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How To Spot Fake Anime Fans And Why They Exist

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Fake anime fans are more common in 2020 than they’ve ever been. And like other industries – there’s a flood of them because of the motive behind these groups of people.

There’s a reason for that which I’ll get into, but first I wanna mention something else.

That “something” is this:


This is NOT what a fake anime fan is:

  • Someone who hasn’t watched X Y or Z (Naruto for example).
  • Someone who watches anime casually.
  • Someone who enjoys anime like SAO.
  • Someone who doesn’t have a MAL account.
  • Someone who hasn’t watched enough non-mainstream shows.
  • Or any other ridiculous definition.

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THIS is what I mean. It’s false, and has no bearing on real vs fake fans.

Only an elitist would say something like this to make themselves seem “superior” or official. As if it’s some type of award or examination.


But with that said:

There’s a more accurate way to tell if someone is a fake anime fan or not.

Here it is.


How To Spot Fake Anime Fans:


1. Culture Vultures

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“A person or an organization making profit using unhonorable practices from a culture they do not care for.” – Urban Dictionary

Culture vultures wanna profit off an industry they don’t care about. Even if it means exploitation, taking advantage of people, ruining the culture or spreading lies to do it.

They’re only in it for themselves at the end of the day. And they’re the “worst” types of fake anime fans.


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Remember this Tweet from Kim Kardashian?

She Tweeted back in 2018:

“I am obsessed with anime. That was legit my inspo.”

This was during the year Darling In The Franxx made headlines (it aired January 2018).

So this post by Kim K at the time was unsurprising seeing as:

  • Darling In The Franxx was mainstream.
  • People outside the anime industry knew of it.
  • And talking about “anime” at this time was bound to get you attention.

From a marketing perspective it was smart, but still insincere.

Tons of non-anime started talking about it as if they cared.

The amount of clickbait propaganda was out of control.

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Titles like this coming from generic sites who aren’t “for” anime culture.

No major anime sites covered it for good reason.

Going back to what makes a fake anime fan, there’s this tweet that goes on to say:

“If you say you’re “obsessed” with *insert subject* but can’t even list off 5 basic things about said subject, you aren’t obsessed with that subject. Just because you saw an anime pic on your trip to Japan doesn’t make you an “anime fan.”

The keyword here is OBSESSED.


“an idea or thought that continually preoccupies or intrudes on a person’s mind.”

To be truly obsessed with something – it’s gotta be a hobby at the bare minimum.

Or else you won’t be “obsessed” to look into everything surrounding a topic. And you won’t care enough to know everything about the subject as much as possible.

It’s not a word you can throw around lightly and expect to be taken seriously.


Kim Kardashian is NOT obsessed with anime

And this goes for any culture vulture posing as a “real” anime fan.

Actions speak louder than words, and other than myself:

  • Lost Pause
  • Anime Man
  • Anime artists

And anyone else of that nature can consider themselves obsessed. Because it’s what we do.

I have no issue with Kim K, but culture vultures aren’t real fans by definition and need to be called out.


2. So called fans who “outrage” about little things

As this Tweet says:

“the people who whine and complain about the littlest things that nobody cares about in an anime, video game, comic, movie, etc are not real fans. These are know as Culture Vultures and they should be told to f*ck off.”

This in a nutshell is what fake anime fans look like.

They’re always seen outraging and making a fuss about nothing.

Or in the most hypocritical cases – they outrage ONLY towards a certain gender.


This happened with The Rising Of The Shield Hero.

The image tagged in this Tweet is the site: Anime Feminist.

They refused to do a full review because they’re toxic feminists who only support one gender, and belittle the other.

Naofumi’s false rape accusation in the anime (which reflects a reality that happens to Men) was too much for them to swallow.


My Hero Academia’s recent outrage is another example. It was covered on Anime Motivation.

After a certain character in the Manga was revealed to share a name related to WW2 and Japan’s history, Chinese and Korean fans lost their marbles.

They went ballistic.

This is understandable on the surface because Japan’s war crimes run deep, so it’s an emotional subject.


But fans in the west (who aren’t fans) jumped on the bandwagon

These “extras” on Twitter are REALLY the ones who took it to the next level.

Their goal is to find controversy and then insert themselves into the controversy, while posing as a genuine fan of that culture.

Or in other words: culture vultures.


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The same thing happened with Uzaki Chan. All the vultures came out of their caves.

Japan and The Red Cross ran a marketing campaign to drive BLOOD donations. It’s something they’re known for doing and have been at it for years.

But of course – Uzaki Chan (from a Manga no less) was “too busty” for SJW’S.

Imagine complaining about the design of a character when it helps people DONATE BLOOD AND SAVE LIVES!


As pointed out by this Tweet – they pandered to feminists and put lives at risk.

But after seeing them for what they are – Japan “brought back” Uzaki Chan and put their middle fingers up.

And now Uzaki Chan is getting an anime adaptation to top it off.


And that’s how you spot fake anime fans

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A fake anime fan is someone who uses anime when it’s convenient, but isn’t really part or has interest in the culture.

They’re a unique group of people (and it’s the same for other industries like Video Games).


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