First of all, this post is NOT aimed towards a particular person, and I am NOT doing this to be spiteful. I’m doing this to clear up the confusion and misconceptions that I have seen within the Sailor Moon Tumblr community this past week. This post is to teach/clarify terms and their CORRECT usage.
Often used as a synonym for Wapanese. Someone who is obsessed with Japan/Japanese Culture/Anime, etc. and attempts to act as if they were Japanese, even though they’re far from it. They often use Japanese words, but usually mispronounce them or use them incorrectly. These people see Japan as a haven, a heaven on Earth, filled with kawaii desu people and anime and manga in every nook and cranny. Trust me, they are VERY easy to spot. Oftentimes they exhibit inappropriate behavior and sometimes poor hygiene.
(Please note that the term used here has been adopted and changed from it’s original meaning) A person who enjoys the original version of something. This applies to many fields, not just anime/manga. They usually use the original terms and definitions of something and dislike adaptations. However, normally purists are respectful of the people who enjoy these adaptations. “Purist” is not a negative term.
A person who believes they are better than another person because they act/like/think a certain way. They are often snarky and condescending towards people who don’t share their likes and opinions. Very easy to spot. This is VERY important. Purist does not equal elitist and elitist does not equal purist. These two terms are confused often and it’s incorrect. Elitists are usually vocal about their opinions and don’t think twice about tearing others down.
Once again, this post is simply to bring awareness. I hope this has cleared up any misconceptions!
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