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Difference between "otaku" and "weeaboo".
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Posted 11/25/10

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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."


Bah, its not the Queens land, its our land, everyones land.

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As was said, "otaku" refers to basically the same type of person outside of Japan as inside, although in Japan it seems to be even less socially acceptable.

I think a further distinction should be made between a Japanophile and a weeaboo. Both Japanophiles and weeaboos could be described as a kind of Japanese culture otaku, but "weeaboo" is supposed to describe someone who has an overly romantic or childish view of Japan based on Japanese pop culture and anime, or someone who wants to "become" Japanese, as though that in itself would be some kind of improvement. It's intentially offensive.
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I don't do labels.... peoples iz peoples :-)
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Personally, I define Otaku two ways, he first being how it is used in American slang, and the other by the original, Japanese meaning. And then define a Weeaboo as a different thing, but that is just my perception, as, I feel the words are just a matter of interpretation. That being said,

In the American sense of the word, I guess I'm a semi-otaku, I collect some manga, but don't fuss over it (My collection has been going on for five years and is not that big), anime is my main interest but I have others and don't talk about it all the time. I've only played two Japanese video games and I'm too poor and not allowed to use eBay, so I don't have any anime products. (Aside from seven DVDs and three plushies and a Calander.) And maybe I'd like to visit Japan (Like how I would like to visit Italy), but not live there. I also enjoy and respect some of their culture, just as I do some European Cultures (especially Italian.) And occasionlly research it for stories. I also know some Japanese, but only use it by myself, in private and on rare occasion. However in the Japanese sense of the word I am NOT an Otaku.

And I am certainly NOT a weeaboo, not anymore anyway. I used to be when I was twelve, bust snapped myself out of it my freshman year of high school. I used to want to be a manga artist and move to Japan, until I realized I will NEVER be an artist, only a writer who illustrates for her stories. (I do outift illos). I do, however have a friend that's a weeaboo and an otaku in the Japanese sense, and she SCARES me. (Not only because of the weeaboo s*** but she's naive and naive can be) and all she does is watch anime, color anime coloring pages and talk to her "boyfriend" she's NEVER, met in person. Again, she scares me.
Posted 11/25/10
i've met ALOT of weeaboo's in my life time, because alot of theem thought i was japanese only to be dissapointed when i tell them im not -.-', but i do wonder where does the word origionate from?
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I'm not an otaku or a weeaboo, trust me.
I'm not hating, but otakus and weeaboos are just weirdly obsessive, it's not cool. :/
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Posted 11/25/10

kissXkissfallinlove wrote:

i've met ALOT of weeaboo's in my life time, because alot of theem thought i was japanese only to be dissapointed when i tell them im not -.-', but i do wonder where does the word origionate from?


Apparently it first originated from the infamous 4Chan. Basically they filtered the word "wapanese" with "weeaboo". As such usage of "weeaboo" is double that of "japanophile" and "wapanese" combined. On a side-note, anyone read the original thread I had on the PlayStation.com forums (Link in opening post)? Did anyone agree with what those people said (Note I'm the OP in the thread)? I certainly didn't and felt they were trolling considering they're in my "hate club". Especially the guy with the apple avatar, or as I sometimes call him "Mr. One Piece" since he's fairly fanatical about that series.
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I read two and a half pages of that and left, and "Mr. One Piece"? He's an a-hole. And 99% of those people WERE trolling, (I would bet "Mr. One Piece" is a weeaboo himself.) Why can't people understand that all you were doing was starting a small, clarification discussion and NOT a debate about who is what when no one online knows each other anyway. (Unless you are talking to a real life friend.)

And I agree with you on the whole thing, the only difference would be that I use two different versions of the word Otaku when refering to certain people. But, I know the difference, (because I only started using the word weeaboo recently, thanks to my friend who scares me.)
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Posted 11/26/10
~otakus~ are weeaboos

american definition of otaku? please
just a misuse of the word

(by ~otakus~ i don't mean the real thing, i mean anime fans that call themselves that)
Posted 11/26/10

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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."


Bah, its not the Queens land, its our land, everyones land.

/Anti-monarchy


Yes, I am aware that her highness is at this time mostly a figurehead, but to be honest I only ever use the fact that my country is a constitutional monarchy so that I can actually say "In the Queen's English, man!" Because the phrase sounds awesome and face it, it's just not the same when an American says it X3 Anywho this topic is about weeaboos not the Queen.
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Posted 11/26/10
ITT: People defending themselves because they actually ARE weaboos.

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Posted 11/26/10
I'm a quarter Asian (Japanese to be exact). My heritage introduced me to the culture, through my dad and my grandma. My dad's side of the family are Asian and half-Asians, so naturally a lot of "weeaboos" bug us. Because the family consists of Asians, Quarter-Asians(my brother and i) and Half-Asians, and we're gamers. The fact that my uncle works for Nintendo doesn't really help. (continued under the spoiler)


There are a lot of good definitions that define the two apart from each other posted already.

Otaku, I can deal with(most of the time), Weeaboos, I cannot.
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Posted 11/27/10
Anyone who "proudly calls themselves an Otaku" is a Weeboo.

No questions asked.
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Posted 11/27/10
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Posted 11/27/10

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I read two and a half pages of that and left, and "Mr. One Piece"? He's an a-hole. And 99% of those people WERE trolling, (I would bet "Mr. One Piece" is a weeaboo himself.) Why can't people understand that all you were doing was starting a small, clarification discussion and NOT a debate about who is what when no one online knows each other anyway. (Unless you are talking to a real life friend.)

And I agree with you on the whole thing, the only difference would be that I use two different versions of the word Otaku when refering to certain people. But, I know the difference, (because I only started using the word weeaboo recently, thanks to my friend who scares me.)


If you managed to read through the whole thread, you'd find out he apparently imports a few figures and video games from Japan. And by his friend's definition a weeaboo has to desire or do these things.

1. Speak Japanese
2. Import everything from Japan
3. Watches anime

He and his friend seriously believe I watch anime because it's anime, read manga because it's manga, and I shun American media when I don't. Yet "Mr. One Piece" has wanted to do 1 to play Japanese RPG's, does 2, and does 3 (Subbed only pretty much as he despises dubs). Glad the thread is going in a better direction here than on the PlayStation.com forums.
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