The Otakusphere: Semantics, Internet culture and a dash of anxiety

I have zero theme for this week in The Otakusphere. It’s a combination of exceptionally personal posts next to posts about what you need to know to be an otaku.

That said, this was a pretty stellar week out there in the ani-blogging universe. I’ve already finished my coffee, so let’s get into another fun-filled cruise around The Otakusphere.

3, 2, 1… Let’s jam.


So there is simply too much to unpack here in two to three paragraphs in this post from Pinkie. Some of it I agree with like people should be allowed to like the things that they like, and we should judge people on the totality of their character rather than individual actions.

Some of it I’m on the fence about. I remember people being plenty upset when George Lucas re-re-rereleased Star Wars and put in Darth Vader yelling, “No.” Also I’m not sure I would say that buying the cheaper thing is bad even if it’s worse for the Earth.

What makes it special though is that it’s a personal post and it reads like it’s pulled straight from Pinkie’s mind. That’s a special thing.

Oh man, do I have some thoughts about this post from Honey’s Anime about Virtual YouTube Pop Stars. Now fair warning, the person who penned this did the classic, “Oh here’s a press release. Let’s put it online.” It reads like they’re trying to drum up support for either for the interview this was one in or in Virtual YouTube pop stars.

Either way, I would read it with a healthy dose of skepticism.

That said, I think the idea of virtual pop stars is interesting. What happens when you have a pop star that never gets old? That isn’t defined by normal mortality, and it backed up by a nameless and faceless talent. Normally every pop star has an arc through culture. Does having a pop star that isn’t real extend that arc, or just make it easier for marketers to switch out faces when that star’s arc is finished?

Will we still love Hatsune Miku in 20 years? And do people still wave lighters in the crowd?

Keni over at The Anime Basement has taken on the Herculean task of trying to come up with a beginner’s guide to becoming an otaku. But wait, I see zero mention of nice boats. What’s going on here Keni?

But in all seriousness, I think this is a good task.

Kamina from TTGL is an inspiration to us all to pierce the heavens with our drills! I think Scott over at Mechanical Anime Reviews captured what I like best about him. He’s like a giant sledgehammer and everything is a nail, even if it isn’t. Kamina believes in himself and Simoun in a way that is beyond reason or intelligence.

While I won’t get into spoilers because Scott largely avoided them, I too shed a few manly tears when that pivotal moment came. I should have expected it, but I didn’t.

Man, I feel like this is all of the usual suspects this week, but Irina and Karandi put up a couple of posts that pose an interesting question — watch weekly or binge?

My sad truth is that I rarely watch anime on a weekly basis. I don’t really hate waiting, it’s just that I have so many other things competing for my attention that a show has to be really stellar for it become appointment viewing. I mean I still own shows that I haven’t watched.

I know that I’m missing out on being part of the conversation, but requiring myself to watch a show can just be a recipe for me to hate it.

I’m going to wrap up with this post from TheNerdyGirlNews, which is ostensibly about the Let’s Play Webtoon but is really about depression and anxiety, both things that I understand as well. I really like posts that are intensely personal.

I would miss then if they weren’t there. Thanks for sharing.

On a personal note, I really did plan on getting RahXephon done by the end of February, but I still have at least six more episodes to watch and another five or so blog posts to write. I’m sure that I should be able to wrap it up soon.

I’ve been playing around with the idea of doing a poll for the next series because I’m torn between watching Lain, Haruhi, Ef: tale of memories or the first section of Armored Troopers VOTOMS.

Let me know what you think.

As always, thanks for reading.

Also a thank you to Jon Spencer Reviews for The Otakusphere logo.

8 thoughts on “The Otakusphere: Semantics, Internet culture and a dash of anxiety

  1. Thanks for the mention. And haha, I might just dedicate a separate article regarding ‘nice boats’. >-<

    1. Yeah. I like him because his intentions are so pure. I think TTGL hit at the perfect time for it. I think a lot of people were ready for a character like Kamina, and we were happy to have him.

  2. Thanks for mentioning me again!
    To put the Lucas thing into context, yes people yelled no to Lucas, but it was in a perspective of don’t change a classic. It stemmed from genuine concern for the source material.

    Nowadays most people who spit on remakes dont even care on what it adds or omits they already condemn it before hand because it’s greedy.
    Lucas changes were questioned after people saw and judged it in context of what it added to the movie rather than stigmatise its intention before hand.

    I do think its fine to defend the original out of love, like star wars fans did when they added dewbacks but I do not think its right to condemn a movie soley on assumed intentions.

    About the money thing, I know I buy some things that are harmfull to the earth, which I would not buy if I had more to spend I would not do so…
    I only ask If I need 20 euro to be happy ( like any form of joy) and I need 30 euro to leave no carbon footprint but I only have 45 euro’s to spend.. what do I do? Will I go 15 in hapiness and be unhappy as it would not be enough to be happy or would I save the 5 euro’s and not live as clean as I can..but happy at least. I personally would rather see others at least be happy and do what they can muster for the enviroment rather than seeing people be unfufilled but with a minimal carbon footprint.
    I try to do what I can but I do think once joy should not be fully sacrifised to be good! I do get how one can disagree but I am simply saying that IF i have to choose between happy and clean, I think happy is more important

    Thanks for reading and reflecting though I really appreciate it

    1. No problem. LIke I said, there is a lot in there, and I don’t think I could have covered it all. I really hope that people go read it. 🙂

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