Breaking the chains of gravity
True & Honest Fan
- Mar 24, 2017
Again, from an American perspective, those same stereotypes of being creepy smelly perverts is also heavily tied into the stereotypes of the "Alt-Right" over here and I think that may have to do with anime being a lot more popular in America in the early 2000's and being a big actual fad among teens and young adults at the time.
There's also the SJW opposition to anything seen as "edgy" and a lot of anime released in America was intentionally marketed as edgy back in the 1990's and early 2000's, both the extreme VHS OVA's of the 80's and early 90's and the more PG-13 but still edgy for American TV stuff that aired on Adult Swim and Sci-Fi Channel at the time.
I suspect that anime was always more obscure in the UK, aside from the global hits like Dragonball and Pokemon back in the early 2000's.
Dragon Ball and Pokemon were definitely big in the 2000s. Pokemon still is to some extent. As for the association between being a neckbeard and being alt-right, that exists (Carl Benjamin and his addiction to dinosaur games being a prominent example), but there's also a similar association with "male feminists". Someone living in a fantasy world instead of the real one isn't really someone you want to be around, regardless of politics.