I don't know if Hollywood involvement would help anime. When people heard rumors of Leonardo De Caprio working on an Akira project, they got angry.
I think that people like Tom Cruise and Channing Tatum would ruin anime because Hollywood takes the international flavor out of everything and makes it white and average.
True. This sort of 'stigma' won't really be solved with a couple of big names like Di Caprio, or Tom Cruise. It just takes time and more open mindedness. I feel like, once upon a time, comic books were considered pretty nerdy and unacceptable. I'd say the comic books themselves still seem a bit nerdy, but some of the biggest movies every year are based on these comic books. I'd say that's a step in the right direction. The directors of this movie were able to take 'nerdy' content and make it appeal to the masses. We just need more stuff like that. I remember hearing rumors about a Halo movie and an Uncharted movie. If done well, those could also make more nerdy things appear more cool.
Time will also change this. It helps that each generation seems to be more and more accepting of these types of things. Maybe the internet is helping us realize that we aren't the only ones. If I grew up without the internet, I would think that I was the only person in the world who liked Anime, but now I have found plenty of people like me who enjoy it too and I can discuss it with them.
There was a time when anime wasn't easily available on TV. During the early part of my childhood in the 1980's, there were only a couple of shows. I remember running home after school to watch Voltron. Now that anime is easy to find, a lot of kids are growing up with it and when they grow up ,they will hopefully pass the love of anime on to their kids.
Edited by TVismyfriend, 23 November 2014 - 11:19 AM.