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What exactly makes someone a weeaboo?
Posted 5/13/13
I really hope I don't offend anyone with this question.

Anyway I was talking with this girl on campus today and we were just sharing our interests. At one point I told her I liked anime and she said "Oh so you're like one of those weeaboos?" I asked her if she knew what it meant and she said she used it towards people who like anime.

I always thought they were people who added in random Japanese words to their sentences? Something like "This is so kawaii desu." Or just people who are completely obsessed with Japanese things and ditch their own culture almost entirely. I love anime and even cosplay, but I don't talk like that nor am I obsessed with Japanese culture. I like it a lot though. It just seems like people use the term on anyone who's interested in anime or Japan and it's frustrating.
Posted 5/13/13
You seemed to have summed it up quite nicely in that there second paragraph.
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Posted 5/13/13 , edited 5/13/13
Urban Dictionary definition 1:

"Someone who is obsessed with Japan/Japanese Culture/Anime, etc. and attempts to act as if they were Japanese, even though they're far from it. They use Japanese words but usually end up pronouncing them wrong and sounding like total assholes. You can find alot of these faggots clogging up the forums of Gaia Online, hanging out in the international aisle of the supermarket, or crowding the manga section of your local bookstore. Synonym of wapanese."

Well, that is the general term I've had in my head ever since I heard of it. Everybody else who uses it also tends to think the same. I think it's a stupid word that some butthurt kids made. Most of my Japanese friends will look at you like you're retarded if you tell one of our caucasian/hispanic/etc. friends that he's a weeaboo or a "wapanese"..

I would never use that word on someone

Edit: Like I said, some butthurt kid made the word
http://www.wikihow.com/Avoid-Becoming-a-Weeaboo
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Posted 5/13/13
I agree. It is a nonsense word "invented" in a nonsense region of the Internet. Ignore it and do not use it, IMO.
Posted 5/13/13 , edited 5/13/13
Oh okay thanks. lol I was just wondering if I was right or not.

I would also never actually use it on someone. It's just rude.
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Posted 5/13/13
weeaboo is another word for wapanese

it was made to replace the word wapanese on 4chan.
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Posted 5/13/13
Basically being obsessed with Japanese culture purely because of anime.

To the point where it's annoying.

Unironically using words like "kawaii", or "desu", in the middle of your English sentences,
Having the "everything Japanese is better" mentality,
Etc.
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Posted 5/13/13
Well, I like reading manga and watching Gaki No Tsukai, that's pretty much it. But I do have to admit that Japan's entertainment programs (ex:Gaki No Tsukai) are superior to America's and Canada's imho. If you don't know who Gaki No Tsukai is, I strongly suggest you watch them, search them on Google and Youtube, they're too funny!!
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Posted 5/13/13 , edited 5/13/13
I look at the word as somebody taking their love for Japan too seriously and/or having an overly nerdy personality that disgusts and repels outsiders from enjoying Japanese related stuff. The same kind of people who repel the rest of the world from other nerdy things such as MMO's, Dungeons and Dragons, etc.

You might have read one or two of my comments before and know I have some fairly controversial and offensive views on the subject, but even though I lurk here from time to time, I only actually watch like 2-3 anime series. I am still a devout lover of the 70's to 90's cult classic movies and series, like the Cyberpunk stuff, Akira, Ghost in the Shell, Vampire Hunter D, Berserk, Fist of the North Star, etc.

I speak and read and write Japanese at a fairly advanced level, I even studied it in College a couple of years back, but not once do I use it out of context in any nerdy way. It was done for educational reasons.

The people I consider weaboo's are the other people on my Japanese course. The people who wore hats with cat and bear ears, who discussed nothing except Final Fantasy and Bleach in the classroom, who always put on a really irritating voice and accent when speaking the language, who used to speak in half English/Japanese, the people who seriously need a reality check, and the same reflects for most people I see on anime related sites and stuff who have a Japanese profile name, who refer to everything as KAWAII!!!, who always tell people how HOT SASUKE or some other emo anime character is, the people who perv on what to me looks like underaged schoolgirls in horrible series, etc, etc.

All stuff is fine in moderation, but the "weaboo" aspect for me is taking is just way too far. Outsiders will never relate to your love of anime or things Japanese if you repel them with an awkward personality and a warped sense of reality.
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Posted 5/13/13
I'd still say the following picture sums it up well:

Although the term weeaboo is rather loosely used today.
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Posted 5/13/13
I don't think that believing that Japanese culture is better than their own is a bad thing ('weeaboo' has a negative connotation). I study Japanese frequently, and have even written several papers (in Japanese) about various things (敬語, 内/外, 時). I'm not all 'fan-boy' about it - I mainly enjoy academics related to it, but I think that Japan is pretty amazing (and I would consider nationalization among other possibilities).

To me, a weeaboo is more about those who pretend that Japanese culture is the greatest thing ever because the things that they enjoy come from that country.
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Posted 5/13/13
What's wrong with being a weeaboo?
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Posted 5/13/13
i guess in many ways i am a weaboo... though I understand that not everything from japan is perfect and that there are some amazing stuff in america. I tend to get obsessive over anything I enjoy, before it was anime it was the dark tower, harry potter, etc. the point where I can be very overbearing about it, i tend not notice that I am doing it most of the time. I don't mix Japanese words with English I find doing so is terribly embarrassing. I would love to learn how to actually speak the language and quite possible live there because I am genuinely interested in learning and experiencing the culture. actually I love learning about other cultures all the time, be it here in the US, Europe, middle east, or where ever. but in the end I am still very much a weaboo if I go by a lot of the criteria established in one of those posts.
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Posted 5/13/13
In my opinion, people who use the term "weeaboo" are probably nerdier than your typical Japan-fan...
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Posted 5/13/13

otakurocklee wrote:

What's wrong with being a weeaboo?


They make everyone who is interested in anime and other japanese stuff look like idiots to those who know nothing about the culture. At least thats what people say, I don't really care.
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