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You hear people talk about Japan like its a magical place where every citizen is an otaku and how its a dreamland for anime fans around the world. But is it really like that? Could someone who has been to japan please explain?
Posted 8/7/16
Yes it is.

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I haven't been to Japan.. yet, but I have 2-3 dozen Japanese friends so I can tell you what I know.

Not everyone is an otaku, not even close. However, the manga industry is huge out there, so a very large portion of the population reads at least a bit of it. Nevertheless, it has the highest amount of anime fans per capita, so finding one isn't super difficult. There is one district in Japan that is an anime dreamland though, and that is Akihabara, it's located in Tokyo.
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It may not be paradise, but it's the closest to paradise when compared to anywhere else.
Everyone being an otaku is just impossibru.
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Posted 8/7/16 , edited 8/12/16

oneouts123 wrote:

You hear people talk about Japan like its a magical place where every citizen is an otaku and how its a dreamland for anime fans around the world. But is it really like that? Could someone who has been to japan please explain?


Have not been to Japan, but I"m pretty sure it's a normal country with its pride and problems like every other country in the world.


Though I have read that it's more of an embarrassment if you say you're an otaku.


Am I the only one who would go to Japan just to see the temples, buildings and natural scenery? Sometimes I feel like the only anime fan out there who'd be more interested in this...besides seeing the anime stuff...
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I have heard no such thing and I doubt some smart Japanese would think that way. Afaik, I knew some Japanese people that have like no connection with anime and manga.
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No. Anime and manga culture equates to like 10% of Japanese culture. For the longest time I thought that I could have an instant connection with any Japanese person I met (via foreign exchange), but after meeting two or three, I learned that being an otaku in the same sense that you are in America is actually pretty rare. Because for them, anime and manga is as much a presence to them as Saturday morning TV is to us. They are aware of it, but many choose not to get into it at all. Something else to note is that Japan is not a perfect country. They have a lot of political and economic issues compared to America, and they can tend to be xenophobic depending on who you meet. But I can also agree that since it is the mother country, it wouldn't take you too long to meet some who share some common interest. I personally like the culture and history as a whole. I find it all, including anime and manga, fascinating.

Know this and you will graduate from being a Weeaboo and move on to greater self-esteem.
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Posted 8/7/16 , edited 9/7/16
I have lived in Japan for 4 years. Yes it is a paradise of everything Otaku however, nothing is translated into English. You don't want to buy the DVD's because they are region locked and will not work on your American bought television. Same story with video games. But there are still really awesome stuff you can do without knowing Japanese. There is an anime theme park inside of a mall in Tokyo and i had ramen at Ichiyaku's, played an interactive game with Goku, went on a pirate adventure in the One Piece section. There is a Gundam restaurant that is pretty cool. You can cosplay every Sunday in Harajuku. There is a picachu day every year where everything is well..... pikachu.Either way, Japan is worth the vist.
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No, In Japan there is about same amount of people watching anime and reading manga as everywhere else. Anime just been longer in Japan than elsewhere. Anime boon started somewhere 2000, so it's little fresh in outside of Japan but currently almost all japanese animation companies try to push anime to outside of japan. Ofc there is some places in Japan what is paradise to anime fans like Akihabara (wanna go there someday).

And yeah there is political & economical problems in Japan that's why they try to be stricter with Anime export so there would not be that much piracy. But that goes to every country in the world currently. Country with biggest loan America is not better or any else, some have higher loan and some lower.

If you go to Japan go to Akihabara and you will meet fellow Anime fans (otakus) a lot.
Posted 8/7/16
It's the origin of anime and manga, so I imagine it would be. I've never been there myself, but still.
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Posted 8/7/16

KnightOfZero1991 wrote:

I haven't been to Japan.. yet, but I have 2-3 dozen Japanese friends so I can tell you what I know.

Not everyone is an otaku, not even close. However, the manga industry is huge out there, so a very large portion of the population reads at least a bit of it. Nevertheless, it has the highest amount of anime fans per capita, so finding one isn't super difficult. There is one district in Japan that is an anime dreamland though, and that is Akihabara, it's located in Tokyo.


HAIL THE HOLY LAND AKIHABARA!!! May your wallets be empty and your bags full!


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oneouts123 wrote:

You hear people talk about Japan like its a magical place where every citizen is an otaku and how its a dreamland for anime fans around the world. But is it really like that? Could someone who has been to japan please explain?


Have not been to Japan, but I"m pretty sure it's a normal country with its pride and problems like every other country in the world.


Though I have read that it's more of an embarrassment if you say you're an otaku.


Am I the only one who would go to Japan just to see the temples, buildings and natural scenery? Sometimes I feel like the only anime fan out there who'd be more interested in this...besides seeing the anime stuff...


I'd like to see that stuff as well, Japan is quite the beautiful country when you leave the cities. However I want to see the neko cafes and all the weird anime stuff in Akihabara too.
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Yes it is.

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Akihabara is the place to be for anime/manga related things. Of course around Tokyo you'll still find your fair share of anime/manga stuff but Akihabara is the hub of anime/manga and electronics thus the nickname Electric Town. IMO from the few months I spent there, Tokyo is not too much different from life around a big city like New York City except that it's cleaner and obviously there's not many people speaking English. Kyoto is way different though. You almost don't find anyone speaking English at all and it's more suburban/rural. That's where you go for your more historical/cultural interests.

All in all, Japan is definitely worth a visit especially if you like anime/manga. If you don't know any Japanese stick to staying in the Tokyo area, there's plenty to do no matter how long you decide to go for. Although, I'd highly suggest knowing at least a few words and phrases just to facilitate your stay.
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I would want to go to experience the culture, not something I can experience from home and in Japan there isn't people with supernatural powers, different colored eyes and hair, or mech suits. Japan is a country that has its own problems and people to worry about like their economic state, aging population, and decreasing birthrate. All in all I would want to visit the temples, scenery, stay in the countryside, and meet with locals.
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Posted 8/7/16
So... No one is going to post that video of that conservative Japanese TV host making fun of a fat weeaboo in an Evangelion t-shirt so hard he cried?

Or a video compilation of Japanese women expressing their belief that all anime fans are seething pedophiles?

I feel let down. What even is the point of this thread?
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