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The Closet Otaku: But What is an Otaku?

The Closet Otaku: But What is an Otaku?

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10/19/2016

Five years ago, Saturday Night Live satirized Americans fans of anime in a segment called “J-Pop America Fun Time Now.”Taran Killam and Vanessa Bayer put on a hyperactive display of affection for Japanese culture as two Michigan State college students with their own show on the campus television network. . They woo, pretend to be…

The Closet Otaku: The Implosion of the Anime Industry

The Closet Otaku: The Implosion of the Anime Industry

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10/26/2015

Judging from the flood of yellow leaves that have descended upon my backyard (if that is even a valid description of the change in seasons), the fall 2015 anime season has begun (or rather, began four weeks ago), and the offerings are predictable. More high schoolers doing sports, more high schoolers forming boy band  groups,…

The Closet Otaku: The Return of the Beautiful Game

The Closet Otaku: The Return of the Beautiful Game

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09/17/2015

I am not really qualified to write about sports. Nor do I read a lot about sports, either, but evidently reading about sports these days does not make anyone happy. Just this past summer, the media narrative about sports seems to have soured considerably. John Oliver took down Sepp Blatter and his seedy gang of…

The Closet Otaku: Give Host Clubs A Chance

The Closet Otaku: Give Host Clubs A Chance

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03/24/2015

How obnoxious is it to return to your apartment and find your roommate sprawled on the sofa, spreading chocolate chip cookie dough all over the floor, and, perhaps worst of all, watching a television show on your flat screen television where young people oogle with each other on a bed of roses while speaking a…

The Closet Otaku: Life Lessons from Anime

The Closet Otaku: Life Lessons from Anime

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02/25/2015

What does the word “anime” mean to you? When I first brought up the idea at a Halftime meeting, most of the other benevolent contributors of this blog gave me a polite but bemused look. What could I possibly talk about for a sub-genre of cartoons? It was an exotic topic, and unlike other television…

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