As I mentioned awhile back, I'm surprised to see how many anime fans are willing to attack their own kind. Why would an anime lover bash another anime lover?! That I do not understand. We're all fighting for the same type of expression, and to put someone down for enjoying that content defeats the purpose. If we can't come together among our own fans, we can't expect newcomers to embrace anime either.
I think the biggest issue with this comes from the anime snob. It's almost like the hipster of the anime world. They have certain rules and guidelines to follow when it comes to anime. Rather than just letting themselves enjoy all that anime has to offer, they follow these made-up regulations that only apply to themselves. As time passes, they add more and more rules that limit their content, and help to make them feel a bit more self important.
I only watch anime that was created by such and such. I only watch anime that was made before a certain year. I refuse to even look at anime that offers a dub without a sub. I will not watch any of the popular anime that airs in Japan right now. I'll only watch underground shows that are layered with subtext that the average anime viewer won't understand. Yes, these are actually comments that I've read since running this blog, all via Twitter. They were paraphrased of course, but I've been keeping a running tally of these comments. I still can't get over how someone would act like this.
I don't think any of you guys are anime snobs. You're here for the fun of anime and to try and spread the good word. That most likely means that you've crossed paths with an anime snob in your time. What kind of snobby things have you heard anime watchers talking about? I'm guessing most of it has to do with people being anime fans, but also having too high standards for something like Naruto or Bleach. That's just a silly, silly comment to make.