Anyway, long story short, I was getting some dinner with one of the other folks in the summer program I'm in at the moment, and since a trip to the ramen-ya was followed with a trip to the Japanese grocery store across the street, we were talking about Japanese culture-- specifically, she wondered how I knew some of the stuff I knew. She knows Japanese, she's been to Japan, I think (if I'm remembering rightly) that she in fact teaches Japanese. In short, she is a person who deals professionally and on a regular basis with Japanese culture.
Her: Wow, you really know a lot! Have you ever been to Japan?
Me: Oh, well, no, but I do watch a lot of anime, sub-titled, and you pick up bits of the language from stuff like that.
Me: Yup! Basic stuff, numbers, greetings. Just enough to be confusing in language classes. Plus, you know, random cultural info.
Her: Woooow..... I had no idea you could learn about Japanese culture through something like that!
Me:... um. Yes, actually. I mean, you know, some of it's going to be more relevant-- if you have something set in contemporary Japan, it's going to be more informative than, say, something set in a fantasy past, or a future where there are giant robots.
Her: *very seriously* You know, in real life, Japanese girls don't show their panties that often, the way they do in anime.
I finally stammered out something about not all anime being like that, but now I'm wondering what on earth she thinks I mean when I say I watch anime. And, of course, I'm annoyed that I didn't raise an eyebrow and ask her what the heck sort of anime she thought I was watching, because... seriously? Really? (with a side of "How on earth can you be working with Japanese language and culture and education and still have that combination of clueless and dismissive?")