This is how I feel when people on the internet assumes they're an "otaku" without realizing the meaning of the word "otaku":
Pretty much an "OHHH GODDDDD" reaction. Holy fucking horse-shit. No, you're not an otaku if you watch anime. Do you even know what that term means? My fucking god. I don't want to get into the origin of the word, but in modern day Japan, it's when you're referring to someone that is specialized in a certain hobby. Whether it's video games, music, books, anime, etc. Note the word specialized, meaning that they've had a lot of experience(s) in regards to their hobbies. They may even be extremely obsessive-compulsive when seeing things they want to obtain. That, my friend, is an otaku in modern day.
But here's what I dislike.. when people use that term wrong! I'm going to list this specifically under the typical 'anime' otaku stereotype. You are using the term otaku wrong IF:
-You watch only several anime series.
-You are most likely not obsessive-compulsive
-You most likely don't spend a copious amount of your financial gains towards anime, manga, or figurines.
-You can't even name at LEAST 5 anime from this current season from the top of your damn head. Yes, I am fucking serious.
-You are a completely outdated nitwit.
-You do not understand the following terminologies: moe, -dere, harem, etc (typical otaku words, mirite??!)
-You think that watching anime immediately makes you an otaku -> No. You're doing it wrong!!!! Watching anime doesn't make you an otaku. I want to stab people in the eyes when they claim they're an otaku. You're doing it wrong.
Americanized otaku culture is okay. I have no problem with it as long as they truthfully are one. If they're not, and they assume they are, that's when I get anal about the terminology. Anyways, too much rage in this portion, going to switch topics now. Also, here's a comic for da lulz.
<insert more derp here>
Alrighty then, moving on. I started picking up an eroge known as Kara no Shoujo. Unlike your typical eroge, where the protagonist is a complete dumbass, this protagonist actually has brains. I'm going to quickly copy-pasta the description from TLWiki:
March, 1956. Tokyo; a metropolis finally starting to recover ten long years after Japan's defeat in the War. Private eye Tokisaka Reiji accepts a strange request from a girl in Inokashira Park.
"I want you to look for something. Me. My true self."
Meanwhile, a series of bizarre murders is plaguing the area, one where young women are disappearing, only to turn up dead and maimed with their wombs torn out. Seeking assistance on the case, Detective Uozumi Kyoko called up his old friend and former coworker, Reiji.
Ouba Girls Academy; a school on the outskirts of Hoya City. Reiji's little sister attends this school, where two young women have mysteriously vanished. Saeki Tokio, the vice principal, calls in Reiji to investigate their disappearance, giving him his third case.
Reiji infiltrates the academy as a substitute teacher to glean information from the students—but that's when he meets her once again.
Kuchiki Toko—his first client, the girl who asked him to search for her true self. Her manner is distinctly boyish as she remarks:
"Heya - so we meet again, Mr. Detective."
The body count continues to rise. What should be a simple search for some students is starting to grow out of control. For some reason, the number of missing people and unidentified bodies don't match up.
Who will be chosen as the next victim?
As the endless cycle of tragedy continues, what mysteries lie behind these new cases? Behind a similar series of murders from six years ago?
Innocent Grey presents an original, psychologically thrilling mystery for your pleasure. Here, your investigative work and deductions directly influence the course of the story. Will you be able to use the clues contained in your notebook to piece together the truth in this pulse-pounding mystery thriller? With a cast of more than thirty characters, there's no shortage of complicated relationships, drama, and riddles. You may let out a scream. You may be this close to letting the killer get away. But what every you do, don't let this amazing work slip under your radar!
Perhaps one girl's smile might await beneath the shell of tragedy...
Doesn't that sound interesting? No? Yes? Well, it did to me. ; _; Look at the pictures! LOOK AT HER, DAMN IT!
Anyways, I'll let you guys know more about this if I ever stop being so lazy. I'm reading it at a supah slow pace, but it seems okay so far. Definitely not a nukige though, but the anime said otherwise. Though of course, anime adaptations of eroge never goes well (for the most part).
Now we're off to my.. financial problems..
Here's how it all started.. last Summer, I went on a crazy-ass spending spree to buy a ton of figurines and stuff. Along with now, I have a new awesome laptop. The expense? Around.. high 4k-ish on one of my credit cards. Fuck my life. This is all my fault, and of course, I am not blaming anybody or anything else but myself. I
am slowly trying to find a way to pay it off.. Slowly... I'm making anywhere from 500-600 dollars per month at the moment. I'm already paying $80/month due to one of my school loans at the moment. I have to pay my one credit card another $200 dollars the upcoming month (and I should be done with THAT card). I'm also paying for my gasoline for my car, as well as car insurance. That's like 1.2k a year, okay? But I won't pay that off until April 2012. Right now, however much I make goes straight to my credit card(s) because I want to repay all of that shit back asap so I won't have bad credit.
I'm also going to school for the Fall semester, but my university is about 20-30 minutes away. I think I'm also going 4 days a week as well, so that's a lot of mileage there. I'm going to take a quick guess and assume that I'll be dishing in 40 USD for every week & a half UP TO 2 weeks of driving. So that's like $80 dollars / month for gas. I'm also saving up to pay off my car insurance, so that's like 100 USD / month.
80 (gas) + 100 (insurance) + 80 (loan) = 260. Whatever that is left if my income pretty much goes directly into my credit cards. Sucks, but whatever. I'm going to start writing down how much I spend a week and everything.. So I can keep track of how much money I'm losing and gaining over time. That way, I can be more cost-efficient and pay off my credit card. -sigh-