In a series of studies we asked participants from different fandoms (furries, online anime fans, convention-going anime fans, and fantasy sport fans) about the fan-related media they owned. In addition to asking about the amount of each type of media owned, we also asked them to rate the media they owned on several dimensions. The results are displayed in the figures below, with differently-colored bars being statistically significantly different.[tagcite tags=F3]
Much of the anime fandom is organized around studios and companies that put out animated television shows and movies. As such, it is unsurprising that anime fans, whether online or convention-going, own far more video-based content than either furries—whose content is largely produced by independent artists—or fantasy sport fans—whose interest in sports manifests as watching games and managing fantasy teams, not collecting and watching videos about sports. In contrast, print media, which includes magazines, books, and visual artwork, are much more prevalent in all three fandoms than videos. In this regard, convention-going anime fans stood out, suggesting that buying manga and artwork may be something more available to convention-going anime fans, who may have more expendable income than online anime fans. However, this would not account for the difference between convention-going anime fans and furries who, in this sample, were also convention-going. It is possible that the inclusion of “manga” in this category—something present in anime culture but which is largely absent in furry culture, accounts for the difference.