The subculture lesson is full of cringe.
Ok who ever thought of this lesson clearly doesn't know much about Japan. It teaches you how to say "I'm an otaku". otaku is a negative word in Japan. It's like if we were to say "I'm obsessive". In English it has come to mean "Anime fan" or whatever but that's just an example of Eisei-wago. English made Japanese words. (reverse Wasei-eigo. Japanese made English words.) Also "maid cafes" aren't a very appropriate topic for everyday conversation. It'd almost be like putting "Where's the nearest Hooters?" on the English course.
OwO what are you talking about, garrison-senpai? :3 you must be a baka if you think there's anything wrong with this kawaiidesu lesson, i think it's sugoi!! <3<3
please kill me
ok but seriously, i've not been learning japanese so i wouldn't know if there was anything wrong with the lesson, but my guess is they make it to cater to a more mainstream audience of anime fans and teach them how to properly say and spell words they've heard and seen in said anime. it is a pretty major part of modern japanese culture so i don't think having a single lesson dedicated to anime/manga related words that you might find "cringy" is really all that bad.
These kinds of words are certainly useful to know, even if you wouldn't personally use them. One of my japanese guide books (for slang) has an entire section on these kinds of words. Chapters on the niche cafes, anime, and fashion styles. That's what subculture tends to be, afterall. A way of life that differs from the mainstream.
That being said, Duo has always been bad about actually defining words and their contexts; just throwing sentences at you to memorize expecting you to figure out how/when/why you would use them on your own.
The chapter in my guide book on subcultures for each one has a small paragraph explaining exactly what each one is, which is what Duo sorely lacks.
You don't have to use any of the content in that lesson. There are people that like anime/manga culture and could get some use out of it.
I’m not dissing manga or anime or anime fans. I’m just trying to explain that words such as otaku don’t mean what we think they mean.