Written by Sean Russell
Anime 3000 Panel with Sean Russell. Season Two, Episode Four, Being an Otaku. In this episode, our panel discusses what it means to be an Otaku. In our conversation, we go over its definition, common usage in both the United States and Japan as well as several series that address this topic. Our panel this week includes Benu from Anime Genesis, Bradley Meek from Themanime.org and Courtney Kraft from G4 Television.
Anime 3000 Panel with Sean Russell. Season Two, Episode Four, Being an Otaku. In this episode, our panel discusses what it means to be an Otaku. In our conversation, we go over its definition, common usage in both the United States and Japan as well as several series that address this topic. We review the anime Kaze no Stigma and close the show with some news and thoughts from Sean Russell. Our panel this week includes Benu from Anime Genesis, Bradley Meek from Themanime.org and Courtney Kraft from G4 Television.
ABOUT OUR PANEL
Sean Russell – Host and owner of Anime 3000. (http://www.anime3000.com)
Benu – Podcast host and web master of Anime Genesis (http://www.anime-gen.com)
Bradley Meek – Writer for ThemAnime.org (http://www.themanime.org)
Courtney Kraft – G4 TV associate producer and host of G4 Interactive. (http://stickam.com/g4interactive)
[0:00 - 3:04] Introduction
[3:04 - 36:10] What is an Otaku
[36:10 - 37:05] Promos
[37:05 – 56:25] Shows that deal with Otaku Culture
[56:25 – 58:45] Kaze No Stigma Review
[58:45 - 1:00:00] Closing Remarks
Pururin ringtone (Welcome to the NHK)
Odoru Akachan Ningen (instrumental)
INFORMATION ABOUT THIS EPISODE
1. Genesis of the Term
2. Panelist’s take on the word and its relationship with their personal lives.
3. Commercial Break
4. Shows dealing with the Otaku Culture.
5. Welcome to the NHK Review
6. Closing Comments
NOTES FROM THE DISCUSSION
· Originally derived from a second-person pronoun that depicts a level of honor
· Also refers to another house or family.
· Depicted in anime and manga
· Most people in Japan consider the term Otaku to be undesirable and offensive. At its core, it means the same thing in Japan as it does in America. The main difference is the culture of both societies.
· Being an Otaku and its correlation to having mental illness.
· Hikomori, NEETs, Paranoid or disorganized schizophrenia,
· Interchangeable with the term Geek, Nerd or Fan Boy
· Is it more acceptable to be an Otaku in America or is anime and manga so niche that it doesn’t register as a social taboo?
· We’ve embraced being nerds and turned it into something to be admired.
Anigamers.com – Make sure you check out Ani-Gamers, good friends to the site, excellent coverage on games, anime and the Otaku Culture.
Kaze No Stigma – Jade reviews the series in addition to a trailer of the FUNimation release of the series. Purchase from Amazon
SHOWS DEALING WITH OTAKU
· Lucky Star (Benu, Bradley)
· Welcome to the NHK (Bradley, Courtney)
· Genshiken (Benu, Bradley)
· Otaku no Video (Bradley, Benu, Courtney)
· Hayate the Combat Butler (Benu)
· Comic Party (Benu)
· Ressentiment (Bradley)
· Battle Programmer Shirase (Benu)
· Chaos;Head (Bradley)
· Densha Otoko (Benu, Bradley)
· Hot Gimmick
· I, Otaku: Struggle in Akihabara
· MegaTokyo (Benu)
· Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu (Benu, Bradley)
· Otaku no Musume-san
· No More Heroes
· Congratulations to Anime World Order on their Parsec Award for Best Anime Podcast.
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