Let's face it, anime fandom can be annoying as hell. Sure, the physical and online spaces where fans interact are great places to make friends, but there are some truly unpleasant things that can happen when enthusiasts start talking anime.
Despite the amount of morally positive series that exist, there's a shocking amount of toxic behavior in the anime fandom. Whether it's shipping wars, cosplay shaming, verbally eviscerating people who prefer dubbed anime, or just straight-up bigotry, there are a lot of problems that anime fans could do a better job of addressing. All anime fans have a shared passion, so there's no reason to be rude to one another.
People Who Think Liking Anime Makes Them Japanese
Weeaboos are one of the most irritating aspects of Western anime fandom. A weeaboo is a fan who isn't Japanese, but who has decided that liking anime gives them free reign to appropriate Japanese culture. Weeaboos wear kimonos incorrectly, give themselves Japanese nicknames, and see Japan as some kind of idealized holy land for nerds. If they like you, you're "sugoi!" but if you piss them off, they'll "korosu" you with the fake katana that they bought at an anime convention.
Weeaboos aren't just annoying, they're legitimately racist. These fans treat Japanese people like extensions of the media that they love, and don't recognize that Japanese culture amounts to a lot more than cool cartoons. Whether it's adult men salivating over Asian teenagers, or someone insisting that they know everything there is to know about Japan because they watched Naruto, these fans fetishize Japanese stereotypes, and don't really care about the people of Japan and their culture.
Fans Who Shame Cosplayers
Cosplay is a fantastic way to creatively express your love for anime, but the fun stops when people start cosplay shaming. Cosplay shaming involves insulting a cosplayer either for how their outfit looks, or how they look in it; in either case, its unkind and inappropriate.
There are a lot of reasons why a a cosplay outfit might not look identical to its animated counterpart. The cosplayer might have run into budget or time constraints, or they might be a beginner who isn't totally comfortable putting a costume together. Whatever their reasoning, they're just trying to have a good time, and they didn't dress up to gain your approval.
The worst examples of cosplay shaming are comments like "you're too fat to cosplay her, she's skinny" or "your skin is too dark to be that character." The cosplay community is supposed to be fun and inclusive, not a place for bigotry.
"You're Not A Real Fan Unless..."
Imagine you're talking to a self-proclaimed anime fan, who really just got into anime. Other than a few random episodes of Pokémon back in the day, they've only really seen Sword Art Online, part of Naruto, and the first season of Attack on Titan. Is this person a "real" anime fan?
If you answered no, then you should know that a lot of fans find your attitude annoying. There's no test that you have to pass to be a real anime fan, you just have to enjoy anime. While it's great to familiarize yourself with a variety of anime — including classics and more obscure titles — you don't actually have to do anything specific to participate in the community. Your level of knowledge doesn't correlate to your enjoyment of the medium.
Fans Who Hate On Others' Sub/Dub Preferences
If you watch a lot of anime, you probably have a preference for watching either subbed or dubbed shows. There are good reasons to like both; subbed anime offers the original vocal performances, and can be super useful for viewers with hearing problems. On the other hand, dubbed anime usually captures the original story and emotional content of a series, while eliminating the distraction of reading while you watch.
The choice is largely dependent on personal preference, but many anime enthusiasts do not see it as such. Instead, some members of anime fandom believe that dubbed anime is illiterate garbage, and that people who enjoy dubbed shows aren't experiencing anime properly. Others will tell you that if you like subbed anime, you're a pretentious assh*le. In both cases, unless you're doing it their way, you're wrong.