Weeaboo Dō – The Way of the Weeaboo
The rise of anime and manga is in fact a two-pronged assault on the world outside the “unique and weird” Japan – the obscene amounts of money went to the major studios gaining world acclaim and the second pierced the society structure – the emergence of “Otaku” and “Weeaboos” both in the world and in the Nihon herself. To love viewing anime and enjoy reading manga is not a cardinal sin, but people take these two hobbies to absurd lengths, like the “Weeaboos” and the “Hikikomories”. These two really smash the borders of taste and common sense.
Let’s see…. yeah, what is a “Weeaboo” creature first – it is a relative human looking, insane being that is convinced that the Japanese people are superior as well as their culture, they use Japanese words and phrases in their everyday speech, butchering their native language. Their knowledge of the culture is at best lacking, but mostly it is simply non-existent since their prime “methods of learning” come from the sheer fact that Japan is simply the best and their “sources of education” are anime and manga in staggering amounts. Their number is on the dramatic and terrifying rise throughout the Western Europe and America, but time shows that the rest of the world is not lacking much. As the anime industry grows constantly every day, so does the Weeaboo community, but they are also the target for internet ridicule and tons of memes. Poke around a bit, you’ll see what am I talking about.
Weeabooism is not a problem if it is “isolated and controlled”, but the true threat surfaced a long time ago – batches of Weeaboos give a bad rap to all people studying Japanese, students immersing into the deep studies of culture and history, ordinary people watching anime for fun’s sake and serious researchers of various spheres in modern Japan. A couple of my Japanese friends also expressed disdain and displeasure for the “Weeaboo legions” littering the public life and the internet. To make matters worse, some Japanese even confessed that they are ashamed of their own nationality due the appearance of Weeaboos worldwide.
The difference between the “Otaku” and the “Weeaboo” is really easy – the Otakus prefer enjoying anime, discussing the culture and they generally appear to be more “human-like”. On the other hand, Weeaboos are spottily informed and educated zealots that propagate biased and exaggerated opinions, that are seldom true in any detail. Oh yes, they love anime pillows called “Dakimakura” that depict anime beauties in life-like proportions (Usually typical Japanese height).
Origin of the term “Weeaboo”
How the entire “Weeaboo Wars started” – obviously enough, it started with a juicy argument, that took place on the 4Chan website between anime fans and those who were not. The today known group of aliens known as Weeaboos were in the beginning known as “Wapanese” (Wannabe Japanese), labeled by their adversaries. To eliminate this growing outbreak, the administrators of the website chose the “Weeaboo” word and replaced every “Wapanese” with it. The word came from the Perry Bible Fellowship comic.
You probably think that this is not a big deal, but it has a degree of seriousness attached to it. The term “Weeaboo” is negative one and by wildly tossing it on everyone who likes certain Japanese things is, to say the least, rude and offending. The Weeaboos treat Japan as the best Asian country, despite their imperialistic past that was not so anime pink and peaceful. There is a huge difference between those two Nihons – the “Imperial” Japan had a big
population, strong sense of tradition and national pride, while the “Modern” Japan lacks these qualities in shocking amounts. Though we can talk here about their lack of national identity today, loss of tradition and total submission to certain Western countries, I think that it would offend a whole bunch of people so I will drop it. Better not to lift those axes people.
However, this opens a new question – conformity to the ideal of Globalization or better for the most people, “Westernization”. Westernization cloaked as Globalization is just an image of a false prophet, because it streams Western views of the world, music, language and other similar things that are fully able to change entire nations and its people. Look at the language – English became predominant and most English words became loanwords in various languages across the world. Globalization erodes traditional and historical characteristics and values of one nation (particularly the small countries), creates big gaps between social classes and unequal relationships between countries. Certainly, you will not see that a highly developed, wealthy nation would look at a smaller nation as its equal.
How is this connected with the Weeaboos? Its easy. The huge number of people that converted into this “secular religion” only add up to the Globalization, but of different nation. The language assimilation is here, dress-code imitation, fanatical yet blind worldview, everything is present. Weeaboos perhaps cannot gain ground as fast as the process of Globalization, but are mimicking it in their own way. Their goal and the goal of the Globalization are the same – erode the sense of tradition in ones own nation. They make you ashamed of what you are.
DISCLAIMER – This article is only a viewpoint, not intended to offend or harm anyone/anything.