In a world where being able to merchandise a show can be a determining factor in that show’s fate, it’s counterproductive that so many outspoken anime fans in the West seem disdainful of anime made to appeal to people and sell.
Streaming really changed the game in the Western anime fandom. Not only did it usher in a new era of availability for anime in the West, it changed the culture here in some pretty major ways.
Not all of them good.
Anime isn’t for everyone.
That’s not an elitist thing to say, that’s just the truth.
While anime fans often bemoan the heavily corporate nature of the production committee model and dismiss it as business interfering with art, that’s a simplistic view that fails to fully understand the purpose of the business model.
“You like this thing too much” is a common mantra of those who can’t handle positivity toward things they can only see as negative.
If you’re passionate about something, there’s no reason to downplay that. Be who you are. Anyone who hates on that isn’t worth your time, and certainly isn’t worth hiding your passions over.