Many times, I see people, particularly on the internet, who are simply afraid to admit that they’re anime fans in real life. They’re afraid that it’ll alienate their friends, or that people will think less of them.
I have issues of confidence as well in certain areas, but being an anime fan isn’t one of them, and I think it’s important for an anime fan to be able to tell others that he or she is a fan. It’s not a deep dark secret. There’s no downside to being an anime fan unless you let there be one. If you truly are an anime fan, if something is a part of your very being, or if it’s even just a simple time waster of a hobby, to be unable to express who you really are to others is a far worse fate than some people thinking that you’re a loser because you watch cartoons.
At the same time, this does not mean that anime fans have a free pass to push their hobby onto others. As with any good relationship among people, there has to be listening and understanding. Barging through your friends’ conversations to talk about something they may not have interest in in order to fulfill your own desires is just plain rude.
In short, don’t be afraid to tell people that you’re an anime fan, but don’t advertise it either like it’s your only defining character trait.
Because it never is.