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Down The Rabbit Hole: Becoming An Otaku

The life of an Otaku: You sit there, watching anime for hours on end, getting caught up in the story line, and characters. Then, when you hear that there is a convention going on close to where you live, you immediately go out and buy the tickets and get all excited for it. Why because you, my friend are an Otaku. A giant nerd for anime and manga.

The life of an Otaku: You sit there, watching anime for hours on end, getting caught up in the story line, and characters. Then, when you hear that there is a convention going on close to where you live, you immediately go out and buy the tickets and get all excited for it. Why because you, my friend are an Otaku. A giant nerd for anime and manga.

You probably didn’t start out as a Otaku though, none of us do. You probably became one by friend recommendation or just plain stumbling upon it. We become Otakus through many different ways. And entering this amazing world can be daunting. There’s so much of it. From Shonen, rom-com, mangas, merchandise, even cosplay! But not to worry my friend there are stories of newbies who walked through these vast anime waters before you. I’m going to share two of those stores with you today. Mine, and a good friend of mine’s.

My story starts back when I was in Jr. High. When I was sitting in homeroom, bored nothing to do, an old friend of mine plopped a manga down on my desk and just left me with one phrase: “Read this. You look bored.” And thus my anime adventure began. Because of that single manga (It was D.N. Angle Vol. 1 by the way) I began to be curious about more anime and more manga pretty soon I was hooked.

Then, I began hearing about these things called anime conventions. I never gone to a convention before so I didn’t know what to expect. But, a friend from work that was into anime as well ended up dragging me to one. And as soon as I stepped through those doors, I’ve never stopped going to conventions.

Soon enough, between getting hooked on anime and manga and going to conventions I started cosplaying. That’s probably the funnest thing I’ve ever experienced while being an Otaku. Cosplay is way you can express not only your creativity, but your love for a character and its show. I’ve only been cosplaying professionally for five months now, but in that time I’ve learned so much.

My story is fairly basic when it comes to becoming an Otaku. There are so many different experiences. Such as my friend Kim’s. I got the opportunity to hear her story about getting into anime and I want to share it with all of you.
Social Hobbit:  What made you want to get into anime?

Kim: I got into anime because I watched two Studio Ghibli films with my friends Shania (Me!) and Kat. I often felt left out of conversations when anime was brought up, so I wanted to see what all the fuss was about. Plus, I have seen anime before, but I didn’t really get into it the first time.

S.H: What’s your opinion on anime so far?

Kim: Anime is very different than other television shows. I like how creative the story telling is behind each anime. You’ll be watching an anime movie for five minutes, and you’ll think the plot is going to go a certain way, but it ends up going in a totally different direction. And you’d never expect that I love that. Whoever writes the various animes, they’re geniuses and the animation is breathtaking as well. 

Anime is very different than other television shows. I like how creative the story telling is behind each anime. You’ll be watching an anime movie for five minutes, and you’ll think the plot is going to go a certain way, but it ends up going in a totally different direction. And you’d never expect that.

S.H: Do you have any favorites so far?

Kim: So far, my favorite animes are Howls Moving Castle, and Your Name. But I’m starting to discover more t.v. series like Ouran High School Host Club.

S.H.: What intrigues you about anime?

Kim: I think what intrigues me about anime, is that it keeps you on your toes. It’s totally unpredictable and I love that.

S.H: Do you think you might go to any anime conventions?

Kim: If I got more into anime in the future, I would probably go to a convention, yes.

S.H: Is there anything that your are still wary–so to speak, about with anime?

Kim: I’m wary about inappropriate anime shows, cause I know there are some out there. And also, I like specific story lines. I lean towards more romantic story plots than action ones like the last air bender. So I’m still wary with more action animes, but I hope to learn to accept all different worlds of anime. And also to watch animes that are appropriate and wholesome.

So, whether it be a simple story like mine–where anime was literally dumped in my lap. Or Kim’s where she got introduced to the world of Otakuness through a couple of good friends. No matter how, the trip through anime will definitely be a fun one.

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