Our comment queue from WAH’s inexorable post continues!
This time, from Sorrow-kun,
“our view of Japanese culture comes mostly through anime, which arguably makes us more directly plugged into the otaku culture than our indirect view of Japanese culture.”
So . . . your argument is that you are more an otaku than a Japanese person? I’m not sure how to parse this. Isn’t the otaku a distinction that is subsumed within the whole of Japanese identity? And in any case, by arguing that you don’t understand general Japanese culture as well as you understand the specific otaku culture, are you not just proving WAH’s point for him – namely, that sometimes consumers do not understand Japanese culture as well as they perhaps should?