Yes, it could be another outlook on Japanese culture: Key word being 'another'.
There are so many other sources out there that show, in more depth mind you, of what goes on in everyday Japanese life. Take for example the Visual Novel Games such as Key's Kanon, Clannad, Air, ect. Each one depicts, to a fault, exact Japanese lifestyle as it is now. The whole point of those games are meant for lonely young men to feel loved. Not all Visual Novel games depict Japanese lifestyle though, some like Kid's infinity series (Ever17, Riven7, Remember11) are taken in the near future or at totally different locations around the world. Then there's some that are more fantast based.
Next we go into Dramas. Dramas are perhaps the best insight into Japanese culture for many reasons:
- Japanese Dramas are targeted not only for Otaku, but for the mass population of the nation.
- It is rare to find a drama (that is to my knowlege) is more fantasy oriented, or even exagerrated the truth of the culture. Akihabara@DEEP - Excellent show, recommend it to every Otaku - enhances all the Otaku stereotypes and plays more on humor in Akiba. Others like LIFE, a drama about school bullying, must, to a fault, play exactly how school and everyday life is and only enhancing certain areas to get a point across, in LIFE's case it is bullying that is enhanced.
Then there are Anime that show what goes on in everyday life. It has a genre all to their own called "Slice of Life".