Even K-Pop became mainstream in America for a while.
Will anime ever have a mainstream moment? I don't mean some celebrity references it something big like everyone talks about it. Watercooler. On CNN and talk shows and stuff.
Anime is dying as it should be, Manga is the future.
>Dat feel when anime is a 90s trend
>Dat feel when youngsters are into K-shit instead
Anyone have that screencap of Abe Simpson saying to Homer that he used to be "in" but it changes and it'll happen to Homer?
K-pop never became mainstream. It was just that one faggot Psy with his song that became popular for a while or still is. If you knew what true K-pop faggottry is and if it really did become popular, you'd kill yourself. K-pop and K-popfags are insuferrable.
In one hand, I hate K-pop and I wish anime received more mainstream exposition but in other hand, anime is ignored on Japan as well (pedo/fujo shit or kiddy shit) so it's hard to support it. Titles like DBZ and Sailor Moon aired on primetime
There are a few titles which have been mainstream in murrica. Anime as a whole, however, may not get to that level with how it is currently. Not every Joe or Jane here wants to see lolis with super powers.
I see a lot of people talk about anime being "big" in the 90s, and yeah, that was true, but it's bigger now than ever by a huge margin. At least, in a different sense. Back then very few people had any idea about any distinctly "Japanese" shows, it was all Ghibli / Ninja Scroll / Biohunter / 3x3 eyes etc. The only real exception being Sailor Moon I guess, but that was targeted for young girls, who were outside the "anime boom" demographic.
But now it seems everyone is pretty well aware of the most popular shows and "otaku" culture as a whole. Nerd culture is now fashionable so you see all kinds of people who've gotten into Bleach, Naruto, etc. over the last few years. The fact that there's a good amount on Netflix now is certainly fueling that as well. The last people who I would expect to watch anime now do, it's fucking crazy.
You're implying that anime isn't mainstream already.
K-shit is what the geek kids consume these days. Anime is for older geeks. It doesn't help that he press shows Japan as a bunch of retarded degenerates while S. Korea is showns as the new cool kids onf Asia.
>Nerd culture is now fashionable
only because the definition of nerd has changed
nerd use to mean someone who has an obsession over an esoteric hobby to the point of being a social pariah.
I wouldn't say the small amount of hipsters who are into K-pop makes it mainstream.
Maybe in your circle of friend K-pop is mildly popular, but seriously, it's extremely unknown in America bar Psy.
Literally everyone know what anime is. No one talks about it though, because it's embarrassing to even acknowledge its existence in front of other humans.
Have you ever had a normalfag make a comment about anime to you? They act like it is the most painul and awkward thing they have ever done, just to bring it up in conversation.