Micro Wednesday Awards – The First of 2010 + What is the OEG?

Wednesday awards are back! It’s short this week but we also have a special reminder of what the OEG game is, seeing as most of you have forgotten.

Last round had some interesting reactions, a lot of people panicking and telling us not to fuck with personal lives and so on. Basically, a lot of people saw what we did to meimi and thought “Wait, this could be me” and didn’t like it one bit. As far as profiling blogs go, we strictly take publically available information and we also strictly target those who deserve it. Even if the blog is horrible it would have to take some severe misuse of ‘otaku’ before we did something severe. In short, fuck up like Meimi and the Meimi treatment.

Which reminds us. Meimi, if you’re reading, let us tell you something: your ‘otakuness’ was never waining because it never existed in the first place. You have never been otaku, you will never be otaku. And you can do us all a favour by telling DC nicely not to use the word ever again to describe himself or his peers before we get to him. There is a lot of hate for him you might not have seen in the blogosphere and I don’t think he will like it one bit.

Oh and don’t kid yourself, everything about your comments scream “attention seeker”. Think of it this way, if didn’t think you were one, we wouldn’t have brought it up. If we threw it around at anyone, more people would have been accused of it. However, they haven’t. So take a long think about what might cause people to say that.

Orcinus: Sorry, we didn’t really understand much of your comment at all about urbanites or something. We are not typically cool people so no, we wouldn’t try and appeal to them and they probably wouldn’t read this anyway. Really, we’re not sure what you’re trying to say with that. However:

“Take back akiba from Danny Choo and the singapore invasion, whose mass corporate dreams will rip through our electric town like napalm through asphalt, turning it into “Shibuya for nerds”.”

This is incredibly important. Anyone out there who cares about anime needs to severely take notice of this. Danny Choo is trying to turn Akiba into a fashionable place, and it’s not so much the social connotations that make us mad (We’d love to be seen as extra-cool) it’s the fact that our good shops and stores are being ruined under the pressure of the big companies (GSC, Cospa, Brocolli, Gamers, Animate and so on) and we’re not prepared to let this happen at any cost.

Scamp and Shance: You probably noticed that we heavily feature blogs that we eliminated, but not so much for blogs that passed. This is basically because of phase 2 (Which is coming quite soon).
Remember this is the otaku elimination game and is basically meant for eliminating otaku. We grab loads of blogs, and in phase 1 we work on the logic that anyone who labels themselves as otaku is immediately eliminated because it’s clear they’re not otaku (However, if they can prove themselves to actually be otaku, then fine.) anyone who doesn’t misuse the word otaku (whether they consider themselves to be one or not) goes through to phase 2.

Phase 2 we’re basically taking all the anime bloggers who haven’t done the heneious crime of misusing the word, and in a (hopefully) much kinder way we start evaluating them on how otaku or how much of a fan they are, how good at blogging they are. Then we keep eliminating until we end up with the true otaku of the blogosphere, or maybe there will be more than 1.

Anyone who said this was a troll blog or a publicity stunt will soon be proved wrong in phase 2 purely because we aren’t half as scathing to the people who did make it to phase 2.

In other words, anyone who got approved or gets approved, we’ll have much more to say on their blog in phase 2.

The entire point of the OEG is to rid misuse of ‘otaku’. And we’re doing this by eliminating high profile bloggers like Danny Choo who wouldn’t know otaku if it him in the face and then promoting and evaluating the lesser known bloggers who really are otaku and saying “Those guys are awful and not otaku, this is the real otaku, these guys are better bloggers and bigger otaku”. Basically following the logic that people are going to follow the high profile blogs, we’d much rather have the people who know what otaku actually is and give a genuine shit about their interests than someone like alafista or DC who care more about seeing their name in lights.

Anyway, on with the awards.

Biggest Fan of OEG: Guy

You all know Guy by now, he’s the kid who writes the comments on our blog that seem to be angry about something, but neither him nor us can work out just what he’s trying to say. We can’t help but laugh whenever we see that Guy has left a new comment because his voice seems to be trampled under the weight of the more interesting comments. We try and give him some time, but we never seem to come to any conclusion, it’s like he’s arguing for the sake of arguing and we don’t understand that at all.

But what makes him the biggest fan of OEG this week? Well we were checking through twitter and saw that he’d replied to a number of people so we decided we’d go straight to his profile to see them all in one place. The sheer number of comments was outstanding, Guy loves to talk about us, and most of these are in reply to people who have only mentioned us. A guy (no pun intended) who absolutely loves to spread the good word about us, Guy is a true OEG otaku, even if he does come across as a little jealous that we get more attention than him. But hey, hate == love right?

Best Comment: Nagisa

In response to round 8, someone calling themselves Nagisa made a comment so derisive of western fans we thought many people would accuse us of writing it ourselves. However the comment wasn’t perfect, so we thought we’d pick up from here. Here’s the comment in it’s original form:

“I think the level of devotion to anime (eroge, manga, etc) in Non-Japanese Fans (NJFs) doesn’t come close to what you have in Japan. In fact, it can’t reach that level since the vast majority of stuff is inaccessible to NJFs due barriers in language, geography, and so forth. NJFs may get obsessed with a certain show, but how obsessed are they? Most NJFs don’t listen to weekly radio show, for example, read articles about the production, go on pilgrimages, attend seiyuu events, or the hundreds of other things related to a franchise. Hell, most NJFs don’t even know the the staff of an anime, beyond the director and some seiyuu.

Lastly, unlike in Japan, NJFs don’t offer anything back–we just leech. I mean, other than some cosplay photos (which is hardly a unique contribution), what creative talent have we really given back? DeviantART and the shit sold in artists alley doesn’t count. Where is our version of Comiket?

To a large extent, non-Japanese fans are just leechers, downloading shit off the internet made by others without even giving money back. Why spend the time, money, and effort to acquire a rare doujinshi (let alone draw one), for example, when you can just download it? .”Hardcore” figure collectors can take professional-looking photos, but when is the last time someone sculpted one? When Danny Choo uses his artistic bloodline to actually make something, maybe then he’ll have some street cred. I mean, really, how can you call any NJF otaku when people bitch about $30 being too expensive for a DVD set of their supposedly favorite show? That’s some devotion there. Your love for anime is about as large as the price for a meal for two at Dennys.

But you know what, I don’t think not being otaku is a bad thing or really something anyone should aspire to be (I certainly don’t want to be one). Just like what you like. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with being a casual fan. But even casual fans shouldn’t be parasites.”

We agree particularly with the leeching. Everyone will leech at somepoint, that’s to be expected. P2P networks are worldwide and no country is 100% innocent. It is irritating however that so called ‘otaku’ aren’t even prepared to pay for the goods they should cherish so much. There are many stores shipping abroad, there are middleman services for those that don’t. You’ve got no excuse really.

But with that said, we don’t agree that only Japanese can be true otaku. Wherever you are, you can only do your best, and we are sure there are those out there who do exactly that. But leeching and refusing to buy because of cost, can you call that doing your best? No. Step it up.

This is where we attack Danny Choo again; he made it perfectly clear in one of his posts that he illegally downloads the anime he watches. This is the face of the apparently biggest otaku on the blogosphere? You can make your own decisions on that one.

The wednesday awards were tough, with nothing quite happening except a lot of episode previews, we couldn’t find anything worthwhile. So we decided we’d remind you what the OEG is all about.

Remember what the OEG is about.

If you’ve been following us this long or seen our posts, you might have noticed the distinct correlation between how strongly we react depending on how stupid the person is or how much they misuse ‘otaku’. Basically, you act like a moron, we’re gonna bring the pain. But remember, the moment you start feeling depressed or angry about what we’ve said is the moment something went wrong.

We’re not here to make you angry or to make you depressed, you could probably do that on your own just by thinking of the ills of the world. We react strongly because it’s the only way to get it into your head that you’re doing something wrong. Ultimately we’re asking for co-operation, not conformity like many other bloggers out there.

Take a look at the situation. We’re not trolls or weirdos, we’re otaku and we care about both the heritage and the future of our great culture. The moment we bring you down for misusing “otaku” is the moment you should stop, look around and think about things before launching a counter attack about the semantics of the word. We like questions because it means we can answer them. If you sit there, look at your blog and think “Why was I eliminated?” then ask us before you try torching the place, because when you take that approach, you’re gonna get hit back much harder and you won’t like it one bit.

We’re the good guys, the brave crusaders with sometimes questionable means, we’re the anti-heroes, the mercenaries that only fight wars that our within our interest. Fuck the world and skip the foreplay, because we’d all rather be watching Kaidan Restaurant than taking part in the rest of the antics on the internet.

See you soon!

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19 responses to “Micro Wednesday Awards – The First of 2010 + What is the OEG?

  1. Guy

    I happened on my blog-surfer page on WordPress.com 1 minute after this was posted, pure happenstance.

    Hate you? I don’t hate you, for the same reason I don’t hate humans. I also hate you for the reason I do hate humans.

    My point, and how much I speak of you (which was a fair amount, I wouldn’t lie), well. I try to help you, which is probably quite arrogant of me. I try to hammer at your points until the dross drops, I hammer at your points, so the crap that stays will be exposed (quis custodiet ipsos custodes and all that). Do I have any one coherent point that I try to advance with all of my posts? No, that’d make me a fanatic, and a bore (which you claimed me to be anyway, which I hardly take to heart), but rather I make many points, about numerous points.
    You are free to make use of these points, or ask me for clarifications.
    I do like arguing, but I don’t really argue for the sake of arguing, I play Devil’s Advocate because I think it helps those I speak with to iron out their thoughts. This is a service I render, pro bono publico.

    As for how much I talked of you, well, you must remember that Twitter is not the place to have a discussion when one is as verbose as I am, and when people reply, I feel the need to reply right back at them.

    Besides, this is, even if not a publicity stunt, something that relies on goodwill and publicity. The OEG are nothing if they are not read, and commenting here, well. I’ll let you connect the dots.

  2. I can’t really blame people for being scared of their info being spread all over the net. Personally I’m ok with it. I don’t mention my real name or much else about myself on Jinx! but as per FICORA’s regulations on .fi-domain, I have registered my domain with my social security number and my name cannot be hidden from public whois lookup. It used to even give my billing address.

    Anybody can find out my real name, my approximate location, a whole bunch of personal information and pictures with a simple google search. Throw in a few clever queries to Finnish number services and you got my cellphone number, street address and car license plate number. It’s how the internet works and I’m cool with that.

  3. I think I am a fan of Nagisa now.

  4. Come to think of it…
    Akiba’s pressure under big companies is part of a long history of commercial/media pressure fashioning and dictating what’s hip and fashionable. Ikea was clearly one of these. Ikea and zombies go hand-in-hand. There’s been a lot of criticism on this combination. I think I’ve linked before about a criticism of both Old Navy and Ikea before. A lot of parallelisms.

    Speaking of Danny Choo, or rather, dannychoo (as in the PR machinery), it’s just that he’s managed to have very well-implemented social media tools to build up that PR machine. Of course, grow big enough and the old media dinosaurs take notice of you.

    Hint,hint. Konata in the tv series is mainly shown to be buying off the big companies, namely Brocolli and Animate. I wonder how many people got hit by that subliminal messaging.

    To clarify the previous comment…
    1. There’s no real point in trying so hard to please mainstream folks. In Danny’s case, it’s all business to him, so you can say it’s a well-crafted mask.

    2. Singaporean bloggers have created their own money trap that threatens to suck in the rest of the English-speaking crowd.

    3. A lot of people want to have something about them validated. It is just that Singaporean bloggers have decided that going big, and commercial is the answer. So they go big, with stuff like AFA and inviting Danny again and again. It’s an illusion of “being accepted by the mainstream” .

    4. The idea of being accepted by the mainstream is crazy. As long as people see things being more socially acceptable, some being more status symbols than others, there’s bound to be some sort of pecking order. Of course, having money, and lots of hit sends up further up quickly.

  5. Much more powerful interests than Danny Choo, or even Animate and Gamers, have been trying to sanitize Akihabara for years, with little success.

    Heck, wasn’t that part of the idea behind the Tsukuba Express and the Yodobashi Camera megastore. Both opened five years ago. Have things really changed for the worse since then? The smaller specialty shops, the Tachibanas, the Messe Sanohs, are still there.

    Similarly, even though many suggested Akiba was over after the 2008 killings, Comic Zin opened a mere eight months afterwards.

    So yeah, while Danny Choo is certainly capable of giving a skewed image of otaku to his gaijin followers, I wouldn’t give him so much credit as to believe he can single-handedly turn Akiba into another Shibuya. Not until they build an AKIBA 109 on Chuou Doori selling hip fashion articles alongside stormtrooper outfits.

    • Do they just see the place as prime real-estate for businesses to set up shop on?

      • No, they do realize it’s more than that. Akihabara is notorious nationally and internationally. Various interests have been trying to leverage that popularity to create some sort of IT/entertainment hub to showcase Japan’s soft power while driving away the less savory aspect of the otaku presence (anime is fine, hardcore eroge and U-12 idols not so).

  6. Nagisa hits the point quite accurately. NJFs do leech from time to time (or all the time?). The problem is that in my town, a DVD set or other goods are simply out of reach. No one sells it and no one seems to care but me, of course :(

    • As for the problems with artist alley crap, it feels that big companies are content to keep fans down the way they are.

    • thenightsshadow

      Always remember; distance and money is no object for dedication.

      • Orcinus

        It’s not consumption I’m talking about. It’s production and distribution, as well as licensing to do certain fanworks. NA models are different such that people clamp down on stuff more, etc etc.

  7. Don’t get it wrong – when I said you shouldn’t fuck wiht people personally, I didn’t mean like Meimi. What you did to Meimi was fine. You made it sound like you were going to do REAL damage to people, though, 4chan style. I guess I was just taking your metaphors too seriously, though?

  8. Poro

    3 words: I am Pirate

  9. Valence

    Well if you ask me what Nagisa said was right. I mean, if you watch anime because you love it, who cares what you’re called? You don’t have to be labelled an “otaku” to love anime. So I don’t understand why people bother so much. A blog to show your passion for anime? Then just talk about anime, don’t bother trying to show your “Otaku-ness” etc. Sigh.

  10. Pingback: Thoughts on the Anime Blogosphere and the ‘Otaku’ Elimination Game | Jinx!

  11. bella

    “…your ‘otakuness’ was never waining because it never existed in the first place.”

    I’m sorry, but what the fuck are you even trying to say here? “Waining”? Geez, for people who are super-anal about word usage, it’d be nice if you bought a fucking spellchecker.

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