終わコン [owakon]

September 14, 2012 at 2:22 pm (otaku word, slang)

 Hi everyone, how are you doing? I am doing okay. It’s still humid, though. I wish fall could come soon. Well then, this blog is supposed to introduce new otakish terms, but I think I have posted too many cosplaying entries. So, I shall make an entry, quickly!

 You know, we never know what is coming in the future. Never know what will happen. No one knows what is sure. The same goes to fashion or trend. Apparently, it looks very odd, but once it gets in the trend everybody else goes for it. However, nothing is everlasting. Once we get cool down, it will be a history. So we go for something else. That is about it. Fashion or trend never last so long.

 Yes, we anime fans would be following current shows, I mean, the series being on the air now. Once it is finished, new season comes, meaning new series would start. How many of you are still following past series which were popular years ago? How many of you still remember some old series and all of a sudden feel like watching them again? Even if everyone else makes fun of me, I would keep loving what I loved. This is why I gotta introduce this term, 終わコン[owakon].

 終わコン[owakon] is an abbreviation of 終わったコンテンツ[owatta contents] which means out-of-fashion. 終わった[owatta] is a past tense of 終わる[owaru] meaning to end. In this context, contents mean video, music, novel or whatever for entertainment. 終わコン is actually used to deny such trendy stuff or simply joke such out-of-fashion stuff. Okay, we know Tiger&Bunny is very trendy. Since the first season was really nice, Sunrise announced they made season 2. Of course, T&B fans were happy, but meanwhile anti-T&B fans would be saying T&Bは終わコン[T&B wa owakon]. I don’t think so if you ask me. There are still lot of T&B fans around me. If you insist T&B is not 終わコン, you could say 終わコン(笑). Please refer to スイーツ(笑).

 So what does 終わコン origin from? The anwer is The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi[涼宮ハルヒの憂鬱]. When you hear of this anime, what would you say? “Ah it brings back memories,” or “it’s 終わコン.” That’s all. Five years ago, Haruhi was the core of the trend. When I started to be a cosplayer, at least more than 10 Haruhi cosplayers were at the event. A lot of Haruhi dancers uploaded the video on Youtube. However, the fame didn’t last so long. I must say Kyo Ani goofed up. If they had done much better, it wouldn’t have been such a big deal. I am sure you know what I mean if you used to follow Haruhi series.

 The Haruhi fans died to see Season 2, but it took much time from Season 1 to 2. Some of them got bored to wait. To much worse, remember Endless 8? Yes, the first 8 episodes on Season 2 are almost the same story. It was kind of tricky. In this episode, Kyon has to re-do the same loop again and again because of a certain reason. He got in the endless loop. Of course, the cinematography was not exactly a carbon copy, but it tired the fans because they had to watch the same episode for 8 times. Meanwhile, in the anime Lucky☆Star, Konata cosplays Haruhi’school uniform or even some of the characters from Haruhi show in the episode. The female saiyu who voiced Haruhi turned out to be a bitch. In this way, Kyo Ani went too far. As a result, the fans are left and said ハルヒは終わったコンテンツ[Haruhi wa owatta contents].   

 Well, in my opinion not I don’t like 終わコン. Because I loved it, there is no reason I hate. As you may know, my cosplays are 終わコン because I am not following current series. People ask me, why don’t you cosplay someone from Kuroko no Basuke or Uta no Prince-sama? I am not that interested. Midorima is cool, though. If I cosplay a basketball guy, I will do Rukawa Kaede from Slam Dunk. Yes, it’s 終わコン. In fact, I used to be a big fan of Suzumiya Haruhi, and have cosplayed before. Now, almost no one cosplays this series. The current series you might be watching will be 終わコン someday. For sure. Even if everyone else is left, I would keep loving it. What is wrong with 終わコン? No need to be so shy. Just follow what you want to follow. No matter how many years past, great things are great, that’s why.

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14 Comments

  1. Hinano said,

    Good for you for cosplaying what you enjoy. That’s what it should be about, not following trends. I am sick of UtaPri anyway to me it’s 終わコン already XD

  2. bangin said,

    Hey Hinano, yes maybe when UtaPuri is owakon, I would cosplay Tokiya. But currently in Japan, UtaPuri is the core in the trend. I like Debut’s costume.
    Do you know Mouju tsukai to Ouji-sama?

  3. aochan005 said,

    There are lots of good old anime that I love<3 Have you watched Kaikan Phrase?

    • bangin said,

      Yeah Kaikan Phrase! That brings back memories! Do you know Lost Universe?

      • aochan005 said,

        I’ve heard of it but I haven’t seen it yet. It seems interesting.

  4. Filip said,

    A word post, yaaay! In a few days my dean’s leave ends and I’m going back to studying Japanese at my uni, so I’ really looking forward to more of them. Thank you, you are doing great job! : )

    • bangin said,

      Hi Filip, thank you for coming. Are you still learing Japanse? Good luck.:)

  5. Junnie said,

    A lot of the series I cosplay are 終わコン to loads of people out there XD But for me, a good series is never 終わコン & I am happy to keep going on with the series =D I don’t follow trend, I only follow my heart =D

    • bangin said,

      Oh thank you very much. I saw your cosplays! That is really nice. Do you make your costumes?

      • Junnie said,

        Thank you for the comments =D Your cosplays look real fine too >W<

        For my cosplays try to do whatever parts I can do (I'm better at propsmaking than sewing actually XXD) & the rest either I modify purchased items or I ask for help from my seamstress friends =3 I still have a long way to go in regards of skills to sew an entire costume QvQ/

  6. Julia said,

    I agree, why is it expected that you should stop expressing your love for something just because it isn’t the newest thing?

    • bangin said,

      I fall for such an owakon anime for some reasons.

  7. shaki said,

    Ah i understand!!! In fact, I’m stucked in Rurouni Kenshin for almost all of my age (before the live action hullabaloo start) xDD that’s owakon xD

  8. DocWatson said,

    A number of my favorite anime and manga are very “owakon”—Kimagure Orange Road, the original Bubblegum Crisis, and Dirty Pair, plus the manga Outlanders (Johji Manabe forever!) and Appleseed—the ones I discovered when I first became a fan, and which are old friends. I can’t imagine falling out of love with or discarding them.

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