Tagged: otaku culture


Are Otaku The Worst?

Hello everyone, welcome to my storytime! Some of you might remember this post from when I published it on Karandi’s blog. I’m repurposing my old essays for those that didn’t get a chance to read them then. I hope you enjoy it!


Wait… There’s Something Called Anime Alienation? Animenation??

Before some of you jump at me, I’m not saying that anything I’m about to discuss is fact or even true. I simply read a thesis that put forth a couple of theories about the rise of anime popularity and how to interpret that in a social context which I thought was interesting. It was...


5 Random Things Only Anime Fans Understand

Slowly I am starting to get to know (and talk with) more and more anime fans. And guys, they’re just like normal people! 😏 This has led me to discover that although we are all very different, there are some things that seem to unite almost all Anime fans. Anime specific experiences we’ve all gone...


The Origins of Weeaboo

I’ve never had much first hand contact with the term “weeaboo”. I learned it from an anime loving friend who used it more like a term of endearment. Something like, let’s hang out this weekend and do some weeaboo stuff… except it was another word starting with “s”. Super sweet kid but a total potty...


A Cautious Defense of Fandoms

I’ve done a few defense posts in the past. I’ve had very debatable success with them but it seems I still haven’t learned my lesson. In many ways I am radically mediocre. I tend to fall pretty much in the middle of most debates. The only real anime related point I tend to advocate for...


Top 5 Reasons I Personally Avoid Gatekeeping

It seems like I can’t go a week without seeing a debate on Gatekeeping in the anime community. I never participate in those debates. Partly because I’m behind on everything and by the time these come to my attention they are already pretty much done. No need to stir a fresh pot. And partly because...


When Anime Fans Are Right in the Worst Way…

There’s a couple of dumb debates rating on Twitter right now, because…well *Twitter*. It’s the same old story. Insert popular anime name here is sexist, racist, promotes violence and/or bad behaviour. It doesn’t even matter when I chose to publish this post it will be completely true no matter the season.


Ageing Otakus

****Ed. I originally had envisioned this as a sort of comic “How to be an ageing Otaku guide” but it all came down to, do whatever you want, you’re an adult! Then I started singing “I threw it on the ground” on the bus and people looked at me weird. Point is, there’s no age...


Dating Sims Are for Lonely Losers and Other Lies

A long time ago, back when I thought visual novel was just a fancy way of saying comic book (I was confusing it with graphic novel it seems), I heard of a mysterious thing called a “dating sim”. I have never played one, or even seen one, but from the name alone I immediately started...