As I lay here late at night I browse the internet and come across an image I felt like discussing bear in mind that I'm not you or you or even you with the contacts so we will not think the same we just won't Biology and lack of indoctrination has blessed us with this gift so as these are my opinions please state yours below or make a card and tag me in it YouTube 2005 that sh*t k so let's get into it :D
This statement and the second image are very correct in theory you cannot in a vacuum of your own mind or echo chamber of correctness say you are Otaku by watching two series both of which are shaky at times nor can you judge all anime by only watching the 4 kings mentioned. So when can you judge anime as good or bad? when do you have the right to call yourself "Otaku"? I believe it to be a simple matter of your perspective and outlook on anime as a medium. I'd like to think of these as the basis for judging anime and giving yourself that prestigious badge.
1. Is it ok to love a mainstream series?
Of course it is. In fact if you didn't like one or another mainstream series that would mean someone on marketing needs to be fired. Everyone who loves anime/manga has heard of the big three and at some point I'm sure they've checked it out as well wether one chapter or one arc one episode or one season every mainstream series has something for you to really sink your teeth into at some point or another. Most people say if you watched/read a mainstream series you can't really be a judge, well why not? If an anime doesn't reach your standards that another mainstream did why can't you criticize it an have that opinion? I think it's pretty jacked you get frowned upon for having an opinion but at the same time you can't tell your friends you didn't like Geass because they had mechs and the mechs weren't crafted by the user or they didn't personalize it like they would in Gundam because they're different experiences had in different ways.
2. Switching from Mainstream to Non-mainstream.
The best way if you're a mainstream only watcher/reader to ease into the process of watching other things like that mainstream.I talked to a guy at WinCo and he'd only watched Death Note telling "me I want to watch more but I only really like Death Note" to which I responded with "hey you should check out Code Geass" Though this is a bit off topic but if you can watch one series ask around and see if another is just like it maybe even a mirror identity it'll make the process to jump into random series way easier so you don't overload yourself with far to much than your comfortable with and on that note v
3. What's your range for Anime/Manga?
When you think of anime/manga what do you think of? Fast paced action? A person doing laundry? two genders of the same sex rubbing against each other? Whatever it is it doesn't matter as long as you are up to watching/reading them. Personally I've watched/read quite a bit from action comedy to a romance drama but the way I see it doesn't matter if you don't watch/read those or any other types of genre as long as you are up to it. This helps you become a great judge for vast collections of anime/manga by making more attuned to other genre and what they're like or suppose to be like. Most series don't get a mainstream push look at Iron Knight (image 9) it got cancelled in jump even though it was a stellar series because it didn't get that mainstream push, because of this it's likely up to you the viewer with your friends to quest out and find those gems hidden away. UQ holder (seriously check it out) was a series I got heavily into and thoroughly enjoyed, all because my fish died one day! Probably shouldn't sound enthusiastic but it was a deciding factor. Give some a shot or just be willing to, maybe genres out of your norm don't run into your que hey I understand Anime's quite a large medium and there's alot to peer through before you can even get through your stuff but hey that's just how I feel speaking of moving to the next one.
4. How does a series make you feel?
Do you feel the emotion a character does when they convey it? Do you get sad that your favorite died? Do you laugh or snicker at their stupid jokes? Do experience a sense of proudness as a character grows and develops past who they were? If no to any of these maybe drop that series? Seriously though when I watch/read a series I'm investing time into that particular series and I'd like to be rewarded in one way or another. This feeling you get helps you understand what a character(s) going through and why it's important to have this feeling as you know you've grown with the character and can gauge how another series may or may not give you this feeling. Different series have different ways of conveying feelings, each conveyance carries weight to it and if you don't feel that weight maybe that's not your jam (so try jelly?). If action isn't doing it for you try slice of life, if you don't like comedy give horror a shot there's something out there for everyone and if you get started one way you can get hooked another.
5. What's your takeaway when you finish a series?
If you've stuck it out and finished a series what was your takeaway from it? Were you proud of a character to accomplish their goal or disappointed the author had to rush a 10 year long journey into 5 chapters? whatever the case may be once it's gone it's probably gone for good wether by the creator or studio if your series is done what was that thing you were able to gain from that? Was it a message to never give up even when the whole worlds against you? Maybe you just got the confidence to ask that one particular person out because it's not about appearance it's about character. Or maybe you like me watched something said "I SO WANNA DO THAT!" went out bought some roller blades and proceeded to faceplant every 10 inches you rode. Whatever the case is if you don't have a takeaway from finishing a series even a negative one then anime/manga probably isn't your thing. Like saying "that series was garbage what a waste of time!" that's a negative takeaway even that is invaluable as now you know you don't like that particular series or types of series it helps you grow further you and your friends but if you don't have this then you probably won't enjoy other anime either regardless of genre. It's the key point to the journey is to have a takeaway but fear not there's always primetime television like Big Bang Theory or Supernatural....though Supernatural is also an anime.... might be a good cheat >:3 or fantastic books like Shannara Chronicles....though so ya know all types of enjoyment out there enjoy I hear games are good this time of year, it's not like a famous review YouTuber coined this month as broketober or nothing.
So what'd ya think? How do you think one identifies themselves as Otaku or a good judge of anime? Why'd I make this because anybody can google and anime site and copy paste 50 names they see . I genuinely feel that my card on the matter is how I feel and how being identified as Otaku and a good judge should be. Did I go off track? I dunno possibly I forgot what I was righting about midway (like the ♏?) but please do comment your opinions on what Otaku means to you and when you feel someone can truly judge an anime. I feel like I'm a pretty good judge but others may disagree with my whole hate card I did and all Tagging:@Zeenyte