Apparently the rising Western interest in Japanese culture, doesn’t sit well with many of the die-hard nerds, according to the Daily Yomiuri:
A dear friend of mine, a hardened Japanese otaku, says that the pressures of success have become oppressive. “Japan used to be a place where cool culture flew under the radar, but no more,” he tells me. “The government is taking us seriously, which means they don’t want anything unsightly or obscene happening. And that’s the death of creativity.”
This is all too much for writers to ignore. Patrick Macias, an American otaku and blogger extraordinaire, now bemoans the success of Japanese pop, even as he celebrates its expansion in the United States.
Macias writes: “Akihabara was the side effect of collective fantasy and private desire desperate to find expression through technology, through commerce, molded plastic, pixel, and drawing paper.”
For American otaku-types like Macias, Japan’s pop culture success has meant too much attention from outsiders. “Now,” he continues, “those [otaku] dreams are threatened by a dull and dreary reality.”
Plus, it’s harder to find all the good Harry Potter yaoi.