Originally Posted by Vic
Has anyone else noticed that Anime is starting to outgrow it's own "usual" fanbase? Earlier today in school I was on my laptop doing my own thing, when someone played one of Bleach opening on his phone, it was a group of kids who looked like they new nothing about anime, but were very familiar with Bleach (and most likely other series), it took me by surprise really. They had an urban look and didn't look the slightest bit interested in Anime, I actually know one of the guys, which again is why I was taking by surprise. Didn't join in the conversation, but I did evasedrop a little.
I think Kusksu hit it on the head. This is the normal "transcending the norm" fan base deal, there's at least one every decade for most genre of media. These transcending trends do tend to bother me though, not because I want to keep anime in its normal fan base, far from that, but because the transcenders tend to feel like the lesser quality anime.