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kouichisan 01-21-2009 12:50 AM

LOL to the thread.

I have thought of the same question too :). I think there are some weird anime's out there. perhaps weird people are attracted to the weirdness of it??? (sorry, i'm not a psychologist :o) lol!!!

For me my interest in Japan has been because of technology more over Media. Stuff like Japanese Motorsport and computers have always interested me.

Some people are hardcore otakus and you can spot them a mile away lol!!!. I personally can't stand 'lolita', 'cosplay' and generally things otaku's love to call 'MOE'. So you probably won't see me in places like Akihabara ('Akiba') any time soon. :mtongue:

Koir 01-21-2009 12:51 AM

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Originally Posted by Keaton421 (Post 667136)
I don't think I'm that odd - I'm just out of place; among hundreds of anime-obsessed lunatics.

Perhaps a vacation is in order.

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But back to my original topic, here's a great quote from the article God Hates Janks! about the following that Japan(ese cartoons) attracts, and the belief that Japan is so "weird and different":
Reading that quoted text is somewhat hilarious, both in the vitriolic display of foaming-at-the-keyboard ranting, and proving the Mobius loop of discussion is continuing to function quite well. As does this post.

Isn't "Janks" an insulting label?

Keaton421 01-21-2009 12:57 AM

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Originally Posted by Koir (Post 667140)
Perhaps a vacation is in order.

I was planning something a little longer ;)

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Reading that quoted text is somewhat hilarious, both in the vitriolic display of foaming-at-the-keyboard ranting, and proving the Mobius loop of discussion is continuing to function quite well. As does this post.
I think you'd feel the same way if you were a normal, non-rabid adult who just happened to be living in Japan, surrounded by people obsessed about your country for all the wrong reasons.

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Isn't "Janks" an insulting label?
It totally is :cool: Then again, so is otaku

MMM 01-21-2009 01:03 AM

I think the reason Japan attracts so many weirdos is because things weirdos like which are considered tabboo in the west are acceptable in Japan.

There is no fetish Japanese pornography and hentai does not produce en masse. Costume parlors and maid cafes are booming businesses, where in America people would be too shy to even peek in.

You have bikini cabarets, lingerie pubs, new-half bars and no-pan shabu shabu. All legitimate and legal businesses. No fear of police or mafia intervention.

What it boils down to is that it is OK to be the sexual freak that you are there.

In the West it is beleived if you cater to a fetish, you only make it grow stronger, where in Japan the opposite is true. If you can satisfy a fetish (albeit artificially) then you can keep it at bay.

Japan is not a society based in Christian guilt, where you are supposed to ask God's forgiveness for thinking your neighbor's wife is hot. In Japan you pray for a raise or to get into a good school or whatever cool stuff you want.

You can say the OP wasn't asking about porn and the sex industry, but the majority of what he is asking about boils down to sex. The bottom line is sex isn't dirty in Japan, and that's what makes it attractive for ALL kinds of people.

Koir 01-21-2009 01:07 AM

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Originally Posted by Keaton421 (Post 667144)
I was planning something a little longer ;)

Then my response would be "Don't scorch the earth because you see no future in real estate."

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I think you'd feel the same way if you were a normal, non-rabid adult who just happened to be living in Japan, surrounded by people obsessed about your country for all the wrong reasons.
Maybe. Otherwise, I would follow the old Headstones song instructions and just smile & wave...

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It totally is :cool: Then again, so is otaku
*shakes head* I think the forum has had that discussion already...

Keaton421 01-21-2009 01:08 AM

Great post, MMM. I have to agree wholeheartedly. Whether it's a guy who's been to a No-pan cafe and wants to go back, or a fangirl who's watched her idols and their "fanservice", or an otaku boy who's seen enough animated panty shots to last a lifetime - sex is a big part of it.

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Originally Posted by Koir
Maybe. Otherwise, I would follow the old Headstones song instructions and just smile & wave...

For some people, smiling and ignoring things we feel are unjust is just not good enough.

Kuroneko 01-21-2009 01:12 AM

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Originally Posted by Sitron (Post 667030)
I just started learning Japanese and frequent Japanese boards like /jp/ on 4chan.org.... lonely bitter misogynists, racists

Here's your problem you went to 4chan.org which is notorious for this. It's because of its /b/ board; a shock site (intended to be offensive, disgusting or disturbing to its viewers) which makes it not so useful as a tool to learn about japan.

I would not recommend anyone who wants to learn about japan to use this site.

More here on 4chan

4chan - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Keaton421 01-21-2009 01:14 AM

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Originally Posted by Kuroneko (Post 667159)
Here's your problem you went to 4chan.org which is notorious for this. It's because of its /b/ board; a shock site (intended to be offensive, disgusting or disturbing to its viewers) which makes it not so useful as a tool to learn about japan.

I would not recommend anyone who wants to learn about japan to use this site.

More here on 4chan

4chan - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

I've browsed 4chan for a long time, and there's one thing I can promise you - there are two types of people: those who browse /b/, and those who don't. They stay out of each others' places. Especially considering that /b/tards absolutely hate otaku/wapanese/japanophiles/janks.

ante 01-21-2009 01:44 AM

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Originally Posted by Keaton421 (Post 667127)
I don't exactly have time to list every single anime show and fashion style in Japan. Do you?

There are so many Japan defenders on this forum, just like the otaku it's an enigma to me.

You deliberately chose the things you dislike, deviate from the point, and try to make it into a "what I like and don't like"-thread. Come on.

Keaton421 01-21-2009 01:48 AM

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Originally Posted by ante (Post 667168)
You deliberately chose the things you dislike, deviate from the point, and try to make it into a "what I like and don't like"-thread. Come on.

You said that "manga, anime and fashion" (by fashion I presume you mean Harajuku) are the defining modern aspects of Japanese culture. I hope you're wrong :)


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