How normal people view anime is usually very different from a devoted fan. The many misconceptions about anime fans tends to bleed into a misunderstanding of the genre as well. Just as there are stereotypes with everything, anime has its own share of pre-conceived notions that aren't necessarily accurate.
Misconceptions about anime often come from the fact that it is an animated form of entertainment. But all types of anime fans know that the fact that the show is a cartoon does not mean necessarily mean it revolves around a watered down story aimed at kids. Many people also believe that all anime is weirdly sexual and perverted. Although there are a good deal of overly-endowed women and panty shots flashed on screen, not every anime is going to make you cringe or blush.
Sure, most anime movies and series may have a similar look, but a closer inspection will reveal that each work features completely different artstyles, stories, and cinematography. Anime would not have lasted this long or enjoyed worldwide popularity if any of these stereotypes were true all of the time. For your amusement, listed below are some silly things that non-fans believe about every anime.