First and foremost…
I finally got a Game Over Video Games t-shirt!!!
They are a vintage video game store in San Antonio, Texas that has everything from a museum room of all old school consoles all the to used PS3 and XBOX 360 games. And they carry various video game accessories, which I love! If for, whatever reason, you’re in San Antonio and you enjoy old school video game merchandise, go check out this place.
On a completely different note, Otaku’s.
While browsing the internet for geeky merchandise and such, I’ve always noticed that the word, “Otaku” continues to pop up. It doesn’t take much to see that the word of Japanese, and that it is probably associated with people who watch anime or read manga. However , I was curious to see if there was anything more to it than that.
Otaku is a Japanese term used to refer to people with obsessive interests, particularly (but not limited to) anime and manga.
It certainly seems that this definition matches another!
Geeks: People with obsessive passions/interests.
In short, Otaku’s are geeks. Geeky Americans seem pretty proud to be called an Otaku, wearing their anime shirts near every day. Ok, so Otaku are into anime and manga, but most geeks are!
Based on animes, we know that the boys tend to go for cute girls and obsess over things like maid cafe’s. Has anyone else seen the images floating around the interweb of the japanese men who are hugging their Dakimakura, body pillows with anime girls on them? I lol’ed at them like any person would have, but what I didn’t know was that the image was genuine! These men develop feelings for their Dakimakura. In fact, the spotlight was shone on the Otaku population when stories arose of men actually making vows of love to their body pillows! Of course, these are the extreme instances, but still.
Despite all that craziness, doesn’t Otaku just mean “Geek” in Japan? Why yes. However, it is not something you yell proudly down the street in Japan. While Americans happily wear their shirts with “Otaku” emblazoned on them, there have been native of Japan who would react to that with confusion and sometimes even disgust. More or less, they view Otaku’s as being people who choose to live in their own little worlds and so never become responsible adults in society.
What does that mean for U.S. Otaku’s? Well, not much.
I say, “Wear those shirts proudly!” — We are certainly proud of our geekdom!