Today in Phonar we tried to pitch our ideas to the class, although the pitches weren’t up to scratch it was a good way of getting peoples thoughts on my project and thinking about my audience.
I already know I will be doing a photofilm so therefore my platform will be online/TV. David Campbell has spoken to us before about three key things to consider when taking on someone else’s story.
Teach us something
Take us on a journey
Putting a face on the journey
with these thoughts in mind I attempted to write a proper pitch.
Firstly how to allow people to relate to Oatku without describing what they are? By enforcing their negative prejudice with people they associate the word with. (I will later turn this on it’s head)
In past research into defining Oatku, I have come across the man who established Otaku as a negative thing.
Tsutomu Miyazaki aka The Little Girl Murderer
Between 1988 and 1989, Miyazaki mutilated and killed four girls, aged between four and seven, and sexually molested their corpses. He drank the blood of one victim and ate a part of her hand. These crimes—which, prior to Miyazaki’s apprehension and trial were named “The Little Girl Murders”, and later known as the Tokyo/Saitama Serial Kidnapping Murders of Little Girls (東京・埼玉連続幼女誘拐殺人事件 Tōkyō Saitama renzoku yōjo yūkai satsujin jiken?)—shocked Saitama Prefecture, which had few crimes against children.
The media soon came to call him “The Otaku Murderer“. His killings fueled a moral panic against otaku, accusing anime and horror films of making him a murderer. However these reports were disputed: in Eiji Otsuka’s book on the crime, he argued that Miyazaki’s collection of pornography was probably added or amended by a photographer in order to highlight his perversity. Another critic, Fumiya Ichihashi, suspected the released information was playing up to public stereotypes and fears about otaku, as the police knew they would help cement a conviction.
“I am no longer interested in three dimensions. I would even like to become a resident of the two-dimensional world… At the very least, would it be possible to legally authorise marriage with a two-dimensional character?” reads Takashita’s petition
Taichi Takashita raised a petition to marry a cartoon character.
In a reflection of the nation’s growing obsession with escaping reality, more than 1,000 people have signed an on-line petition to present to the government to establish a law permitting marriage to comic characters.
Comic books known as “manga”, animated “anime” films and on-line virtual reality games have become increasingly popular in Japan, with fictitious characters frequently elevated to celebrity status.
Among the most high profile of manga fans is the current prime minister Taro Aso, who recently complained he had not had time to read any comic books since taking office last month.
The on-line campaign for cartoon marriages was masterminded by Taichi Takashita who claimed he was motivated to pursue the unusual change in law because he felt more at ease in the “two dimensional world” than reality.
So this is my first go at writing a pitch.
The term ‘Otaku’ isn’t common in the UK, but we experience Otaku without realising it…
Taichi Takashita, the man who wanted to marry a cartoon character. OTAKU.
The 1000 plus people who signed his petition. OTAKU.
Tsutomu Miyazaki, the man who killed 4 young girls. OTAKU.
But is this the whole story? What about the 2,648,033 participating members on Otaku forums?
Are they all the freaky, psychologically disturbed, social hermits the media present to us?
My opinion? No, and this is my exploration into the world of Otaku.