A lot of people seem to miss the point on otaku culture in V3 to a pretty severe degree. There's a reason why Shirogane is the ringleader people.
I feel as though a
lot of people in the western part of the fandom might be sort of unfamiliar
with how much the idea of being an “otaku” is intrinsically tied with very
negative connotations in Japan. It’s easy in the west to treat it as a kind of
funny term which basically just means really liking anime or Japanese media in
general, but it goes much deeper than that.
There is quite a lot of societal pressure to succeed in the Japanese education system. The same applies anywhere, of course, moreso nowadays when millennials get looked down on no matter what they do or don’t do and the opportunities for successful jobs are slimmer than ever. But in Japan specifically, there is a high rate of depression and suicide attempts among high school students who cannot “keep up” or “fit in” with the pressure to succeed academically.