I put out a survey on Facebook recently, asking how people in decades past bonded over anime if there was no technological middle man. Does the internet even make a difference? The point was to see the relationship between anime fans and the Internet, and the connection they felt to others because of the Internet. I got varied answers to the questions I asked, but one answer remained constant: even though fandoms have always existed, it was the Internet that gave rise to huge, world-wide fandoms.
Anime is cool. Sure it is. I’m much more partial to manga, myself, but anime is still pretty cool.
When I told my mom that I had joined Ohio University’s anime club (dubbed JMAGE), and was also going to write about anime and manga, it was not without embarrassment and a bit of shame. Don’t get me wrong—I’m not ashamed of what I like. But I know her opinion of it: she thinks it’s immature, for kids. That’s what most people think.