With the advent of the internet and the opening of most national borders in the twentieth
century, it comes as no surprise that much of mankind has already mixed and mingled with each
other, drawing inspiration and fascination from each other’s cultures, customs and traditions.
Whatever it is that a country takes pride in, be it architecture, cinema, cuisine, dance, embroidery,
history, music, pottery, religion, sports, science, technology, theatre and so on, it is already
celebrated by other countries as well, including our own.
Enter the rich culture and history of Japan. You could read for hours on the wonders of
Japanese performing arts or the depressing effects ...view middle of the document...
As a result, otaku culture is
becoming more commonplace in contemporary youths including our school’s own. Gone are the
days of the “Big Three” franchises of “Naruto”, “Bleach” and “One Piece” published by Shonen
Jump and being the only franchises the fandom and the shonen genre are associated with. More
and more different graphic novels and television shows are being translated and being brought
over into other countries and subsequently earning their own fanbases and followings. Teenagers
can find more of the same action series in “Hunter x Hunter” and the more recent “My Hero
Academia” and hopeless romantics can rest or break their hearts with “Last Game” and “Kimi ni
Todoke: From Me to You.” This advancement is very much apparent in the school’s campus with
students discussing their favorite anime and manga as naturally as they would their favorite
cartoon or movie. “Did you see the new episode of that one volleyball anime yet?” “What do you
think of the latest chapter of that one manga?” “The detail of the art on the food makes me so
hungry!” The culture is finally gaining a bigger identity for itself among students.
Not only that, the student body as well as the school itself supports several outlets for die-
hard fans and even those with a passing interest. As of this writing, there are currently two
unaccredited organizations in the school for...