@Gynaenaecology my primary confusion are those claiming that everyone waiting to play this game in NA is a "weeb" or anime fan.
Lots of people have been waiting since PSO in Gamecube/XBOX to play without dealing with the hassle if the JP servers.
PSO was a very tame game, it wasn't submerged in the anime culture. PSU started down that path,but I never got into it that much, it wasn't the same as PSO.
All that was just to say that assuming people wanting to play PSO2 are neck-deep in the anime culture is ludicrous at best due to the lack of inherent anime themes in PSO EP I & II.
While I don't necessarily disagree with your statement, the direction PSO2 has taken in terms of both presentation and storytelling -- both totally separate from the collabs mind you -- is incredibly, INCREDIBLY, anime and relies on a lot of done-to-death tropes. Now, PSO1? I can totally see more western interested people coming to it with no issue. PSU, little bit of weeb, little bit of westerns. PSO2? Not gonna say everyone who wants to play it is a huge weeb, but I definitely think there's gonna be a very large weeb (and ironic weeb) fanbase compared to your average western-focused players.