On December 15 of each year, “World Otaku Day” is celebrated, an unofficial holiday that was supposedly generated outside of Japan, specifically by Western fans of anime culture. The restrictions imposed by the governments of the world to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic prevented the realization or planning of conventions that normally take place these days, however, it did not take long for fans to make the hashtag #OtakuDay viral on Twitter, which quickly climbed through the trends.
Some people within the otaku community who call themselves "elite", consider that the unofficial celebration is shameful for the community, however, there are more who celebrate it than those who are against it. Although not many know about the existence of this date, mainly because, it is said, it arose within the English language (since no Japanese discussion forum refers to an otaku day, where this community still suffers from stigmata), those who do know it help a lot in its dissemination.
Generally, fans of Japanese culture perform cosplays within the conventions held on these dates, talented artists on social networks make commemorative illustrations that they publish through their media and that end up flooding the internet, the community in general (without talent for drawing) decides to share hundreds of illustrations, and some others simply decide to dedicate the day to rewatch their favorite series or invite others to do so. Therefore, readers are invited to leave their recommendations in the comments section of this article.