People will treat you how you allow them to treat you. That is to say, based on their personality, people will treat you well or treat you poorly based on signals from you. You teach people how to treat you, based on your actions and how you carry yourself.
Without the extended internal questioning about otaku identity, nor any immediately visible effort to enforce standards of behaviour or change their image to the outside world, the otaku community invites a lot of skepticism and criticism from the outside looking in.
There’s a very peculiar problem that affects nerds. Many of us are obsessed with approaching media from a critical, analytical, sometimes cynical standpoint, often to feel smarter and impress other nerds.
When people talk about “supporting the anime industry,” they’re usually taking about financially supporting the studios that make the anime.
The problem is: The “anime industry” is much bigger than just the studios.
When otaku get together, however, magical things can happen. Combine plenty of time to develop a talent with the undying passion and drive to see one’s dreams come true and we get things like the Daicon IV animation.
TE Anubis shows how he dusts and cleans his anime figures.
The Amagami Challenge
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