What is an Otaku? The New Passionate Romantic

What comes to mind when one thinks of an otaku? A dirty young man obsessed with something, anything really- boats, planes but most probably anime, manga, video games, light novels etc… the image of someone living vicariously through fiction, pure escapism. But why? Because reality is hard and it is hard and boring to build up one’s reputation? Perhaps so but there’s always a glimpse of something more beyond the empowerment fantasies or perhaps around them and that thing is beauty.

A few months ago I found this wonderful essay and I wanted to share it with you:

The Romantic, Passionate Japanese in Anime: A Look at the Hidden Japanese Soul

By Eri Izawa


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