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Posted 7/4/13
I've never been called a weeaboo. Probably because I've never behaved in a way that would make me be called one. People know I like anime and manga, yet not to the point of obsession. Neither have I ever acted in offensive or stereotypical behaviors of what I believe is Japanese. It's ok to like something, yet not when it's appropriating a culture and its people.
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I would rather be called a nerd then a weeaboo.

I don't really care otherwise its just jargon for our era, similar to hipster.
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Posted 7/4/13
The term "Weeaboo" only has as much weight as you make it to be.
If you're perfectly confident that you do not fit the description of a weeaboo
Urban Dictionary definition (which is just about as valid as most others since it's a fictional term)

: 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.


So while this definition is a bit harsh in its description, I agree that this is the actual meaning behind the term "Weeaboo"
So if you aren't "Wapanese" or if you generally know where to draw a line with your obsessions, people are just making an ass out of calling you a weeaboo. The word it self is completely retarded.
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GayAsianBoy wrote:

The anime fans seem to get all the negative words (that don't even fit the description) for some reason. Like otaku is not really only for anime only... but every time otaku is mentioned... it's referred to anime fans. *shakes my head*


Well, from my understanding, Otaku is normally a derogatory term in Japan meaning 'obsessed', or something close to that. It's only in English that the term is interpreted as 'anime fan'. From my experience, the term is usually used, accompanied to a specific hobby. IE, someone who fanaticly reads books would be considered a 'Book-Otaku' or something. But, regardless, the term generally means nerd or dork.

But this happens all the time when terms from Japan are popularized in English speaking countries. Things like 'Hentai' and 'Doujinshi', which are attributed to pornographic works in English, are completely different in Japanese. Hentai just means pervert, and a Doujinshi is just a self-published work, typically being a manga or magazine. But that's just the way the cookie crumbles I guess.

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Posted 7/4/13
Pretty much, the way to keep yourself from being called a Weeaboo is to not add "Kawai-Desu-Ka!" at the end of all your sentences. Oh, and don't answer the phone with "Mushi Mushi". . . that sounds stupid coming from white people.
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There's only one problem I have with this word. A lot of people tend to get the terms "Otaku" and "weeaboo" mixed up a lot. Otaku is a Japanese term used to refer to people with obsessive interests, particularly (but not limited to) anime and manga. The meaning has changed in recent years to describe an avid fan or follower of anime/manga. Now, weeaboo is a negative term directed to anyone overly obsessed with Japanese culture to the point of annoyance.

It is VERY easy to get these two terms mixed up, but it's important to know the difference. If someone is a fan of an anime, be it Naruto or Dragon Ball or whatever, this person is not a weaboo. If this same person is a fan of multiple anime shows, goes to conventions and owns certain merchandise from these shows, then they can be seen as an Otaku! Since they are very into their anime or manga.

A weaboo is a different case. If he or she thinks Japan is the best nation ever, thinks it's just a wonderland of ramen and pocky and KAWAII DESU, speaks in broken Japanese while wearing their ninja headbands and their million keychains, speaking of nothing but Japan Japan Japan 24 hours a day and seven days a week and pretends to be Japanese themselves-- oh yeah. Weaboo alert. Steer clear at all costs.

Otaku =/= weaboo. The former is much more tolerable.
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Posted 7/4/13

GayAsianBoy wrote:

It's a ridiculous term... that's always misused.

You get called weeaboo for including one Japanese word in your sentence.

It's pretty much on the same level as "troll". You'll get called "troll" nowadays if you have a strong opinion that is not like the majority's.


Please use ^this guys description of it.

It's the best one there is straight off the bat.
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Posted 7/4/13

humnut wrote:

Pretty much, the way to keep yourself from being called a Weeaboo is to not add "Kawai-Desu-Ka!" at the end of all your sentences. Oh, and don't answer the phone with "Mushi Mushi". . . that sounds stupid coming from white people.


Also, if you for some reason feel that you must end your sentences with kawai desu ka, please at the very least understand that desu is pronounced dess, not desu.
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Posted 7/4/13

humnut wrote:


GayAsianBoy wrote:

The anime fans seem to get all the negative words (that don't even fit the description) for some reason. Like otaku is not really only for anime only... but every time otaku is mentioned... it's referred to anime fans. *shakes my head*


Well, from my understanding, Otaku is normally a derogatory term in Japan meaning 'obsessed', or something close to that. It's only in English that the term is interpreted as 'anime fan'. From my experience, the term is usually used, accompanied to a specific hobby. IE, someone who fanaticly reads books would be considered a 'Book-Otaku' or something. But, regardless, the term generally means nerd or dork.

But this happens all the time when terms from Japan are popularized in English speaking countries. Things like 'Hentai' and 'Doujinshi', which are attributed to pornographic works in English, are completely different in Japanese. Hentai just means pervert, and a Doujinshi is just a self-published work, typically being a manga or magazine. But that's just the way the cookie crumbles I guess.



Actually Otaku is normally used for anime obsessed people in japan. It can be used for other things, but when someone says otaku people immediately think of anime obsessed people.

Sources: Japanese friend
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Posted 7/4/13
Weeaboo and proud desu desu.
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I don't really care about the word. Sometimes I feel a little 'weebish' when I watch something that feels like an honest-to-god otaku would watch (DAMN YOU HENNEKO OP!!! DAAAAAMMMNN YOOOOUUUUUUU!!!), but I only use it for myself.

On the other hand, if I saw some dude walking around in full-on cosplay and trying to talk in Japanese with the few words that he managed to catch while watching Naruto, I would absolutely call him a weeaboo. To his face. Because Naruto sucks.

So yeah. I just call other people it.
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I would consider myself an otaku, in the sense that I consider anime a pretty big hobby/past-time of mine, but I definitely wouldn't consider myself a weeaboo. In my mind a weeaboo goes beyond being interested in Japan and their culture. Weeaboo usually, in my eyes, means you wish you actually were Japanese and lived in Japan and you hate your actual race/nationality for that reason.
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Posted 7/4/13
well it dosent bother me i actually have anime otaku tatted on my wrist in katakana so idc what ppl say n my friends hassle me a lot saying if i watch anime porn n that its only for whites n asians im like u mean hentai no i dnt watch it n its not just for white ppl n asians so fuck u lol my friends r real douches sometimes but what dosent hurt u only makes u stronger so yeah
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Posted 7/4/13
A couple of people have called me a weeaboo when I accidentally say something in Japanese, usually when I'm caught off guard. It's really upsetting for me, because not only do I randomly say something in Japanese, but also German & Spanish and I don't nearly get as much grief. It's not like I'm trying to be better than others, I just get caught off guard and my mind just picks something that's easy to say.
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Posted 7/4/13

xSwordCutlass wrote:

Doesn't matter what people think, we're all awesome in my mind.



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I've been called an otaku, a NEET, and a hermit (and its various synonyms), but not really a weeaboo but I can honestly say I would be angrier at their use of nonsensical vocabulary than at what the insult means.
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