Today December 15th is World Otaku Day!!!! 🎉🎉🎉 now I know some may say the word Otaku can mean something bad. But I like to take it and turn it into something good. I do not mind being called an Ot…
My bad. I missed World Otaku Day! But even though it’s kinda late now, let me share my thoughts here.
First of all, a BIG THANK YOU to everyone who celebrated World Otaku Day!
I too, do not mind being called an otaku. I consider it to be a compliment.
And just let me tell you why I like anime and manga.
Well, besides the dazzling action scenes and the out-of-this-world scenarios, I like anime/manga because they teach important values that are lacking in today’s society. Read the rest of this entry
Facebook’s See Your Memories function is a good thing.
Because it just reminded me of a good deed I did last year, on the same day as today. And I want to share it with you all because what I did explains why it is important for the youths of today to read more manga and watch more anime.
Between 9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., on the 12th of June in 2015, I was leaving the train station in my neighbourhood when I saw a man walking unsteadily in front of me. He appeared to be in an agitated state. I remember seeing him hit a banner hanging outside the station.
Then he got to the taxi stand. A lady passenger was just getting into the waiting taxi when the man dashed forward and slammed the door shut on the lady. As the shocked lady was backing away, he opened the door to the front seat and got in. I did not hear what was being said in the taxi but, based on body language alone, I could see that the taxi driver appeared to be unwilling to pick him as a passenger. Read the rest of this entry
In 1852, Commodore Matthew Perry of the U.S. Navy led a fleet of black-hulled warships into the Uraga Harbor near Edo.
Ostentatiously, this was a military operation to force Japan to open its ports and resume trading with the West.
However, what most historians did not know was, in his teenage years, Matthew Perry was a transfer student at the same Japanese high school as Tokugawa Yoshinobu, the 15th shogun of the Tokugawa shogunate which ruled Japan at that time. Using the military cum trade expedition as an excuse, Commodore Perry had come to Japan to ask a favour of his former high school seito kaicho (i.e. student council president). Read the rest of this entry
I wonder how many of you have considered this: to canonise the Japanese manga and in so doing, ensure its survival as a piece of art.
My own favourite works are Love Hina and Negima by Akamatsu Ken. Reading them has been an enjoyable experience and I am sure will continue to be so even years later. And that’s why I want to ensure they survive even after their anime shows run their last episodes; after the shops sell the last piece of merchandise and a new fad arrives. Future generations should be able to share this glimpse into the beautiful world of manga. Read the rest of this entry
By the way, I am also an Otaku – fan of Japanese anime and manga.
So today, let us talk about Negima! Magister Negi Magi, a Japanese manga about a 10-year-old wizard teaching a class of middle-school girls. No, no, no! Stay with me! It isn’t like that at all! There isn’t any weird shit going on in there unless you count the android girls, ninjas, swordswomen, wizards, dragons and vampires. And they attend school just like any other regular Japanese student. Now, before you cast the first stone at this manga, can you truly vouch for your own school? No androids in your tea ceremony club? Are you sure the girl sitting beside you in history wasn’t really a ninja? And just because you didn’t hear the dragon chained beneath your school, are you sure it wasn’t actually there? Read the rest of this entry