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こんにちわー
日本でオタクをやっています。
日本のアニメやオタク文化について質問があればお答えします。
それ以外でも答えれそうならお答えします。
ですが私は英語が殆どできないので翻訳サイトに入れて返答のため変な英語になるかもしれないです。

Hello -
The nerd is given in Japan.
I will answer, if there is a question about Japanese anime and nerd culture.
I answer, if it is likely to answer but other than this.
Since I can hardly speak English, I may put into a translation site and may become strange English for an answer.
Moreover, I think that he would like to increase a foreign friend.


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ようこそ~
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始めまして、和泉さん、よろしく。 このサイトでは日本語の読める人が少ないと思いますけど。。。 私なら簡単な日本語しか出来ません。 それでも、私は皆さんがよく読めるのために、あなたが上に書いたの言葉をもっと標準な英語に訳すようにします。

(What I'm pretty sure I wrote above: Welcome, Izumi-san. I think very few people on this site can read Japanese. Myself, I'm only capable of very basic Japanese. Nonetheless, I'm going to try and translate what you wrote into more fluid English so that everyone can read it.) Maybe someone will take you up on your offer and ask questions.

I think what Izumi-san (izumiaya) is saying is: "Hello. I'm an otaku in Japan. If you've any questions about anime or otaku culture, I'd be happy to answer them. On other matters, I'd be happy to answer also, if I know the answer! However, because I can barely communicate in English and will be using a translation site, the answer may come out in rather strange English!"
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ありがとうございます!
英語が苦手なのに外国の人と仲良くしたいと思ってるので!
私のプロフィールに画像アップロードしてありますので良かったら欲しいの持って行ってください~。
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初めまして!

私は沢山質問がありますので、ちょっと聞いてくれませんか?多分変な日本語を使っているかもしれませんけど。外国人ですから。

では、始めましょうか?

1.日本ではアニメが本当に有名なことですか?つまり、日本とアニメの関係はいったい何なんですか?意見はなんですか?

2.新アニメと古いアニメ、どちらの方が好きですか?

3.今のアニメはどうですか?もちろんIzumiayaさんはオタクだと言いましたのに、今のアニメの意見はなんですか?悪いとかいいんですか?そして、将来のアニメはどうだと思いますか?

4.秋葉原はオタクの場所だそうです。でも、Izumiayaさんがそこに行っていますか?一人で?それとも、友達とですか?そこに行くなら、何をしますなのか?

5.最後に、オタクはどのくらいですか?
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I'm going to take it that you speak English Andent but anyways, on to the questions I can answer:

1) Yes, Anime as you call it is "famous" tho I take it you know that even though western culture call Japanese animation for Anime here in Japan Anime does not only refer to the Japanese style but also the western cartoons. Anime here is just as normal as Disney in the West, its just that instead of *insert a disney movie/cartoon here* they might have seen Doraemon or One Peice for example. One of the biggest things here in Japan is actually One Peice and pretty much everyone knows it somehow and I know people up to the age of 35 that reads the One Peice manga. You can also see people in their 40s reading different manga in the subway.

2 3 and 4) I can't answer

5) I'm not sure how I should answer this but the people I hang out with has either watched anime when they were kids but not anymore and those that watch specific shows every so often but none that sees themselves as otakus, in fact calling someone an otaku can actually be pretty offensive, so unless the person says it themselves or you know them very well do not use use it.

I'm not sure how helpful this is but I do hope you feel you've gotten some answers.


-Person living in Osaka
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Thanks for your answers Nevila. I've been fascinated with the culture surrounding Japanese animation and the influence the culture has on the production of it. It's not exactly easy finding many direct sources, and many of them are written with a distinctly Western flair and perspective. While I've read a few of those what you might call academic essays, I always wonder what exactly is anime culture like for the average consumer of this type of media living in Japan. While secondary sources are nice, a more primary source seems much interesting, so thanks for your input in some of these questions.

It's actually interesting that you bring up the offense some people take with the moniker of "otaku." I've asked an older Japanese woman about this and she finds that the word carries little social weight for her. In other words, otaku isn't offensive per se to her, but perhaps some people might find it that way. However, I do apologize if I was being forward with my usage of such a word, and I'll try to be more discreet about it.
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no worries, I know that you meant no harm, the fact is, I don't care that much either but there are those that does, but it depends on which kind of crowd you hang out with. I am more involved with people that sees being an Otaku as a bad thing as it ruins their "image". They tend to see it as childish and unmanly/unwomanly. There are of course many that doesn't care as well. I asked around a little (10 people) and from that it feels like it is generally young adults that goes to clubs/parties that finds being called Otaku as bad and admits that they watched anime as a child only. When I asked my friend she told me that some guy friends she has find it extremly embarassing to even stand in the anime part of the video store.
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こにちは!どうぞよろしく〜 アニメが大好き〜 一番好きなアニメは何ですか?あたしの一番好きなアニメは銀魂!とてもおかしいね。でもオタクじゃない。ごめんね。^^’ じゃまた。
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You would think that it'd be the older generation that is more adverse to this stuff, but from what you say, it's the youth that doesn't like it. From what I gathered, there have been some noticeable social movements with the Japanese youth that encouraged more liberal views recently. But it seems like "Otaku" still carries a strong sting with many people. Perhaps their parents were influenced by Tsutomu Miyazaki, and they later influenced their children? Either way, I'm a little shocked at the conclusion you've come to. You're actually living there though, so I wonder what on earth is happening over there. You've genuinely interested me. Of course, I know nothing about the demographics of the people you hang out with, so there's probably other dynamics coming into play here.
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1)Anime is one of the industries.
We grow up from a child's time, seeing TV anime.
2)Old anime is not compared with new anime.
There is anime which must not be old.
There is anime which may be new.
One is sometimes regrettable in recent years.
"World Masterpiece Theatre" series is no longer made.
They are "A Little Princess Sara", "Nils's wonderful trip", "Lassie", etc.
The child of these is outstanding anime.
3)In the front, original anime had somewhat much comics.
There is much anime of a light novel original these days.
Anime industry is a declining tendency.
4)It may go alone.
It may go with a friend.
The part of a personal computer is purchased.
The information on the part of a new personal computer is collected.
He sometimes buys a figure and character items.

It also sometimes has a meal.
I am knowledgeable about a back street. (ω`)

5)in Akihabara.
70 percent OTAKU.
30 percent is a tourist.
There are many AKB nerds these days.

Even now in Japan, the name of OTAKU is despised by the world.
I do not approach people who despise.
A sense of values is different.

I am a Japanese.
I would like to carry out foreign people and conversation.
I made the free Web Service.
It is translated as it Post.
It becomes the language which made a mistake in a few.
But a feeling leads.
Is there any anime fan who wants to use this?
I do not understand.
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Posted 8/28/12

Nevila wrote:
5) I'm not sure how I should answer this but the people I hang out with has either watched anime when they were kids but not anymore and those that watch specific shows every so often but none that sees themselves as otakus, in fact calling someone an otaku can actually be pretty offensive, so unless the person says it themselves or you know them very well do not use use it.

I'm not sure how helpful this is but I do hope you feel you've gotten some answers.


-Person living in Osaka


Yeah, to some "otaku" can be a pretty offensive term, but around here no one seems to take offense to it. Everyone around here says, "Oh, there are a lot of different kinds of otaku. It just depends which kind of otaku you are." All the negative connotations with otaku pretty much stem from some bad publicity the term a long time ago when there were a few people who committed some crimes. They happened to like manga (some strange manga) and were pretty anti-social. The term stuck.

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てか、秋葉原=オタクってマジでやめてほしい。
秋葉原は確かにアニメグッズやアニメメイトの店が多いですが、そこに行ってる人全てがオタクですか?違いますよね。
そもそもオタクっていう言葉はいつから、どこから応用されるんですか?
ただのアニメ好きをアニオタって呼ぶのはどうかと……偏見ですよ。

まあ、私自身日本に住んでいて、秋葉原に行きますけど、
『オタク』はやはり自分の身には合わない言葉だな、って思います。
自分をただの『アニメ好き』として認識しています。というより、ラノベを読むのが好きなだけですが。

要するに。
秋葉原=オタク=キモオタ
という偏見はやめて頂けると幸いです。


Any questions, I can answer them in English.
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RunaMoon24 wrote:

てか、秋葉原=オタクってマジでやめてほしい。
秋葉原は確かにアニメグッズやアニメメイトの店が多いですが、そこに行ってる人全てがオタクですか?違いますよね。
そもそもオタクっていう言葉はいつから、どこから応用されるんですか?
ただのアニメ好きをアニオタって呼ぶのはどうかと……偏見ですよ。

まあ、私自身日本に住んでいて、秋葉原に行きますけど、
『オタク』はやはり自分の身には合わない言葉だな、って思います。
自分をただの『アニメ好き』として認識しています。というより、ラノベを読むのが好きなだけですが。

要するに。
秋葉原=オタク=キモオタ
という偏見はやめて頂けると幸いです。


Any questions, I can answer them in English.
ty.


Isn't it a bit much to expect people not to make the association when all they know of akibahara is from anime and tv. It's like expecting people who have never seen black people to base an opinion of them off what they see on tv. They'll just assume they all wear pants down to there knees, act proper hard, and talk like a gangsta.
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haha yeah, but the thing is that once people get to know about akihabara, all the things that would be imputed in their mind is that akihabara=otaku. And, I can agree with your black people theory (that's just called racism tho) but what I think is that I want people to be more open-minded.

Well, actually I think I was just being a little fed-up, cause just because I like anime, I get called otaku at school and the thing is that I don't like people calling me that since it just ruins my school life; the reputation i have in the whole school (yes, in japan like almost 95% of the people think otaku as yucky and people-who-are-not-facing-the-reality kind of people).
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