Granamyr Wrote:People believed in mythical beings before writing about them. No one believed in Gandalf the Grey before JRR Tolkein. I think it's silly and makes the community look bad.
Most(not all, mind you) people thought elves were short little things that either frolicked with fae or worked in Santa's workshop before Tolkein.
And nobody thought they were from another planet, as far as I know.
People didn't believe in aliens until they believed in other planets.
"greys" weren't heard of before this century.
(AND, people didn't believe in them until they heard media reports on them. So they heard it from a source first, then believed.)
This goes with anything: if you haven't seen it face-to-face, you don't believe in it until someone tells you about it. Written or told, either way.
On the other hand, perhaps Otakukin are claiming to be things that were believed in before hand and then written about.
Saiyans may resemble some sort of alien race. You never know. They're identifying with that because they don't have a word for it otherwise.
Sailor senshi and all that jazz: magical girl genre started out loosely from the Japanese dubs of Bewitched. Yea, so witches and girls with power. Believing you're a sailor senshi is about the same, therefore, as practicing magic or believing in another life you were a shaman. Big deal.
Believing you know EXACTLY who you were and that somebody happens to be well known, however you twist it, tips my BS meter(however, not really my GAS meter... yet.) An otakukin who believes they were in the vampire "clan" of say, Raziel from Soul Reaver, is one thing. But claiming to be THE Raziel is like a "normal" vamp claiming to be Dracula, or a "regular" Otherkin claiming to be Lucifer.
I don't see the problem with claiming to be from a storyline that is recently created. You've got 'kin on here claiming to have splintered souls, souls in different dimensions, their kinside being the FUTURE incarnation of theirself, mulitples, people without souls, souls that aren't even souls, and so on and so forth.
You've got 'kin on here coming up with something that's very much like something in a story. Perhaps some Otakukin are just using storylines to identify with something similar.
The idea of Otakukin, therefore, is just as probable to me as Otherkin is period. ^_^