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Just wondering what level everyone here classifies themselves as.

I'm sure theres other scales out there but lets just use this one. I tried to encompass every type of anime fan I know. I apologize if I left something out that directly correlates 2 U. These are extremely broad generalizations and not all the listed points are needed for you to classy yourself under a certain category.

The Mainstreamer

I'm assuming no one on this site falls under this one categorically but I'll just throw it on here. These types of fans only adore big shonen series. They really only watch series like DBZ, Bleach, Naruto, and One piece. They might watch some Attack on Titan to mix it up a little. Not really interested in anything else.

The "Filthy" Casual

Among other things, anime is simply a pleasant past time. They watch whatever, whenever you feel like it. They'll pick up a few series every season and watch it whenever they're board. Typically, these are not the type of people that who anticipate the weekly new episode of ______ This type of fan owns close to no merchandise regarding anime.

The Average Anime Fan

This type of anime fan is quite knowledgable when it comes to seasonal series. Probably watched a couple of big shonen series (Naruto,Bleach, DBZ, One piece) They know whats coming out this season and what they're strictly interested in. Types of fans that know what day their shows come out with a new episode. Probably owns a poster and a few manga volumes. Not super into spending money on merchandise but they make it a point to pick up something regarding their favorite series.

The Superfan

These types of fans are also quite knowledgable when it comes to seasonal anime. They at least know whats airing.... But they have a wide variety of knowledge regarding a couple series they love. They make it a point to obtain as much merchandise they possibly can regarding their favorite series. Doesn't necessarily have to be super dedicated to a certain series but they do feel super passionately about certain series. This category is something for the people a little higher then your average fan.

The Critic

A typical critic loves anime a lot Just imagine Erina from Shokugeki no Soma

These types of people tend to judge a lot more harshly. They have honed their anime senses to the sharpest edge. What may be pleasantly enjoyable to an average fan may be complete garbage to the critic. They are typically observers and analysts of the anime community. Judging the anime from production, music, animation, ect. They tend to be harder to please since they know what good animation really is. They don't hate anime but most of the critics I know despise the direction anime is heading towards. In fact, most critics probably own numerous volumes of manga and DVDs.

The Radical

Die hard fans that really like anime in short. They have knowledge on seasonal anime and have probably completed some of your major shonen series. These types of fans will end up watching the majority of the anime that comes out every season. These types of fans are likely to actively collect manga and DVDs in greater quantities. I'm talking hundreds and hundreds of manga. Most likely have a couple figures of their waifus/husbandos or characters they really liked. You can tell someones in this category just by walking into their room. This type of fan is not scared to show their love for anime. They have a dakimakura or two..

The Otaku

Just imagine a "The Radical" on steroids. Most likely the fans that have at least 250+ anime's under their belt. Will actively seek all the anime industry related news they can find. Not only is their knowledge extensive, so is their collection. This type of fan will collect a little of everything and anything anime related. They probably have a list of their favorite artist, have a favorite doujin circle, and owns numerous amounts of other merchandise. They make anime a prime time hobby. Just like some of us are sneaker heads they invest a lot of their money into this hobby. Types of guys that will actually go out and learn Japanese to read light novels and play eroge. Rather, guys that buy light novels even though they can't read them. (I'm not talking about wanting to learn. The people that actually that actually go and do it. )Variety wise the Otaku's collection is far greater than the Almost Otaku's.


I'd say I'm somewhere in between "The Radical" and "The Otaku". I'm really vested into figure and doujin collecting. It is my greatest and most enjoyable past time. I follow anime news like an elderly follows the news during presidential season.
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Amazingly average, as usual.
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i'm just a dirty casual :p
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Either a filthy casual or an average.
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Less than casual but not a Mainstreamer
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Average or Slightly Super Fan, depending on if getting merch is an absolute.
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I'd say I'm in between Average and Superfan
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If you take out the merchandise part then I fall under "The Otaku"; I buy lots of anime DVDs, untranslated manga and games.
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Makes perfect sense to me
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Between The Radical and The Otaku.
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I was on the way to becoming an average, but now I'm a filthy casual or even below (not a mainstreamer though). I don't own sh*t, collect sh*t, or even watch more than 1 episode a week anymore. It's taken me like 4 months to finish 15 episodes of a series.
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Superfan, but only when it comes to production artwork or original mangaka sketches. I'm not much of a merchandise buyer, and my rule of thumb is if I can't get it on discount, I don't buy it.

Artwork, though, is my one exception.
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I'm the tsundere critic
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By your standards I'm an Otaku when it comes to series watched (around 400), and an average fan with the amount of stuff I collect (practically nothing).
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