Sunday Follies: The Truth About Otaku

Bertel Schmitt
by Bertel Schmitt

The story about the defiled Lambo triggered a lively discussion about cars, hentai, anime, and otaku. Even about cosplay bars in Tokyo’s Akihabara (I’ve seen them all, boring.) Obviously, we had heretofore neglected a topic of high interest amongst our readership. In preparation for an even bigger role of Japanese transplants in the U.S., here some cross-cultural sensitivity training.

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  • Mekira Mekira on Nov 23, 2008

    Oh no! I feel like such a geek! I've actually seen all six episodes of this show, and then I find it on here of all places! How funny! When I was in Tokyo at the beginning of the year, I went to a maid cafe called @HomeCafe. It was amazing! Although I knew it was an odd thing to do, I also knew it was a rare opportunity, being that these cafes exist more or less only in Japan, and just a few of its major cites. They draw people because of the cuteness of the maids, and the food is not horrible either. I had a piece of cake shaped like a bear. Oishii! Next time I go, I'll be sure to ask what maids drive. (I'm sure it's something small and cute!)

  • Bertel Schmitt Bertel Schmitt on Nov 24, 2008

    @Mekira: They all take the subway. With a kawaii Suica card .... @Davey49: Where was that? Amongst Chinese females, Japanese men rank lowest on the desirability scale, or so I am told. @Nickatnyt: There is a STOP button on the video. Just say ie. I mean, no.

  • Jordan Tenenbaum Jordan Tenenbaum on Nov 24, 2008

    And besides, it was Sunday. Now if only they would open an FLCL cafe...

  • Davey49 Davey49 on Nov 24, 2008

    Bertel- It was at a semiconductor fab in NY. These guys were the engineers/maintenance for the tools I worked with. I was wondering the reverse of you, thinking that Japanese men must like Chinese women.