Friki Plaza in Puebla. We are all geeks: Diego Alberto

In recent years the termgeek” has become popular in counterculture movements, mainly in cities. The Royal Spanish Academy defines the word of Anglo-Saxon origin as “quirky, weird or eccentric”, but to say of Diego Alberto Limon Hernandez accessories seller in the Friki Plaza de Puebla, a “geek” person is one who is characterized by a taste for anime or comics. He explained that this term is used to refer to people who have a fondness for movies and television series with quirky characters, video games and more.

“Most people are geeks, because at some point they got to see ‘Dragon Ball’ or ‘Yu-Gi-Oh!’, which are Japanese cartoons, and one or the other, we all liked it,” he said.

Diego Alberto in Friki Plaza | Melanie Torres

In interview with MILLENNIUM Pueblathe seller mentioned that a “geek” is interested in role-playing games, video games, comics, Japanese animation, science fiction, fantasy, or horror movies, books, and series. In addition, it is distinguished because it usually meets other people with similar tastes, although these groups are very small since some series are only popular in this suburban world.

Premises in Friki Plaza | Melanie Torres
Premises in Friki Plaza | Melanie Torres

Diego added that in the geek world there is also the cosplay, activity that deals with the characterization of characters from anime stories, video games, television series, movies, books, among others, and for which costumes, accessories, makeup and wigs are used. In this sense, he referred that there are those who allocate more than 1,500 pesos to obtain a complete wardrobe of his favorite character.

Changing rooms in Friki Plaza | Melanie Torres
Changing rooms in Friki Plaza | Melanie Torres

In addition to this, he shared that the people of Puebla, especially those under 11 to 15 years of age, seek to characterize the main character of the manga “Kimetsu no Yaiba“, which in English is known as “demon slayer“.

No age to be a geek

Diego Alberto mentioned that There is no age for “geek” people, because there are even fans over 50 years old. Furthermore, he explained that most people never unfollow his favorite cartoon or character, so “Deep down we are all geeks”.

“Without a doubt, they always go looking for ‘Dragon Ball’, ‘Naruto’, ‘One Piece’, ‘Pokemon’, ‘Sailor Moon’. Even though it’s been on the air for quite a few years, a lot of people are still looking for (the series) and there are those who have the complete collection of some characters, clothes, even music, and this is in all ages,” he said.

Changing rooms in Friki Plaza | Melanie Torres
Changing rooms in Friki Plaza | Melanie Torres

Currently, andhe “geek” lifestyle is very popular, however, until a few years ago it was more difficult to access anime, since most came from Japan and China, with a limited access market. However, thanks to the different digital platforms, this has changed.

geek pride

Diego explained that every year the geek pride daywhich has its origin in 2006, when the blogger German Martinez, popularly known as “Mr Buebo”, called a series of events in Spain where a Pac-Man game stood out, where people played the characters of the video game. The impact was such that as of 2008 this celebration was adopted in many parts of the world.

Changing rooms in Friki Plaza de Puebla | Melanie Torres
Changing rooms in Friki Plaza de Puebla | Melanie Torres

Currently, Geek Pride Day is intended to change the perception of people who are fond of this type of counterculture movementbecause they used to be marked as “antisocial” and “strange”, but now they are sought to be recognized in society and for this, iconic films or series have also been released that excite the members of this community.

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