Based on a game by Tanuki Soft.

What do Japanese anime fans think of other anime fans outside of Japan?

What I have heard is that Japanese anime fans are mostly young children, teens and Otakus.
Among many adult Japanese it isn’t considered popular entertainment.
I believe it has to do with the stigma of Otaku and what is accepted as a ‘proper’ adult. My family has hosted a few japanese international students and I like asking them if they watch anime and proceed to show off my vast knowledge regarding the topic.
To my disappointment, these college kids don’t watch anime and only watched the big 3 when they were kids/teens.
They don’t know the popular anime like in North America. So in my opinion, they don’t really care about anime fans and would rather ignore them to avoid being related to the otaku stigma.
After all a respectable image is significant in Japanese culture. Hope that helps, Joseph