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I like this and I would like to have it, even though it's just a china production. But I will not buy something like this because it's consoomer-tier cringe and true lainons/wirenons keep their lainirity hidden from the radar.
On the one hand I feel the urge to consoom. On the other hand my daoist ass knows, he's nothing behind his representation and you don't become a more or less valuable or "real" fan/enthusiast by consooming goods to represent your level of enthusiam or fandom.
Being a true fan of lain is like being a true believer in zen. You represent it by not trying to represent it. You are without trying to be. Or you try to be and minimize your chance of being.

R8, checks and thoughts?


Also: Feel free to discuss about lain-fandom or consoomerism itd.


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I agree that you dont become a bigger fan by buying stuff. This reminds me of these tiktokers showing off their otaku rooms.
They are like: Bitch I am the biggest "02" fan because I got posters/figures/clothing everywhere.
But on the other side. I have nothing against people who dont show off their otaku rooms.
Its only for their viewing purposes only and they dont care about the others.
Everyone has to admit that it looks dope doesnt it.

>Being a true fan of lain is like being a true believer in zen. You represent it by not trying to represent it. You are without trying to be. Or you try to be and minimize your chance of being.

I do not understand that part though.


Well I don't use tiktok but I know what you mean, consooming casuals acting tough. ^^
I have actually preordered a 02-Nendoroid just because I know that 'these' kinds of weebs will pay double for it when it's sold out.
Yeah I think these kind of rooms look dope and I've got some showcases and wall scrolls myself. I just never gave anything about decoration until I started realizing that everything can be decoration that I like and not only live-love-laugh tier decoration. So I ended up kinda collecting anime stuff.

>I do not understand that part though.

Have you read or heared anything about zen? By Alan Watts for example?
Zen is this weird thing which's meaning can explicitly not be put into words, so you can only intuitively understand it. In order to make someone understand "it" zen-masters give their students koans which are unsolvable riddles. And the mechanism is something like "you will not find out if you focus on it". Like the toaster that only pops when you're not looking or the way you only breathe naturally, when you are not thinking about your breathing patterns. And I think in exactly this way lain-femdom behaves. By not trying, but by intuitively identifying with it's aesthetics or (self analyzed) meanings and so on.


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>And I think in exactly this way lain-femdom behaves.
mmm yes please


You might be able to justify buying the T-shirt if you actually need a T-shirt, because then you are not just "consuming" something. To me, consuming something means that you use up its value in a short time. For example, the value of a meal only lasts for the few hours of energy it gives you, and the average YT video does not give you any value after you've finished watching it. So you consume food and consume the shit put out by your favourite """content creators""" (anyone else hate how corporate and industrial that phrase sounds?)

If you have loads of shirts already and buy the cheap Lain tee just to satisfy a temporary desire to show how much you love the show, then that's consumption. If the shirt is useful beyond that - i.e. it clothes you regularly for years - I don't see a problem.

Regardless, I think the /lain/ way would be to get your own design printed by an on-demand shirt-printing company, instead of paying some unknown middle-man for being able to use "Color To Alpha" in a photo editor


whoops, I meant fandom, but I'll take it that way or another. ^^

I like you defintion of consumption and it sounds like a good orientation when in doubt. For me it still doesn't make sense because I explicitly only wear cheap basic black shirts in order to not being able to being catched by fashion corpo psyops that I "need" this or that.

Lol I have actually used that method a few times. Before I switched to all black basic I kinda only wore shirts that I printed "myself" (=via some online printing company).


I don't blame people for wanting things that were designed to be wanted.


Indeed, but what does wanting something mean? Where does that desire come from? Is it based on your beliefs or has it been inserted by some kind of marketing move? So I think reflecting on your desires and thinking critically about consume is something one should do from time to time.


Case 1
>need shirt
>want shirt thats cool(personal definition) instead of a ugly one

Case 2:
>do not need shirt
>see cool shirt


Yeah that's 2 very good scenarios. I like that straightforward answer. Still, I think it's important to think about your "needs" to clarify if they are actually yours or media-induced.


Need as in, dont have shirt or current shirts make you look like a hobo which makes people treat you like shit.

yea is society induced but we live in a society(lol)

if you live the unabomber life you probably dont want a lain shirt

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