Round 12 – We Are Genocide

Welcome back! Sorry we couldn’t give you a round last week, it was the WonFes weekend and we were busy. We thought we’d actually mentioned this but apparently not. We’re also a little late because of the size of this post, we don’t have all week to work on these so it takes us time. Either way, it doesn’t matter because this week we’re going all the way, this week we exorcise all the demons on our list, all the demons but one.

If you’ve been waiting for us to feature you for all this time and your name doesn’t end in ‘Choo’ then tonight is the night. We are genocide, and this is our stage 7.

Yamada

Lightningsabre

Koji

ClearTranquil

Seinime

Reikon

Accany

Eternal

Cyberchaos

Snark

zzeroparticle

Onii-chan

Scott Von Schilling

ghostlightning

blur

drmchsro

GundamJehutyKai

bluemist

7

Since the last round, we haven’t kept up to date with the blogosphere, everything has gone quiet so we’re going to blow a crater in it. But before we do, let’s keep you up to date with something reasonably amusing. Much to our surprise, we don’t actually get too many emails, we thought we’d get a lot of hatemail but it seems people reserve that for the comments. One day however, we recieved a letter from “David Nakamura” a reporter for The Washington Post asking us to answer some questions, we actually did some background checks and it seems that this guy really is “David Nakamura”. That or he’s suffering from a severe identity crisis. Take a peek at the spools, OEG is in red, Nakamura in blue

Hello,

I’m a reporter for The Washington Post working on a profile of Danny Choo and I found your Web site and Otaku Elimination Game. I would like to interview you about the site (how and why it started, etc…) and about your feelings on Danny Choo. To be fair to everyone, I would most likely have to identify you in the piece if I were to quote you.

Please let me know if you would be willing to discuss the site and Danny. I am currently based in Tokyo and can be reached at this email or at my office at 03.6741.0005.

Sincerely,
David Nakamura

Remember, David Nakamura is happy to give his office phone number out to strangers, so we’re sure he’d like to hear from you too.

Your offer is interesting, but firstly we’d like a few questions answered, it would be great if you could follow them up.

Do you have a street address for this office?
How would you like to conduct this interview? Email?
How much identification do you need?
What is the purpose in the profile you are writing?

If any of these could be answered, we may further inquire.

LIES! The offer was only interesting because we thought someone was trying to mess around with us, turns out that it wasn’t very interesting.

Hi there —

I am based for the year at the Keidanren Kaikan building in Otemachi at 1-3-2 Otemachi Chiyoda-ku. I have no particular affiliation with the Keidanren; rather, my fellowship from the Council on Foreign Relations and Hitachi put me with a host company that provides a desk and phone.

I would be happy to meet you in person, talk on the phone or do by email.

The reason we would need to identify you is that to be fair to Danny Choo, we would have to identify anyone who might be critical of him, his blog, etc…

The profile is interesting because Danny has a large, committed following and his site sort of stands in the nexus of the changes affecting the (forgive me for loosely generalizing here) broader “otaku industry.” In fact, this angle sort of touches on some of the ideas your OEG site has brought up.

Let me know what you think. I am trying to finish by mid-February.

Thanks,
Dave Nakamura

There was no way we were going to wander into his office, we just wanted some more info. There was also no good reason why we should be identified and we didn’t bite.

In terms of identification, we can’t give you real names. Some kind of alias or fake name is our limit. As with anyone, we’re happy to answer questions via email. whether or not you choose to use them is another matter and it’s entirely up to you. We pride ourselves upon being anonymous, we don’t hide behind it. It’s more of a collaberation of thoughts and ideas from the underground than a simple lynch mob.

It’s true, we’re not a lynch mob, more of a hit squad.

Well, policy-wise, we can’t use fake names. Perhaps you could answer these few questions. I might not be able to quote directly from your responses with no name attached, but it would help me understand your perspective as I go about the rest of my reporting.

1. I have read your blog and its “about” page. On that page, you mention Danny Choo by name. What is your beef with him in particular?

2. Do you think Choo is hurting the traditional otaku scene with his popularity and self-promotion? If so, how so?

3. Do you think Choo could/should be classified as an “otaku” himself or is he more of a businessman/capitalist/

celebrity masquerading as an otaku?

4. Depending on your answer to the above questions, I wonder how you would respond to those who might say you and others who criticize Choo saying you are merely envious or jealous of his following/success?

5. You mention the Western or American otaku scene. I assume you are based in the States?

Thanks,
Dave

Policy wise, he can’t use fake names, but if we gave him fake names he’d be none-the-wiser. What kind of retarded policy is that? Did he think we’d send drivers licenses? Company cards? Dave, you read our about page and assumed the rest, even our readers have the good grace to read everything we say, surely as a reporter you should at least do the same…

1. Originally, we had a beef with Danny Choo calling himself ‘otaku’ when it was plain to see he was not otaku at all. This annoyed us because he was the most famous example, and was giving the OK to his followers to use that word in the wrong context. As someone living in Japan, he should know better and that angered us. We continued the game, and we noticed that particularly in the western anime scene that the use of ‘otaku’ was more than just a wrongly applied label, and the things that annoyed us kept coming back to him.

When we started the game, we knew we were to going to feature him but we thought we’d give him the benefit of the doubt in our post. Now, we’ve progressed and we’ve seen the knock on effect he’s had, and it made us more angry and showed us that he’s responsible for a lot more than we had originally thought. It’s sad, we didn’t want it to turn out this way but we refuse to stand back as if it isn’t happening.

2. Yes. We don’t want to seem like we are trying to cling on to the traditional otaku scene, but on the same token we’re not prepared to let it be destroyed either. Somebody on another blog made a very good analogy when they said:

“The most basic problem (among many others) with Hard Gay as an (even tongue-in-cheek) gay archetype is that, well, he’s not gay. I’m not an avid Danny Choo follower, but he seems to have at least the same basic problem as far as being an otaku archetype. I understand why he would be so grating to the OEG guys.”

As we’ll come to explain, Danny Choo uses ‘otaku’ as a gimmick, he’s not otaku at all. This is encouraging hundreds of bloggers to think the same way, and it seems to turn the scene into something that it isn’t. We explained in a post previously that Danny Choo is very selective of the merchandise and companies he features on his blog, and the international interest for those companies is inevitably causing them to expand. Unfortunately as a result of this we’re seeing smaller shops in akihabara having to close down under the pressures of the larger ones, just for the sake of having the room to display a few more figures which were mass produced as quickly as possible and rushed off the production line. Any creativity or care has been stifled under the overwhelming demand for more.

3. No, he should never be considered otaku. We researched Danny a lot, and as you may know as a child he was a big fan of Australian celebrity Kylie Minogue. There is (or there was, if it’s been removed) a picture of his room from when he was a fan of her, and there is no doubt in our mind that he was a Kylie otaku, had he known of the word then. We seem him now, and his anime interests, do not even come close to the interest he had in Kylie.

Danny Choo uses his ‘otaku’ image as not just a gimmick but also a cheap hook to make people buy the products he wants them to buy, and many many shops have followed suit. He’s not otaku, he can’t tell you much (if anything) about the anime/manga/eroge of which the figures he promotes are from. He doesn’t watch anime, he doesn’t even buy his figures, they’re just handouts. He’s cheap and far from otaku. We’re sure there’s an interest in anime present in Danny Choo, but it’s minimal.

Simply stated, Danny Choo has not earned the right to call himself otaku, he is a casual fan at best. The word otaku is still frowned upon, and we don’t have a problem with that. It’s a badge of honour you earn from being a truely dedicated fan with lots of passion, not something you can apply to yourself just because you have business links with figure manufacturers and shops.

We could go on forever about this point.

4. People that claim we’re jealous are those that simply don’t have a relevant response to us and are generally looking for a fast way to get the last word. This kind of behaviour is also provocative, passive-aggressive and childish, so we never expect much intelligence from people who say such things.

We’re considered infamous, if we wanted fame we would stop writing and start trying to reach that level. But we don’t; another reason we don’t give our names out. Success is different among people, Danny’s idea of success might be monopolising Akihabara, whereas ours is getting a figurine or doujinshi we queued for days to obtain. That’s another reason why Danny Choo will never be otaku, he cares more about seeing his name in lights than he does about his hobby.

5. No. We’re a handful of people from all across the world, predominantly Japanese, with a few ex-patriates in Japan handling translation & writing and some members from USA, Singapore and the UK doing research because of the large divide in culture and the fact that internet jokes can be difficult to understand without a full insight into the context of their use.

We never got a reply, but it doesn’t matter. It wasn’t a very interesting conversation and there’s nothing we haven’t told you already but we felt we’d share any brushings with the press we had with you all just so that it’s all out in the open. Remember, the message is always more important that the person it comes from, so there’s no reason why David Nakamura should care more about us than he does for you. Give him a call, visit his office or email him at davidnakamura2009@gmail.com and let him know what you think of Danny Choo. On with the game.

Bruneian Otaku no Sekai

Anyone who knows Yamada will be taking a sharp inhale through their teeth right now, why? Because Yamada is disabled (Possibly). We think it was something to do with his eyes but we honestly can’t remember and refuse to go back to figure.fm to check. This of course set us up for a number of jokes depending on how awful his blog was appearance-wise. Unfortunately, it’s incredibly standard. In fact we’ve seen much worse from people who don’t have a disability excuse. It really must put things into perspective when your design skills are worse than a guy who requires medical attention for his eyesite alone. Shame on you.

Unfortunately Yamada, we can’t pass you. You’re not otaku but at least you don’t seem so full of yourself and your ideals that you can’t learn from your mistakes.

Bruneian Otaku no Sekai by Yamada – ELIMINATED

Lightningsabre

It’s the same deal as above really, only with less excuses and more unfunny stories (See: Alafista) Lightningsabre also didn’t pass, he can’t understand what ‘otaku’ means, and his yonkoma is horrible. It’s been going a year now, and nobody has stopped him. ‘sabre also has another blog; “The Melancholy of  Saber Lily” no, we didn’t want to touch it either.

Get out, stop your stupid comic, learn how to make a banner without JPEG artefacts, stop misusing otaku and then come back.

Lightningsabre by Lightningsabre – ELIMINATED

Akiba-ch

Hah! This was a laugh, Akiba-ch is supposed to be a blog-come-professional-website setup by Koji. We remember not being very impressed by it, but when we came back to give it a look over it was down. Unfortunately, we don’t pass people by default, we can only eliminate them, but if you feel you care enough, come back when you can actually maintain a website and we’ll happily go through it for you.

Akiba-ch by Koji – ELIMINATED

Cleartranquil:Blog

We could have a lot to say about Cleartranquil, but unfortunately he hasn’t returned to his blog in months and we can officially declaire it dead. The outcome would have been clear, however. We clicked the big ‘Otaku’ tab and were presented with a lot of cosplay articles and so on. Okay, so if we’re being fair it really wasn’t as bad as a lot of ‘Otaku’ categories we’ve seen on blogs, but it missed the mark somewhat. Either way we’d have to eliminate him for leaving it dead, we did warn about this earlier.

Cleartranquil:Blog by Cleartranquil – ELIMINATED

Ganbatte Forever!

Seinime, poor seinime. First you did a pre-emptive strike and then you got drama from SiRiRu. We can’t help but like Seinime; it’s like he’s gone through so much and even then he manages to retain his sanity and continue writing a good blog. Especially as one who heeded our warnings, we feel bad that we couldn’t give you an elimination worthy of your expectations. But hey, there’s always phase 2.

Ganbatte Forever! by Seinime – APPROVED

Nn..mou..asa?

We’re not sure about you, but the name ‘Reikon’ sounds like one of those awful names that don’t seem to really mean anything (Akin to Alafista). We were however, pleasantly surprised when we found that Reikon was a harmless, modest eroge blogger. We have a few things to say, but they fall more into ‘constructive criticism’ and are better suited for phase two. Sit tight reikon, you passed this one.

Nn..mou…asa? by Reikon – APPROVED

Accany’s VN Dump

Another eroge blogger. Generally we like most of these guys because they make our job much easier, we’ve seen some stupid ones, but the good seems to outweigh the bad in most cases. Accany’s VN Dump seems a bit empty, and we’re pretty sure that the “Wakoopa” widget on the right is the most retarded waste of space we’ve seen in a long time, but either way we can’t fail this place.

Accany’s VN Dump by Accany – APPROVED

Memories of Eternity

After a long run of reds we’re seeing the green. Memories of Eternity (MoE) did mention us at one point in a positive (we think) light. Another laid back blogger, making our job super easy once again.

Memories of Eternity by Eternal – APPROVED

Blue Gravy

Stop. Stop right there. If you saw the title of the blog and thought “No idea who this is, skip” let us tell you. Do you know Cyberchaos? He’s the guy on DC.com with the black and white L avatar. That’s right, him. He comments on virtually everything that Danny has to say with his self-depricating bullshit over and over again. His blog is ridiculous and full of “Poor me” posts along with mindless drivel about his car. Aside from misusing otaku too many times to count on various comments, we also eliminate Cyberchaos on the grounds of being the least interesting person on the fucking planet.

Blue Gravy by Cyberchaos – ELIMINATED

Taikutsu Remedy

Taikutsu Remedy is a blog from Snark. Snark. Snark…that name sounds familiar but we can’t place it. Either way, an easy pass here really. Comics that are at least partway amusing (even if they do revolve around pedophiles most of the time) thank god there are no fucking nendoroids.

Taikutsu Rememdy by Snark – APPROVED

Anime Instrumentality Blog

zzeroparticle…another name that we feel we should remember from somewhere but can’t remember if it was in a good or a bad way. This is what happens when you take a week out from blogging, everyone forgets, things have to be learned over again and again.

All in all, no misuse seen, maybe we could pick some holes, but we won’t go into that until phase 2.

Anime Instrumentality Blog by zzeroparticle – APPROVED

Onii-chanのH!

How can we hate this place?! If we had the Wednesday awards still going, we would have had to feature this place for it’s sheer confidence regarding any “questionable” content. Images and videos that we can only describe as a lolicon’s dream are strewn across the front page with no shame. We can’t help but take a step back and admire the head-on approach ‘Onii-chan’ took with this blog. Enough NSFW material to make Sankaku Complex look tame, and with none of the bullshit sensationalism either, a real winner.

Onii-chanのH! by Onii-chan – APPROVED

The Anime Almanac

Almost a shame really, a fairly standard blog ruined by the tagline ‘An in depth look into American otaku culture.’ Sorry but what we’ve seen of it so far is just a lot of pirating, leeching, fashion labelling and more pleasure from blogging than actually watching anime. Maybe if you concentrated on those areas your tagline might be a bit closer to the truth. Gone.

The Anime Almanac by Scott Von Schilling – ELIMINATED

We Remember Love

Ghostlightning must be a popular guy because his blog doesn’t really seem to contain anything worth reading you couldn’t find elsewhere. We weren’t really taken by it, yet despite some edgy use of ‘otaku’ we were kind and decided we’d let you pass. After all, we’re gonna need some cannonfodder come phase 2.

We Remember Love by Ghostlightning – APPROVED

NaNeee?!

We left this round late, after dragging our feet about rating blogs we didn’t want to rate, a post by blur came to our attention and we perked up immediately. Yes, anyone who has been to NaNeee?! lately will know what’s coming. As of late, Danny Choo’s antics have left us so angry that we refuse to even visit that shithole of a ‘blog’. ..And then we heard about otacool 2.

Otacool 1 sucked, we told you that. There was nothing there you couldn’t find on figure.fm, in fact at least figure.fm updates. Otacool 1 was just an excuse for Danny to kill some trees and earn some cash. We thought Otacool 2 would just be a load of bullshit too but we found something more juicy. Because blur can explain it better than we can:

http://naneee.wordpress.com/2010/02/14/otacool-2-copyrights-issue/

In short, Danny isn’t a cosplayer and should get the fuck off the book. Also Danny and Kotobukiya are going to help themselves to what they like and fuck the people who deserve credit anywhere down the line. We hate to say “Told you so” but this is where things get taken too far. We’ll let the rest kick off on it’s own.

We can’t fail blur for a post like that. Fight the power.

NaNeee?! by blur – APPROVED

orz

drmchsr0 is an active reader of the OEG, and we never really had much of a problem with him until his latest retarded antics. He said that we lied about the sales of ‘Otacool’. Now, given the context of how this was written, we couldn’t draw a conclusion as to whether or not he was serious or being sarcastic, but either way you’re losing points here.

We were there, the stall was a stone’s throw from Akihabara station right outside the (relatively)new Kotobukiya store, we can’t remember what time it was but it wasn’t too early, we saw Danny sitting at a desk with a monitor and a pile of Otacool books with a poor female cosplaying as his mascot. We’re not sure how much was sold at AFA or what the ‘net profits’ were, but if it was enough of a hit in Akihabara like Danny makes out, we would have heard much more of it than we did. We didn’t.

Either way, we can’t fail you for a simple argument, you do seem to have your head screwed on the right way.

orz by drmchsr0 – APPROVED

Through the Looking Glass

A difficult one for us, this. gundamjehutykai really does throw ‘Otaku’ around, and that annoys us. However, his creativity and passion for plamos is something we haven’t seen much if at all so far, especially this far into the game. We have a hard decision on our hands, so this time it’s up to you. For once, we’re throwing a question to the crowds. So remember, give reasons why we should or shouldn’t approve or eliminate gundamjehutykai. We’ll vote on the best reason, not the number of reasons. It’s in your hands, you’ve got until friday morning! (2010/02/19). We’ll update the post when we’ve decided, so keep watching!

Through the Looking Glass by gundamjehutykai – VOTE NOW!

Bluemist Anime Blog

Let’s make this short and sweet, a dull blog but it doesn’t piss us off or misuse ‘otaku’ enough to eliminate you.

Bluemist anime Blog by Bluemist – APPROVED

Exce7ion

Okay 7, there’s only one reason you’re here really. Remember when we said something about having ‘Amazing Google Skills’ ? Well we were being sarcastic of course but some blogger took it literally. You replied with “Look at my name, try and get my blog through that” (Or something to that effect). What you failed to realise was that you linked to your blog in that very comment because you filled out the “URL” field.

Oh well, your blog isn’t too bad. Come along with us to phase 2. The more the merrier.

Exce7ion by 7 – APPROVED

And so we have finished phase one, it took us time, effort, patience…but we got there. We are now ready to move on to phase 2, where new frontiers await us, and a much more fun game begins. We…

…Hold on a moment, we’re forgetting someone.

That’s right, the long awaited trial of Danny Choo under the court of the OEG band of REAL OTAKU is coming soon, very soon. Round 13, the boss stage we will finally find out if Danny Choo is an enemy that we can topple, yes. We will say it in stone now: If we cannot eliminate Danny Choo, we will end the game, there will be no phase 2 and the OEG will die. We stand by our words, but who will prevail? What does Danny Choo have up his sleeve? Watch this space and find out soon, the true form of the OEG…

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77 responses to “Round 12 – We Are Genocide

  1. “3. Do you think Choo could/should be classified as an “otaku” himself or is he more of a businessman/capitalist/celebrity masquerading as an otaku?”

    Seems the guy already knows the answer to this anyway but is afraid to say it. If he can’t figure that out just from reading your blog…

    Danny’s latest non-otaku promotion is for Google’s Buzz. While the rest of the world is screaming how badly Google has done with failing to allow users to decide who can see their information and contacts, Danny thinks it’s great! How much did Google pay him to write that?

    “Through the Looking Glass”, what’s with the Lewis Carroll blog name? That plus the anime reviews that just go along with all the popular shows with no real write-up as to what is good or bad makes me say fail. It’s easy to write a couple sentences about a show, yet that lacks anything new or interesting. Plus the lack of breaks between some of the paragraphs is pretty lazy.

    I agree, if the person would stick with the harder to find models it could be something. But the posts feel sloppy and maybe I missed it but maybe also posting how they display their models would be interesting. I did think the tutorial part was interesting and decent. So just for that part I’d say they are okay, but for the rest of the blog, fail.

  2. Yi

    I guess I wasn’t on the list… :(

    • Oh it does seem we missed you. Really sorry about this, but we’re sure you’re fine anyway. Consider yourself in phase 2 but if you don’t see yourself listed drop us an email to remind us.

      • If you do take late entries, don’t mind a blog that is only in its infancy and think that being quoted in your exchange with that WaPo journalist is a reasonable threshold for phase 1 (three big ifs), I’d find it fun to have the privilege of being eliminated later on as well (your comments are always food for thought).

  3. Good to see you guys back in action, I was beginning to worry that you’d call it quits already. Funny how TWP would take interest in such a thing as this, though the reporter didn’t seem to bother actually trying to find out much about his topic. I he had bothered reading through even a couple posts, he could’ve figured out answers to almost all of his questions. Oh well, such is the level of journalism nowadays. Reminds me of a big Finnish tabloid calling Sankaku Complex a Chinese newspaper and even providing a link to the site in the web article. I wonder how many Finnish housewives were spooked shitless by Artefact’s funky lolicon articles and pornographic content all over the front page.
    As for Through the Looking Glass, you can spot feed widgets running Danny Choo and Sankaku Complex. Personally I hate blogs that use a justified paragraph width that stretches the text across the whole damn screen. Plus the header banners don’t look too good. Poor upscales/downscales, screwed aspect ratio, compression artifacts…tsk tsk. Though not as bad as Lightningsabre, which was pretty much as bad as it can get in the post-Geocities-age of ours. Seriously people, even I can make decent header images. That should mean that anyone can. TtLG about page also mentions that the author frequents DC.com and some forums which tend to fall under the same shithive category as AnimeSuki and 95% of any public anime-related discussion forums on the internet ever.
    That all said, the author seems to have gotten into anime back in the time of VHS and if he’s still into it, I can only respect his lasting enthusiasm. I really don’t see him abusing the O-word either, though I only made a quick run-through.
    Bottom line: I don’t like the way the site looks, graphics and layout feel dated, and I can’t say that I like his style of writing either. You can find mentions of DC here and there, plus of course the feed widgets. But he doesn’t abuse the Magic Word and seems to have a good deal of enthusiasm in what he’s doing. Eliminated or passed? Not really sure.

  4. What do you mean about Accany’s VN Dump being ’empty’? It’s pretty content-packed as far as these things go – he’s reviewed probably at least fifty eroges and the reviews aren’t exactly short, even if not all the information is particularly useful (going over stuff like the design of the textbox and the presence of recollection modes seems rather pointless unless there is something specifically unusual about its implementation). A flaw, perhaps, but I certainly wouldn’t say it feels empty.

  5. doriinatrix

    Yay! Another OEG post!

    As for Through the Looking Glass, I’m not really qualified to make any judgments at all, but I think it’s interesting that he’s an overseas fan that puts in the time and effort to acquire these garage kits and actually put them together and paint them. It’s a lot harder than just buying a figure, and I know that there are fans like me who probably would never do that. I enjoyed looking at his tutorials and WIPs.

  6. As far as Anime Almanac, are we looking at the same site. Where does the pirating and leeching charges come from?

    • doriinatrix

      I am confused on this as well. I thought Anime Almanac would be ragged on for shilling (oh ho ho) Funimation products.
      Unless they’re just saying that American otaku culture= leaching and piracy, and not talking about the site at all.

    • They seem to have a very narrow-minded outlook of what American Otaku culture is and that AnimeAlmanac failed to focus on that. A very weak argument because the way it is worded it implies that they are ignorant about the topic and that Scott failed to cater to their ignorance.

      • “American Otaku Culture” from the very start was an oxymoron until we finally saw people such as Digitalboy and so on.

        Learn what ‘otaku’ really means and then come back before you try to sound as if you know something.

  7. Anonymous

    “We explained in a post previously that Danny Choo is very selective of the merchandise and companies he features on his blog, and the international interest for those companies is inevitably causing them to expand. Unfortunately as a result of this we’re seeing smaller shops in akihabara having to close down under the pressures of the larger ones, ”

    Well if this means more merchandises will be available internationally, I’m fine with it. I’m actually sick of the “Japan-limited” thingie, and people who jack-up the price for these “Japan-limited” thingie.

    • Draneor

      The only true “Japan-limited” goods are limited in Japan. If 100 copies of item x is only sold at event y, well, I can’t really expect to be able to order it at my leisure, can I? Otherwise, it’s perfectly possible to import almost anything (and several of us do). Even mail-order stuff can be bought, if you’re willing to go through a deputy. And you can always get lucky on Yahoo Auctions Japan.

      As far as prices go, this stuff is expensive from the start.

  8. Orcinus

    Through the Looking Glass should be moved to round 2. I think he fits the bare minimums, but I’ve seen his fg-site account and it seems the most di thing was that Santa Hoihoi.

    At best, he’s good for filling up names for the next chopping block round.

  9. Heh, I am happy to see the blogs I frequent got the green.

  10. Finally! This saved my entire work day!

    I think we discussed enough through e-mail as I won’t be going to say more, I’d like to proceed with the conversation via mail.

    Anyway, what that Nakamura guy really is up to is still questionable for me, it could be best possible that he has some connections with Danny, but not that you/we’d have to care about this.
    The round itself was long, but a quick read and nice. Good to see that various blogs like Oniichans or drmchsr0 passed, the few times I catched a glimpse on his blog kept amusing me :C

    Anyway, it’d be sad if you can’t eliminate Danny Choo really; I think you have enough reasons to not let him pass and so do many others as well.. for sure. And Otacool 2 kind of stabbed me as well, why should shit like that have to be freely distributed? It’s like leaving an animal alone that has escaped from the laboratory (seriously).

    Raise the weapons, and good luck for the final round.

  11. Yi

    David Nakamura seems to be a real Wash. Post reporter (according to google). I think it’s good for everyone to have more publicity of some legitimate criticisms of the DC.com franchise. I look forward to seeing how this goes.

    The part about anonymity, I somewhat understand. As a journalist, he just can’t quote fake names if he wants his article to be taken seriously, with “real” sources.

    Anyway, my opinions on this round:
    Agreed about that article on Naneee. The bare minimum to any publication and any artwork is give credit. Otacool is not some blog on the internet. Profit will be made from others’ works, and that makes it all the more important to be careful about these things.
    Glad Blur was passed.
    As for lightningsabre, I actually liked his comics. They got a chuckle or two out of me.
    Snark kind of disappeared for a while, but I also like his humor.
    Good to see zzeroparticle go to phase 2.
    Onii-chan’s H….. scared me.

    For Through the Looking Glass, according to Nova Jinx, “he doesn’t abuse the Magic Word and seems to have a good deal of enthusiasm in what he’s doing.”

  12. I can’t tell you how disappointed I am that ‘wah’ is not on the list. He may be an asshole and a bit of a troll, and he may wish he was Japanese and say stupid shit, but I can’t think of many other Americans worthy of the title ‘otaku.’ I want to see ‘wah’ in Round 2. You owe it to the game itself.

  13. As for Through the Looking Glass, I say pass. I have never even heard of a non-Japanese blogger doing garage kits. I’ve always been too afraid to get into it myself (though if I had the money I’m sure I would anyway.)

    On another note, I had a lot of fun reading this post with TATAKAE OTAKING! playing on repeat~

    • There are quite a few non-Japanese bloggers who have worked on garage kits (myself included), many of whom do it very well (myself not included, to be honest).

      I’ve come across Through The Looking Glass before and not only is he nice enough to share tips with those less experienced in garage kits, he has the skill to back it up. I say pass him.

    • anon

      …have you not heard of Shingo?

  14. By the way, OEG, I’d recommend you to follow @AnimeFansSuck on Twitter. Despite that he’s apparently a full-fledge hater, he posts quite interesting stuff, at least if it’s about Danny Choo.

    It’s hard to say, but most of us would agree on the stuff he says, besides that we’ll grasp our heads and ask ourselves “Oh god, why does something like that exist?” ~

  15. I was expecting a longer critique but I guess you’re reserving me for a mad punching next time around eh? Looking forward to it.

  16. BateHastard

    I really want to see moemoekyun get his ass raeped off.. Seriously the guy calls himself moemoekyun even labeled his blog as “Just another OTAku blog”.

    Heck he watches gundam for the orgasms and doesn’t care about the story.. Like WTF?!

  17. 7

    What you failed to realise was that you linked to your blog in that very comment because you filled out the “URL” field.

    What you failed to realize was that I made an earlier comment or two somewhere in the blogosphere on OEG-related posts with my URL visible, to which I stopped minding whether or not I’ll be searched by you. But considering how you’ve only found me after that instance, your sarcastic tone towards your ‘amazing google skills’ suddenly became more befitting.

    I do want to express my utmost gratitude for all that trouble you went through just to include me in your that stemmed from one tiny link. I really really really appreciate it…

  18. I’ve been following the OEG since the beginning, though I’ve been a bit too intimidated to leave a comment until now. Congrats on finishing (almost) Round 1.

    Even though I’ve been into anime for roughly ten years, I’ve certainly learned a lot about otaku culture from reading all the OEG posts. I knew virtually nil about Danny Choo before, so thanks for bringing the controversy around him to my attention. Glad to know there’s always something knew to learn in this fandom.

    Now I’m a little regretful that I didn’t submit my blog earlier. But what’s done is done. Feel free to add me to Round 2 if you don’t feel like you have enough already.

    Looking forward to the boss post next time.

  19. the comments seems to be decreasing lately, and i wonder why. anyway, it was a long wait but worth all my F5s anyway, though i were expecting longer comments for each featured blogs.

    definitely be looking forward to the last boss fight, and please do make it epic :3

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  21. I’m fairly sure I know about the major weakness that you alluded to. Time to sit tight and wait to see if my guess is indeed correct.

    Looking forward to your litany of curses for the final(?) week.

  22. Seinime

    Congrats to all that passed! As to Through the Looking Glass, I say go for it and pass it.

  23. razrig

    Blur got trough!!! woot ^^…. congrat to all that pass ^^

  24. Glad to see blur, Yi, Eternal and zzeroparticle passed.
    So, I’m not counted in… x_x
    Anyway, I’m looking forward to the boss stage!

  25. Draneor

    The most hardcore thing I recall Danny Choo doing is spending days modifying his storm trooper suit because he wasn’t satisfied with the craftsmanship of the guy who made it. The idol stuff from his teenage years was also pretty hardcore. But this was back when he was just some nerdy web programmer in Japan with a blog (pre-2005).

    As for the past couple years, he clearly doesn’t give a shit about anime or eroge so I’m not sure when he transformed into the Otaku King and Expert on All Things Japanese. I weep every time he mentions a character I love and says, “she’s cute but I’ve never played the game.”

  26. .inf

    Gundamjehutykai deserves to be approved for his passion for kits. And gunpla.

    What is an Otaku without his Passion, no?

  27. Cool… Lol.

    Though I hate thinking that I probably passed because of that one single post.

    Still… ego boost x 10. :p

    Also started checking out Oniichan after reading your post. Hentai has never been funnier. Lol…

  28. I was trying to get the point across in a witty and funny way, but all my wit and humor failed me.

    Also.

    Considering that you might have not lied about the stacks of books, this comes to mind.

  29. mefloraine

    Hmm…I will not look for a round two then. No matter what you manage to say, you do not have nearly the same amount of support as Danny Choo does, and you will not be able to topple him without it.

    You could theoretically have put a dent into his operation had you used arguments with real points and not simple trolling. Or had you at least been more creative in your trolling or even just kept up the attitude you had towards the beginning of your operation. Half-assed reasons for accepting or rejecting people as we see in this post are a waste of time.

    Anyway, I won’t continue on that point. Good luck in your mission; I will still be reading to see the result, because I am not against what you are doing here, though my first paragraphs may have sounded that way. I just thought you ought to know.

    And learn the difference between a place to use a semi-colon and the place for a comma. ;)

    • Our conditions for continuing were highlighted in bold: If we can’t find a reason to eliminate him then we stop, it sounds unlikely but who knows what will happen… ;)

      • mefloraine

        Hmm, for whatever reason I understood that more as “if we can’t get rid of him” than your usual elimination. Whoops.
        Going by your usual criteria, I wouldn’t think it would be too terribly tough to knock him out.

        • lol if your initial understanding were true, I am giddy in anticipation to see OEG’s overthrowing strategies (whatever they are) come to light.

    • I’m sort of in the same situation as mefloraine right now. Sorta stopped commenting and whatnot, but still continue to read to see the results. I’m wondering how many of your readers are in the same boat.

      You guys need more support if you are hoping to make a dent. I think I had stated that in the beginning. Can’t remember and too lazy to look.

      In the end, you guys are “just another wordpress blog” (no offense in saying that), unfortunately. You guys managed to make ripples in the scene, but unfortunately, not waves.

      Keep spreading the word and making those ripples though. I’m sure that if you do it right, they will turn into waves.

  30. Orcinus

    I wonder. Just how many fangirls in the West kowtow to Danny/GSC….?

  31. Yeah! Take down that stupid jerk Lightning… What an ass… You’re right that his 4koma is not funny. I mean… FUCK! Who would find me restrained in bondage and tentacles and then abused by that bitch Haruhi funny!? When I find him again, I’m going to butcher him! ARGH! Just remembering all that stuff pisses me off to no end!

    • Indeed it is! The plot thickens and so on. Nakamura is on twitter too, let’s message him with this retweet and see what happens.

      • Orcinus

        Doesn’t this mean that this Nakamura is just some guy posing as him?

        Hard to entertain crackpot/conspiracy theories with so little to go on.

        • He’s probably a reporter digging for a story. Chances are he got too pushy with DC and this ‘harassment’ is an overreaction on Danny’s behalf, probably because of the nature of the questions asked by Nakamura.

          Still, may as well see if/how this develops for a bit.

    • Shit, whatever that was I missed it. The post isn’t there anymore. Anybody care to summarize what it said?

      • “A ‘writer’ named David Nakamura has been harassing me and my family, ignore him if he harasses you too”

        Or something very similar to that. Think that’s it word for word though.

  32. Awesome. Dasaku affiliates are a perfect 3 for 3 in the Otaku Elimination Game now. *fistbumps CCY and Onii-chan*

  33. You Eliminate the people you don’t like. this can hardly be considered an Otaku Elimination game. anyone who mentions DC.com you instantly become biased against them. Lightningsabre is in fact a Otaku, with his collection of Manga stacking up in his room to his 250+ Anime titles he has watched. he collects Figures too, he is completely obsessed with Anime/Manga, as soon as you eliminated him you lost all credibility.

  34. Izumi Saya

    Not sure if this’ll be useful for your Danny Choo research, but have you (guys) ever researched viral marketing? He’s almost a textbook definition.

    Viral Marketing defined: http://www.wilsonweb.com/wmt5/viral-principles.htm

  35. first he’s an ‘otaku’, and now he’s aiming to become an advocate for cosplay ? oh noes-

    i have nothing against DC, but i don’t really fancy the idea of cosplay becoming ‘the next cool thing’ / uberly mainstream like what he had done to the otaku culture.

  36. moemoekyun

    of course dannychoo is businessman and capitalism not otaku at all
    maybe you can count me in in this game but I am sure I will be eliminated ^^;;;

  37. To me otaku is about sharing, people have their own way for example their blog appearance and the way they like to do, lastly you don’t know me yet and thanks for your critics anyway.

  38. moemoekyun

    OEG can I join this game I won’t consider myself as an otaku before pass This game !
    and I like your style about this “otaku emperor” dannychoo

  39. Just as a reminder: 02-19 kind of passed already.. “are you still there?~”

    I’d ask about the next round as well while I’m at it, but it’ll take a lot of time to pull the final trigger for sure, so I’ll keep waiting patiently as usual.

  40. This is the reason I love jinx.fi. Insightful post.

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