Are you an Otaku? A definitive quiz.

March 16, 2010

Look in the mirror. And be honest now!

I think we have all asked ourselves this question at least once – am I gay? This is usually followed by imagining various naked specimens of our species and calculating how aroused, ie. hard/wet, we are. For more promiscuous individuals, experimentation takes place either after a drunken night or for an awesome T-shit and a necklace beads. For most of us this is just a passing concern and we move on with our lives, never telling another living soul the ordeal we just went through.

What does this have to do with being an Otaku? Not much, except as a loose and shoddily concocted analogy. That still doesn’t make a lick of sense.

Let’s look at the definition of otaku before moving on, shall we? Merriam-Webster has it as “a person who is obsessed with anime, manga, and Japanese culture in general.” The 56th definition of the word on the definitive online resource Urban Dictionary has it as “teh deliciously kickass wife of nero.” The former indicates an unhealthy fixation on drawn images of junior high school girls in various levels of undress. The latter, with perfect grammar, indicating you’re the wife of an Emperor that burnt a fuck ton of Christian babies alive.  You’re deliciously kickass, though, for what that’s worth.

Either way, it’s slightly unflattering.

So, how can you tell whether or not you’re an Otaku? By taking this painstakingly crafted, scientifically proven quiz of course! Or just go outside and play a sport or hit a pub and get pissed.

Remember, read through the quiz before answering!

Question the first!

If you had to describe your character, would you:

  • A) Defer the description to an anime/manga protagonist, and how you’d so “totally master the same jutsus.”
  • B) You would refer to a movie /TV or book character, only occasionally referring to anime.
  • C) Refer to a historical figure and how you’d “totally end the Civil War if [you] had the chance.” And you’d do it with Ichigo’s haircut, because it’s cool and not because you know who Kurosaki Ichig…
  • D) Actually describe personality traits and net income.

This is, like, sooo totally me!

Question the one after the first!

What would be the trait most desirable in your sexual partner:

  • A) He/she would be a mega-kawaii mega-tsundere. And mahou. If you chose this, you already know what those mean.
  • B) A lifeless, soulless, though still huggable sex doll/life size moe pillow/VCR player. That you can fuck.
  • C) She can’t be assertive, because you fear strong, independent women. Someone like Bella from the Twilight series would be nice. Only pretty.
  • D) You’d settle for smart and funny, and a superb knowledge of great wines.

Wash your fucking hair once in a while!

Question the thrice!

Where would you like to go on your honeymoon if you could go anywhere?

  • A) Obviously a trip to Konoha, with a pit stop at the Grandline on your way home.
  • B) Akihabara, with a side of maid and imouto cafes. An actual wife is optional.
  • C) A trip East. Japan is an option. Maybe a manga shop, if there’s time. And a maid cafe…just to, like, say I’ve done it.
  • D) Hawaii, and then backpack through Europe. Really live the world, y’know?

I didn't really want to go here. But it's an experience, y'know? Heh...heh.

Question the 4th!

What is your usual go to wardrobe?

  • A) An exact replica Asuka plug suit, despite me being a 320 pound male.
  • B) Just my super wicked awesome Haruhi fanny pack and soooo ironic “Shinji is Cool” T-shirt.
  • C) Jeans, jacket and maybe a relatively non-descript T-shirt that may or may not have Naruto images on it.
  • D) Whatever the people in The Real World are wearing.

See? It's not Naruto at all...

Question the something or other!

How would you battle evil cyborg ninjas that just kidnapped your 2 month old puppy?

  • A) You would create a fully functioning Gundam (or just steal the one they made in Tokyo and pimp that shit out), and tear the world asunder looking for Ayanami-chan.
  • B) You would so open a can of whoop ass only hundreds of hours of Dragonball and Hunter X Hunter can teach.
  • C) Try to trade that collection of animated features (like, totally not anime).
  • D) Call the fucking cops. I mean, evil cyborg ninjas just took your new pure-bred toy poodle! That thing cost you eight large!

Nobody fucks with my Ayanami-wawi-foo

Question the ninth!

If you only had three days to live, what’s #1 on your bucket list?

  • A) You would molest Hayao Miyazaki and profess your hidden pedophilic tendencies. Nobody is surprised.
  • B) Sneak into aforementioned Gundam in Japan and do nasty, filthy things inside.
  • C) Admit you may have watched an anime or forty, and cry into your life-sized moe pillow.
  • D) Air balloon. Around the world! Though unfortunately you die only three days into your trip.

I...don't recommend going inside there. ESPECIALLY the left arm.

Question the eixinth!

Of these phrases, which would best describe YOU?

  • A) Urusai!
  • B) Kakkoi!
  • C) I swear, I’m not that into this stuff.
  • D) Turtlenecks are fashionable and utilitarian!

Swank and warm, all at once!

Question the I never learned to count!

Who would you rather “do” – Suzumiya Haruhi, Ayanami Rei, or Ponyo.

  • A) Ponyo. In a heartbeat. Over and over and over again.
  • B) Tough, but you’d definitely go with Rei. Her emotionless features underlay a warmth not many see.
  • C) Well, if you had to choose, I guess Haruhi. Again, if those are the choices.
  • D) They’re cartoons, fer Chrissakes! You’d much rather “do” cocaine and prostitutes.

Consider that shit TAPPED!

Well, how did you do?

  1. If you mainly chose A, you are not only an Otaku, you have some serious mental health issues and are probably a registered sex offender. Or one waiting to happen. Look out your window. Do you see a preschool? Yeah? Do you feel tingly? Like, down there? Yeah, you should get some help. Or castrated.
  2. If you mainly chose B, you are the very definition of Otaku. Or at least the one from Merriam-Webster. Well, unless you really were married to Nero and were, like, awesome. Chances of reproduction are solely dependent on how many female otakus near you who would prefer male companionship over reading male on male yayoi.
  3. If you mainly chose C, you’re more or less normal, but you have to let the cat out of the bag. You are a closeted-Otaku. Now, you may be able to live your life happily, but is it true happiness when you’re rushing your Miyazaki Collectors DVDs into secret compartments before you have company over? Or feel the wrath of Catholic-level guilt every time you beat off to tentacle hentai? Give in! You’ll feel better after you do.
  4. If you mainly chose D, congratulations! You’re not an Otaku! Instead you’re just any other of the countless millions of pretentious yuppies infesting the world, drunk on reality TV while pretending you’re more important than the very thing you’re watching and deriving pleasure out of. In short, you are a douchebag.

Well, hey, you may be saying to yourself, “bullshit, there’s no way to win this!” Wrong again. The correct choice from the beginning is to have read through the entirety of the quiz before answering, like I told you to, reach this point and realize you dodged a bullet. The only correct way to finish an Otaku quiz is to not take one at all and live your life, you god damned conformist.



What the hell Bleach?

June 14, 2009

Bleach 2The Bleach manga has been on a long, slippery slide down mediocrity lane (man those metaphors did not match up) for a long while now. The manga used to be great. It had everything a shounen fan dreamt of – great art, engaging characters, good humour and an expansive universe to get attached to. The Soul Society arc is still amongst the most memorable of storylines in any medium, bet it manga, comics, TV or movies.

But then the series started to unravel. It happened around the introduction of the Arrancers. It was a neat idea to have these mega powerful hollows, but it’s never, ever, capitalized on. The idea that these beings could very well be more powerful than multiple captains put together was all but forgotten. Sure, they put up a fight but in the end every battle with an Arrancer invariably ends with our heroes victorious and the Arrancer dead.

The Arrancers also meant we finally see Hueco Mundo, the hollow’s home. But we never really get to see much of this plae outside of Aizen’s gigantic fortress. Even then it’s just a set of corridors and the occasional large area to do battle. I was expecting to see a hollow society, with customs and systems of order very much like a bleaker version of Soul Society. Instead the plot moves so fast that we’re amid a series of convoluted battles before we know it. A chance to really know the enemy is ignored so we can see more fighting, which isn’t bad except…

It’s been bad! Never before in the series did the fights seem to be so arbitrary. Usually the outcomes are arrived at due to plot points (like training) or reasonably logical events. So far in Hueco Mundo? It’s like the author is just making shit up on the fly to end the fight. You see your heroes getting an unholy ass whooping and what happens? A new power never alluded to before manifests and they win. You can see this in the last match between Hitsugaya and the big breasted chick – he uses somewhere in the range of 4 or 5 new bankai moves. Moves that maybe if he had used at the very beginning he wouldn’t have been so injured.

As for Ichigo? Read what he says in this panel. I don’t think it needs to be said but I’m pretty sure he went retared after getting hit in the head so many times.

God you suck now.

God you suck now.

Manga Spotlight – Yakitate!! Japan

May 30, 2009
She can Tsukino me any day.

She can Tsukino me any day.

Probably the funniest manga I’ve ever read, Yakitate!! Japan is essentially a shounen gag manga about baking with a focus on puns. Yeeeeaaaah. Even the title is a pun, with the “pan” in “Japan” meaning bread in Japanese. The protagonist, Kazuma Azuma, strives to create the perfect “Ja-pan”, Japanese bread, that the world will recognize. Why? In prototypical shounen fashion, he meets a man when he’s younger that turns him towards the surprisingly cut throat and deadly world of world class bread making.

Despite a somewhat ludicrous plot, this is one badass series. It’s not everyday that you get a really exciting shounen series that also serves as one of the best comedies, too. I never knew making a croissant could be so riveting and laugh out loud funny. I’m not kidding. I audibly laugh nearly every chapter at the absurdity of the proceedings. Besides the breakneck bread baking (see what I did there?), the series infuses some of the most ludicrous and outrageous humour I’ve ever witnessed. Though starting off rather innocuously the humour, and one suspects mangaka Takashi Hashiguchi’s sanity,  dives deeper and deeper into ridiculousness.

And it works. It worked so great that what was originally scheduled as a five week miniseries was expanded into 26 volumes.

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What’s this Naruto?

May 29, 2009

It was allllllll a dream!Oh, it’s a damned cop out, is it? The big ol’ reset button, huh? Completely negating the drama you’ve been presenting for the last two or three months? Well awesome, who needs consequences, right?

Well screw you, too, Naruto manga. Screw you too. How am I supposed to take the story seriously, where actions have consequences, when it suddenly pulls the rug out from underneath everything and pretty much pull off the equivalent of a “this was just a dream” twist?

Next time anybody dies in the book, how am I supposed to take it seriously? Goddamnit.

Manga Spotlight – Liar Game

May 20, 2009

Liar Game 1I was this close to doing 20th Century Boys this week, but I figured why blow my load on my favourite manga so early? Instead, I’m going a tad bit obscure this time around, focusing on a series no one I know has ever heard of, let alone reads. Which is unfortunate because Shinobu Kaitani’s Liar Game is one of the more intellectually entertaining series in the manga market right now. What Liar Game is, is a shounen manga without magical powers or ancient ninja techniques. It’s about an entirely different kind of battle – one of intellect. One where wit and cunning plays a far greater part than brawn or chakra.

And no, it’s not as dorkishly nerdy as that sounded out loud. The series is about Nao Kanzaki, an inherently honest and timid person, who gets embroiled in something called the Liar Game Tourament. Essentially a game set up by forces unknown to exploit the worse in human nature (short of murder), she finds out that if she were to lose she’d be 100 million yen in debt. She enlists the help of expert on man Shinichi Akiyama for help when she inevitably loses that 100 million yen. From there, they get deeper and deeper into the tournament, dead set on freeing everyone from debt along the way.

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Manga Spotlight : Yotsubato!

May 14, 2009

Yotsubato_amaiSimilar to my weekly comic spotlight, I want to take some time to write about a given manga series I don’t think is getting the attention is deserves, or if I just enjoy the hell out of it. Yotsubato! firmly falls into both of those camps.

I was debating whether or not to make my inaugural post about something more manly, what with me being the perfect male otaku/geek specimen at only 15 lbs overweight, but then I decided my site’s already overflowing with testosterone.

Like Manny Ramirez.

Yotsubato!, translated as “Yotsuba and,” has no mystical ninjas, emo death gods, pirates, monsters, blood, or general angst. What it has, in spades, is charm. So much charm one can say it’s fucking disgusting. One would also be a little retarded in the head. About a little girl, her dad, and her neighbours, it doesn’t get much simpler than this. Each chapter focuses on her experiencing something new. There aren’t any amazing plot twists or deceiving red herrings.

She finds something interesting to do, and the story tells how she goes about doing it recklessly. You laugh. Period.

yotsKyohiko Azuma doesn’t stray too far from the humour of his previous work, Azumanga. But instead of short vignettes, Yotsubato! expands those to chapter long stories that are amusing the entire way through. The gut busting laughs are kept relatively minimal, but almost every panel you’ll have a big ass grin on your face. The art is generally solid, and the way things are composed elicit maximum humour out of the reader. You can tell Azuma’s a master at taking advantage of every single panel.

So, if you haven’t read this manga yet and consider yourself an otaku, why the hell not? Sometimes you need to take a step back from the Narutos or One Pieces or hentai and just sit back, relax and enjoy a little slice of life. Also, why the hell hasn’t this gotten an anime deal yet? 95% of every anime season is complete and utter garbage. The very worse of what TV has to offer in any country.

Can you honestly say ostrich shit like Queen’s Blade or Tayutama deserve a TV show over this?

One Piece 541 somehow makes it online?

May 4, 2009
The new A-Team

The new A-Team

I was of the opinion that Shounen Jump wasn’t published last week, seeing that it said so and other series like Bleach and Naruto are nowhere to be seen. And yet One Piece 541 slips through the cracks and gets posted? I honestly don’t know how this happened but I’m glad. It’s a rather awesome issue.

Get it here.