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These are great!

100,000 yen (US$896) prize

I turn off the computer
The beautiful woman disappears
Only my fat reflection fills the screen

#2. 50,000 ($448) yen prize

I have many hobbies
But talking to people
Is not one of them

#3. 50,000 yen prize

From my wallet
A ten-thousand yen bill disappears
Ah! And there goes another

#3. 10,000 ($90) yen prize

At the handshake event
The hot guy gets two minutes
Alas, I get five seconds

#5. 10,000 yen prize

The idea of buying something
On the spot, spur of the moment
Makes me laugh

#7. 10,000 yen prize

The year of Evangelion
Came and went
But the angels did not appear

#7. 10,000 yen prize

I always thought that
Marriage was just
Something that happened to everybody

#10. 5,000 ($45) yen prize

I want my hand
To reach for the same book
As someone else

http://en.rocketnews24.com/2016/03/20/winning-poems-from-otaku-haiku-contest-are-hilarious-but-also-hit-way-too-close-to-home/
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Posted 3/20/16
I like 1,7and 10
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Yeah, I dunno... some of those are profoundly sad. I mean, sure, some are light-hearted self-deprecation (like 2, 5, and the first #7), but a few of them seem like mean-spirited parody of otaku by non-otaku (1, mostly).... but the first #7 (and to a lesser extent, 10), are really depressing. That's some lonely otaku right there.
Posted 3/21/16
I wrote a haiku for you Huasteco.

I love you lil sis!
You're so cute and lovely!
Too bad you're a guy.
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Posted 3/21/16
I like them.
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outontheop wrote:
Yeah, I dunno... some of those are profoundly sad. I mean, sure, some are light-hearted self-deprecation (like 2, 5, and the first #7), but a few of them seem like mean-spirited parody of otaku by non-otaku (1, mostly).... but the first #7 (and to a lesser extent, 10), are really depressing. That's some lonely otaku right there.


You think WE'RE mean-spirited toward otaku??
Over in Japan, even so much as admitting that you watch anime or use the Internet is tantamount to admitting you're a horny, overweight proudly-jobless slacker, and staying at home being lazy, snacking and lolicon-perverted means the entire economic recession is YOUR fault.

The displaced-blame casualness with which mainstream Japanese joke about otakus "deserving" their public stereotyping and persecution--even angrily disapproving of any idea that anime or manga otaku should be considered sympathetically for their "laziness", or that some anime and game fans might actually have a healthy interest in their hobby without being socially damaged hikkikomori--is starting to get a bit Berlin-creepy. Or let's say, Trump-creepy.
It's how the Bad Stuff starts, and we want to keep the Bad Stuff as far away from anime as possible.
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Ejanss wrote:


outontheop wrote:
Yeah, I dunno... some of those are profoundly sad. I mean, sure, some are light-hearted self-deprecation (like 2, 5, and the first #7), but a few of them seem like mean-spirited parody of otaku by non-otaku (1, mostly).... but the first #7 (and to a lesser extent, 10), are really depressing. That's some lonely otaku right there.


You think WE'RE mean-spirited toward otaku??
Over in Japan, even so much as admitting that you watch anime or use the Internet is tantamount to admitting you're a horny, overweight proudly-jobless slacker, and staying at home being lazy, snacking and lolicon-perverted means the entire economic recession is YOUR fault.

The casualness with which mainstream Japanese joke about otakus "deserving" their public stereotyping and persecution--even angrily disapproving of any idea that anime or manga otaku should be considered sympathetically for their "laziness"--is starting to get a bit Berlin-creepy. Or let's say, Trump-creepy.


Whoa, now, slow your roll. I didn't say anyone here was being mean-spirited, I said that some of the haikus seemed like they were a bit mean-spirited
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outontheop wrote:


Ejanss wrote:You think WE'RE mean-spirited toward otaku??
Over in Japan, even so much as admitting that you watch anime or use the Internet is tantamount to admitting you're a horny, overweight proudly-jobless slacker, and staying at home being lazy, snacking and lolicon-perverted means the entire economic recession is YOUR fault.

The casualness with which mainstream Japanese joke about otakus "deserving" their public stereotyping and persecution--even angrily disapproving of any idea that anime or manga otaku should be considered sympathetically for their "laziness"--is starting to get a bit Berlin-creepy. Or let's say, Trump-creepy.


Whoa, now, slow your roll. I didn't say anyone here was being mean-spirited, I said that some of the haikus seemed like they were a bit mean-spirited


Well, that's what I was saying: It's become so saturated in Japan, people will now applaud you and consider you socially acceptable for making mean-spirited mass-sweeping stereotypes of a separated group of other people, based on quick-scapegoat theories about current pop and economic headlines, to the point that it's believing you're making society better for believing it.
Remember when we tried to blame Columbine on Mortal Kombat, and call for all video games to be wiped off the planet? We didn't have a safe, comfortable majority who felt socially responsible in believing that.
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Ejanss wrote:


Well, that's what I was saying: It's become so saturated in Japan, people will now applaud you and consider you socially acceptable for making mean-spirited mass-sweeping stereotypes of a separated group of other people, based on quick-scapegoat theories about current pop and economic headlines, to the point that it's believing you're making society better for believing it.
Remember when we tried to blame Columbine on Mortal Kombat, and call for all video games to be wiped off the planet? We didn't have a safe, comfortable majority who felt socially responsible in believing that.


I understood that part, but when you lead with "you think WE'RE mean-spirited"... well, that implies that I think someone here was being mean-spirited, when I said nothing of the sort. You could have just omitted that sentence entirely and your point would have been perfectly clear.
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PeripheralVisionary wrote:

I wrote a haiku for you Huasteco.

I love you lil sis!
You're so cute and lovely!
Too bad you're a guy. :(


Awwww
I even look cuter now that I have eyeglasses
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Also, call me cultural stickler, but isn't it only American third-graders who think "Haiku" is just counting syllables?

I thought even the Japanese would know that the proper form of Haiku is to illustrate a still-life metaphorical image in their poem, which suggests a larger philosophical thought, mood or observation:

An unwashed rice bowl
My game controller nearby
A world is outside

A bright-eyed pillow
She sits in the bed corner
A dream will not change

Fumbling the tea cups
She is cute but not perfect
It does not scare me
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Ejanss wrote:

Also, call me cultural stickler, but isn't it only American third-graders who think "Haiku" is just counting syllables?

I thought even the Japanese would know that the proper form of Haiku is to illustrate a still-life metaphorical image in their poem, which suggests a larger philosophical thought, mood or observation:

An unwashed rice bowl
My game controller nearby
A world is outside

A bright-eyed pillow
She sits in the bed corner
A dream will not change

Fumbling the tea cups
She is cute but not perfect
It does not scare me



Apparently there are two types. Got this from the linked article -


What is less well-know, however, is senryu – the sister to haiku. It has the same 17-syllable structure as haiku, but senryu tend to focus on humanity, whereas haiku focus on nature, though the two names are often used interchangeably in English.

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(´・ω・`) (´・ω・`) (´・ω・`) (´・ω・`) (´・ω・`)
(´・ω・`) (´・ω・`) (´・ω・`) (´・ω・`) (´・ω・`) (´・ω・`) (´・ω・`)
(´・ω・`) (´・ω・`) (´・ω・`) (´・ω・`) (´・ω・`)
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I like the second one. That about sums me up
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