Thank you for an awesome thread. I know a lot of people (especially on the internet) don't understand, and put down those of us who like sexy or cute anime waifus, and it's sucks being put down for your fetish. I ain't hurting anyone, and I still like real girls too.
Here's a fun fact, I actually knew numerous girls in my college classes I took a few years ago who were just as guilty of crushing on anime male characters, and these girls were pretty themselves, so it's not just lonely guys who are into anime characters too.
I wish I had some stuff to contribute of my own to the thread, but I honestly don't horde this kind of stuff. Here's just a few i still had.