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Posted 8/12/16

animegirl2222 wrote:

of course it's not
anyone who thinks that japan culturally only consists of animanga media is a fucking weeb who needs to seriously be schooled



A little bit drastic and rude but Agreed.
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It seems a lot of people don't know what a weeb is.

But no, if you go there ONLY for that reason then you'll truly have a bad time. The anime and manga culture there is big but not as big as you think.
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better programming at least,
you get all the good stuff and don't have to sit around hoping it gets on a website in your particular country.

if I lived there id need an actual tv

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RowanSilverleaf wrote:


animegirl2222 wrote:

of course it's not
anyone who thinks that japan culturally only consists of animanga media is a fucking weeb who needs to seriously be schooled



A little bit drastic and rude but Agreed.


i can be a bit rude, but i must be frank at the same time, like people need to see japan as being more than just animanga because the culture is actually relatively interesting when people choose to read up on it
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Posted 8/12/16

animegirl2222 wrote:


RowanSilverleaf wrote:


animegirl2222 wrote:

of course it's not
anyone who thinks that japan culturally only consists of animanga media is a fucking weeb who needs to seriously be schooled



A little bit drastic and rude but Agreed.


i can be a bit rude, but i must be frank at the same time, like people need to see japan as being more than just animanga because the culture is actually relatively interesting when people choose to read up on it


Entirely, Japan's culture is very complex, interesting, the scenery is beautiful and frankly speaking its cool.
(i've read and seen too much so i may be biased)

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I doubt it. the only place you could probably find anime/manga is online,tv, or stores.
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Posted 9/6/16
I'd rather go there to see the gardens and Sakura trees, I can watch anime whenever.
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Posted 9/7/16

MonoDreams wrote:

I'd rather go there to see the gardens and Sakura trees, I can watch anime whenever.


Maybe go to Kyoto, see Nijo Castle, Edo Castle, Himeji Castle, go to a few museums, and if I have time Shinjuku and Akihabara.
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If Japan isn't what is?
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There is a lot of it.
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Posted 9/7/16

CptSpeirs wrote:


MonoDreams wrote:

I'd rather go there to see the gardens and Sakura trees, I can watch anime whenever.


Maybe go to Kyoto, see Nijo Castle, Edo Castle, Himeji Castle, go to a few museums, and if I have time Shinjuku and Akihabara.


I've been to Japan three times I and while the landmarks were lovely the subconscious way they treat you like a Gaijin I could have done with out. Oddly enough I got much less of that in Shibuya and Harajuku once you got away from the more traditional side of Japan. If your idea of a good time in Japan is being treated like an unwanted foreigner by all means hit up the famous landmarks.

I am staying in Shibuya and Harajuku, I've enough problems being treated like a foreigner in my homeland to want to pay for the pleasure of it elsewhere.
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I go to Japan pretty frequently. When I'm there, I sometimes wonder, is anime really from Japan? Sure, at most a few blocks from almost any metro station in and around Tokyo is a Book Off that sells thousands of used manga titles, plus anime DVDs and CDs. But these days Japan seems to really be pushing a repressed sense of being the anime haven fans from overseas want it to be.

I've come up with an analogy for what seems to have happened in Japan sometime shortly after the turn of the century. I call it the 4th Impact. The 3rd Impact of course refers to the event in Neon Genesis Evangelion that caused the Human Instrumentality Project to come into fruition. So to otaku, the ones who are likely to recognize the reference, and ones who were fans around the timeframe I am referring to, the 4th impact would be something even worse: the obliteration of otaku culture from Japan like it was feared would occur if ordinances on fictional depictions of minors were passed back around 2012.

This attitude that anime and manga is some sort of breeding ground for child pornography and antisocial behavior really started taking root around the time of Evangelion because of the degree of infatuation fans had with its main female characters, particularly Rei Ayanami, when it was fully evident she was only 14. So while Akihabara hasn't returned back to its roots as just being a popular site for buying radios and electric fans like in the altered present day depicted in Steins Gate, Tokyo and it's reputation for being very clean, this cleanliness has also extended to a very prominent lack of what most residents see as that "filthy anime stuff."
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Posted 9/7/16

JustineKo2 wrote:
"filthy anime stuff."


This is pretty much the reality of Japan. Everything that was said above is as accurate as you can get. The western world has adopted the idea that Japan is some type of Anime Heaven/Paradise when it's really just a regular country in general. It may be the birthplace of anime and where we get the shows we enjoy as much as we do; but, at the same time, take in consideration that it's not viewed in the same light in Japan as it is in the western world (Europe/UK/North America.. etc).

The reason behind this is exactly as JustineKo2 had mentioned: anime (and, by proxy, "being otaku") was never entirely a popular stance in Japan but after the scene switched from "weird people watching cartoons" to "people confessing their love/lust for moe-types that are only 8-14 years old" ...Japan quickly started to shift the overall view of anime watchers in general. While it became a fad, a trend, even a phenomenon in the Western world - I would take a guess that Japan is still a bit wary/cautious with anime.

Semi-Source: Lived in Kyoto as a foreign exchange student in 2000-2001.
Note on source: I won't say that my eight month stay in Japan has made me an expert - just recalling what I remember myself.

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Posted 9/7/16
I haven't been to Japan but I'm thinking there may be more people who are but not most. It would be cool to go travel there and see.
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