Got this off of Sankaku Complex, who reported it from some 2ch discussion. Similar to something I've thought for a long time, but I think it provides for an interesting self-reflection and discussion.
2ch believes it has successfully divided anime otaku into two distinct types:
Type B:A person who simply enjoys “anime.”
Is proud of Japan’s anime.
Evaluates anime based on direction, voice acting, art, etc.
Hates shallow anime with no real content.
Story emphasis >>>>> Moe anime.
A recent example would Higashi no Eden. Fans of anime like Lain or Ghost in the Shell would probably be this kind.
Of course, there is probably going to be a mix of the two for most people, though doubtfully a 50/50 split. Which do you think you are?A person who simply enjoys “characters.”
Will watch an anime if it includes cute or beautiful characters.
Doesn’t care if story is awful, as long as the characters are of interest.
Evaluates anime based on which seiyuu are in it and what the characters look like.
Loves moe elements. Doesn’t like complex anime.
The otaku the media picks up on are usually this kind.
Doesn’t know that much about anime and so is often criticised as by Type A otaku.
However, they make much better customers than the more discerning Type A otaku.
Recently there has been a huge increase in anime targeted at Type B otaku.
People who like K-ON!, Queen’s Blade, Strike Witches and so on would be in this class.
I'm a definitive type A, as I'm sure most anyone who's discussed manga or anime with me to a decent extent can confirm.