So we’re at our next round, and we’ve got a nice lineup for you today. However we can only apologise for how much the next few rounds will no doubt drag slowly past. We want to get onto phase 2 desperately but we want to go through with phase 1 100% first. Let’s answer some comments.
We saw the conversation/debate/whatever between mt-i and some others. It’s nice to see some real knowledge and insight being passed around. Let’s take some quotes and expand on them and so on. Anyone reading who doesn’t know anything, absorb it all in. This is the more truthful side of Akiba that most people don’t see.
“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).”
In addition to this, the otaku market is extremely hard to sell products to, many otaku are very picky about what they do and don’t like (Which is where the majority of singaporians fall flat) and it’s difficult to reach a widespread interest. If you remember the real “idol burst” in around 2005/2006 especially with AKB48, it was almost as if the businesses could only bring things to akihabara and not pry the otaku away because it was basically a heaven nobody wanted to leave.
Around that time was also the Densha Otoko (Train Man) movie adaption. In addition to the drama, Akiba was getting a lot of recognition for it’s otaku side. Basically, all eyes were on Akihabara. Of course from there it was just a matter of time before these references started popping up in manga and anime.
Either way it doesn’t really matter to us because in the end “every dog has it’s day”. Shibuya had it in the 90s and so on. It was going to end soon.
But that’s history. We’ll come to the present.
“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.”
We don’t think he’ll turn it into another Shibuya; there can be only one. But you can blame Danny Choo however for his misrepresentation of Akihabara. It’s become “the place to be seen for geeks”.
For example, Akihabara seems to be catering a lot more to foreign interest. This isn’t an entirely bad thing because Akihabara has always been a place people visit just to see it. However, this foreign interest is extremely one sided. The formula is like this:
- Danny Choo heavily pushes already-large companies such as Good Smile Company, Cospa and online retailer amiami.com
- These companies begin to open their doors to international interest (english language versions of webpages and so on).
- These companies heavily dominate the international market, leaving little room for other companies.
- The outside interest in otaku increases, with people beginning to take trips to Akihabara from all over the world to buy from Gamers, Animate, Brocolli and so on because they saw it on Lucky Star or some other anime.
- These companies also grow extremely large, inadvertantly they expand and need extra real estate.
- Smaller shops can’t compete with the larger shops, they close down.
All while this was happening, there were real otaku out there losing places to get their exclusive goods. The good shops close, the small ones, the local businesses you could trust.
Why do we hate the word ‘otaku’ being misused? Because Danny Choo made that word cross borders, and now it’s becoming a marketing ploy. You put “otaku” on your shop, more people will buy your goods.
That word meant something to us, now it’s being used as a cheap hook to earn more cash for those who don’t deserve it. Our pride is being used to hammer us into conformity and weak consumerism. Yes otaku was all about buying those goods, but it was about buying those goods you wanted. Not having to choose out of a limited selection of products what to spend your money on.
Where do you come in? You’re the bloggers that are listening. There are many of you, many more than we anticipated, and as long as you’re otaku or at least even a fan, don’t buy from these cash cows. Come to Akihabara and wonder around. Find a shop that doesn’t have a flashy website and a third rate blogger from abroad trying to promote the fuck out of it.
Let them know the strength of the international otaku, let them know that otaku will be otaku and otaku will buy from the places not matter, not the places with the best marketing campaign. Fuck the ‘Otaku’ revolution. This shit has been ours since day one.
What do we think of legal streaming services? No problem with them really. If you brought every single DVD of every anime you’re watch then not only would it certainly cost a lot of money, it would also mean you’re behind everyone else in terms of story progress. There’s no problem with fansubs and so on. But the fact is, if you like the anime enough, of course you’d want the actual product. So buy it. Same applies to anything.
We don’t know the details of whether or not it helps, but we are aware that fansubs are basically illegal. Look at it this way, the more you support these official streaming sites the better chance there is that they’ll show more anime at a higher quality and so on, which puts you in less legal danger. Either way, it’s your choice and we don’t care how you watch it, just watch it. And if you like it, buy it. The moment you measure your anime collection in MB/GB/TB is the moment something went wrong.
As for “waining” ? It was Meimi’s word, not ours.
Wow! We spent a long time talking. On with the show. We decided we’d treat you with 4 well-recognised bloggers today, separating the good from the bad. We’re pulling teeth here and the blogosphere just got a root canal.
Lost his wisdom teeth: otakudan gets named and shamed
Sinking canines into neck: We go for the jugular with Hau~ Omochikaeri~!
Don’t run with incisors: DigitalBoy walks on the edge with his dangerous use of the word ‘otaku’
Deep Molar Inspection: We try to work out why NovaJinx was on our list in the first place
So let’s go!
Now, we’ve seen some really stupid people. Otakudan is really no exception to this. Now wait a moment, you may think we’re going to say “He’s so stupid he doesn’t understand otaku. ELIMINATED!” but no, it extends way beyond that.
Otakudan commented on the OEG. So he knows what the OEG is about, he understands it, he understands what we preach. But no, he messed up. Look at this:
“do my blog next, remember to make fun of the ads and that I’m lazy.”
Dan seemed to have completely overlooked the fact that we would of course be eliminating him on his use of ‘otaku’. How egotistically stupid can a single person be?
Dan. You are here. You are in the OEG blog. Now tell us, why do you call yourself otaku? We demand an answer. Do you think it’s a title you deserve? Did you not know the origins of the word? If so then why use a word you don’t understand?
Dan’s blog is terrible. We have a favour to ask you Dan. Seeing as you know the writer of that ridiculous “otaku encyclopedia” ask him what the fuck he was thinking when he wrote it. We saw previews of that book on dannychoo.com and it was both incorrect and ridiculously pretentious. How dumb is this book? Well Danny Choo has an entry. Why is a man who has nothing to do with otaku featured? Oh and he wrote a comment on the inside sleeve:
“You can’t possibly be called an ‘Otaku’ without this book. I speant hours trying to think up words they might have forgotten to include – only to find them all well documented”
We can think of many we’re almost certain wouldn’t be documented, but seeing as we didn’t want to waste our money on fiction, we haven’t read it. If anyone has got it, we’d like to request a list of everything in there. Followed by you burning it in a fire. We’re guessing the “moe” definition is skewed too, because nobody ever seems to get that right, despite the overuse.
Given our overall message and the general point of this project, to have a name like ‘otakudan’ is pretty fucking pretentious if we say so ourselves. In fact, everything about his blog is pretentious. Otakudan has his own logo-come-mascot which he uses as a callsign to promote his blog. Sorry dan, but glasses, ears and a devil tail just doesn’t cut it. Maybe you should use something a bit more fitting like a huge penis.
Ever since Danny Choo posted his own writeup on his blog, others have imitated him. Dan also jumped on this bandwagon and gave himself the third person description of his own accomplishments. This works when you actually have done something meaningful with your life, but for everyone else, it’s just lame. You can also use some of his especially created banners if you’re desperate enough to want to link to his site.
When it comes down to it, Dan’s blog is just another generic Photos, Figures, Anime etc. blog he shows his boring room full of figmas, english translated anime DVDs and pictures of the same characters we see everywhere. Snore. You can also buy things from his amazon store such as DVDs and figures, but that would just be encouraging him.
Otakudan’s blog is terrible, the writing sounds like he’s thoroughly depressed, the layout is dark and hideous, when he isn’t blogging he’s sucking on Danny Choo’s ballsack. He’s not an otaku by any stretch of the imagination, and neither is his encyclopedia writing friend, nobody cares about Dragon Ball anymore, and for someone who gives tours around Akihabara, you sure are ignorant. If we had you on the list, we’d eliminate you too, but looking at your blog, it’s incredibly dull and would only bore our readers.
Otakudan by Otaku Dan – ELIMINATED
Next up we have someone with a clue. Dan don’t jump to those comments just yet, you might just learn something.
Micchi runs a blog named ‘Hau Omochikaeri’ which specialises in providing eroge news and reviews to his english speaking peers in a frenzy of romanised japanese and cheerful emoticons.
Sometimes you can’t help but respect a guy for the way he goes about his shit, and in this case the guy is Micchi. He runs a one-man show keeping his blog off the ground while his unhelpful co-authors Zen and nemuiwanko clutter up the place. Once you get over the constant whoring of Da Capo and the Nendoroid posts, Hau Omochikaeri isn’t a bad place at all, and despite being from Canada, Micchi knows his shit. Unfortunately he has the Danny Choo feed on the front page, but it’s right down the bottom, Hah! We can overlook that.
In all seriousness, Micchi is proof that you can be affiliated with Danny Choo and not be a complete retard, which draws us to a very interesting point. If we see a user affiliated with Danny Choo, we try and find their Danny Choo account to get an idea of what kind of a person they’re like outside of their blog, where we stumbled upon this gem:
Basically, it was a post about 2D dating. This was a real eyeopener to us because we saw so many people who call themselves ‘otaku’ recoil and heavily criticize the true otaku. Whether you like it or not, this is real otaku. There is no “gone too far”.
Micchi in Toronto (Registered on 2008/09/18)
“Staying true to the original connotations of otaku in the Japanese realm, I don’t consider myself to be one. I just like anime, manga, eroge and 2D characters, but I won’t go overboard like this. It just seems really really sad. I will make passing remarks about my favourite characters’ birthdays, but that’s the extent of it.”
Give the man a medal and put him in charge. While we can’t agree about how ‘Sad’ it is, Micchi has fundamentally summed up exactly what needed to be said by anyone who isn’t willing to fully commit themselves. Give yourself a pat on the back Micchi, there’s no way we can fail you with a comment like that. Excellent. He also uses 15 different passwords, not bad! Yet unfortunately claims not to understand TCP/IP. Don’t worry, Cyberchaos doesn’t either, and he works in the industry.
2D dating seems to be a tough pill to swallow for people who thought of themselves as dedicated fans, disregarding it as “sad” or “too obsessive”. Every real otaku has at least thought about it, even if they went on to stalk seiyuu or follow idols around the country. It’s not a pre-requisite, but if you found yourself hovering over that box ready to tick it, you can consider yourself at least partially otaku.
Hau~ Omochikaeri~! by Micchi – APPROVED
If you’ve been following our comments at all, you’ll know of Fuzakenna, or more importantly, you’ll know of 21stCenturyDigitalBoy or “DigitalBoy” for short.
OEG has been a rocky ride of drama, laughs and suprises, and we really got some of them from DigitalBoy.
He first came to our attention by falling into our spam filter by pasting his URL into our comments too many times, and proceeded to ask us why he, the self-proclaimed biggest otaku of all time did not end up on our list. We of course were expecting somewhere either pretty fucking impressive (Unlikely) or something totally retarded (Much more likely). Needless to say, we came across the latter.
We’ll tell you it how it is, DigitalBoy; we saw your blog, we saw your face on it and we wanted to punch our monitors or start figuring out if PoIP (Punch over IP) was really possible with the latest in haptic technologies.
Then it struck us, of course it was all a troll attempt. There was no way we could honestly take him seriously. And the sheer overkill of the word (comparable to Danny Choo) was nothing more than an attempt to fly up our collective noses and generally be an annoyance. We toyed with you for a while; we said you ‘weren’t worthy’ just for a laugh really because we knew you wouldn’t take kindly to it and it would be ironically funny to miss the most stereotypical example of what we despise.
Then it all came crashing down.
One comment in particular struck us deep.
“I approve of the OEG as well, but I actually wish they’d be less angry and more codial just so that their point would really sell home. I’ve been fighting the good fight to nail out a proper use of the term ‘otaku‘ for a while now, and I’d love for people to start ‘doin’ it right’ but no one is going to listen to you if you be a troll about it. Oh well.”
Then came more
“I’m just pissed that I’m not on their list. With all the posts I’ve done in trying to better the use of the word ‘otaku’ in western fanbase, you’d think I’d be right there. ‘Not notable enough’ my fucking ass.”
The more we looked at the situation, the more we found something more interesting to take away from it: It seemed that all this time digitalboy was essentially fighting a similar battle about the word ‘Otaku’, and even more interestingly, the more time we spent on his blog, the more we realised that comparitively, he fits the true meaning pretty damn well.
DigitalBoy, surprisingly you have a dose of potential within you. Do not ruin it, do not walk down the Danny Choo road. Some people say ‘Merchandise makes the fan’ and to an extent that’s true, however many people seem to confuse this with ‘Figures make the fan’ which is absolutely incorrect. We all love figures, but for western fans it seems to be a slippery slope, when eventually they end up buying characters they don’t even know or have any real inclination to find out, and there is no way that can be considered otaku.
Don’t think you’re losing face here digitalboy, believe us when we say you are soaring above everyone else who claims to be otaku. The scene needs more people like you who actually give more of a fuck about the anime and less about the social scene surrounding it. Oh and we noticed you enjoy cosplaying; don’t buy into the fallacy that otaku do not cosplay. Sure most choose not to, but there are still those that do, it’s personality dependant and anyone who says otherwise needs to stop drawing examples from Genshiken and Welcome to the NHK and using them as fact.
You can praise/blame DigitalBoy for the fact that there is a phase 2 at all. There were times we thought “There really aren’t any true otaku overseas” but we were wrong, and of course; we’ll see you then.
Fuzakenna by 21stCenturyDigitalBoy – APPROVED
As digitalboy quite rightly said: you don’t have to be otaku to not be eliminated from phase 1. And with that in mind, let’s move on.
It goes without saying that NovaJinx isn’t the most suitable of people to be featured on the OEG, but we seemed to have piqued enough interest of his for him to write a number of posts about us. We try our best to answer these (as we did in this edition) but we’re always open to interview sessions.
NovaJinx claims not to be an otaku, and that’s fine with us. You don’t have to be playing eroge every moment of your life, or listen to drama CDs on the train constantly (but it helps). We don’t consider you as otaku, so you probably won’t last through phase 2, but we can’t help but appreciate your effort at not soiling the word by using it incorrectly, and we thank you for that.
Ironically, NovaJinx blogs much more skillfully and interestingly than the fake ‘otaku’.
Jinx by NovaJinx – APPROVED
What a week! We are really impressed by the people we featured this week. It’s nice to have a phase where (almost) everything is OK and all seems right with the world! What a cheerful note to end this round on! See you next time!