The world of the Otaku. From the outside looking in, it can seem like quite the daunting world can’t it? Especially with all of the different words a lot of the fans are known to use. For example, words like Sempai which is an honorific for those older than you or Shounen which is the term for action anime.
Basically, there’s a lot to the anime world and if you’re just starting out it can seem pretty daunting. That’s where I come in my wonderful readers! I bring this article here to you as a starter guide to becoming an Otaku! So, lets dive right in shall we?
Good starter anime
If you’re just starting out in the anime world, it can be pretty overwhelming because there are many animes that you can watch. But it’s all about finding the right one to start with. If you ask any Otaku, they’ll tell you exactly which anime was their “Starter Anime” the anime that was the gateway so to speak to watching more and more anime.
Now, I know what you’re thinking, Shania, there’s so many anime out there how the hell am I going to find my Starter Anime? Glad you asked. In my opinion you can go one of four routes.
- 1. Try one of the Big Three: One Piece, Bleach, and/or Naruto
- 2. Watch one of the classic old animes or a good, short, twelve to twenty-four-episode anime. Some good ones are Fruits Basket, D.N. Angel, Maid Sama, Astro Boy, and Soul Eater.
- 3. Try a Studio Ghibli movie. You absolutely can’t go wrong with one of those.
- 4. If your friends are Otakus, try asking them for some suggestions.
Know some basic Japanese words
After watching some anime, and probably hanging outwill fellow Otakus, you’ll probably notice that there are quite a few terms that are thrown around that you may not know. So here’s a list to get ya started!
- Kawaii- cute. It’s often used to well, call something or someone cute heh.
- Sempai–That’s an honorific used to address someone older than ya. Usually used in grade school or when you’re talking to someone you respect/look up to.
- Kouhai–Exact opposite of Sempai. You say this to those who are younger.
- Shin’e–This one means Die. I only bring this one up because of a certain Tsun-Tsun from My Hero Academia—Which is another good starter anime by the way. And speaking of Tsun-Tsun….
- Tsundere and Dere in general – Tsundere is a character architype that has the character start out cold then warm up to people. And Dere refers to love.
There are a ton more out there, but these ones should get you up and running.
The Convention Scene
Now that you’re into anime and know the lingo, you might be intrigued about going to a convention. I highly recommend them. They’re the ultimate Otaku gathering. Full of cool panels, merch, anime celebs—voice actors, and of course my personal favorite: cosplay. So here are some tips.
- Start with a small convention. Probably a local one. I say this cause big out of state ones can cause convention overstimulation. Yes, that’s a thing, trust me.
- Create a budget for what you want to get. Just so you don’t overspend cause it’s pretty tempting when you step into both the Artist Alley and the Vendor Hall.
- Pre-Register. Trust me on this one. It will save you a lot of money.
- And most importantly, have fun!
Well, that about covers it for this beginners’ guide to becoming an Otaku! I hope you enjoyed it and enjoy your journey through Otakudom. If you have any questions or want to discuss some of your favorite moments of your start of being an Otaku, leave a comment!
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