Wait, What Do Otaku Say?

Posted by Ben Huber on Apr 14, 2012 in Fandom

I think the whole “Sh*t X Say” has been a little done by now. But sometimes one hits a little close to home. Many of us anime/manga/J-culture fans have gone through a “weeaboo” phase at point or another. Most grow out of it. Sometimes, you don’t — and that’s when you get “Sh*t Otaku Say.” Tofugu has put together a video compiling all the silly a ridiculous things otaku might say on a daily basis. It’s all tongue-in-cheek, so don’t take it too seriously. Read more…



A Japanese News Story on Anime Expo

Posted by Michael Pinto on Jul 4, 2011 in Animation, Fandom

A Japanese News Story on Anime Expo

TV Ashii in japan had a nice little segment on Anime Expo which was held in California this weekend. I loved where they were asking American otaku about the earthquake in Japan: Read more…

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80s Otaku Featured on Nerd Alert

Posted by Michael Pinto on Mar 28, 2011 in Animation, Fandom

80s anime otaku featured on Nerd Alert

The latest episode of CollegeHumor’s Nerd Alert features an interview with Fanboy.com publisher Michael Pinto (although you have to get a few minutes into the show: Read more…

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Blame the Otaku: Japanese Boys Lose Interest in Girls

Posted by Michael Pinto on Jan 24, 2011 in Animation, Fandom

'Herbivorous' Japanese men losing interest in sex

Call it Danny Choo Syndrome! My favorite animation network in Taiwan recently slagged otaku as one of the reasons that Japanese men are losing their interest in sex with real women. Although there is something a bit ironic that the animators would use 3D techniques to render what a real women looks like (as seen on the left above) as opposed to the cartoony cheesecake version (as seen on the right). This was part of a larger segment on “Herbivorous men” which seems to be a Japanese take on metrosexuals: Read more…

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Workspaces? Maybe Not So Otacool After All

Posted by Tim Sheehy on Aug 19, 2010 in Fandom

Otacool 3

Danny Choo’s latest book entitled Otacool 3: Worldwide Workspaces has hit the shelves in Japan. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the concept of Otacool, it’s a book that basically details an aspect of otaku culture. The first volume dealt with otaku rooms/living areas, while the second book dealt exclusively with cosplay. This third volume, currently available via J-List, deals with — you guessed it — otaku workspaces. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve seen some pretty awesome workspaces — the book has plenty of them, and some of them are pretty impressive — but honestly, I fail to grasp the concept of a workspace, otaku or otherwise, being cool.   Read more…

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Otaku Game Show

Posted by Michael Pinto on Aug 2, 2009 in Fandom, Japanese TV

This segment from a Japanese game show features quite a bit of silly cosplay. I’m not sure what show this is from, but it was titled “An Idol and a Pair of Geeks”. Two of the idol singers featured in this skit are Seira Sakurai and Matsumoto Wakana. My favorite part of this video come at the 4:21 mark where the singer is beating up the poor otaku while performing her song.

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The Anime Themed Ladies Panties Lens Cleaner: For Dejected Otaku Only!

Posted by Michael Pinto on Jul 16, 2009 in Animation, Hobbies and Collections

Panty Lens Cleaner

What you’re seeing is not in fact a normal lens cleaner, but in fact is shaped like ladies underwear. It’s the latest gimmick that’s packed with the latest issue of Megastore magazine which is a Bishōjo themed publication aimed at Japanese fanboys. The publisher brags that this is an industry first for lads mags — and as such if you’re easily offended you may not want to look any further: Read more…

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Japanese Politician Outed as Fanboy!

Posted by Michael Pinto on Jul 15, 2009 in Animation, Fandom

Shigeru Ishiba

In what seems to be a growing trend of politicians coming out of the closet to embrace their fanboy roots in Japan it seems that Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Shigeru Ishiba (石破 茂) has announced to the public that he is an otaku and proud of it! Ishiba made the announcement on a radio show in which he sited growing up with AstroBoy and being a huge fan of Space Battleship Yamato which is known as Star Blazers in the United States. Least you think that Ishiba is a slacker he did hold the position of Minister of Defence of Japan for a year and was up for the Liberal Democratic Party presidency in 2008.

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