I'll admit I never liked it and never will, but thats okay! I totally don't think you're stupid/dumb/a furry because you like Anime and Japanese tradition.
Anyways, today a couple coworkers of mine were having a conversation about an adult-themed Anime (not pornographic, but just bloody/cussing/buxom women etc.) and I weaved a bit between the conversation. One of the guys asked me what my favorite Anime was, to which I confessed I do not like Anime and the last one I watched was probably Pokemon/Digimon as a child.
- They got annoyed.
They say things like "Do you live under a rock? Do you own the Internet?" etc. etc. But how am I to possibly understand the latest going-ons about shows like Death Note or Bleach (I know they exist, I've never seen them). Do people honestly expect that the average person my age (20) would know the slightest thing about Anime? I'm just mentally not into that side of the world. I haven't played Zelda or Final Fantasy and I don't watch Naruto or Inuyasha, I don't flame people about it.. I just avoid threads/comments about it as a passerby.
My question is: When has Anime become so engrained in the teen/young adult culture (particularly U.S. as I'm not sure of its popularity anywhere else) that not knowing or understanding anything about it makes you socially unaware or "had a bad childhood, have no life etc. etc." I say I have never played Ocarina of Time and people will be like "LOL, seriously? your childhood sucked bro"
Say anything Japanese and I'll have NO CLUE what you're talking about. =)