The Four Laws Of Otaku

1. Don’t explain the meaning of moe to mundanes (AKA normal people, non-otaku, muggles). They just don’t get it. That, and there is no solid definition of it. Even the Japanese aren’t sure what its dictionary definition is. But as Konata Izumi said, “A person is truly an otaku when they can embrace the term [moe] without question.”

2. If you see a Japanese snack that you have’ve never seen before at a store BUY IT THEN AND THERE, even if you don’t know what it is. I recently made the very, very bad mistake of not buying the Cookies and Cream Panda Pocky at a comic book store. Apparently it is super rare. You just never know when a collectible snack is sitting right in front of you, so BUY THEM ALL.

3. Incorporate kawaii into your life. It doesn’t matter if you decide to wear a Totoro shirt or a pair of Lucky Star shoes (does such a  thing exist?) , but you want to drive those cute little characters into the hearts and minds of everyone around you. Even if it drives them mad.

4. Use otaku terms to describe people, things, and places. Rather than just quoting manganime, use terms like, ‘himedere’ to describe a stuck up girl, ‘moe’ a well endowed one, ‘dandere’ a shy girl. . .Wait, why are all these about girls?!

 

How Many Of Us Are Waiting?

 

How many of us are waiting for tomorrow’s sun?

Just to be disappointed in the pale moon’s glow.

How many of us are waiting for the ship that we saw just the other day?

But turned before we got a second chance at life.

How many of us are waiting for the snow’s cold haze?

Even blind, we can still hear them scream.

How many of us are waiting for the sun’s warm rays?

I’m still waiting.

Alone.

The Ground Was Changing

 

DSCN0160The ground was changing.

Trees’ roots ripped from the land as the humans built.

The ground was changing.

As buildings of concrete and glass scraped the sky.

The ground was changing.

As bombs fell from the sky and dragged the skyscrapers to the ground with them.

The ground was changing.

As people shuffled rubble to create grave yards for the dead.

The ground was changing.

As it started all again.