Secretive Otaku: When to reveal your true self to your colleagues

Being into anime and manga in the west isn’t easy.

In the past decade nerds have become more accepted – liking comics (such as Marvel and DC) isn’t viewed with the same strangeness was it used to be because their film counterparts have dominated the box office. But there are still negative connotations when it comes to Japanese nerdy culture.

And “coming out” as an otaku when you’re a full grown adult in the workplace can be one of the hardest things to do, because of the fowl miasma that hangs around the misconception that anime and manga is full of hentai and peadophila.

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Why The Promised Neverland ticks all the right boxes

I got a rather marvelous gift (to myself) dropped through my letterbox yesterday – a copy of Viz Media’s translated The Promised Neverland. It was a very welcome present after the shitty two days I’ve had at work.

So I snuggled down in bed with a hot water bottle and a cup of tea to read the first volume of a manga I’ve been wanting to read for over a year.

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