In the year since we got back to NYC, Dunia and I have noticed a new trend on the streets: black American teens dressed up like Otaku, replete with straightened hair, Hello Kitty knapsacks, and cute gadgets. I guess this was inevitable, but it's interesting to see it finally manifest -- especially after all the science fiction on the subject (Neal Stephenson, William Gibson, etc.)
I've coined an appropriately un-PC term for this phenomenon: "Brotaku." Although, to be fair, Google tells me there are already 117 web pages with this term (most of them appear to be usernames).
Unfortunately, we haven't been able to snap a pic of any of these kids yet, but I'll update the post when we do.
I guess this is kind of a reciprocal movement to the whole Ganguro thing (see below):