Anime, while meaning both foreign and domestic animation in Japan, is used by Europeans and Americans to distinguish specifically animation from Japan.
There is a general belief that anime consists of bright colors, big eyes, and scantily clad woman, yet that is typically only the case of older anime (and craptastic American comics). However, there is no exact one style of anime. Each artistic has his or her own inique style (anime is generally drawn first as a manga
and then turned in to an animation).
Anime has seen an increase in popularity in recent years. Many people, especially of the late 1980s have seen the artistic beauty of anime. While your art teacher may debate this, ask them if they can draw a good "anime-style" drawing. Also, such movies as Spirited Away, have even won oscars for their creative genius and novel music.
In short, while there are nerds who watch anime, there are also nerds who watch football. Anime is not something that should be considered nerdy, but rather an alternative creative outlet (or genre) in the film industry. Also, anime ranges from PG to R and macabre horror.
Some classic anime series include - "Record of the Lodoss War," "Sailor Moon," and "Neon Genesis Evangelion."
Newer popular series include - "Naruto," "Scrapped Princess," and "Haibane Renmei."
Popular movies include - the works of Hayao Miyazaki, "Metropolis," and "Voices from a Distant Star."