Achieving Enlightenment the Otaku Way
Osu! Greetings, shokun! Cross-shishou here again for another set of Fujinsei Kempo lessons. I assume that you’re all working hard since the last lesson “Have Anger Issues? Maybe You’re Just a Saiyan?”. For all of my Saiyan students, I hope that the previous lesson helped you control your violent instincts and made you accept your status as citizens of Planet Earth. Taming your wildness and accepting your “humanity” will help ease your journey in achieving enlightenment the Otaku Way.
For today’s lesson, I’ll be showing you a video containing stereotypical impressions regarding anime that most anime non-watchers have. I have a lot of stuff that I want to say about this video, but what I want you to learn from today’s lesson is that the anime world is like the world that we live in. It is vast and diverse. Generalizing anime into just a few characteristics is like saying that the world consists only of Asia or North America, which is very narrow-minded. So are you ready for today’s lesson? Let’s begin. Osu!
The Anime World is Vast and Diverse
Before we start, I want you to watch the video below titled “Americans Watch Anime For the First Time” by BuzzFeed.
Uploaded by: BuzzFeedVideo
Finished watching? Good. Let’s start. First of all. . .
Remember that! You’re not an otaku, if you don’t know that.
Second of all, I’m offended for the anime industry at the comment:
“I don’t think it’s all porn, but probably a lot of it is, right?”
I can just imagine how this person developed her impression about anime. It’s like experiencing a soapland for the first time, and then concluding that all spa establishments in Japan include massaging you to orgasm.
The next comment is acceptable enough: “mystical type story lines.” It seems like most anime that are imported by other countries have this “mystical type story lines”, so it’s understandable that anime non-watchers will have this impression. But as an otaku, you already know that this is not the case. The spectrum of anime genre is as layered and as diverse as all the people on Earth.
Afterwards, these Buzz Feed people watch two anime: Attack on Titan and Kill la Kill. It’s quite entertaining to watch their reactions as they watch an episode each of these 2 anime. I’m not going to
criticize analyze their every comment because then this post would turn into a multi-volume book set.
Form your own opinions regarding this video, but let me just emphasize that these Buzz Feed people only watched one episode. One episode is NOT enough to form an opinion worth caring for, especially if you’re saying that opinion to an anime fan. Beware of doing that. Angry Otaku are a scary bunch, you know. They should have at least done what our fellow blogger from 3 Episode Test does–watch at least 3 episodes first.
At the end of the video, it seems that most of them have their impressions of anime changed, even for just a bit. One of the comments, especially, is right on target.
“[Anime] seems like a big investment to get into.”
Damn right it is! Remember this, my dear otaku students. Anime is not just a simple form of entertainment. It is a way of life. As a person seeking to achieve enlightenment the Otaku Way, incorporating anime and manga into your daily life enriches not only your very being but also the universe around you. Anime (and manga) is filled with life lessons that you can use to help you become the best person that you can be (the Otaku Way, of course).
As you may have noticed, I have a negative reaction about this Buzz Feed video. It’s very disappointing, especially since Arria is a big fan of Buzz Feed videos. But no matter. Arria is a big fool because she continually suppresses the great Otaku inside of her (ME, Cross-shishou).
Just remember anime cannot be slotted into a single category. That is the biggest mistake you can make as an Otaku. As a Fujinsei Kempo student, you need to understand the diversity of anime. Don’t make the mistakes the people in this video made. If you value anime as much as you say you do, you must have an open mind. Erase all of your impressions or expectations before you even watch an anime. That is what the ignorant does.
This concludes today’s Fujinsei Kempo teachings. Reflect on your own approach when it comes to watching anime. Do you make the same mistakes as the people in the video? If so, try to adjust your mindset. But putting everything I taught you so far aside, the most important thing that you can do for yourself is to ENJOY the wonders of anime, manga, and all things Otaku. Goodbye for now. I’ll be back soon with new lessons on how to achieve enlightenment the Otaku Way.
Founder of Fujinsei Kempo
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