So I’ve noticed that anime seems to be a very secretive thing, it is almost like taboo. Anybody that watches anime usually doesn’t talk about it unless they know they are talking with someone that also watches anime. If it is brought up around someone that doesn’t watch it they usually think it’s weird and might think poorly of you for watching it. My sister for example refuses to watch anything that is anime and thinks I am weird for watching it.
I think that people look down on it because they think it is like animated porn or closely related to it. They don’t see it as just another form of entertainment with different genres, most of which have nothing to do with sexual images or situations, excluding the occasional fan service in some of the shows, but that should not count against the entire anime world. There is fan service in non animated shows as well but people don’t recognize it as easily because in their mind it is acceptable for this to happen if there are real actors doing it and not just images that are created on a computer or drawn.
I think that if more people were willing to give anime a chance before shooting it down then those that do watch it might feel more at ease with telling others that they watch and enjoy anime.
This is only my opinion and is based purely off of friends and my own personal experiences.
Please feel free to leave a comment letting me know your thoughts and opinions.