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Otaku and Fujoshi


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F.D.B.W.A. Szeto Ho Secondary School

5th February, 2009

Morning Assembly by 6A

Otaku and Fujoshi

K: Kathy; Iu Kwan Lai M: Miki Yue Sau Ping P: Peter Cheng Kai Ming



M:

Hey, Kathy. Shall we go shopping at the coming weekend?

K:

Ummm... Actually I have no idea. It all depends on you.

P:

What are you talking about, girls

M:

We plan to go shopping. Will you join us?

P:

Actually, I always stay home at weekends and read the wonderful comics with my computer only. I never leave home except going to school!

M & K:

Otaku!!!!

P:

What? Is it a dirty word? Are you insulting me?

K:

No, no. Otaku ( 御宅族 ) is a Japanese term used to refer to people with obsessive(過分的) interests, particularly in anime (動漫畫), manga (漫畫), and video games. They tend to keep themselves at home and stay away from society. They are also extreme fans of their idols, who are usually heavily promoted singing girls.

M:

Some of the Japan's otaku use this term to describe themselves and their friends semi-humorously, accepting their positions as fans, and some even use the term proudly, attempting to reclaim( 改造 ) it from its negative connotations( 言外之意 ).

K:

There was a craze (一時的狂熱) over a Japanese movie in Hong Kong which was called “Train Man” (電車男) released in 2004. The film looks into the otaku culture with a touching love story of a geek (怪人) and a beautiful woman. It was very popular indeed in the territory. Peter, you should not be ashamed of yourself. In some people’s eyes, it is a pride being an otaku!

P:

I see. Hey, Miki. I know a friend who is a fujoshi (腐女). She always talks about boy’s love and enjoys imagining what it would be like if the male characters from manga and anime, and occasionally real-life male actors, loved each other. It is simply like a counterpart (對應物) for otaku, isn’t it?

M:

Yes, to some extent, they are alike (相像的). They both like to hide themselves at home and indulge in mangas and animes because they feel that they are rejected by society. The lack of confidence and self-esteem make them more isolated (孤立). They are afraid to communicate with others and consequently, choose to stay in their own world of imagination and fantasy.

K:

It’s unfair to single them out as they are part of our society. Everyone has their own interests and preferences (喜愛). Being an otaku or fujoshi is not a shame or an eccentric (怪人). On the contrary, we should learn to admire their contribution (貢獻) in creating such a modern culture.

P:

I am in strong favour of you. Such a trend has become more popular and prevalent (普遍). Hong Kong is a very cosmopolitan (國際性) city in which different cultures and fashions are mixed. Being an otaku, I feel proud of myself. I am a part of a new culture. Haha..

M & K:

Er……

M:

Anyway, we should not exclude(排斥) them from society, and more importantly, we should try to encourage them to be more active and outgoing. After all, staying at home and focusing on the screen all day long do harm to their health and mental development as well.

K:

Absolutely! So, Peter, go shopping with us then!

P:

Alright, I am not a full time Otaku indeed.


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