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I call these the Fundamentals, not because I have a habit of capitalizing every other word for emphasis, but because these particular elements are the ones I’ve noticed to be the foundations for almost every anime fan worldwide. Just as a pedophile will always remain a failure without his own personal camera, so are these CAT elements (the acronymic spelling of which I totally deny to have been intentional) crucial in upholding an anime fan’s very existence as an anime fan; it doesn’t necessarily define your uniqueness, but it more or less validates you as one of the same crowd.

That’s not to say however, that this CAT standard only applies to fans of anime. I’m merely using it as a blanket term to encompass the wider, let’s say, “otaku subculture” (for a lack of a better phrase), which includes visual novels, light novels, manga, doujins, etc, etc. Visual novel enthusiasts, for instance, might find these things fit for their hobby just as well as it would for a seiyuu fanatic. Hell, I suppose even a person with interests outside of this realm of anime and manga might actually possess these elements too, which probably shows just how much I’m playing Captain Obvious and am hammering points that likely won’t even matter in the end! But for the sake of the topic, I’ll continue to focus on the anime fandom itself.

So without further ado, let’s take a look at the CAT!

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On one fateful day in the year 2007, a certain unknown genius had asked a question so revolutionary it shook the very foundations of time and space: What if Kyon was a girl?

Welcome to the Genderbending of Haruhi Suzumiya, where every one of your most fantastical dreams with the original Haruhi cast shall be utterly destroyed by the newer, I daresay crazier, gender-reversed cast!

The Suzumiya Haruhi no Seitenkan fan project, like most anime-related movements, began in Japan somewhere during 2007 when fanarts of Kyonko (♀Kyon) started surfacing. Her amusingly snarky disposition and inexplicably delicious adorable ponytail, along with Haruki’s (♂Haruhi) projected manliness, immediately propelled the concept into widespread recognition. Fandubs were made as a tribute to it, and even cosplayers began taking notice.

But the legend did not stop there.

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The Brief Rise of Japanese Mahjong

Saki

 

No, this post isn’t necessarily about Saki itself. It just so happens that 50% of the Japanese mahjong players in the anime community nowadays owe their allegiance to this yuri-moefest anime of Gonzo’s, including me.

 

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