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At what point do you consider someone an "otaku"?
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when someone prefers the anime and manga over having a social life, or, when they do still brings it with them.
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To me, one is an otaku when anime and manga leaves the comfort of their computer and arrives as merchandise in their homes, backgrounds and ringtones of their phones, clothes on their back, and their music library becomes filled almost entirely with anime openings and endings.
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Posted 4/17/14 , edited 4/17/14

XxxKiki-chanxxX wrote:

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~


Yeah, you're completely right ^w^

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Giotto_Tsuna wrote:


XxxKiki-chanxxX wrote:

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~


Yeah, you're completely right ^w^



Just read this. Thanks for the information. I can say that as a westerner, you were spot on about what I thought of an otaku. Could you tell me what the difference between an otaku and a hikokomori is then though?
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Tobi_Airanis wrote:


Giotto_Tsuna wrote:


XxxKiki-chanxxX wrote:

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~


Yeah, you're completely right ^w^



Just read this. Thanks for the information. I can say that as a westerner, you were spot on about what I thought of an otaku. Could you tell me what the difference between an otaku and a hikokomori is then though?


Maybe this is the right explanation:
Otaku people have a specific and profound interest in something and they can interact with other fans in person and online even though they talk and act in a geeky way. Otaku can be used positively to express their expertise.

On the other hand, Hikikomori people have sever difficulty in social interaction so that they stay at home all the time, have nothing better to do with their life, and pass the time by watching anime, playing videogames and surfing the internet


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There are four general words that Japanese people use to describe losers, creeps, perverts, and obsessive fans.

Hentai - someone who is perverted by watching or doing perverted things.
NEET - Not employed, educated, or training. Basically means you live on welfare and accomplish nothing with your life.
Hikkikomori - A shut in. A socially awkward person. An anti-social person. Someone who is socially withdrawn.
Otaku - An obsessive fan who is overzealous in their appreciation of anything. Music, Idols, Movies, Anime, Trains, Technology, etc. Anime Otaku are usually seen as the most creepy, followed by Idol Otaku. Being an Otaku doesn't necessarily mean you are a creep, but some obsessive hobbies are seen as less acceptable than others.
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as applied to americans: anybody who considers themselves otaku (even if they disdain the word itself, making them almost worse)
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Posted 4/19/14 , edited 4/19/14

Giotto_Tsuna wrote:


Tobi_Airanis wrote:


Giotto_Tsuna wrote:


XxxKiki-chanxxX wrote:

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~


Yeah, you're completely right ^w^



Just read this. Thanks for the information. I can say that as a westerner, you were spot on about what I thought of an otaku. Could you tell me what the difference between an otaku and a hikokomori is then though?


Maybe this is the right explanation:
Otaku people have a specific and profound interest in something and they can interact with other fans in person and online even though they talk and act in a geeky way. Otaku can be used positively to express their expertise.

On the other hand, Hikikomori people have sever difficulty in social interaction so that they stay at home all the time, have nothing better to do with their life, and pass the time by watching anime, playing videogames and surfing the internet



Ah, I see! Thank you for the detailed answer ^-^ That does clear it up very well!
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Posted 4/19/14 , edited 4/19/14
It was hard to choose either "When they are completely absorbed in anime and manga" or "When they are completely obsessed with eroge and etc." So I chose the first option, although the second option fit the Otaku lifestyle, the third not quite. But for the fourth well....

I said this on ANN when it comes to Otaku:


Otaku can be used not in a negative term (but also neutral), like as other people said, otaku doesn't mean anime fan, there's also video game otaku, automobile otaku, camera otaku, cosplay otaku. Hell, I heard even K-dramas fans and K-pop fans (sorry if I have to bring up Korean stuff on here but I'm keeping it on topic) are even called otaku too, which I would proudly be called. I mean even Girls Generation/SoShi/SNSD/Shojo Jidai fans (or SOnes) are even called otakus according to this SNSD variety show, the subtitles even said otaku.

So you see otaku can be applied on many thing not only anime and manga.


So you see otaku doesn't always mean extreme anime/manga fan, I'm a big Hallyu/K-pop/Asian drama fans at a point where I have enough knowledge to maybe rival a anime otaku, I'm considered a "K-pop/Hallyu otaku". I studied Biotechnology, so I can label myself "biotech otaku".

EDIT: I found this interesting article about the 12 different type of otakus.
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I was under the impression that it is a term, that only really applies to anime/manga fans who literally have no other interests.
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Posted 4/20/14 , edited 4/20/14
"Otaku" is a Japanese word that refers to a Japanese subculture - perhaps those western anime fans who spend as much of their time and money on anime and manga and eroge as japanese otaku do could be called such, but I'm hesitant to use the word because of how overenthusiastically western fans have adopted it. Just call these people "nerds".
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Posted 6/18/14
other-when they mix up reallity and anime and truly believe in Waifus
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Posted 6/18/14
When they are so absorbed in it that they don't realise about Reality. They buy their whole room ful of anime stuff and it's the only thing they can think about >.>
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Desidus wrote:

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.


I like this answer. Fits what I wanted to say exactly and completely. <3
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when they're kawaii
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