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Damn!

Quick, Patrick email Giant Robo you could do an article on this one.

Too bad I'm allergic to tobacco or i'd check out Acid Panda when I'm in Tokyo.

In the end, aren't we all "dasai" in some way? We all have the same view of the out group as being uncool and only worth our time for teasing. In the end, that's what causes wars; Nazi Germany saw the rest of the world as pimple-faced geeks.

Little do many of them know, but the pure fact they make fun of us puts them in the same category as some of us. After all, isn't our fandom mostly comprised of fans that embrace and criticize our circle?

In the end, aren't we all "dasai" in some way? We all have the same view of the out group as being uncool and only worth our time for teasing. In the end, that's what causes wars; Nazi Germany saw the rest of the world as pimple-faced geeks.

Little do many of them know, but the pure fact they make fun of us puts them in the same category as some of us. After all, isn't our fandom mostly comprised of fans that embrace and criticize our circle?

"Dasai Gaijin" opens the fan of swatches a little wider to display feelings that are probably often present if not necessarily always spoken. When a manga-ka or director says, "I think the fact that foreigners appreciate my work shows that a love of comics and animation transcends all borders," what they may be thinking is stuff like, "You claim to be into other cultures, but then why can't you see yourself as I see you? Don't you have any dignity? Are these the people I was told of, who once brought down the sun and walked upon the moon? Did you by any chance download what passes for your fucking soul with Tomato Torrent? What the fuck is your fucking problem?" Stuff like that.

And that's nothing compared to the parties that must be going on these days in Shanghai, trolling on longlines for uncool Japanese, one more destiny that shot its bolt.

“What would Americans think if they found out about this event?”

I don't think the real Dasai Americans would give a shit. That's part of what makes them "dasai" in the first place. I gather that a key ingredient of being "dasai" is having a lack of concern about how others perceive you.

In fact, I'm wearing Blue Blocker sunglassess and a fanny pack right now.

As with nearly everything I encounter, I have two highly opposed reactions to this concept. The first is: dasai gaijin? oh that's so awesome, and it's cute how the Japanese think they understand us. Because you can't be American (or at least I can't) without some condecension somewhere. The immediate next reaction is: copycats! we've been amused by Americans who think they all that for much longer than they have. We invented it. They just found it and stuck some nifty-cute retro decals on it.

Then I spend about ten minutes thinking of all the people I know who'd love the idea of dasai gaijin events, but in their heart of hearts don't think they qualify. How many would try to make the end run around the dasai state by embracing it? If you self-represent does is that a bonus or a deduction? In America, even self-consciousness is simple. When you're aware that you might not be cool, you receive the ultimate assurance of cool in your own mind since you think you've beaten the system.

The Last Samurai checking in... minus the stylish yukata. Must put that on my list of things to do...

yay! fuck the world!

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