The Japanese phenomenon of otaku culture has swept the nation. I've seen evidence of this as anime festivals and cosplay events are held frequently in New York City. People dress up as their favorite anime characters and have contests. There's an entire community of people who share a passion for the stories and characters that the Japanese have been prolific about creating and distributing.
I've never really understood the fascination behind it. As the New York Japanese Culture Examiner for the website examiner.com, I probably should. I've already written a couple of stories about anime and cosplay events in the city, and I'm going to be reporting about that sort of thing more often. So I've added "learning about otaku culture" to my to-do list and made it my New Year's resolution to become more familiar with the characters and shows the kids are so crazy about these days. I'll start by adding The Otaku Encyclopedia to my library and by watching different genres of anime.
I'm not going to dress up and enter myself into contests with 17-year-olds, but I'll continue to write about and promote events in NYC because they are a huge part of Japanese culture in the city, even though I've seen more non-Japanese at these events.
If any of you are knowledgeable about anime, manga, and otaku culture, what are your suggestions?