Penetrating insights into the American subculture that lies at the intersection of globalization and the fandom phenomenon. Why do we love Japanese culture? What inspires hundreds of thousands of Americans to travel to anime cons each year? What are cons and what role do they play in our culture? What role does fanfiction play for the anime-loving community? How does Japanese culture influence our own? Can we predict what stories will be popular both in the US and Japan? This book answers these questions and more, offering insight into this unique and trendsetting facet of American culture as our world enters into an era of global art exchange unrestricted by geography.