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Your feelings on the use of the term "otaku"?
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Posted 2/26/13 , edited 2/26/13
Personally I find the use of otaku in by westerns to be rather annoying.

I don't refer to myself as an otaku, but I have watched more anime and read more manga then most.

I'm 30 years old, and 15 years ago I never saw the term used. Here on crunchy roll I see it used a lot, as a bit of a pride thing.

To me it just means that a person likes anime.....

Whats everybody's thoughts on this?
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Well it can be a lot of different things depending on which perspective you look at it from. Some might say its just about being passionate about a hobby. Others might refer to the whole package(shut in,weirdo maybe etc). Anyways i wouldn`t go as far as to say it bothers me, but people are quick to use words they dont really know the definition for.
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Posted 2/26/13 , edited 2/26/13

Kikusui10 wrote:

Well it can be a lot of different things depending on which perspective you look at it from.


Yeah, I think that's pretty safe to say.

For me, hearing the word "otaku" always brings to mind images of small messy rooms with cup-o-noodles boxes all over the floor, but a big tv and massive collection of figures and blu-rays lining the walls. Basically someone who uses every last penny or yen to buy merchandise while trying to live as cheaply as possible.

I personally don't call myself an Otaku...and honestly don't want to be referred to as one either. God knows the amount of money I've spent on merchandise is pretty stupid though...not that I don't love it all.
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Posted 2/26/13
Don't care.
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I really don't care. What *does* bug me is people who insist that you can only use it in the original Japanese sense (therefore, you can't use it to refer to casual fans). This is fandom outside of Japan; if people want to bastardize a foreign term, as long as everyone in the community knows what it's meant to refer to (fans of anime and related culture) I think it's fine. Japan does it to English words.
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Otaku in Japan means obssesive with anime, manga etc. but the term is loosened in the States and other countries. When I talk about otaku I usually think about the original Japanese term and I accept that I am very obsessive with Anime and Manga, Hell, I would die to read anime and manga now.
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I am considered an Otaku, as it refers to obsessive, and I am obsessive with anime.
My car is decked out, my computer is decked out, I spend hours a day watching it, both at work (when theres no fires or anything), and at home.
But I don't agree with any of the poll choices really. -shrug-
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Posted 2/26/13
it is what it is. I see no issues with the term and dont realy think it's that over used. however some people do try a bit to hard to brag about being an otaku. example the meme you think your an otakue yet you only know 20 anime? try nameing 50 excluding bleach naroto and soward art online. I dont care to brage i like anime and thats good enugh.
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Honestly I couldn't care less. It's just a term for being a total anime nerd here in the U.S. so what's the big deal? Sure, being an otaku in Japan is probably not the way to go because that's considered an insult to most people instead of a casual word, but we're not IN Japan now are we
Posted 2/26/13
Could care less sums it up nicely
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Posted 2/27/13
Depending on the context, I'm everything from proud, to apathetic, to offended. That term is pretty flexible. If it's used as a pejorative, I get angry. If it's used as a term of inclusion, I feel proud and/or included. If it's used to categorize people as somewhat obsessive fans of anime (or whatever), I'm apathetic. So...

"You filthy otaku!" <---It's a pejorative, so I'm offended.
"You're an otaku? That means you like anime, right?" <---It's a descriptor, so I'm apathetic.
"We otaku have to stick together!" <---It's a term of inclusion, so I'm happy.
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Posted 2/27/13
Someone once called me a generic otaku. That was the worst. First of all I am not an otaku. What is it really? Obsession with Anime and such? Yes, but it is more like a lifestyle for me. So the otaku part is just some of it.
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Posted 2/27/13

BlueOni wrote:

Depending on the context, I'm everything from proud, to apathetic, to offended. That term is pretty flexible. If it's used as a pejorative, I get angry. If it's used as a term of inclusion, I feel proud and/or included. If it's used to categorize people as somewhat obsessive fans of anime (or whatever), I'm apathetic. So...

"You filthy otaku!" <---It's a pejorative, so I'm offended.
"You're an otaku? That means you like anime, right?" <---It's a descriptor, so I'm apathetic.
"We otaku have to stick together!" <---It's a term of inclusion, so I'm happy.


^ Spot on. It's not a term I use that often, but depending on the context I either accept it, get pissed off by it, or am happy about it. It's all about the intended meaning of the person using the term, really.
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Posted 2/27/13
Isn't it 'couldn't care less'?

And no, I don't use the word. My friend uses it a lot as well as other Japanese words and I just find it annoying.
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I feel like everyone who enjoys anime and manga and the general culture, wants to feel apart of the culture too because they do relate to it, despite the fact that it didn't orignate in our homelands and even though it can be so far away from where we live. and if someone wants to be excited and feel included by calling themselves an otaku then I think its fine
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