True Otaku provides an overview of otaku fandom, then delves in-depth, profiling an award-winning cosplayer: Iris Venturino aka Dustbunny. The goal of the film is to explore, document, and celebrate the rich diversity of America's true otaku community.
At what point did cosplay become the barometer for fandom?
Everything I'm seeing about this film tells me that it's not a documentary of otakudom, but a documentary of one specific cosplayer. Seems pretty vain. Couldn't they find several hardcore anime fans that explore different aspects of the fandom? I think they missed the point completely.
Whatever happened to fan art, fan fiction, fan sites, fan parodies, doujinshi, models, figures, etc? Sure, cosplay is one of the more visible layers of anime fandom, but it's far from the end-all be-all.
I feel like I just wasted 15 minutes of my life.