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Advice for those on the verge

Dear Minerva,

I am a podcaster who loves Japanese culture, specifically Japanese entertainment. I have been trying to find people in the Boise area who share my interests, but the results have been frustrating. I have found most people in the area have the mentality that anime and manga are nothing but porn or that anime is for those in their 20s and younger. I know that's not true. Any advice on how to deal with this issue?

—Frustrated Otaku

Dear F.O.,

People are not always going to understand the things you are passionate about, and it's no surprise that directing your energy toward trying to educate people about this topic has been frustrating. We live in a world where we have more information at our fingertips than ever before, but many people simply don't care about a lot of it. Anyone who wonders about it can get online and discover the origins, style, types, etc. of anime and manga—including the XXX versions. And you can go online and find what you need, too: A quick Google search returned several results for meet-ups and fan clubs in this area. Harness the power of the internet and find your people.

As a podcaster, use your voice and your forum to get the word out. Correct people politely when they are wrong and hope they understand. If others can't understand, let it go and just do you. There are bigger battles.

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