Achieving Enlightenment the Otaku Way
Osu! Greetings, shokun! This is Cross-shishou presenting you with another set of Fujinsei Kempo lessons. In our previous lesson, I gave you a glimpse of the dark side of the anime fandom in “10 Signs That Anime is Ruining Your Life”. When consumed irresponsibly, anime can and will ruin your lives. Today’s lesson, we’ll be focusing on how to be not only a responsible anime/manga fan but also a happy one, which is extremely important in achieving enlightenment the Otaku Way. So are you ready? Here we go. Osu!
Do’s & Don’t’s on How to Be a Happy Anime/Manga Fan
5 DO’s on How to Be a Happy Anime/Manga Fan
1. DO. . .befriend other fans.
Of course you can be happy by watching anime and reading manga all by yourself, but you’ll be so much happier if you have like-minded friends to whom you can freely discuss your passions with. Find anime fans among your friends in real life. If that fails, join anime fan sites or groups on social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Google+, etc. Be an active member of forums or comment on anime websites. If you want to take it to the next level, attend anime conventions and just directly immerse yourself into pure fandom.
2. DO. . .learn from anime.
Believe it or not, you CAN learn a lot by watching anime. Just watching it in original Japanese already gives you the first step in learning the language. Depending on the anime you watch, you gain knowledge and even wisdom. Read “How Anime Makes You Smarter” for more information.
3. DO. . .maintain an open mind.
There is virtually an anime for everyone if one just take the time to look. The genre spectrum of anime is very vast and diverse, so it’s better to maintain an open mind especially when dealing with other fellow anime fans who have. . .let’s say, more unusual tastes than normal. Maintaining an open mind also broadens your horizons and exposes you to series you may end up loving but would’ve ignored if you continue to stick with what you normally liked.
4. DO. . .use anime/manga as a reward for a job well done.
Finally finished that essay? Completed every task on your to-do list for the day? Reward yourself with a night of anime/manga. By using anime/manga as a reward, you make it into a positive influence in your life instead of something that causes you guilt. Happy hormones will flood your brain not only “during” your anime watching or manga reading but also “before” and “after”.
5. DO. . .blog about anime.
This is optional. Not everyone has the patience, the dedication, nor the perseverance to maintain a blog. But if you want to try becoming an aniblogger, go ahead. It’s a great way to share your opinions about anime and manga, and also to connect with other anibloggers who provide I argue the most amazing and fulfilling community in the fandom. If you do it the right way, you’ll learn a lot and enjoy happiness and a sense of fulfillment. If you find creating a full-fledged blog scary, then maybe just stick to micro-blogs like Twitter, Tumblr, etc.
5 DON’T’s on How to Be a Happy Anime/Manga Fan
6. DON’T. . .use anime/manga to procrastinate.
This is the complete opposite of #4. It’s so easy to use anime to escape reality but if you always do this, you’re turning it into a negative influence in your life. Yes, you feel happy when you watch anime but how do you feel afterwards? You feel guilty, am I right? If you continue using anime to procrastinate, it’ll ruin your life. Read “10 Signs That Anime is Ruining Your Life” for more information.
7. DON’T. . .diss series you have never watched or read before.
Badmouthing series you have never watched before just because you see people doing the exact thing online makes you look like a ridiculous fool. You have zero credibility to back the things you’re saying because you haven’t even watched the series yet. Die-hard fans of the series will rip you to pieces.
8. DON’T. . .force your opinions and preferences on others.
Just because you like something doesn’t mean that everyone should like it, too. Remember that everyone has their own tastes; respect them. If you encounter someone who has a different opinion from yours, it’s not wise to aggressively tell them that they’re wrong and force your opinion as the correct one. You believe you’re right, but they also believe that they’re right. Forcing your opinions on others will only make them defensive. At the end of the day, you fail to accomplish anything except for making an enemy.
9. DON’T. . .pick needless fights against other fans.
There need not blood shed because of anime. Don’t be one of those bloodthirsty fans who attack others for the littlest things. They’re mostly the ones who are giving the fandom a bad reputation. There are always diplomatic methods when dealing with opinions different from your own. Besides, you’ll gain more respect and allies within the fandom when you intelligently argue your opinions rather than slug it out with nasty words. Read “How to Piss Off Anime & Manga Fans” for more information.
10. DON’T. . .embarrass yourself by pretending to be a know-it-all.
Nobody wants to associate with a pompous, trying-too-hard wannabe expert spouting baseless facts like he’s the most intelligent person in the world. Of course it’s not a sin to strive for expertise, but if you’re already acting like one when you’re not even good enough to be even called an amateur, then you’re just subjecting yourself to ridicule. Learn some humility and modesty. Always remember that there will always be someone who is more knowledgeable than you out there.
There is no doubt that anime and manga give happiness to fans, but it’s up to you as a fan to make this happen. If you use anime responsibly, it’ll make you happy, enriching your life. If you misuse it, you’ll end up becoming a sorry failure of a person. I hope that today’s lesson gave you some ideas on how to make yourself a happier fan. That’s all for today, shokun! I’ll be back again soon for another set of Fujinsei Kempo lessons. Osu!
Founder of Fujinsei Kempo
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