You know what really makes me pissed though is that from fourth grade onward when i began to take interest in anime (kid-friendly things like cardcaptor sakura and lucky star at that time), literally all the kids teased me because anime wasn’t American cartoons and they thought it was weird. and granted I probably brought some of that on myself by wearing Naruto merch to school, and talking about Pokémon all the time. but at any rate the two people i did know that did play and enjoy Pokémon still made fun of me because they subscribed to the childhood elitism perpetrated by the unfortunately close-minded, indoctrinated kids in our class. and you know what’s happened since i’ve gotten to high school??
anime has somehow achieved relative normalcy. which is great! but because of this, all those bullies that effectively called me a baby and ostracized me daily are now wearing T-shirts with Pikachu on them, saying things like “oh yeah, Pokémon was my childhood, I miss it so much!!”
like i don’t mean to come off as one of those fedora gamer elitists who say, “Oh, so you like anime?? Name the three top grossing titles in the year 1987. You like Pokémon?? Name pokemon number 574.” Because I can’t even do that. But can you please stop making shit up because you feel like being nostalgic for something you put down others for in the past and were never actually involved in yourself??