Otakuism From Over Here in Singapore
If you guys did not know yet, all the writers on this blog are from this great midget country known as Singapore. I have always wondered what Otakus abroad are like.
So to start off this pop culture exchange, I will talk about Otakus here, or what I know of them. And if you want to, you can comment what Otakuism is like in your parts. Remember, if you are Singaporean and this post insults/offends your honor in any way I apologize. If you just feel insulted by this for no reason, go ahead and tell me why. (Ok fine I want to see comments -.-)
Now, the fellow “comrades” here is be said (by me) to be divided to three. The Shounen watchers, casual watchers and hardcore watchers. I guess for most of you I do not need to explain what I mean. Shounen means Naruto, Bleach watchers. Casual means casual and hardcore means hardcore. Need I say more? 90% of the time, the most easily to spot are the Shounen watchers cause they go around admitting it. Casual watchers just, well, casually watch anime. Though this is the first step to being hardcore. I’ve walked that path before. But I do not want to talk about them. The main one is…
Most hardcore watchers like
Cyborg Cyborg(apparently he claims he is not hardcore, but since he plans to get a Daikimura he is back on.) and myself are currently semi-closet Otakus though it is becoming more obvious from the state of my room and that Cyborg conveniently uses a Vocaloid file. The hardcore ones are usually hard to find as we do not like to admit it cause we get judged a lot of times. “My god, you are just watching cartoon porn!” are some of the things I have gotten from my own family so it is not hard to guess. So unless you admit you are a hardcore watcher, you will never meet another one. Unless you happen to meet online or at anime events.
Then again, the hardcore watchers can be divided again. Cosplayers, Figure Buyers and Seiyuu Nuts. Cosplayers can come from any of the first category but it’s easier to leave them here. Surprisingly there are many Cosplayers in Singapore, as seen from AFA. But there are hardly any anime events around here (correct me if I am wrong) so we do not get to see these people often.
Figure Buyers/Collectors well are what they seem. But as usual, the figure in scene in Singapore is rather small but there are a few good shops here and there though. It would be just awesome to see it grow I guess that will need Otakuism in Singapore to be mainstream. Hahahaha!
Lastly the smallest group of Otakus I have ever heard of that exists in Singapore. The seiyuu nuts. The ones I know. Faris, and well… Me. On the bright side, no competition. The ones who are interested in seiyuu and follow them online and respect them for their hard work. This may include buying their photo books, listening to the radio and listening to the songs some of them produce. But I have to say that there are a hell little seiyuu nuts round here, so if you are one, please tell me, I need more comrades!
But the thing about Singapore Otakus is that for the hardcore ones, we have to creep around (at least I prefer to that) because people really stare at you if you buy stuff considered “weird”. I was just casually looking at a Ro-Kyu-Bu photo book and suddenly I noticed that the people around me were staring at me. So in Singapore, Otakus keep a rather low profile.
I guess it is just that there are so little Otakus in total the total numbers are so little that we get dwarfed by other fans. Minorities are always thought as weird. If there were little K-Pop fans around (god I am going to get burned), it would not be “hot girls singing and dancing” but “weird sounds and weird plastic girls dancing”. So my main point is until there are nearly half a million Otakus here, we will still be considered weird and be proud of that fact.
So tell me is Otakuism on your side like mine? PS: Photos of Seiyuu from Animage’s Tumblr (http://animage.tumblr.com/). Until then, Moe picture.