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“Wapanese” are decidedly Caucasian individuals who, by means of thoroughly warped postmodern acculturation processes, have come to the conclusion that it is in their best interest to act as if they were denizens of the nation of Japan (please note that the term weeaboo can be substituted). Due to a chemical imbalance in their heads, the Wapanese will denounce their country, stalk Asian girls, eat nothing but Asian food, live in their parents house until they are 30 or older, and generally be annoyances for the rest of their lives or until they snap out of it, which usually happens around the 9th or 10th grade.

The term “Wapanese” is actually derived from the mixing of “white” and “Japanese” but due to the fact that Wapanese are no longer all white, we have adopted the new meaning of “wannabe Japanese”.

Wapanese can be classified by two or more of the following traits:

1. Are obsessed to a mentally unstable level with anything connected with Japan. Wapanese will believe and proclaim that every facet of Japanese culture is superior to all others, particularly American. Whether it is junk food like Pocky, animation, film, economy, work ethic, respect for this and that, Japan will be better in every way. They will continue to believe this to the point that they smother themselves with everything Japanese in order to bury their own origins.

2. Will try to learn Japanese simply from watching anime. They will learn only a small number of  Japanese words and sprinkle them within English sentences, using what is called Japanglish. They are under the false pretense that they know a vast amount of the Japanese language by adding words such as “kawaii” or “baka” into their sentences (cute and fool respectively).

3. Has a superficial, rather unhealthy obsession with shallow, saccharine and intellectually insulting animation shows (referred to commonly as “anime” ), made originally for young Japanese children.

4. Have also unhealthy obsessions with supposedly handsome anime characters that resemble chopsticks painted with faces. They do such in a toxic level that other people who see that they worship some bony fool drawn on paper would vomit to death.

5. Operates under the flawed belief that the American culture is exceptionally inferior to that of Japan’s, even though 99.99% of Wapanese have never had any firsthand experience with their preferred culture (aka, they have never been to Japan itself).

6. Often owns a sword (Katana or other Japanese weapon of course) and claim they have studied the Samurai and Ninja and know how to expertly use their blade. Aside from being wrong, they forget that Ninjas and Samurai probably were in a lot better physical shape than them. Also they believe that merely by watching Naruto, they can become Ninja.

7. Don't realize that the Japanese would find them equally as sad, if not more so, than the Americans do. They are often looked down upon for slaughtering the language and culture.

8. Will proudly refer to themselves as "Otaku". They seem to miss the fact that in Japan being an Otaku means you are a sheltered and pathetic person obsessed with trivial pursuits, and that they need help. I actually don't think the Wapanese could have chosen a more fitting name for themselves.

9. Extreme cases may traipse around whilst wearing a “costume” that makes them resemble their favorite anime characters (this practice is referred to as cosplay; cross-dressing and raging homosexuality is not an uncommon component of cosplay.

10. Enjoy eating Pocky, ramen, and other Asian junk food while shunning all non-Asian foods as they are quite obviously inferior.

11. Love to harp how much better Japanese music is than American music, despite the fact that they listen to J-pop/rock, which has the same amount of substance as American pop, meaning none.

12. Try to dress harajuku/lolita by applying mountains of makeup and mixing up clothes which makes them look like they are in drag or a wannabe emo.

Interestingly enough, Wapanese are generally though of as “failures” and rejects within their own culture. I speculate that it was their failure to gain acceptance within their own culture than has lead many a white geek to seek out Japan’s culture as a surrogate; however, they’d be shattered to know that the insular and somewhat racist Japanese society would be even less accepting of them than the people of their true and native culture.
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Wafflez-of-Equestria Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014  Student Digital Artist
It's really hard for me to go into a Japanese store and not get confused with a weaboo XD I'll see one thing that I like and usually buy (example: make-able Japanese candy, that stuff is the bomb!) and while making no anime references, butchering language, or even hinting at the word "kawaii" or "sugoi," still get called a weaboo by NON JAPANESE PEOPLE. The Japanese people who work at the store are friends with me and my friends, as we come there all the time for candy and plushies. It can get very annoying. (And I will never pronounce "desu" wrong for as long as I live, even if I don't use the word.)
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AsahiGirl Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
enjoy eating Pocky, ramen, and other Asian junk food, but I love non-Asian food like pizza, and bananas.
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Kahunathekid Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
if i were to put the words 'kawaii' and 'baka' into a sentence just for the fun of it would that be okay?
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animedisneyluver809 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014
My brother's friend is a weaboo Facepalm 
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erikatheraindeer Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013
shallow, saccharine and intellectually challenging? Actually, not all are like that. ANime is actually a rather diverse medium. But other than that, you are right. (Coming from a ligit Japanese)
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mechaguy Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so true.
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MonkeyL0L Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013
Lmao xD
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ohhaiderplz Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013
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Dreaming-Absolution Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I know this article is just for sh*ts and giggles, but I felt the need to say something XD

I'm going to address each number one by one~ okay? Just to keep it organized.

1. I won't argue with this point. At all. (Though, I've always wondered what tatami mats felt like under your feet)
2. I've...never tried this. I have a learned a few words by accident simply by matching commonly said words to the subs, but that's just something that happens. I'm more likely to go off and learn Italian, though, then Japanese. (Though, I am interested in it)
3. Honestly? I don't think most of these are even made for children anymore. Would you let your five year old child watch High School of the Dead? I wouldn't (Of course, I haven't watched it either XD).
4. .____. I...I just have nothing to say. While they are cute(hair style/clothing wise), I know that they aren't real, weren't real, and will never be real. So...-shrugs-
5. Japan has a higher suicide and bullying rate then America. This is one important point that I think everyone should know no matter what. Add to the fact that apparently  most teacher over there make the kids sort it out themselves...Which just makes me go 'really? You're really expecting a bunch of kids to solve their own problems with no guidance?' -shakes head in disappointment- Honestly....
6. Hahahahahah. I'm sorry, I just laughed really hard. I've never seen anyone who has something like that or said anything like that.
7. Well, yeah. I mean, the Japanese have a whole set of words to describe people they think are sick or foolish. -shrugs-
8. 'Otaku' has become a part of American culture under the pretense it means 'Anime Fan.' -shrugs- There's nothing most of us who know the true meaning can do to change that.
9. America has been doing the same thing in their Comicons for years. So it's not just a 'Wapanese' things, it's just that they got the term 'Cosplay' from Japan. Also, Cosplay has become such a common word even the news uses it to describe what people do at Cons, whether they be Anime related or Comic related.
10. I like Pocky and would like to try actually Ramen, like the stuff they actually sell in Japan, not this silly stuff they sell in US grocery stores. And there's plenty of Asian food that just makes me stare and go 'What. What is this I don't even.'
11. I think a lot of J-pop/J-rock is better then MAINSTREAM American Music, like Miley Cyrus. Not that it's better then all American music. I also like K-pop/K-rock, so what do I know?
12. Never had I tried this. I also don't know anyone who has, unless it's for one of those cosplay things. Yeah.

Like I said before, I know this article was for sh*ts and giggles.
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CatsfromElsweyr Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wait, liking cosplay means you're kind of a weeaboo? D:
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MasterMetaknight123 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013
I dont think so...I love to cosplay, and yes, I have one anime-character crossplay, but that really is only because I like the character. (it was America from Hetalia, by the way.) But many cosplayers are perfectly sane, lovely, none-weaboos. So no, you can love cosplay AND crossplay and not be a weaboo. Of course!
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CatsfromElsweyr Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I've never colsplayed, though I plan on it. But some 'Anti-Anime' (from what he called himself) dude called me a Weeaboo because I wanted to cosplay Belarus from Hetalia (Woot, Hetalia!). Though I've met some CRAZY cosplayers, most of them are very polite and nice, and they aren't anime-crazed at all! Hopefully I can follow in their footsteps! >u< Actually, I hope all anime fans can be like that. That'd wipe the 'Weeaboo' term off the planet!
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animedisneyluver809 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013
1. I can't connect really to anyone whose language I can't understand. I just watch the English of anime.
2. I can't learn a language for the life of me LOL. Especially Japanese.
3. I choose to stay away from those ugly animes. :)
4. I don't really fangirl over any guy, no matter how hot. It all depends on if I'm trying to bu someone (my fave sport!)
5. I love my culture and I'd never go to Japan because it's too freaking crowded and I couldn't freaking breathe.
6. I own a sword but that sword has been passed down my family since the Civil War.
7. I agree with that remark.
8. I'm not an Otaku. That itself sounds insulting.
9. I don't like costumes (only on Halloween do I dress up) so no costumes for me.
10. I do eat Ramen sometimes because it's the only food we have for dinner sometimes (and it's good on sick days) but I can't eat all the Asian food because I hate fish.
11. I don't like music I can't understand. I do listen to it sometimes but I love American music (country, alternative, etc.)
12. I hate makeup and dressing up in lolita clothes would get me grounded forever.

Just my answers to those symptoms. I like anime but not like those weaboos.
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BlackHayate02 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, who knew weeaboos can be this scary?

Well, I love anime, read manga, take a liking on Japanese cultures and histories, likes ani-songs, learned a little Japanese, and takes an interest on cosplay. Okay, that sounded weeaboo-ish, but...
1. I love anime, simply because some of them were really well made. Sorry, I find Yaoi, Yuri and Hentai weird...
2. I read manga, for the same reasons as above.
3. I take a liking on Japanese cultures and histories, but I can say the same in other countries (well, like Greek myths or Islam or something alike)... Also, I'm a proud Filipino, and the culture's just as great as Japan's.
4. I like ani-songs, but it doesn't mean I don't like songs like Call me Maybe or Fireworks or Gangnam Style.
5. About Japanese language, I did learned it first from anime. But I use Japanese so rarely that you wouldn't often hear me say "SO KAWAIIIIII!!!" <= and yes, I did that. And I know better than randomly saying "desu" in every sentence.
6. I take interest on cosplay, but never tried (umm... money problems stuff)... and it's more over a love for Alodia than obsession on anime.

Ehh... too long, I guess... -_-'
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Tachola Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
I used to be a weeaboo.

WHEN I WAS SEVEN (thanks to Naruto)

Ever since I was eight, I've redeemed myself. The sad part about me telling you this? Most weeaboo's are either teenagers or adults (and, scarily enough, sometimes even older). It just shows you how immature people can be.

I still love anime, manga, and I have purchased 3 anime figurines so far. However, I do not think Japan is the most "sugoi" country ever. I have favorite anime characters, but I do not want to make them my "husbando".

And, above all, I actually have a social life.

Thank you for writing this article. Thank you so much. :heart:
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TheEditCat Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013
I like anime and yes sometimes I get a little fan-girly but im NOT a weeaboo -.-.... and I don't say that im related to Japan or the characters in the shows at all Im American and I would Like to stay that way.
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Gravity-bolt Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My friend has all the sights of this journal.yup she's a weeaboo
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Nod3rator Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Actually, the definition of ばか (baka) is "I'm an idiot!"
To call someone a baka, you would say
あなたわばかです (not sure if it's わ or は though)

I loathe the way they pronounce things too.
Like
"DAY SUE" instead of "Des"
And
"RAY MEN" instead of "Ra-Me-N"
And stuff
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Flashykaabii Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
nope.
Baka means idiot.
you are an idiot = あなたはばかです (it's は)
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Nod3rator Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ARE YOU AN HONOURARY AZN?
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Flashykaabii Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
honourary azn..?
how honorary? XD
asians are normal people ._....
i only know this because i studied japanese long time ago
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Nod3rator Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
fine, I am OFFICIAL azn.
[Official seal of azn-ness]
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IloveHersheysSoMuch Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Student
I would never give up on my American culture! Thank you for making this! Asian foods are tasty, but I do not eat them every day. The only way I get pocky is going over to a far-ass store.
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xBlazingPinkDragon Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Student Interface Designer
This is soo true! I do like Japanese culture, but I find a lot of culture interesting. But I'll never give up on Portuguese or Canadian culture, yes, I do watch anime, draw it and edit with it, but that's just a hobby. I also eat asain foods, but only sometimes! I really hate it when someone says your a weeaboo, or a wapanese person for just watching Anime -_-. And Anime isn't the only cartoons I watch, I like North American cartoons too!
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Chiyosen Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Student General Artist
I also hate when they claim to be related to fictional characters. ._. I knew someone who would insist they were Inuyasha and Sesshomaru's youngest sister that they both cared about and-- you know what, you can probably tell where this is going. :XD:
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UahMarzuaAoatali Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Student General Artist
Anime was somewhat my main art style but after a while, and also due to the horrid abomination of society that is weaboo, I've kinda disassociated myself from it.Granite there are still SOME anime and manga that I like but its very few. I've grown to appreciate the stuff of other cultures as well. There was a time where I was becoming one of these nasty creatures. Im so glad to be one who loves their own culture :)
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Im-The-Heroin Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012
4. HAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAA :rofl:
yep and those anime "men" look rather more feminine :lol:
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pineapplehunter Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Student General Artist
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I broke out of this only recently. It has made me happier and generally more satisfied with reality, and it has allowed my art to branch out and find countless new horizons.

True, I still like anime and manga, and true, my icon is Yoite (I'm actually thinking of changing it), but they are casual interests like Star Wars or Batman (two things which I also have a great affinity for), and they do not rule my life or predominate my mind. When I think back to how I was a year ago, I shudder.

Much of my art is still influenced by manga, but it's easy to learn from what you know, and I think it helps just as much as learning from any other art form. I love reading and creating comics, and to quote the great Scott McCloud, "manga are comics as far as I'm concerned." That said, I have no shame in my art style. After all, one would not normally rip on someone for drawing like Charles Schultz, so what's wrong with an original manga-like style? Wow. It must sound like I'm in denial, but really, I'm not. Since the end of my manga obsession, I have happily experimented with many forms of art, and found plethoras of them to my liking.

I like manga and anime just as I love books: for the great stories and characters they bring. I have a healthier interest in Japan as well as other countries, including my own. I'm quite content being American.

Obviously, a lot of people on here have posted similar stories, but it's really great to be out of that trivial mindset. I guess I didn't sink quite as low as some people, but even so. In truth, I feel like a drug addict finishing up rehab.

Pocky is delicious, but so is country fried steak.
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Grand-Corsair Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I do eat a lot of ramen mostly cause I'm...poor and it's cheap.
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Lyra-Elante Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ramen... BLECH!!! Pocky isn't bad but there is absolutely nothing special about it. Pepperidge Farm pirouette wafer sticks however, are extremely yummy. I do watch some anime but I'm very selective about what I watch. I hate Naruto and One Piece and Bleach. I like some Asian foods (like Chinese food) but I prefer Italian and French foods.
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Sensakura Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ughh no offence but I just HATE Weeabo & Wannabe Japanese! Its my pet peeve!
I'm Japanese and I really think that being someone your not is really pathetic..That just means they have no pride for their culture. :iconfacepalmplz:
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AskYowaneHaku-chan Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I don't quite agree. Master likes ramen and sushi okay, but as well as hamburgers and various other foods. She cosplays, but isn't obsessed with it. She doesn't own a katana, but is still very agile, similar to a samurai, but she doesn't think she is one. She quite likes Vocaloid though. But still, not an obsession. Plus, even if it was, it's still normal since she's the main age for Vocaloid. So I would have to disagree. She has dressed as a Sweet lolita, but by no means put any makeup on, and she actually bothers to buy actual lolita style clothes instead of haphazardly mixing and matching her own. Sorry, I disagree.
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MicoNutziri Featured By Owner May 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You are nothing but a hater. I love the Japanese culture, but it dosn't mean that i hate Denmark. And i love cosplay. It dosn't make me a 'Weeaboo' to like a other country.
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pudding510 Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think you're misunderstanding this. A weeaboo is someone who is sooo obsessed with Japan that they will completely abandon their own culture. Loving the Japanese culture is VERY different from being "wapanese." It's not just liking Japan or cosplay or anything like that; it's how much you like it that determines if you're a weeaboo.
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MicoNutziri Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, okay :) I haven't given up my onw culture and i never will.
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pudding510 Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Good! ^^ Then you'll probably never have to worry about being a weeaboo :D
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MicoNutziri Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
YUS!
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pudding510 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
^^
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Natalie4ever Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yup I knwo someone who fits every single thing on this page(they do it cause it look cool and are obsessed with Japan despite being Caucasian) It's kinda weird since I'm the Asian one T_T
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8animefreakDWMA8 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank goodness that's not me. I was close to being that a while ago (once calling myself an otaku) but I've snapped out of it quickly. But ramen is delicious, I don't eat it all the time though, it's high in sodium :) Maybe my love for ramen comes from the fact that I'm asian.
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8animefreakDWMA8 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I regret having this username...
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tutifruti41 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
A lot of anime, the ones I watch atleast, are made for an older audience than young children. Spesifically the sick bloody ones I favor. And Asian food is divine, though I'd eat anything if it's tasty.

Just to throw this in here, this is pure win.
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Edgerallanpoezr Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012
yeah I was once starting to become one and my sister snapped me out of it but cosplay kicks ass.
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rowanshadowcat Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012
What an entertaining place to put this; Deviantart seems to be the slimy cesspool of a breeding grounds for the Wapanese. D:
On a serious note, though, I think that people should be allowed to do what they want (as long as it hurts nobody) without being hurt. Teasing is alright, but when it comes to the point where people are really being hurt, there is a problem.
I personally have evaded being a naieve by taking Japanese classes and watching not only the contemporary animes I like but also the classics, as well as classic old Japanese live-action films (like Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai, for example). I love Japanese culture and my dressing style is greatly influenced it, but I balance that out by learning all that I can about the subcultures there, the current things going on, as well as the history of Japan. I think that even if someone is an 'otaku', they can avoid being wapanese by not being ignorant slobs.
This was a great article btw
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Liros-Noir Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012
Oh good. I'm miles away from that. :3
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Deidara-TheTerrorist Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm a real Japanese person. Do not be a wapanese or a weeaboo. It makes me look bad.
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RouKon13 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
damn i hope your rite about the whole they'll snap put of it by 9th or 10th grade, my friend is killing with her obsession, she's a sweet heart whose only flaw is that she is without a doubt a wapanese. It's one thing to like a culture but obsessions get old fast. Thank god she doesn't cosplay though that one is just freaky.
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Mascab47 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011
It took me 5 minutes to snap out of mine. This all seems a bit cynical. It's not like all Waps try to look stupid.

I have a theory that Wapanese characteristics are created genetically. I have an uncle that has an unhealthy obsession with China and has only married Chinese women. Looking back on my early childhood, I've noticed a reoccurring obsessive feeling while observing things related to Asia. Therefore, I think every Wapanese is one at birth, but difficult to impossible to recognize until puberty.

After becoming a teenager, I realized that I had no interest in white girls. Asian girls just seemed proper, though scarce in such a small town. Then I put it together, and became a Wap temporarily. Because none of the above 12 were sufficiently available to me, I quickly snapped out of it.

I like the small amount of anime and manga I can get, but I don't worship it. What the hell kind of anime looks like chopsticks with heads anyway? I know Japanese culture isn't perfect, but I'm interested in it. I won't drool over every Asian girl I see.
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Drachenvuur Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is all true, however I have a bit of an issue with the cosplaying one.
Whilst true, Wapanese do constantly wear costumes for most of their waking hours, crossdressing and being homosexual really has nothing to do with it.
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