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What does it take to be an Otaku?
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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.


'like the post above' = me? I'm well aware of the term Hikikomori/Hikkomori (although I must admit that I've never read Ah My Goddess). My definition of an otaku came from an interview TMR did a while ago.
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I don't like that car !!!!! So baaaadd
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An otaku is a person who like mangas and animes ! If you never knowed... It spend a lot but not very, an otaku is a person who purchase everything about animes and mangas. It's like a fan ! ^_^ So know you know ?
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What does it take to be an Otaku?


having more than 1000 CR points on this site.
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Relly? No.. it hinks Myobi01 is on the right watrs.. i think so too... I also purchase almost anything about anime and manga... i just don't have a t-shirt yet..
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chucklee wrote:


What does it take to be an Otaku?


having more than 1000 CR points on this site.


Uhh....Getting 1000 CR points isn't that hard. o_o;

Well...You know you're a mecha-otaku when you have a Zeon Flag in your room. XD

And, no. I don't have a Zeon Flag.
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Dendetsu wrote:


chucklee wrote:


What does it take to be an Otaku?


having more than 1000 CR points on this site.


Uhh....Getting 1000 CR points isn't that hard. o_o;

Well...You know you're a mecha-otaku when you have a Zeon Flag in your room. XD

And, no. I don't have a Zeon Flag.


.. does my points make me look like a otaku?.. lol. lucky i dont have that flag.
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lokita wrote:


azrael910 wrote:
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.


'like the post above' = me? I'm well aware of the term Hikikomori/Hikkomori (although I must admit that I've never read Ah My Goddess). My definition of an otaku came from an interview TMR did a while ago.


like i said, the terms are often closely related. it's just that americans are pulling the absolute most extreme example of the term and exclusively referring to it as that.

it's typically the (western) people who've been into anime or japanese pop culture for a while or to an extreme degree who hold this opinion. they've seen the term used negatively in anime and elsewhere, and find it absurd when brand new fans start casually (and proudly) throwing the term around. so we in the western fandom have only used it to refer to the most extreme of anime fans, almost exclusively japanese by the harshest use of the word.

i don't mean that makes it a positive or cool term by any stretch of imagination (like younger fans seem to think), it's still considered an insult when used by people outside the fandom. it's just not always as severe as many people over here think. you don't HAVE to be a friendless jobless social recluse in order to be an otaku, though there are plenty of people like that. but it's not a term to be thrown around too casually either. most narutards wouldn't fit the definition.

i don't mean anything personal by singling out your post, you just posted the classic fan opinion of the term i take issue with. the actual meaning of the word i think has become muddled and it's a particular area of interest to me.

basically, in my oppinion, if you collect anime DVDs or manga, download non-mainstream shows regularly, go to conventions, cosplay, collect models or figures, then yes, you're an otaku. you may be married, you may have a good job, you may even go outside every now and then, but you're still no casual fan.
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being a Otaku is having a excessive obsession of a topic, theme, or hobby.
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otaku have lts of different meanings and I'am part of goods.I'am on my village most active manga and anime fan.I'am otakuclub reserveleader.So kind of I'am a otaku,but anime and manga isn't all what I'am doing,I have something else life meaning.
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Continuing from
http://www.crunchyroll.com/showforumtopic?id=15989&pg=0#4373923

I'm going to bump this thread since the new one just got closed before got a chance to respond to it and misconceptions about anime terminology has always been an interest of mine.

My opinion on the term is stated a couple of posts up.
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hmmm....you'll just realize it...that you are an otaku....
and good grades...
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obsessive.
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for most people, no social life
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