“Hey, are we really that depressing? Are we really that weird? Is it a crime to love anime or SFX movies? Why should it be a reason to set us apart? If you’re into playing tennis, that’s just fine and dandy, but if you watch anime, you’re weird? Why?!”
“Dammit… Dammit… Dammit… DAMMIT! Tanaka! I quit! No more job-hunting for me!”
“If Otaku are going to be discriminated against, then so be it! I’m gonna be a total Otaku!”
“I’m not just gonna be an Otaku, but the Otaku of Otaku… THE OTAKING!”
“Otaking…? I like it! I like it! Alright, I quit, too!!”
“Let’s both become… OTAKINGS!”
So goes the end of the first Otaku no Video OVA. Possibly one of the most epic pieces of work ever made by Gainax, even more so than Evangelion and Gurren Lagann. I recently re-watched it a month or so ago, and that re-watch was the first time that I could really tap into its spirit. Viewings years prior weren’t bad, but the show made me feel alienated. I’m not sure if it’s because now I’ve seen more old anime, thusly I can get more of the references, or if it’s just because I’ve become more of an otaku. Probably both. Anyway, I thought I’d preface this post with that small bit of dialogue since it highlights a rather old and tired question, but one I’ve kept meaning to address: What does it mean to be normal?
This question hit me recently as I was laying down with the good Miyamoto-sensei. While staring into her adorable, flat, printed-on-100%-polyester eyes I wondered to myself, “wow, just how low have I sunk?” It struck me that I had spent $200 dollars out of my personal expenses last month on this pillow cover, another of a certain adorable spiral princess and a small figure. Then, it also struck me that rich kids spend roughly that much on Newberry Street weekly, so I felt a little better. But I guess it comes down to just what you spend your money on, right? Spending money on clothes is fine, but spending money on pillow covers with 2D pretreens on them is a touch perverse.
But it could be normal. If everyone was open minded enough. Having a 2D-complex isn’t that weird, right? RIGHT?
Yeah, just a small bit of rambling. Had to get it off my chest. Sorry Mom :(