Otaku Elimination

New challengers Otaku Elimination seek to shake up what they perceive as the corrupt hegemony of the anime blogosphere.  They have keyboards, and they are angry.

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What is all the fuss about?  It’s a quest for purity:

We’re pissed off with people using the term ‘otaku’ incorrectly, and then throwing up some wikipedia bullshit about the technicalities of the word when someone calls them out on it. You have no real Japanese credibility and your point is invalid. To be an otaku is something that takes a lot of dedication and can’t be gotten just from buying figures. You’re either hardcore otaku, or you’re not one at all. There is no middle line.

Well, it’s an interesting premise. Just one thing -

The english speaking otaku scene, a scene which has been bastardised for years now . . .

Since the proprietors are purportedly talking about the term otaku as Japanese mean it, and Japanese generally mean Japanese anime otaku when they use the term “anime otaku” or speak of an “anime otaku scene,” the “English speaking otaku scene” was bastardized from the start. It was always a derivative of the original Japanese otaku scene.

In short, this is about a distinction that doesn’t really exist.  Unless some of the blogs that Otaku Elimination reviews are made by Japanese expatriates, none of them are true Japanese anime otaku with “real Japanese credibility.”  About the best they could do would be to move to Japan, marry into a Japanese family, and be known as “that weird gaijin anime otaku” for the rest of their lives.  Even then, that wouldn’t cut it.

After all, there’s no middle ground, right?

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  1. We don’t usually reply to comments or other posts, but this seems a quiet spot where we can set things straight. Not to mention you do seem sensible enough to actually read what we’re saying.

    I think we’re in the wrong here for the use of the word ‘bastardised’, we probably should have used ‘corrupt’ or ‘ruined’. So we messed up that one admittedly, and it’s our grammar failure basically. But it should make things a bit clearer now.

    We’ve got a post on it’s way (probably aiming for a Wednesday release) about what we really think of the word and it should clear up a lot of misconceptions of what we’re about, and what the word actually means. Best advice we can give is to just wait for Wednesday; it is on it’s way.

    “In short, this is about a distinction that doesn’t really exist. Unless some of the blogs that Otaku Elimination reviews are made by Japanese expatriates, none of them are true Japanese anime otaku with “real Japanese credibility.” About the best they could do would be to move to Japan, marry into a Japanese family, and be known as “that weird gaijin anime otaku” for the rest of their lives. Even then, that wouldn’t cut it.

    After all, there’s no middle ground, right?”

    This is actually very close to the truth to an extent, but in saying that we’re probably coming across as extreme in our views, but rest assured this is adressed too in the aforementioned post that will be up in a few days.

    Right now we’re just basically absorbing the hate and the press and we’ve gotten a really interesting insight as to how this ‘anime blogosphere’ is constructed, it’s much more different to how we initially assumed it to be, which is actually a good thing in most cases.

  2. imma in ur base, keeling ur seo

    • lulz, seo does not work that way. :P

      • it does if we talk about it!

  3. People are angry…

    ANGRY ON THE INTERNET

  4. As I’ve said in another blog, this is an interesting experiment, both in what OEG is trying to do, and in how the response (mostly negative) has been from the OEG’s target. It’s shining a light on some aspects that I haven’t seen a lot, nor things that I necessarily want to see, and I think that’s been a good start already.

    • Part of what it means to be a subculture is to resist the calls of others to conform. What is Otaku Elimination asking for? Conformity.

      • But complete conformity in all aspects? Not really.

  5. […] star­ted just a little while ago. They are new to the anib­lo­go­sphere in gen­eral, they have prac­tic­ally stated it. Fol­low­ing, they have read the blogs they review for this little time. Here I quote my […]

  6. The dissection reports from the upcoming rounds should make an interesting read.

  7. […] Commentary on the Otaku Revolution Moritheil throws his two cents on the OEG Seinime eliminates himself from the OEG Gargron ‘rips off’ the OEG in his own site and […]

  8. […] otaku. I’m not sure that makes them any less rabid anime otaku.)  Of course, we now have more current efforts to determine purity in the aniblogosphere, but perhaps this will provide a necessary frame of reference: there has […]

  9. […] Otaku Elimination – The Moritheil Review Posted by Shance on Friday, December 11, 2009, at 9:41 pm. Filed under Anime, Blogging, Editorial, General, Manga. Tagged Anime, Blogging, Editorial, elimination, General, general criterion, hypothesis, Manga, otaku, otaku elimination game, Otakuism, personification, self-definition, self-elimination. Follow any responses to this post with its comments RSS feed. You can post a comment or trackback from your blog. […]

  10. […] Otaku Elimination have decreed that only “true otaku” know the true meaning of Otaku, and those they consider non-otaku have no right to speculate about use of the term. It’s quite humourous that people with no real credibility are trying to tell us what’s what in terms of Otaku. Take Moritheil for example, since when were you otaku? – otakuelimination […]


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