One day our Arts teacher was absent, so a substitute was called in. Since we were working on our project anyway, and our Arts teacher had already fully instructed us on how to do it, the sub didn't really have to do anything but watch over us and keep the class from rioting. He had a lot of free time, so he ended up chatting with a few of us as we worked. None of us minded, of course; we liked his company, and he was a really nice guy.
Around halfway through the hour, I heard the word "pokémon" uttered. Used to pokémon only being referenced when my classmates are making fun of it, I ignored it. After hearing a few more suspicious words like "Arceus
", "Diamond and Pearl" and "BW", my curiosity finally overcame me and I tried to see who was saying all these terms. I realized that the sub teacher, and surprisingly, two of my classmates
were talking about Pokémon. Not making fun of it or insulting it, but discussing it in earnest
. Absolutely amazed, I made my way to them and joined their conversation, proceeding to completely ignore my project for the rest of the hour. Turns out, he played most of the games, including BW, and is waiting for whatever might come next (this was 3 months ago, I think). He's still interested in the anime, though he doesn't watch every episode anymore due to time constraints, and instead just reads the articles on Bulbapedia. As for my classmates; they both play the games but kind of hate the anime, and one hates Gen 5 too. That's okay; at least they don't think it's stupid and immature. It's good enough for me.
Strangely, none of us have talked about pokémon since. We're all closet fans, it seems. But it's nice to know I'm not alone.