The Otaku Intern

 

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The problem with being the usual guy behind the camera is that I don’t have many flattering pictures of myself.  Top of Koko Head.  (Picture credit to: Patrick Alvior)

What’s up everyone?  I hope you’re all having a wonderful first week of the New Year!  My name’s Lancen Crisostomo, and I’ll be joining Jason’s Otaku Ohana crew as an intern for this semester!

Just a bit about myself.  I was born and raised in Mililani, graduated from Homeschool, am 25 years old, and attending college at the University of Hawaii at West Oahu.  My major is in humanities with a concentration in creative media.

I’ve been a fan of anime and manga ever since Pokemon and Digimon aired on Saturday mornings back in the ’90s.  My otaku-related hobbies include watching anime, reading manga, playing video games online (if you play Rainbow Six: Siege on PC, hit me up!), drawing, and playing trading card games.  I’ve been a regular attendee at Kawaii Kon and other local anime events.   Perhaps some of you may have dropped by my art table once or twice over the past few years.

Hello
I’ve been a casual artist for about 5-6 years, but I really want to get more serious about my stuff, and I feel like helping out with this blog is a good place to start.  I dislike drawing myself, even as a chibi, but as my art teacher always told me, “Draw what you don’t like if you want to get better at it.  You might actually enjoy it.”

As I stated earlier, I’ll be working with Jason as an intern for Otaku Ohana.  My goal is to help write the blog’s usual content regarding local otaku events, but also to add more types of content to give the blog more variety and to showcase the interests of the younger generation of local otaku culture.  This includes things like featuring local content creators (artists, video game streamers, etc.), reviewing anime/manga (both complete and ongoing series), and commenting on what’s going on in the anime/manga community to hopefully start conversations.  Perhaps I’ll try throwing some of my artwork up as well (gotta put myself out there somehow!).

This blog has a small following right now, and I hope that by featuring topics such as these, it’ll help bring more attention to the blog while also expanding, connecting, and strengthening the local otaku community as well.

I know that doing all of this is a lofty goal for a mere college student, but I will do my best to bring new and exciting content for readers to enjoy.  To start this semester of fun-filled otaku writing, I’ll be chronicling my experiences, starting today through Jan. 16, as I take my first-ever trip to Japan, courtesy of the Japanese government and the Kakehashi Project.  The Kakehashi Project is a program sponsored by the Japanese government, with the purpose of building and strengthening the bond between Japan and North America through the sharing of culture.  The theme for this year is Pop Culture, so I’m really excited for what’s in store.  I will try my best to stay as connected as possible, posting pictures, videos, and other things as well.  After coming back, I’ll be hitting the ground running with that new content.

I hope that my writing and articles will entertain and inform you all!  Please look forward to it!  I’m definitely looking forward to hearing what you all think!

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