EPISODE 01: Otaku
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Hello people. This is your usual “ugly” Otaku speaking. I am now writing here because I want to share to you my own experiences.
Yep, I go by the name, “Slob”, and I am an man who only lives for Anime and other Japanese-related stuff.
Over the years that I have been through, I had been envisioned with the things that most Otakus have — Something that we can do, that not many others can do. Yep, I know. Otakus like me are considered anti-social. In the sense that we have no interest in everything else other than the Anime culture and other Japanese-related stuff, I had noticed that I am slowly moving away from my own reality. In other words, my real life is turning into something like a fictitious story — something that you can only find within the books and other electronic media like videos and music.
So what is this Otaku word mean? For some people, Otaku is a term called for people who are “obsessed” for Anime and video games stuff. So, you know, there is only one thing that makes every people become Otakus in no time. And that is, when their “addiction” is beyond at their limit, then that is the time that they were already driven by “desires” to like and love more Anime. Especially, for boys and men, this is where the term “Waifu” can enter, if it happens that they had become infatuated with that Anime girl character that much.
By being an Otaku myself, my daily life has been changed as well. I had experienced in changing my ways that I speak, as well as doing some other unwanted mannerisms, which can be an eyesore to everybody else. They can notice me as well, because of the way that I speak, and some of my body gestures which can somehow annoy or disturb anybody.
Yep, something like:
“Omae wa dare?”
You can notice that some of the words are in Japanese. Yep, something that only Otakus, who know Japanese a little, can use.
But then, not only you can be an addict to any Anime-related stuff as an Otaku. Someone like me can buy some expensive Anime figurines, merchandise, and even dressing up as your favorite character (Call this as Cosplay). So then, those are only one of the things that a typical Otaku can do. Yep, there is something more, such as doing a bandwagon on social media. Maybe, we can tackle this someday on the succeeding Episodes, I guess?
So then, I have learned that being an Otaku has its own downsides — Sometimes, I am slowly moving away from my real-life friends, and my family. I am really noticing it as I go, and time goes by. But then, I must know my limitations, too. Basically, I must need to work for myself, and not just relying on the money or allowances that my parents are giving to me. But I understand that I am trying my best just in order to earn for myself for living. And at the same time, I have still my purpose in living in this world.
Not only because I am an “Ugly Otaku” right now. I become ugly because of the things that influenced me, such as neglecting my own hygiene, or even not taking an exercise — like pedaling on a bicycle! I also become an ugly, annoying, and selfish person because of the things that I had seen from my own Otaku friends, or even seeing some things which were shown on any Manga, Anime, or video games. In other words, I had rejected my own reality self — like becoming an Anime or Manga character in a 2D world.
I become one because not only I wanted to explore more. But, I wanted to see if there is indeed something wrong in this society which is filled and run with bunch of idiots who think only nothing, but themselves. I am just a human who can think about changing. Not only I don’t want to stop because I wanted to see something deeper — into a world where there are many possibilities and meanings.
In the next Episode, I am going to tackle about on what makes a person an Otaku, after all, even if he or she is already obsessed with some Anime stuff.
Next time, “Anime Cons”! See you next Episode!