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Difference between "otaku" and "weeaboo".
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Posted 11/24/10 , edited 11/24/10
So a few days ago I made this topic on the PlayStation.com forums. http://boardsus.playstation.com/t5/Anime-Discussion/quot-Otaku-quot-and-quot-Weeaboo-quot-What-these-words-exactly/td-p/46431710 It later ended up degrading into a flame war due to trolling and me being too pushy trying to make my point across (Mainly to my hate club) that the two words aren't the same and I'm not a "weeaboo". It ended up getting locked due to that. Original opening post from there put here below. Though something I'll add into this, do you think they mean the same thing? And if so, why do you think they mean the same thing?



Anime fandom has been around for a long time now and these words have come up in popular culture. "Weeaboo" and "Otaku". Many people mix them up or think they mean the same thing.



Otaku basically means by it's American definition (The Japanese one is drastically different and is an insult there) that someone is obsessed with manga, anime, and Japanese video games. They will often collect many versions of Japanese video games, manga, and anime. Many people like myself proudly put this label on themselves.



However the other word "weeaboo" hasn't been around as long and isn't used as much as "otaku" is.



Example of it being used less:

http://boardsus.playstation.com/t5/forums/searchpage/tab/message?
q=otaku#message-list

http://boardsus.playstation.com/t5/forums/searchpage/tab/message?
q=weeaboo#message-list



A weeaboo basically is just an otaku that has taken their passion into something more drastic. Basically they start replacing English words such as "Cat" and "Cute" with "Neko" and "Kawaii". They will use these words almost all the time online and offline and abuse them. Also they curse how they aren't Japanese and don't dare to touch stuff such as American video games or watch any American media. "Weeaboo" is an insult because of this. A brief definition is this picture.



I fit in under the otaku group as I'm obsessed with manga, anime, and Japanese video games (I'm not a huge otaku however). However I don't really say Japanese words ever. Heck I can't remember the last time I used a Japanese word. I also play non-Japanese games and watch American media. Plus I don't really find much stuff from Japan amazing.



So which do you consider yourself as?

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I consider myself a semi-weeabo, but not really, since my grandma lived during the Japanese reign over Taiwan (that is where I am from), so she was heavily influenced by Japan. Heck, Japanese is her primary language, and when she went to Japan, everyone thought she was Japanese. They were kind to us even though they owned the island at the time, and the Japanese soldiers were good friends with my grandma's family. They'd often go by and eat dinner with them in my grandma's house in the countryside (she was around 14 or so at the time), and they'd sneak over extra military rations for the family whenever they could spare any.

I was raised by my grandma, and consequently, I pretty much view the US, Taiwan-Japan as the only two places I'm affiliated with. I don't curse my Taiwanese heritage, as I am proud of being Taiwanese (screw those people who call us Chinese), but I also think Japan is amazing, much more so than the US. Japanese food has stolen my heart. My grandma is a godly cook, and many of her dishes are Japanese.
Posted 11/24/10 , edited 11/24/10
Eh... I consider myself somewhat weeaboo I guess. I fit in most of the categories according to the list, except I don't really play Japanese games, or any games at all. I don't "abuse" the words though. Every once in a while I do, just for "laughs."

Just to get it clear: A weeaboo is some what an extreme version of an otaku, right?

Edit: I don't really "curse" my heritage, I just "wish" I could be Japanese sometimes.
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Basically yes, a "weeaboo" is an extreme version of an otaku. Like they will watch anime for like maybe 8 hours a day. The normal otaku could handle like only up to 4 a day. Note with me, I watch up to 2 and a half hours a day. By the way, the check mark according to that list is what a "weeaboo" is. The X's pretty much define what an otaku is (When you combine all that together).
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yeah....i think it's quite evident that they're not synonymous....
but the WTF! "heritige".... better english bro
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The person who made that image really does need to fix the spelling on "Heritige" to "Heritage".
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This is great information for the clueless ones who don't know the difference eh? In the future, when all these weaboo's turn 18 they'll all move to Japan, oh boy.
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Haha, they all move to Japan, only to realize they don't fit in and don't even speak the language.
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Posted 11/24/10
im otaku, but no way ever would i be weeaboo
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Posted 11/24/10
I think that Otaku and Weeaboo are tied in together.

A weeaboo is often an otaku, but not all otaku are weeaboos. I'm also going off of the true definition of otaku.
Posted 11/24/10
The word "weaboo" reminds me of a user at YouTube named magicpockyusagi (something like that) , she's annoying and if you watch her videos , YOU'LL DIE D:<
Posted 11/24/10
it's the same damn thing
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Oh I saw a video of her's where she said she was Japanese but was far from it. She has come under harsh criticism obviously for it. Also @the move to Japan suggestion, they would first need the money. It takes a lot of money to go to another country. Back when my family went on vacation in Europe to visit some of my Dutch relatives (My heritage is Dutch), boy did it cost a lot. Seems more people here agree the two aren't the same unlike in the thread I made on the PlayStation.com forums.
Posted 11/24/10
Even if you had the money emigrating to Japan is almost as hard as emigrating to France...they reaaaaaaaally don't want you there. They are kindof strapped for space.

Anywho, more on-topic...I used to be a weeaboo >_< I said Japanese words, cursed my Canadian heritage, and even had a Japanese nickname for me and my friends....I could not be happier that that part of my life is over, and I continue to speak the Queen's English while I am still on the Queen's land, and if I speak any other language, it's still one of my Countries national languages: French. It makes no sense to act that retarded and arrogant and it seriously pisses me off when I meet someone like that. I let them know: "Dude, we have similar interests and I enjoy talking to you about non-anime stuff, but say "bishie" one more time and I will drop you."
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MR_Leach wrote:

Even if you had the money emigrating to Japan is almost as hard as emigrating to France...they reaaaaaaaally don't want you there. They are kindof strapped for space.

Anywho, more on-topic...I used to be a weeaboo >_< I said Japanese words, cursed my Canadian heritage, and even had a Japanese nickname for me and my friends....I could not be happier that that part of my life is over, and I continue to speak the Queen's English while I am still on the Queen's land, and if I speak any other language, it's still one of my Countries national languages: French. It makes no sense to act that retarded and arrogant and it seriously pisses me off when I meet someone like that. I let them know: "Dude, we have similar interests and I enjoy talking to you about non-anime stuff, but say "bishie" one more time and I will drop you."


I'm sure most of us had that phase when we were younger. The whole, "Japanese culture is absolutely better!" As I got older and learned to view both/multiple sides to everything, coupled with my homestay, I learned that Japan is a country with human beings, and is not an amusement park, nor is everyone beautiful, nor is the culture so much better.
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