BREAKING NEWS: Akiba Liberation Demonstration

The three armies of otaku organized this demonstration as a way to raise awareness for the otaku cause. For too long have otaku been treated as second-class citizens, and on this day they took to the streets demanding an end to discrimination and public ridicule. The message that otaku deserve the right to indulge in their hobbies without shame appears to have been broadcast loud and clear.
Akiba Demo 1 Small
Possible Danny Choo sighting?
Akiba Demo 2 Small
Taking it to the streets.
Akiba Demo 3 Small
Looks like there’s at least one gaijin otaku participating.
Akiba Demo 4 Small
Apparently participation exceeded what people were expecting.

Seiya is an anime fan from Boston who may regret missing this event for the rest of his life.

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0 Responses to BREAKING NEWS: Akiba Liberation Demonstration

  1. Nemo_N July 1, 2007 at 3:18 am #

    Otakus of the world, unite!
    (Could this become an annual event?)

  2. kujoe July 1, 2007 at 4:23 am #

    There is something funny in that comment about the one gaijin otaku sighting—something along the lines of out of the ordinary or the amusingly unexpected. Or probably it’s the way it’s worded out.
    Call me the pessimist, but I wouldn’t be surprised if public perception actually becomes more prejudiced towards otaku. But it’s good that they are bringing this out on the open and expressing themselves.

  3. kuromitsu July 1, 2007 at 4:48 am #

    Uum, right. Look, I’m as much of a geek as everyone here, but really, come on. Hardcore geeks will always be ridiculed. Look at these otaku, they organize a “revolution,” march on the streets dressed as anime characters (some even wearing masks for fear of being recognized), and they expect not to be ridiculous in the eyes of onlookers? ^^;;

  4. weew July 1, 2007 at 5:15 am #

    atleast there were some girls in that march…
    ps. that robot is really creepy…

  5. Ratix July 1, 2007 at 10:06 am #

    I can’t help but ask “where do I sign up?”
    But yeah, this isn’t going to stop the ridiculing and it will probably increase it, but hey, comes with the territory.

  6. VClaus July 1, 2007 at 1:35 pm #

    I have this nagging feeling like maybe they are thinking along the lines of a opportunity to voice a collective opinion but still retain the reclusive nature of the otaku, even if it wont have any effect the idea still stands that at least they made an effort.

  7. The Geek July 1, 2007 at 3:18 pm #

    As oppressed minority in the United States we demand the following. A reduction in import taxes on dojinshi and manga. Government subsidies on the manufacturing of PVC.
    hehe ;-)

  8. Zer0 July 1, 2007 at 3:56 pm #

    Viva Le Otaku Internationale!

  9. Graham July 1, 2007 at 5:26 pm #

    “Full photo and video coverage inside.”
    If you consider 4 photos and an 8-second video to be “full coverage…”

  10. Ronin July 1, 2007 at 6:48 pm #

    This sounds like one of those feminist movement protests. Always arguing that they feel like “second-class citizens”. :V
    But yeah, interesting concept…

  11. Karry July 1, 2007 at 6:50 pm #

    There is another white guy in the last pic.
    The girls on the other hand looked either way ugly, or really disinterested. Meh.

  12. P Laskey July 1, 2007 at 9:20 pm #

    Apparently the Stormtrooper IS Danny Choo…

  13. Angelo July 1, 2007 at 10:22 pm #

    now this is funny, I would have love to be there !! It’s obvios it was more like a masquerade than a real “Revolutionary Otaku Demonstration” but i love the idea :D

  14. Shingo July 2, 2007 at 12:40 am #

    This is awesome, I’m glad Animaestro could make it to the event. Wish I could’ve been there myself. ;_;

  15. Ratix July 2, 2007 at 4:58 am #

    I second what The Geek said!
    “As oppressed minority in the United States we demand the following. A reduction in import taxes on dojinshi and manga. Government subsidies on the manufacturing of PVC.”
    Brilliant and truly needs to be done.

  16. Sydney2K July 2, 2007 at 12:36 pm #

    “Sir! The Otaku are revolting!”
    “So what else is new?”

  17. Victor Alves Mello da Silva July 2, 2007 at 8:53 pm #

    É a hora… essa é a hora…
    Is the time… This is the time…

  18. Catherwood July 4, 2007 at 9:02 am #

    The first thing I thought of when I saw the headline, was of Yamazaki’s “revolution”. I’m afraid this one seems to be an equal failure. Cute, but noone’s going to take it seriously.

  19. DrmChsr0 July 6, 2007 at 2:11 am #

    Whatever it is, I’m glad for humanity’s greatest invention for times like this: The AK-47.
    There’s nothing like the the smell of freshly discharged 7.62x51mm to invigorate anyone with half a sane mind in the morning.
    Well, anyone caught doing similar here will be crushed under the iron fist of the law here, fortunately.

  20. Victor Alves Mello da Silva July 6, 2007 at 10:26 am #

    Where are this you “here” Meu caro DrmChsr0?

  21. marisako December 4, 2007 at 9:49 am #

    *disregard drmchsr0*
    umm, eh, bringing democracy to heisei era ? >_>


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