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At what point do you consider someone an "otaku"?
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Posted 7/1/13
I've been watching Oreimo and a thought popped into my head, "At what point does someone become an "otaku"?" I heard people call themselves and other people otaku but each person had a different level of interest in anime and manga, some even were obsessed with eroge. I still don't understand what it means to be an otaku and I would love it if you guys could explain how you think otakus are formed. Is there a formal definition for an otaku or is it just an ambiguous word with many different varieties? Please tell me. Thanks!
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Posted 7/1/13
All I do is watch anime but I do have a outside life once in a while. Otaku usually is for people who never leave the house I think.
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Posted 7/1/13
Definitely when a person is completely absorbed in Anime and manga.
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Doesn't Otaku just mean that someone is completely focused on one particular thing by themselves? Not specifically anime or manga, but anything. I'd say both the top choices are defining an Otaku.
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Posted 7/1/13
Otaku is the Japanese word for home as in you never leave your house-as in nerds or geeks. This usually has to do with people who are on the computer all the time with no physical abilities and blah blah blah. Basically, in Japan it's not really a good thing to be an otaku and I wouldn't call yourself an otaku in Japan...

So technically, someone is considered an otaku when they have an obsession of something having to do with the computer or as us westerners use it, obsessed with Japanese Anime, Manga, etc. and don't leave the house very often. But that's if you want to be all particular.

As Westerners, I think to us you are just an otaku once you have a passion for anime and manga, watch and read it continuously, talk about it in everyday life, and have at least one crush on a fictional character.

If you want to go more in depth about the word otaku and my input was not enough. Please just search the word Otaku and its meaning to the Japanese.

Sorry for wasting your time~
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Posted 7/1/13
When they are obsessed with multiple forms of Otaku culture (anime, manga or eroge), own multiple figurines and posters, and have little other connection to the outside world. This is merely a rough estimate though, and shouldn't be taken too seriously.
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Posted 7/2/13
Otakus come in different sorts of specific genre. It's sort of unfair to call anyone who has an interest in Anime an Otaku.

It's like calling all Transformer fans "fanboys". It's inaccurate.
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Posted 8/11/13
To me it's someone who will actually spend time and/or money on anime/manga. Not someone who just likes to watch Bleach and has an facebook avatar of Ichigo in hollow mode.
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Posted 8/11/13
When they are absorbed. I mean, just because you watched One Piece, Naruto, and Bleach, that doesn't make you an Otaku because those shows are so mainstream and you don't really understand how great anime/manga really is. Anyone could watch those three shows on cartoon network. There is nothing wrong with having those shows inspire you to watch more anime and read manga like Naruto did for me, but if that is all you watch, you can't really call yourself a true otaku.
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Posted 8/11/13
Oh and just to point this out, just because you don't collect manga or you don't have any cosplay or any accessory, don't think you are not an otaku. Anyone could be an otaku as long as you have a deep love for anime and manga.
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Posted 8/11/13
I do not really consider anyone an otaku unless they are one of those extreme fans that paints their car with images of their favorite anime characters or something else along those lines. I watch a lot of anime and I buy a lot and I have shirts and key chains and enough trinkets to call myself a fan, but I just don't refer to myself as an otaku. Mostly because I do a lot of things besides staying at home and just watching anime.
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19 / M / California
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Posted 9/6/13
I guess when u can name 20 animes other than Naruto, Bleach, or One Piece
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Posted 9/8/13
I would like hangout with cosplayers, yes.
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Posted 1/13/14
Anime... Is... My... Life... I have no social life ;-; ..... Lol
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Otaku is just a category that people give to others that really like anime. Its like calling some a nerd, but for anime.

Personally people can think what they want of me. Don't give a...

I don't really think I would be categorized by many as an otaku, but I could be I suppose by some. What do I think. I think.. its just a meaningless word.
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