I’ve noticed the word “strange” tossed around in here a few times. As someone who has been knee deep in the abyss of the extreme anime fandom from my own forum days, feel fortunate that you have not been scarred from unhinged otaku/weeaboos. LOL.
It’s… a strange, strange world – I tell you what.
But yeah, it’s pretty much a nerd culture thing that’s become prevalent among the younger generations which in the past 10 years or so has come to include anime and manga as a type of sub-genre in popular nerd culture.
I had a big paragraph written out about the horrors I’ve experienced on anime forums that are privately operated and have sections dedicated to the gross stuff, but I’ll just say that body pillows are almost saintly compared to some of the extreme (disturbing) parts of the weeaboo/otaku fandom.
One of the primary reasons I don’t really visit many anymore, sadly. By no means is that kind of stuff common, but it’s disturbing nonetheless with the numbers that seem to be into that stuff regardless.
I’m pretty much a “filthy casual” when it comes to anime. I grew up on a cartoon program called “Toonami” back in the 90s that has anime shows like Dragonball Z, Gundam, Cowboy Bebop, and other shows of the sort. Coming home from school and turning the TV on to catch DBZ reminds me of good times.