You suspected there would be a day, long before he asked you. You know about the cute little dolls he stashes all over the place. (Sorry, “Figurines.”) You know about the posters. You have even witnessed enough anime as you drop off supplies of mountain dew and ramen noodles in his man cave, to have a rough idea of what some of them are about.
Then he does it. Pink faced and a little shy, he asks you if you want to…you know…watch one with him.
Now I don’t care if you’ve been married 20 years or just met a few weeks ago, that look is real cute. It’s so cute your first temptation is to say, “Sure! I’ll watch it with you!” Just so you can bask in his sheer happiness for an hour or two and that feeling of connection.
Wait. At least until you’ve defined these important things:
How long are we going to be watching?
“One piece” has 1016 episodes on crunchyroll. Naruto has 500. If your Otaku is a person who likes to binge watch all the episodes of a certain show, you may be stuck watching a show you don’t care for, for the next 338 hours.
What are we going to be watching?
Unless you don’t like the principal of watching a cartoon for adults, there is an anime out there you will like. Anime comes in romance, horror, fantasy, slice of life, and a whole bunch of just plain weird combos. That being said, while there is definitely one out there you will like, there are also ones out there you won’t like. I for example, do not care for dark or excessively gross animes. In one such anime a guy ripped out a girls eyeball…and everyone was okay with that. No thank you!
My point being while you don’t have to look up reviews (unless your guy is so keen on showing you his favorite, he’s forgotten your favorite genres.) you should at least make sure what your going to watch is in a genre you like.
Is it going to be in Japanese or English?
Some Otakus do not believe in watching dubbed anime. You won’t get the full pleasure of all the Japanese jokes if it isn’t in Japanese. The voice acting isn’t as good if you don’t watch it in Japanese. The question is really, how fast can you read? If you can’t read quickly, you’ll want to ask for dubbed, at least until you can pick up a few words of the language to help you along.
Don’t think that’ll happen? I bet you figured out through the course of this article that an “Otaku” is a person with an obsessive interest, most usually in manga or anime. Even if the culture doesn’t grow on you, words do tend to jump out after a while!
If you want to suggest watching an anime with your very own Otaku, we will be reviewing a few animes here on Renegade Housewife over the course of the year, so please come back and enjoy!