Sunday, December 11, 2011

Saturday Night Live Spoofs the Anime Obsessed

Weeaboo: an English slang word used to describe a person (typically of non-Asian descent) who prefers Japan and all things in Japanese over one’s indigenous culture. The term is a successive mutation of “Wapanese,” a derogatory slur referring to western Japanophiles with a strong bias towards Japanese cultural and tech imports. -Knowyourmeme

In most cases, the Weeaboo is known to pepper their American speech with Japanese words. The stereotypical Weeaboo is notorious for attempting to speak larger Japanese phrases...and this is where things go horribly wrong...or right if it is presented for comedy. I am reminded of the character Sodom from Street Fighter Alpha who would yell out "Japanese" phrases pronounced horribly so they made no sense at all or are so butchered, they come out a golden ray of hilarity. One of his victory quotes in the game is meant to be "Don't thank me! In fact, you're welcome" but the ending part comes out "don't touch my mustache." ...Words we can all live by.

NOW Saturday Night Live finally takes notice of the most extreme parts of this sub-culture and in true fashion, rips them to shreds. They've taken on Goths and Juggalos and those creepy mofos who stalk bars and nightclubs looking for a warm body to hump and now, my high pitched squealing friends, it is your turn.

Last year when I attended New York Comic Con, I made it a point to head over to the Anime section just to see what they had done with the show as it was the first time the events were combined. I walked down a long hallway in the depths of the Javits Center and as I entered the hall (and this is no exaggeration) EVERYONE WAS SINGING THE POKEMON SONG. The kids on stage, the people watching, the vendors, the folks buying from the vendors...EVERYONE. I took a deep breath and waded in and after seeing two booths proudly displaying pictures of Batman and Superman, half naked in a passionate embrace, I was done. I've also come to equate hardcore Anime fans with spontaneous dancing...when ever...where ever...and if others are nearby, they will join the dance. They all know the dance. It's like peppier country line dancing with brightly colored clothing...and sometimes wigs. Often wigs.

My newest observance is the "sexy Otaku". It is no mystery to any geek that Japanese cartoons have their fair share of pervy moments, even in the shows that are not MEANT to be full on tentacle porn. It used to be that finding a "Felicia" (the voluptuous cat girl from Dark Stalkers who has fur just barely covering her naughty bits) at a convention was a rare finding a chase figure among your pack of Slave Leias. Today, the Anime community has their own Slave Leia in the form of Gurren Lagann's Yoko. Where the Slave Leia still brings the enthusiastic con dwelling geek to a standstill; fumbling with greasy cameras do get 50 excellent shots for future use; the Yoko costume (a feature of which is a tiny little flame bra barely containing exemplary boobs ..with underboob being the main objective) stops traffic. Observe.

And now you are interested in Anime. My job is done.

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