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This is probably the most common and yet important question that many of us get asked. The question can be answered superficially, "Because I love anime". But it's truly a deeper question that can lead to some soul searching. WHY do you love anime? What is it about anime and fandom that truly speaks to you as a person? What is it about your personality that made you gravitate to anime and fandom? Was it how you grew up and the people you met? Was it a rejection of "normal" society? Was it a crutch? Was it the themes of various anime that changed your way of thinking and how you perceive the world? Was it friends that introduced it to you? What is it about YOU and ANIME/FANDOM that connected, and made you want to live the Otaku lifestyle? Why are you an Otaku?

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Old 01-14-2019, 02:37 AM
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Why I watch anime is very simple. It was on normal TV, mixed in with the cartoons. Be it before & after school or Saturday mornings, roughly half, probably, of the animated shows I watched when I was in school turned out to be either anime, or have some degree of origin in Japan.

Even if we discount the obvious ones, like Sailor Moon, Escaflowne, Pokémon, DBZ & Yugioh, plenty of the remaining animated shows were anime.

The notable non-anime alluded to above is Transformers (toys from Japan, & animation from Toei) & Power Rangers.

It took me years to realize I'd been watching anime for most of my life. Even shows I didn't think could possibly have been anime, like Flying House & Superbook, were. It was just what I watched. Eventually, once I figured it out & started looking into anime properly, I found much more interesting shows than what gets made in the West. The good guys aren't guaranteed to win sometimes, & even actually do fail in the end, if not get killed outright. There are actual stakes, sometimes. The visuals are cooler, more camera angles used, sometimes. It just seems better produced in general. More complex story telling.

There are lots of reasons I like anime, but what got me into it was silent access to it everyday for the vast majority of my life.

Voltron & Generation 1 Transformers are 2 of my favorite childhood shows, that shaped who I am. Both have ties to Japan.
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Why am I an Otaku? Well to tell you the truth if it was not for being an Otaku I would not be the person I am today.

Growing up I did things that people didn't think was....."Normal". Being black and into Japanese culture was seen as odd to some people. I had the expectation to be all into sports and good at athletics, but my heart was calling for something different. When I was 7 years old, I spent a lot of time over my grandmothers house, she didn't have a whole lot of channels but there was one show that caught my eye called "Samurai Pizza Cats". That show believe it or not was my very first anime series, and it was amazing to me! Sure as of right now that series is SUPER cheesy (no pun intended) but it was speaking to me on a personal level. It was show with a completely different culture that was not American and it was the series that opened my world.

As time progressed I explored different series, such as Pokemon, Digimon, DBZ, Cardcaptors, and Ruroni Kenshin. Being deeply into these shows really made me stand out among people, but it created an opportunity for people to bully me. I was told that I was "not black" or that I'm a "Disgrace to the African American race". In fact high school was a huge challenge for me because I had almost no friends. There was one friend I had, who was into Anime but due to bullying, he transferred to a different school.

However despite the bullying I suffered, I remained strong through this time! It was being an otaku that helped me push some of the sadness I felt back and press on forward through High school! In fact my love of anime resulted in me traveling to Japan, but that's a whole different story I will share another time (Or if asked!).

Now dig this, 2010, I just finished my freshman year of college, and a friend invites me to go to Natsucon, which was an anime convention. This was my first convention and WOW, just WOW! I felt that I actually belonged some where, and it felt great! So many like minded people, and no one bullying you for liking anime and manga! I truly felt at peace and very happy! Before going to an anime convention, I had to hide myself from people and pretend I was some one I was not, but now I can be me and have no regrets!

As of right now I work for an anime convention doing marketing and outreach, as well as help manage a maid cafe within the convention too. When I travel around to do certain events I run into people younger than me who are interested in anime. I can't help but be reminded of myself when I was their age. So when they ask question I give them words of encouragement telling them to never give up on what they like and to work hard and be passionate in what they love!

This has also lead to me starting a YouTube channel and Facebook page where I host a show talking about anime called "Lets Talk Anime"

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/darrangerous/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCn6...7ifiP-X5A78XhA

This is the reason why I love being an Otaku, because I can be...well ME! I can be a 28 year old black guy who love's anime with no regrets! The stories they tell is what helped me get through so many rough parts of my life as well as creating new doors and opportunites for me in the process! Despite all of the trouble I went through in life and all of the hardship I suffered. I would never change any of it, because it made me who I am today!
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Gratz XSharplineSagaraX,

You've won this month's Why are you an Otaku? contest. I love hearing stories like this, where people had the courage to be who they truly are despite what others might say or how they might treat them. Anime and Otaku culture spoke to you deeply, like it does to many of us, and we embraced it, no matter what others might say.

I think we all probably felt the same way you did when we attended our first anime convention. Mine was in 1999 at Otakon (I've been to every single Otakon since then, never missed a single year). I also felt like, WOW, just WOW, I've found my people, I feel accepted, regardless of race creed or color, we are Otaku and we are a family. That's the love I felt at my first convention and why I continue to go to anime cons every year.

Anyway, gratz on your win XSharplineSagaraX and I'd love to hear about your story of going to Japan (I'm envious, lol, ). I'll definitely check out your youtube channel too. ^_^

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Why am I an Otaku? Well to tell you the truth if it was not for being an Otaku I would not be the person I am today.

Growing up I did things that people didn't think was....."Normal". Being black and into Japanese culture was seen as odd to some people. I had the expectation to be all into sports and good at athletics, but my heart was calling for something different. When I was 7 years old, I spent a lot of time over my grandmothers house, she didn't have a whole lot of channels but there was one show that caught my eye called "Samurai Pizza Cats". That show believe it or not was my very first anime series, and it was amazing to me! Sure as of right now that series is SUPER cheesy (no pun intended) but it was speaking to me on a personal level. It was show with a completely different culture that was not American and it was the series that opened my world.

As time progressed I explored different series, such as Pokemon, Digimon, DBZ, Cardcaptors, and Ruroni Kenshin. Being deeply into these shows really made me stand out among people, but it created an opportunity for people to bully me. I was told that I was "not black" or that I'm a "Disgrace to the African American race". In fact high school was a huge challenge for me because I had almost no friends. There was one friend I had, who was into Anime but due to bullying, he transferred to a different school.

However despite the bullying I suffered, I remained strong through this time! It was being an otaku that helped me push some of the sadness I felt back and press on forward through High school! In fact my love of anime resulted in me traveling to Japan, but that's a whole different story I will share another time (Or if asked!).

Now dig this, 2010, I just finished my freshman year of college, and a friend invites me to go to Natsucon, which was an anime convention. This was my first convention and WOW, just WOW! I felt that I actually belonged some where, and it felt great! So many like minded people, and no one bullying you for liking anime and manga! I truly felt at peace and very happy! Before going to an anime convention, I had to hide myself from people and pretend I was some one I was not, but now I can be me and have no regrets!

As of right now I work for an anime convention doing marketing and outreach, as well as help manage a maid cafe within the convention too. When I travel around to do certain events I run into people younger than me who are interested in anime. I can't help but be reminded of myself when I was their age. So when they ask question I give them words of encouragement telling them to never give up on what they like and to work hard and be passionate in what they love!

This has also lead to me starting a YouTube channel and Facebook page where I host a show talking about anime called "Lets Talk Anime"

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/darrangerous/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCn6...7ifiP-X5A78XhA

This is the reason why I love being an Otaku, because I can be...well ME! I can be a 28 year old black guy who love's anime with no regrets! The stories they tell is what helped me get through so many rough parts of my life as well as creating new doors and opportunites for me in the process! Despite all of the trouble I went through in life and all of the hardship I suffered. I would never change any of it, because it made me who I am today!
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