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.
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?