There are people who like anime, and then there are die-hard anime fans. A casual anime fan watches their favorite series and movies in their spare time. Committed fans create their own fanfiction, video games, and even live-action movies for their shows. Although many misconceptions about anime fans exist, no one can ever question the passion they have for their shows.
You have to give it to the most hardcore kinds of anime fans, whether they're creating unbelievably creative cosplay or using their imaginations to expand on the established continuity, intense anime fan bases work hard to bring the worlds of their heroes to life. So, this list is not just about the anime fans that defend their shows the hardest on social media or at conventions. It's about how much love these franchises are shown around the world and the lifestyles, projects, and (occasional) protests that go along with being a devoted fan. Let's explore the anime with the most passionate fans.
With a fan base beginning with the manga back in 1984, the Dragon Ball franchise has been around long enough for original fans of the show to have kids (who are obviously also fans). The newest dedicated fan project, Hyper Dragon Ball Z, is a Street Fighter-esque 2D game that's been receiving updated content for the last three years. Japan's love for the franchise takes the form of DBZ themed cafes, fast food items, and advertising throughout the country. Lead character Goku is even an ambassador for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.
With so many unique and captivating character designs, fans of Dragon Ball have no shortage of cosplay options. The Dao of Dragon Ball shared this awesome picture of a group DBZ cosplayers attending the Los Angeles premiere of Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods.
Some Naruto fans were so passionate about Naruto and Sakura ending up together that they started a petition to have the manga banned if an alternate ending wasn't created. Say what you will, but that's dedication. The love for Naruto is so great in Japan that the show has been incorporated into product advertising, TV and print ads, and even entire subway trains.
There was also a Naruto exhibit in Tokyo to celebrate the end of series. The exhibit included original art, screenings of the best scenes, and Naruto-themed meals including (of course) his signature ramen. Also, Naruto is an ambassador 2020 Summer Olympics. No biggie.
One Piece fans tend to be extremely passionate (and defensive) about the adventures of the Straw Hat Pirates. Other than defending the quality of the show, fans also spend time actually re-creating the fictional Devil Fruits and pirate crews just for fun. This fan base has also taken to creating electronic and card games based on the show's plot.
In Japan, they even opened Tokyo One Piece Tower theme park in celebration of the show's 15th anniversary. Main character Monkey D. Luffy will also serve an animated ambassador for the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics.
This awesome photo of the Straw Hat Pirates features Hide Omega and friends.
While fans waited years for the second season of Attack on Titan, they became progressively more creative with passing the time. Not only are there fan-made episodes and games, but also working 3D Maneuvering Gear as well, as you can see in the above video.
However, nothing compares to Japan's love for AOT. Universal Studios Japan opened an exhibit dedicated to the show, complete with 50-foot Titans. Visitors can also see graphic scenes from the anime re-created throughout the park. Truly, it's a gruesome time for the whole family.