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What does it take to be an Otaku?
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Otaku's are sort of like a hermit, except instead of living away from society and devoting their life to religious solitude they devote their life to anime and manga, which isn't really a good thing when you think about it...
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blackknightboys wrote:


nirvash106 wrote:


You should get one of this be an emo... lol


OMG!?!?!?!?!!


hey... maybe a chick named moe owns that car.... but prolly not >_>
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LOTS and LOTS of money!!

lol... that and an extreme dedication to things non-otaku find odd and scary. *nods.

I have yet to ascend to Otaku status...
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hmmm collection of every merchandise from a favorite series, anime ringtones and book bags, bed sheets covers and pillows of anime, ANIME TOOOOOOOTH BRUUUUUUUSH!!!!, ummmmmmmm anime themed computer
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The Car looks like it shopped to me -__-
Notice the main Image slightly pixelized
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is there a, you know ur an otaku when u.... thread?

you know ur an otaku when u got anime themed condoms that.... u never ever use!!

oh burn
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look at the guy in welcome to nhk... thats an otaku
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You can take advice from me..lol..jk..it's 5am here & I haven't slept err..since 11 am++ yesterday *goes back to watching*
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lokita wrote:

It's not a good thing to be & I have no idea why 13 year old fangirls run around proudly referring to themselves as such.

There's a difference between liking something (whether it's an anime series, a manga series, etc.) and being so obsessed with it that you never leave your house, you have no social life whatsoever, you're 30 years old and have never even spoken to a member of the opposite sex, etc.


no, that's a hikkomori. it just so happens that most hikkomoris are otaku so the terms are often closely associated.

"otaku" is an incredibly misunderstood word in the west. initially, people just assumed it meant nerd in japanese and loudly went around calling themselves that since they watched toonami.

then some american fans stumbled across hikkomori, who are often called otaku. (i think volume 2 of the ah my goddess manga is partly responsible for this) these fans went to the other extreme and decided that otaku were all shut in nerds who never associated with the outside world and would loudly bitch and complain when any round-eye dared utter the word for anything, like the post above.

the truth of the matter is the definition is somewhere in between. it just means obsessive fan, and doesn't necessarily even mean you are obsessed with anime. in fact, ani-ota is a term they sepcifcialy use to refer to anime otaku.

hikkomori (or NEET) is the term for the shut in types. not all of them are otaku, but a lot of them are, so much so it's usually assumed. there are plenty of otaku who hold down jobs, go to school and interact socially (like densha otoko for example - he is still an otaku and seems to have a job and some friends). they're still nerds, don't get me wrong, they're just not the extreme shut ins that people are often told they are.

as i understand it, most people who would consider themselves serious anime fans in the US would qualify as an otaku perfectly well. watching large amountss of anime, going to cons, cosplay, and listening to anime based music (not j-pop or j-rock, but seiyuu or theme music).

don't believe me? take it from the horse's mouth. this is a japanese tv show that follows some pretty typical american anime nerds around and they have no problem calling them "otaku."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hIbPgEyOGs4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3pC39BkBZc
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lokita wrote:

It's not a good thing to be & I have no idea why 13 year old fangirls run around proudly referring to themselves as such.

There's a difference between liking something (whether it's an anime series, a manga series, etc.) and being so obsessed with it that you never leave your house, you have no social life whatsoever, you're 30 years old and have never even spoken to a member of the opposite sex, etc.


no, that's a hikkomori. it just so happens that most hikkomoris are otaku so the terms are often closely associated.

"otaku" is an incredibly misunderstood word in the west. initially, people just assumed it meant nerd in japanese and loudly went around calling themselves that since they watched toonami.

then some american fans stumbled across hikkomori, who are often called otaku. (i think volume 2 of the ah my goddess manga is partly responsible for this) these fans went to the other extreme and decided that otaku were all shut in nerds who never associated with the outside world and would loudly bitch and complain when any round-eye dared utter the word for anything, like the post above.

the truth of the matter is the definition is somewhere in between. it just means obsessive fan, and doesn't necessarily even mean you are obsessed with anime. in fact, ani-ota is a term they sepcifcialy use to refer to anime otaku.

hikkomori (or NEET) is the term for the shut in types. not all of them are otaku, but a lot of them are, so much so it's usually assumed. there are plenty of otaku who hold down jobs, go to school and interact socially (like densha otoko for example - he is still an otaku and seems to have a job and some friends). they're still nerds, don't get me wrong, they're just not the extreme shut ins that people are often told they are.

as i understand it, most people who would consider themselves serious anime fans in the US would qualify as an otaku perfectly well. watching large amountss of anime, going to cons, cosplay, and listening to anime based music (not j-pop or j-rock, but seiyuu or theme music).

don't believe me? take it from the horse's mouth. this is a japanese tv show that follows some pretty typical american anime nerds around and they have no problem calling them "otaku."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hIbPgEyOGs4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3pC39BkBZc



those clips were interesting .... i dont think its really negative to be an otaku, or be called one. its nice when foreigners appreciate japanese culture doncha think?

watch this french guy:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sp79K8Bv_kg
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^ well, it's still a negative thing to be called an otaku, it's just not the extreme heinous insult that western fans make it out to be a lot of the time. it's just like being called a nerd, really, even if that's not the best translation.

it's kinda interesting since the otakus in japan are kinda starting to rebel. they're really embracing their otaku nature, and almost celebrating it really. akihabara has went from a place known for electronics to a bizarre anime wonderland. it's still frowned upon by mainstream society though. regardless, viva la revolution!
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a complete obsession with anime-manga, a craving for ramen and pocky, and a room/car litterd with anime/manga/game posters and dvds (someone like me)
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For example..when you buy a winged back-pack like the one Ayu has from Kanon 06 for 250 bucks. :O
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have life devotion to anime/manga and nothing else, dislike real life boys/girls. Stay in your room eating instant food and spending most of you time looking at anime/manga on the internet. Collect anime/manga figures and buy poster, videos, random thing on the anime you love!

i personally would never be a otaku, because there are more thing to life than anime and manga.
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What it takes to be an Otaku eh?........just watch Genshiken, i'm sure you can pick up a few tips from there.
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