Achieving Enlightenment the Otaku Way
Osu! Welcome back, shokun! It is I, Cross-shishou, presenting the last set of Fujinsei Kempo lessons for this week. Yesterday you learned 5 Ways on How Anime Makes You Smarter. When applied correctly in your life, the things you learn from anime can definitely improve your capabilities. However, everything has a dark side. In today’s lesson, I will be teaching you 5 Ways on How Anime Makes You Dumber. Are you ready? Alright, let’s start. Osu!
How Anime Makes You Dumber
1. You become a Hikikomori
“Hikikomori” are people who completely withdraw from any form of social interactions, isolating themselves from others. They usually lock themselves in their rooms. For more information, read “Hikikomori” on Wikipedia.
A few months after I created Fujinsei, I had an uncomfortable and rather tense exchange with a fellow blogger. This blogger, let’s call him “John”, wrote a scathing post about people who refer to themselves as “otaku.” At the very beginning, he wrote how disgusted he was about people who “carelessly” call themselves “otaku” just because they like anime. (I won’t mention what he said about those who refer to themselves as “weeaboo” because I’m afraid that it’ll trigger a war.) He stated, in a superior tone, that the term “otaku” is a Japanese term for those who have obsessive interests ONLY. He explained that there are many different types of otaku, such as “train otaku”. Of course I know THAT. I’m not stupid. I get what he’s saying, but come on. Many of us are already transparent about our passion for anime and manga, so why do we have to be specific just to satisfy someone like John?
The rest of his post talked about how laughable anime fans outside of Japan are, how these fans proudly call themselves “otaku” and “weeaboo” without knowing what these terms really mean. He further explains that in Japan, “otaku” are seen by the Japanese in a negative light. I agree with him. . .to some degree, but I also know that this trend is gradually changing. Well, anyway, what rankled me the most was his statement that all otaku are “hikikomori”. Are you effing kidding me?! That’s when I left him a polite comment, telling him politely that not all “otaku” are “hikikomori”. His reply was challenging, snooty, and frankly very rude and disrespectful. I deemed him a total a-hole and not worth my precious time and energy.
My point is that toxic and narrow-minded people like this John person already have preconceived notions that anime fans like us have “hikikomori” tendencies. Don’t help them. Shutting yourself inside your room to watch anime, read manga, and play video games all day long for the rest of your life is so DUMB. You want to immerse your whole being in the fantasy world that anime provides. You refuse to talk face-to-face to another flesh and blood human being. You reject reality. You want to escape real life forever.
Here’s a reality check for you. Unless your parents are martyrs and, ahem, stupid enough to willingly support you for the rest of your life, you won’t survive as a full-fledged anime hikikomori. Let me tell you that anime, manga and video games cost considerable amount of money, if you’re not already aware of that.
I taught you yesterday how anime can make you smarter, but if all you do is watch anime without doing anything else, then what you’re doing is not learning but murdering your brain cells while letting your muscles atrophy. So dumb.
2. You overuse Japanese words
Unless Japanese is your native language or you live in Japan and have to speak it regularly, it’s just dumb to speak in Japanese especially if the people you are talking to don’t understand a single word you’re saying. To them, what’s coming out of your mouth is gibberish.
Although I encouraged you to use some Japanese words in your daily conversations in a previous post titled “10 Little Everyday Things You Can Do To Be More Otaku”, I didn’t mean for you to speak a completely new language that you formulated yourself by overusing Japanese words.
“Watashi wa angry at anata! Teme–, don’t baka with watashi, you super kuzu-yarou!! Stop gomen-nasai-ing me! Fuzakenna! Watashi wa never want to see anata ever again!!”
Does this look smart to you? Rather than smart, it makes you sound like a pompous, unintelligible, trying-hard fool. So dumb.
(Recommended Post: “Hell Hath No Fury Like An Otaku Scorned”)
3. You become an anime copycat
You change your personality, appearance, mannerisms, and even your identity based on your current favourite character.
I’m not saying that it’s a crime to copy your favourite anime character. On the contrary, I encourage it especially if you’re imitating the good and cool qualities of an anime character. What I think dumb is being a cheap copycat, or better yet a “chameleon”, who changes your personality every week based on the series you are currently watching.
One day, you’re acting like the cool and smart Nico Robin from ONE PIECE. The next day, you’re being a tsundere gal like Ririchiyo from Inu x Boku SS. When you know how to balance it with the other aspects of your life, anime can help develop your identity. But I think it’s so dumb to sacrifice your own identity because you’re imitating too much anime characters.
4. You use anime as your exclusive self-help life guides.
You watch shoujo series to solve your love problems. Then you wonder why people think you’re an annoying fake. You carelessly perform techniques you watched from sports anime in real life. Then you wonder why you ended up in the hospital with multiple stitches.
I taught you yesterday that anime is a great resource which you can use to help you deal with challenges in your life. However, I didn’t tell you to rely on anime to help you solve every single problem you encounter. That’s just so dumb. No matter how amazing anime is, it’s still fiction. Unless you’re an anime character, living in the anime world will be rough for you.
5. You constantly compare anime against your real life.
“If this happened in Dragon Ball, you’ll be dead by now.”
“Sasuke would never do a stupid thing like that!”
“You think your girlfriend is hot? Are you kidding me? She can’t even compare to Lucy Heartfilia.”
Here’s a reality check for you. This is real life, not anime. Constantly comparing anime against events in your real life will only foster negativity and ultimately resentment from the people around you. It’s alright to apply what you learned from anime in your real life to make yourself a better person, but letting anime take over your entire life while rejecting reality is so dumb.
Anime is one of the most amazing inventions in the history of humankind, but it is a double-edged sword. Learning how to balance it with other aspects of your life will make watching anime one of the most fulfilling activities you’ll ever do. It can make you not only smarter, but also help you become a better person. However, if you misapply anime, it can ruin your life. I hope that yesterday’s lesson “How Anime Makes You Smarter” and today’s lesson “How Anime Makes You Dumber” will help you learn how to balance anime in your life. That’s all for this week’s lessons, shokun! I’ll be back soon for more illuminating lessons to help you achieve enlightenment the Otaku Way. Osu!
Founder of Fujinsei Kempo
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