Kotaku has failed the Otaku. The site used to be known for catering to the weeb culture of the internet; the backwoods of animated and comic culture that met at a crossroad between video games and still images that make up the pop-culture of Japan was what Kotaku was supposed to be. Instead, the site has turned into a sociopolitical platform for identity politics and social justice warriors. What was originally supposed to be for nerds has cast the nerds out.
Did you used to enjoy visiting sites like Kotaku to get your latest slice of Japanese culture? Did you used to enjoy all the Otaku fantasy fanfare covered in news media by supposed enthusiast outlets? Have you grown tired of being called a “sexist” and a “misogynist” just because you like KEIJO!!!!!!!!? Or because you play Dragon’s Crown? Or because you supported Play-Asia and imported a copy of Dead or Alive Xtreme 3?
Well, if you’re an Otaku who actually wants to get enjoy the culture again… you’re in luck.
The new site is an Otaku smorgasbord of news, information and events surrounding the bustling culture coming out of Otaku, Japan.
They’re interested in anime, mangas, collectibles and conventions that help bridge together the various communities that have fallen in love with Japan’s most popular youth export.
The site recently started up, offering gamers, anime aficionados and manga readers tabbed categories, ranging from things like anime OVA and Otaku news, along with anime-themed recipes, and even web services for artists drawing anime and manga.
There are reviews, editorials and event notices for upcoming shows, content and comics.
If you’re in desperate need of a website that gives you your Otaku fix without all the identity politics and the baggage that comes along with it, you can check out Manga.Tokyo.
Hopefully the site can grow and become fruitful and won’t take a dump on its audience like other places such as Anime News Network, which literally prohibits people from using the acronym “SJW”. This was revealed after certain people became frustrated about Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 not being released in America, and the mounting frustrations associated with censorship in games like Blade and Soul was a boiling point for a lot of gamers. When they attempted to express their frustrations at SJWs, they were warned not to use the phrase and were threatened with bans if they attempted to circumvent the censorship that prevented the phrase “Social Justice Warriors” from appearing on Anime News Network.
Anyway, hopefully Manga.Tokyo can keep it clean and on topic. If you find yourself unable to visit sites like Sankaku Complex while the family is hovering over your shoulder, feel free to give Manga.Tokyo a try.
They seem genuinely interested in making Otaku great again. Long live the weebs.