Life is expensive for Otaku

So how many streaming services do you subscribe to? How much manga is stacked around your room? Figures? Posters? Subscription boxes?

Sometimes I look around at my room seeing the stacks on manga, see all my streaming apps on my iPad, and then I do the math in my head. Yeah, it is expensive sometimes to be an otaku.


Sometimes I like to joke about “going illegal” as I subscribe to yet another streaming service that has an anime that I want to watch… (I think I regret getting HIDIVE for Devil’s Line lol) or movies that I want to see RIGHT NOW… I’ve learn patience while nursing my addiction and waiting for DVDs to come out.

Now that I have received a very very generous give of a psvita….


I’m scraping together my extra money to buy games that I’ve been wanting to play for a long time… (Code:  Realize was worth all the hype).

I really don’t know where I’m going with this post, but looking at my wonderful stacks of manga I’m happy that I can support other artists in some way.

Yes, there may be somethings that I don’t get to see or read right away. Some manga that I follow and buy the volumes as they come out online. But the money… The money…

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Sometimes I have to reevaluate and look at what subscriptions I really need. I think Crunchy will probably be around for a long time. Then I have to cancel others until, you know, that next cool looking anime comes out.

In the end, I know that I want to be a writer. If I can do my part to support anime, mangakas, authors, and other artist then maybe other creatives will get more support. If that means that more anime comes to the states then that will be money well spent. More manga gets translated and published? Heck yeah!

So my hobby can be an expensive one, but it also gives so much back. Inspiration, laughter, and an awesome community that is also passionate about these things. Also there could be worse things to spend money on. Like food… jk…

I want to thank you all for supporting creatives. It can be tough sometimes when our wallets get lighter, but it is all worth it.

Happy Watching!


Author: kimchisama

Anime for the soul.

28 thoughts on “Life is expensive for Otaku”

  1. I’ve been getting by using a library to catch up on older series and using free Crunchyroll, sharing a Netflix, and sharing an Amazon Prime. It’s ok to cut back and watching anime after their season lets you better measure its staying power.

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  2. I definitely agree. During my high school years, I’d have entire paychecks going towards DVD box sets and manga. Hahaha! I certainly curbed my spending in that way in my adult years and only spend it whenever I have some fun money.

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      1. Yup. Funny how times can change. I realized that anime DVDs were more expensive than the ones coming out now. A box set out now would be 1 1/2 DVDs roughly a decade ago. That’s very true about bills. HAHAHA!

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    1. I’m lucky that I have a library that has an okay selection of manga, but something in me really wants to own them and it can get up there. I found some nice condition ones on ebay though which was nice.

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  3. Yes, but it’s definitely worth it right?

    This definitely why the amount of anime I’ve been purchasing has been slow over the years. Also, your are so right about streaming services. I’ve been frugal,but then u started building gunpla recently… Lord help me.

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  4. I feel ya! 🙂 It’s great supporting people who create such fantastic content, it’s just such a bummer on one’s wallet. D:
    I always miss being a teenager and getting to blow my entire paycheck at the comic book store. lol It’s so much more fun than paying bills and buying things like food and toilet paper. 😛

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