 6, 2021 - 2:53pm

I bring it up if I'm talking to another asian dude but I've found most bankers to be pretty whitewashed  

  • Analyst 1 in IB - Gen
Apr 6, 2021 - 6:57pm

Really don't think there is an issue. Attack on titan has gone mainstream at this point so I would assume that some bankers have looked at it and other anime.

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Apr 6, 2021 - 11:43pm

I love anime (note: am not in banking, but am in finance) but in all my time at work with literal anime art commissions at my desk just waiting for someone to make conversation about it... no one has known the characters/ what anime is (oh except some guys in a more tech-oriented group, go figure). RIP. The closest I've gotten to coworkers having similar nerdy hobbies is board games :) Found a coworker who also enjoys online board games and made plans to play over the weekend.

I would say if your top criteria for a job is that coworkers share nerdy hobbies... probably better shot in CS haha

  • Intern in PE - Growth
Apr 7, 2021 - 5:56am

Nah, I´m into it myself, but I´m not gonna talk about it at work, that´s mega cringe

  • Analyst 1 in IB - Gen
Apr 7, 2021 - 10:53am

As a fellow man of culture in banking, don't bring it up unless you are BOYS with the other person. Definitely an asymmetric risk profile if you talk about it at a social outing with your group or casual coworkers, you're much better off sticking to sports or traveling as conversation starters. I have noticed that its starting to be like a "cool" and "interesting" thing to talk about in circles of college/high school age kids today as well as on the internet, but banking is one of the most stuffy and old school cultures you could ever find. The only exception is DBZ. If some junior person tries to give you shit for vibing with Goku then THEY are the weeb. My California-valley-girl-brunch-going gf fucks with DBZ.

Apr 11, 2021 - 9:51pm

I was always more of a Vegeta fan, but loved Goku. Dammit I miss Toonami. 

Apr 10, 2021 - 10:31pm

As a college student I can definitely tell you anime is not a "cool" conversation topic in high school/college lmao. I'd certainly call it "interesting" if a peer started talking to me about it, but probably not in the way you intended. No disrespect but you're light years off base with this one lol

  • Analyst 2 in IB - Gen
Apr 13, 2021 - 8:30am

When I interned, there was this one intern who said he had anime under his interests and got asked about it during the superday. During one of the intern events after a few drinks, asked him about anime and started going in about the shows I liked. All for him to end up saying "bro, all I watched is Naruto". 

I never bring it up now. 

Apr 7, 2021 - 11:38am

Nobody asked but top anime for me in no particular order

  • Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood
  • Steins;Gate
  • Cowboy Bebop
  • Parasyte
  • Darker than Black
  • Gurren Lagann
  • Gintama
  • Mob Psycho
  • Edit: Jojo (Stone Ocean HYPE)

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Apr 7, 2021 - 11:55am

I really didn't like the pacing of S3 of AoT which is what knocked it out of my top. There's a lot of honourable mentions such as AoT, Hunter x Hunter, and Code Geass that I left out for conciseness. 

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Apr 7, 2021 - 2:09pm

Cowboy Bebop is so disappointing though. The show set themselves up for a great 200+ episode run with a rich universe where they could dip into each character's backstory every now while tying it to a larger theme/plot but then are forced to wrap the show up in a rushed 2-3 episodes.

I like it, I was suggested it as my first anime but it was build, build, build, OVER. I dont understand the long term appeal.

Apr 7, 2021 - 12:09pm

I've tried reading the manga but it's a bit slow for my webtoon-addled ADD brain atm. I'll take a look at the anime now that you mention it tho

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Apr 7, 2021 - 1:06pm

After that dumpster fire of a last season my dude? There was one good moment in the last season where Haise sees Touka in the cafe for the first time after he lost his memories but after that, I was completely lost for the rest of the season. First season was fire tho.

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  • Intern in IB-M&A
Apr 11, 2021 - 12:38am

OP again. I'm curious, have you seen fate zero? or Death Parade? also, why no neon genesis? 

Apr 11, 2021 - 2:21am

I've seen fate zero and UBW, fate zero was insane but UBW was great graphically and had some heartwarming moments. Tohsaka best girl :). I've tried watching the new heaven's feel movies as well but I literally had no idea wth was happening since they skipped all of the exposition.

Death parade is cool too, really liked the aesthetic. I'm embarrassed to say but I didn't put Evangelion because I've yet to watch it. It's too hard for me to go from watching modern graphics to watching old stuff but I'll find the motivation someday haha...

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Apr 11, 2021 - 5:05pm

I really liked code geass and it was one of the first anime I've ever watched but it hasn't left as deep of an impression on me as the others on the list. The arc with Rolo was really good tho

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Apr 7, 2021 - 12:34pm

I gotta agree with the consensus here. If it comes up in conversation among colleagues, sure, mention it, but anime has grim and dark shows like Monster to light hearted shows like Fairy Tail. Then there's... other stuff. I'd say mention it in conversation if someone happens to mention a show you've seen or are currently watching. 

  • Analyst 1 in IB-M&A
Apr 7, 2021 - 1:42pm

I've been watching anime since high school, but would never mention it unless I knew for sure that the other person watched as well. Why? Well most people are walking around with a stick in their ass hahaah. 

Apr 7, 2021 - 3:49pm

I grew up watching Dragonball. Does that count or too mainstream?

Never discuss with idiots, first they drag you at their level, then they beat you with experience.

Apr 7, 2021 - 5:39pm

Not too mainstream at all but if you like dbz I'd really recommend checking out my hero academics or parasyte. Both really good, action series

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Apr 7, 2021 - 5:42pm

I legit don't have the time at the moment, maybe one day if I can afford it. Also grew up watching what apparently is known as ''Captain Tsubasa'', which inspired thousands of kids to become professional footballers.

Never discuss with idiots, first they drag you at their level, then they beat you with experience.

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Apr 7, 2021 - 4:19pm

I wouldn't care, but honestly, I really don't understand anime. I don't mean that in a condescending way I just don't get it. But you'd probably be more inclined to be into stuff like  Radiohead and photography/artsy stuff which I'd be down to talk about. 

  • Intern in IB-M&A
Apr 7, 2021 - 5:13pm

I'm a short, blonde white girl who could easily pass as a sorority girl in a professional environment. But sure ya, let your imagination run wild with how nerdy and obviously socially awkward I must look in public 

Apr 7, 2021 - 11:02pm

At the end of the day I think this is a typical "know your audience" situation. Unless I was very close to him / her I definitely wouldn't mention a weekend of bar hopping, minimal sleep, and foggy Saturday night to my MD (pre COVID obviously)...

Would I share a bit more with my fellow analysts... maybe? Again - If I'm close to them and it's out of earshot of the rest of the floor I'd probably share. Same thing with an interest in Anime. Casually mention it to people you know and engage with frequently. Better kept a bit more reserved with more senior folks.

Apr 8, 2021 - 8:22am

I'm sure your interests are super cool and everyone loves you. In reality, people (you) who shit on other people for something as simple as liking a certain genre of show strike me as very bland and judgemental.

  • Associate 3 in PE - LBOs
Apr 7, 2021 - 5:00pm

I watch a little with my girlfriend (mostly very mainstream stuff). I wouldn't advertise it publicly, if a peer mentioned it I'd be happy to chat but you don't want to be the anime guy... way too many negative connotations. If a senior colleague asked I'd probably say no

  • Intern in IB - Gen
Apr 7, 2021 - 6:48pm

If you're asking this, it seems like you care to an extent what your employer and co-workers think and you are aware of the perception of anime. As someone who doesn't watch anime (I've seen Dragonball Z and Naruto), my first reaction is a bunch of busty Japanese girls animated characters. Weird. Can't speak for others' first reaction, but I'd tread lightly as others might have a similar first reaction. 

Apr 7, 2021 - 7:25pm

Anime is way more mainstream than it used to be, but among people that *don't* watch it the perception of it is still pretty bad. It gets very unlikely that someone is an anime fan when they're 25-30+. This includes ASOs, VPs, MDs. I wouldn't discuss it at work unless you're good friends with the person.

I'm 100% sure weeaboo bankers exist though.

Apr 7, 2021 - 8:13pm

Top 3: Yu Yu Hakusho, Hypekyuu, Gurren Lagann

Anyone feel free to PM if you want to chat/connect - hard to find people with similar hobbies in this industry.

Plz don't PM if you watch dub tho.

Apr 7, 2021 - 8:27pm

I started off watching dub until soul eater where the dub voice actor for blackstar actually gave me hearing damage. But bro the fmab dub is fire and I will stand by that

To live is to suffer, to survive is to find some meaning in the suffering.

Apr 8, 2021 - 8:01am

Also forgot, Slam Dunk. Much shorter, thus much less famous than others, but the quality of characters and storytelling is over the top. It makes you want to play basketball. Very emotional, competitive, hilarious and for once the protagonist and their team actually do not win that much. It's a story of struggle, desire to get better, fierce rivalry. Truly amazing.

Never discuss with idiots, first they drag you at their level, then they beat you with experience.

Apr 8, 2021 - 10:02am

The only sports animes I've ever seen were Haikyuu and Hajime no Ippo. I honestly loved both of em, Haikyuu made me want to become a volleyball player and Hajime no Ippo made me want to take up boxing. 

I heard great things about Slam Dunk and Kuroko's Basketball.

Apr 8, 2021 - 1:46pm

Ngl I'm happy to see this thread take off. Idk why I didn't comment sooner. Anime is dope. Watching The Promised Neverland right now and holy shit, best show I've seen in a while.


Apr 8, 2021 - 3:06pm

Is Castlevania considered anime? I really like that show.


Demon Slayer

Promised Never Land

Those are my top shows right now, though I'm a very casual watcher and still kind of new to anime. Only got into it a couple of years ago because my brother wouldn't stop talking about anime. As for the talking about it to coworkers, if it comes up sure but I wouldn't force it or ever mention I watch it.... they wouldn't get it lol.

Apr 8, 2021 - 10:40pm

Castlevania is really underrated as an anime

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Apr 10, 2021 - 8:56am

Honestly, I feel like the storytelling, pacing and character development are all incredible. I finished season 1-3 almost entirely in one sitting.

It doesn't really fit the anime theme - it's similar to Avatar the Last Airbender where it's more of a Western styled cartoon that mirrors anime.

Apr 9, 2021 - 9:47am

Being into anime isn't a big deal when talking with coworkers. Obviously, don't show up day one and only talk about anime, but I wouldn't write anyone off for enjoying it. You gotta put in the work and show you can grind and have a semi descent sense of humor. Basically, be a 360 degree value add.

To put it into perspective before covid, I listened to/talked about metal at work, talked about gun laws being too restrictive, and frequently called some coworkers anti-American communists (including superiors). Fuck, I even stopped wearing deodorant to the office. If anything it just added to my 'brand.' Just gotta do it with a smile, get your shit done, be willing to listen to your coworkers own goofy shit and be a pro with the clients.

Only two sources I trust, Glenn Beck and singing woodland creatures.
Apr 9, 2021 - 1:05pm

Not worth it ever. I appreciate 4-5 different anime series but it is on the whole quite degenerate and should not be legal IMO

Apr 10, 2021 - 12:33pm

Big anime fan. Actually in college probably only watched 2 anime (Naruto and Sword Art Online) but with COVID last yr I really wanted new content and anime is also the ultimate escapist fantasy when your stuck in a world that's literally stopped moving. Probably watched a dozen anime in the past yr.

Yes, like you said anime has officially hit the mainstream. Was a stat from WSJ last yr, as of Sept over 50% of NFLX HH had watched anime that yr...probably >60% by end of year. That said, while in past 1-2 yrs it's been massively de-stigmatized there are some people who still have that stigma. I'm very, very confident that the stigma will be totally minimal in a decade but today there are some morons who will judge you for it. I have no problem with people who dislike anime, but it's annoying as hell if they try to judge you for liking it. At the office, which is already a judgmental, sterile setting it's probably not the ideal place. Or rather if you make good friends with someone, then you can probably bring it up. Wouldn't bring it up as a first talking point though within first couple interactions of chatting / hanging out with someone. Like I said, in a decade you probably could bring it up in a first meeting but we're not quite there just yet 

  • Analyst 1 in IB - DCM
Apr 10, 2021 - 2:46pm

Big anime fan. Only started watching recently but I'm pretty obsessed now. I'll even turn on a few episodes if it's a slow day and i'm waiting for comments. That said, no shot I'd ever mention it to coworkers. At best you share an interest with a co-worker, at worst you're now seen by everyone over 30 as the weird first year who likes Japanese cartoon porn. Work is work, interests are interests, totally different worlds if you ask me.

  • Works at UBS AG
Apr 11, 2021 - 9:06pm

It's sad but anime is still viewed as weird by the classic banker. The only sort of sci-fi / whimsical thing you can mention on a resume or in conversations that would fly with bankers nowadays are Marvel movies. Even then, you can only talk about them in terms of the choreography and plot instead of the lore and superpowers.

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