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Channel the Weeb Power for Good!

You’re a weeaboo or otaku. I get it. Or, if that term conjures the images of fat, smelly men cuddling with body pillows that reek of semen or equally fat and smelly women heavily breathing over a monthly issue of “It’s not Homo; It’s Yaoi desu!”, you might at least prefer to be called a “Japanophile”. I get the part where proclaiming as one of the three terms above makes you feel unique and special, often to the point where your friends and peers would just shake their heads and mutter “Almighty Chinchin-sama, please grant me the sweet release of death so I can be rid of this fucking cancer”; I was once like that in junior high school. But as I grew up, I realized that I could be what I called a “positive weeb”. I didn’t have to live up to the stereotypical weeaboo/otaku/Japanophile character.I could channel the power into things more closely related to reality.

A reminder before we start. All of this is my anecdotal experience. I’m not saying that if you follow these tips, you can achieve the aforementioned objective. I’m just here to share, not to spew self-help bullshit that I despise.

Let’s carry on now, shall we? Continue reading Channel the Weeb Power for Good!

Building Better Otaku Communities

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Recently, there was a major internal spat in an otaku community on Facebook. I’m not gonna even bother to censor names and mince words; yes, I am talking about the uproar that happened inside Komunitas Otaku Indonesia (KOI) S2. The spat was related to alleged nepotism and admin power abuse in a mascot designing contest, in which the winner was allegedly an admin. The contest involved a smartphone as a prize (a Xiaomi, was it? Who gives a fuck, anyway) and the contest was rigged so that the admin (or a friend of the admin) would win. Of course, the winning mascot design was called out as a fraud, because it was only a re-draw of an existing character with only modified colors and a style befitting that of the community. Now, I think there’s still a civil war going on. I don’t know, I promised myself no more drama after the big DAF fuck-up. Which reminds me, they’re still not refunding my tickets. What a bunch of fucktards.

Continue reading Building Better Otaku Communities

The Unavoidable Graduation

Perhaps you guys might have noticed that I’ve been talking a lot about my daily life and the problems I’ve encountered after being abruptly tossed into the “real world”. I’ve come to terms that I am now a riajuu and I have to act as such. Let me tell you one thing, guys. Your graduation from a weeb to a riajuu is inevitable, and forcing to delay it will only cause more harm than good.

When I was in high school, I thought that I would be a weeb forever. I would watch anime all day and write about anime. Maybe collect a few figures. I thought I was cool for having something to be passionate about, for standing out of the crowd. I would always have a circle of friends that I would talk to about weeb stuff, and since today’s world is an open world, I wouldn’t care what people thought of me if they saw my FB profile full of 2D cartoon characters. Yeah, that was idiotic past me talking, and now, present me wants to go back in time so bad and kick past me in the fucking balls.

You see guys, no matter how hard you try to stay in the weeb phase, we will all eventually graduate from it. No exception. Maybe not now in high school, maybe not in college, and maybe perhaps not until you’re in your 30s. But it will come someday, whether you like it or not.

Unfortunately for me, my graduation date was six months ago, when I began working. I wasn’t a pleasant transition period, but it was something I had to go through. I couldn’t watch a lot of anime because my workload, I couldn’t find time to write about anime, I couldn’t even attend events any time I wanted because I was so afraid of my boss calling me whenever she needed me for something on the weekends. I even had to cut time with my friends. At the office, I had to leave my weeb side behind, lock it behind a cage, and had to put on this bland corporate mask. I had to like the music my co-workers were listening to, indulge them in talks about pop singers I don’t even know because I listen to Vocaloid all the time, receive awkward stares when I try to be funny and make references to pop culture, and also feel really uneasy whenever a co-worker discovers that I have Hatsune Miku for my wallpaper. Trust me, it was fucking hard.

Now, I think my transition is complete. The rough patches are gone… for now. I still manage to find time to watch anime, I still have some of my old friends, I still have the AV+ Community dudes at my back, and my girlfriend has been a huge help in accompanying me through my quarter-life crisis and weeb-to-riajuu transition process.

But for others, it might not be the same. For those who continuously stall their graduation date, I say, stop doing it. Being an edgy weeb means jack shit in the real world, where you will always be expected to perform and behave like a normal member of society. People won’t get your witty anime references nor will they be understandable that you still watch cartoons and masturbate to 2D girls. They would sure as fuck not “appreciate” your differences, because that’s how society works: they put pressure on everybody to comply by their rules. I’m not saying you have to abandon your identity altogether, but you should at least try to stow it away when you’re in the “real world”. Because the real world is harsh, and it won’t be nicer on you just because you choose to continuously deny your inevitable transition. Even if you happen to work along the lines of Japanese pop culture, you still need to leave your weeb tendencies behind – especially the negative ones – because you have to work together with humans. Normal humans, mostly.

I know I’ve been sounding a bit sad lately, but I really am beat from this “real world” crap. Even two days off a week can’t help me. So, please ignore this if you don’t like depressing posts. Thanks for reading.

An Update on Bali Weeaboo Events: Cancellations and (Potentially) False Promises

You guys remember when I said it was a great time to be a weeaboo in Bali? Well, fuck that shit.

Seni2Negeri Fails Spectacularly

The first event on the roster, Seni2Negeri Natsu Gakuen managed by Dewata Nihon Academy (DNA) has already crashed monumentally and blew up in an orgasmic and angry shade of red. Weebs were infuriated by the lack of communication from the EO, and even the partner EO abolished their partnership. And now, it’s up to DNA to salvage the situation and at least save themselves from the wrath of angry weebs.

You’d think that once they failed, they’d have the decency to at least issue a formal apology (not a bullshit one like on their event page) and try to refund tickets. They did that, actually. Last month, a meeting was held between DNA, booth owners, and the general weeb public to discuss what should happen. Luckily it didn’t end up like Battle Royale (though I really wanted for that to happen; I wasted my time popping popcorn in the microwave). Refunds were to be commenced as soon as possible. Everyone was expected to remain calm.

And now, on the 6th of July, just when I was checking my FB news feed after a jog, I found more shattering news. Take a look:

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In sum, DNA has agreed to refund ONLY tickets priced at 100K (for the general weeb public). These tickets were the last wave of tickets sold to the general weeb public and were regarded as “regular tickets”. Sounds great? Think again.

During the first phase of their sales, DNA sold tickets that were priced at IDR 25K. These were known as “pre-sale” tickets. Now, since there was only a limited amount (around 600 according to Kotakotak Organizer, DNA’s partner EO), these tickets sold out like a fat American drinking beer on Independence Day. As for the refund of these 25K tickets, Kotakotak Organizer has agreed to exchange them for tickets to another event they’re hosting called the Tokyo Fiesta (not discussed here).

After these pre-sale tickets were gone, DNA issued another batch of pre-sale tickets, only this time, they were priced at IDR 50K. They have deleted the post on their page, but luckily, the Internet never forgets. See the pic below.

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In the post, DNA explicitly states that 50K tickets are also regarded as legit pre-sale tickets. Also, see that Rp 50.000 on the left side? These tickets were sold at 50K a piece. This means that these 50K tickets should also be refunded. But here’s where things get fucked up. In the comment thread of Pic 1, the admin states that 50K tickets ARE NOT eligible for refunds. DNA admin also goes as far as denying they even sold 50K tickets in the first place, despite evidence showing otherwise. Go deeper into the comment thread and you’ll find the admin being a total dick.

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This is a real problem. It shows a major blunder from DNA. It’s like they’re not even trying to set things straight. It’s like they’re trying to run away from responsibility. It’s like they’re asking disgruntled weebs to come at them with pitchforks and dakkimakuras. And how is it that this admin still alive?

Anyway, for DNA, my condolences. Next time, when you try to organize an event, get your crew in check. Make sure they’re trained in public weeb relations.

False Promises from Dewata Anime Festival

With Seni2Negeri out of the picture, it now falls on to Dewata Anime Festival (DAF) to become the beacon of hope for Balinese weeaboos. So far, they’re doing quite well. They began promoting tour packages, both domestic and international, and cosplay guest stars are confirmed to come. Tickets are still on sale. All seems to be going well.

A minor issue regarding guest stars happened a while back. Ying Tze was displayed as a cosplay guest star on DAF’s official poster, but Ying Tze herself has not concluded a contract with DAF.

Another issue happened last month regarding DAF’s guest star lineup. You might have heard about it.

On their page, DAF revealed Babymetal as a confirmed guest star for DAF (the post has been deleted). This caused a sudden uproar. Amuse Singapore, Babymetal’s official rep in Southeast Asia, declared that Babymetal has no scheduled appearances in Southeast Asia. Of course, this caused confusion among people. Their hopes of seeing underage girls trying hard to play metal music were diminished. DAF then changed their post, saying that they’ll wait until Babymetal officially announces their appearance.

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What is it with false promises and Bali weeaboo events? Is it a marketing ploy to increase publicity? Whatever it is, the “fake” announcement was a real dick move by DAF. I guess someone’s getting fired over there. Also, since the event will be held in November, there’s still some time for DAF to conclude an agreement with Babymetal. I just hope things go well, not like Seni2Negeri and their failed  attempt to get JKT48 to come to Bali.

All in all, with an event failing spectacularly and another I’m still skeptical of, I really consider retracting my statement of now being a great time to be a weeaboo in Bali. Now back to watching my Chinese cartoons in peace.