A long-lasted shoujo (gag?) manga, あさりちゃん[Asari-chan] showed me a really hilarious and realistic scene years ago. The episode starts with 10-year-old Asari-chan who is reading a BL doujinshi in her room. When she enjoys it, her elder sister Tatami comes in and sees her reading a manga from behind. As soon as Tatami learns it is a gay manga, she gets shocked in terror since she doesn’t know anything about BL. Asari explains what BL is to her, however, Tatami who is still upset confiscates the doujinshi. But after that, the mother finds the doujinshi in Tatami’s room, so she misunderstands it belongs to her. They end up having a big fight over the yaoi dounjishi.
I found the closet scene in Tonari no yaoi-chan. Here shows up Yaoi-chan, her younger sister, and their mother. Yaoi-chan is a fujoshi, but her sister is not. However…The important moment is between 1:28 and 2:08.
Makes me laugh, but this could be a serious matter to all the otakus. It is not uncommon that a mother finds a porn magazine underneath her son’s bed when he is out. Then when he gets home, he finds the magazine which is supposed to be underneath the bed, on his DESK. At this rate, it is still okay. But the more imcomprehensible the thing is, the more parents would be shocked. For example, what if your mother finds a lolita-looking girl’s DVD, bishoujo figures, or full-size dolls? If you happen to be a BL fangirl, what would you do when your brother found your BL comics(or unfinished drafts if you make a doujinshi)? Are you really okay if your parents knew you are a big fan of shota games? To much worse, if you happen to be a fudanshi(BL fanboy), what would you do if something like this happened?
This kind of thing is a matter to, of course, cosplayers. Unless they live by themselves, they would have to hide the costumes in the closet or whatever, and make an excuse when they are questioned why they carry a trolley. I live myself, and my family knows I am actually a cosplayer. Nah, I am grown-up, so whatever I do, they don’t really care. If I crossdressed and danced on the street in Akihabara, they would repudiate me(I swear I don’t). So long as we follow the general rule and have a common sense, I think it doesn’t matter. We know we just have fun with that, but it sure requires understanding for others. If your parents can understand your taste, it would be great. But it doesn’t go well in Japan. I have mentioned that such an otaku thing is considered as a trigger of juvenile crime on the past entries, so when your parents accidentally find your stuff, the dinner is going to be…緊急家族会議[kinkyu kazokukaigi], or urgent family meeting. The dining room is to be a court, a father is a judge, a mother is a prosecutor…and you are a defendant. Don’t worry, I will be your attorney, and protect you shouting 異議あり！(Objection!)
If an otaku becomes a parent, it is going to be an オタ親[otaoya] or an otaku parent. If your parents happen to be オタ親, your otaku life would be very happy. You can even go to the comiket together, watch a tokusatsu[special effect] hero program! If you become an オタ親, you can possibly make your children otaku. Actually sometimes I see a mother cosplayer accompanying her little cosplaying boy. He doesn’t seem to know what he is doing…^^ But I wonder what will happen to him when he is grown-up.
Wait a minute, what if an otomen becomes a father? Can I say 乙父[otochichi]? Can I be the one?
Oh never mind.