Kazuo Koike, now 79 years old, took his preach to Twitter last night, “Hey, everyone. When you turn 80, you can’t really keep a lid on this any longer, but if you’re born an otaku, you’ll always be an otaku. There’s no escaping it. Natural Born OTAKU!!!” he says, “One isn’t born an otaku, one becomes an otaku – to paraphrase Simone de Beauvoir. With that in mind, I’ll retweet the strongest otaku philosophy.” followed by a quite magical “For me, I’ve always proclaimed that the strongest otaku philosophy is that the people who generally experience everything that comes with the passing of years with a surplus of happiness are otaku. Truly, it is a splendid thing to spend one’s whole life as an otaku. To live as an otaku, to die as an otaku, is the best.”
That was absolutely fucking beautiful, now let´s all have a collective internet hug over being massive dweebs crying over cartoons.
In case you don´t know who this badass is, he is a pretty big deal. He wrote Lone Wolf and Cub, wrote Mad Bull 34 and Rumiko Takahashi (Inuyasha) Hideyuki Kikuchi (Vampire Hunter D) and Tetsuo Hara (Fist of the North Star) all graduated under him, he has also won an Eisner award, wrote for Marvel and pioneered a new wave of “shocking” manga which inspired the one and only Osamu Tezuka. He knows what he´s talking about, I wonder how Miyazaki feels.