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The term weeaboo
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Posted 7/6/13

DetectiveAlex wrote:

Baka, Baka, Baka! The word weaboo is just a way for people who don't like animu to make fun of us with sugoi tatse! You should arigatou gozaimasu for participating in this thread Here's me and my friend making a video for our animuclub btw!!!! XEDDDD
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Utnb5Mru_zo

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If you act like that, you deserve to have stupid terms like 'weaboo' thrown at you. I have no problem with the word. It's like any other derogatory term. Just use it properly if you're going to use it at all.


When I was reading this, I thought you were serious in that first part, LOL.
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Posted 7/6/13
I think it sounds kinda funny I know a few people who are like this
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Posted 7/6/13

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if you have an entire tumblr blog dedicated to anime and you weren't Japanese. yeah i'd call you a weaboo.

if all you know about japan is jpop anime and jp video games then yeah i'd call you a weaboo.

if you use multiple japanese words in your sentences and you aren't japanese. yeah id most definitely call you a weaboo.


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So having a blog based entirely on my interest makes me a weeaboo? What about people with video game blogs? What about people with movie blogs? TV blogs? Food blogs?

If all you know about Japan is jpop, anime and video games you are by definition, not a weeaboo

How about people who speak spanglish? How about all the words in the "English language" that are directly from foreign languages?

Please. You have lost all rights to your opinion on this website, which is about anime and manga

Also, why don't you learn to spell the insult before using it?
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I'm called a weaboo pretty often, but I really don't think I fall under the category. The reason likely being that among the people I see on a daily basis, I happen to enjoy Japanese media the most. I am also the only person I know in real life who reads visual novels.Apparently this makes me a weaboo.
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Oops, sorry that I offended you. Must have hurt a lot, huh?

Oh, offended to the point that you had to point out I incorrectly spelled a non-existent word.

woops. butt hurt. oooops. ;xxxxx
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eyefinity wrote:

Oops, sorry that I offended you. Must have hurt a lot, huh?

Oh, offended to the point that you had to point out I incorrectly spelled a non-existent word.

woops. butt hurt. oooops. ;xxxxx


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Yeah I've heard this term before. A friend threw it at me when I got fed up with the game we were playing and I said,

"F**k this! I'm gonna go watch anime that I've fallen behind on."

He used it as he was laughing at my prior rage quitting of said game. So while I saw no harm in the word, I didn't know what he meant. Well now I know. Anyways, it's interesting to see it as a slang term as I didn't even know what it was. So assuming you know what it means, it's fine between friends. And as for anyone else that would use it: I hardly take strangers' opinions into consideration. How I view myself is a lot more important than someone else's view.

TL;DR = A slang term for Japan-fans. Sweet. If you take it the wrong way, what the hell?
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If somebody called me a weeaboo, I'd just stand there wondering.. "is he mentally handicapped..?"
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It's kind of relevant when used to refer to anime/manga/J-pop fans who like Japanese things *because* they come from Japan, while disliking things from elsewhere simply because they don't come from Japan. It becomes even more relevant if they intentionally act like some of the more obnoxious anime characters out there; as endearing as a hyperactive anime character can be, it doesn't translate so well into real-life social interaction. Adding too many Japanese words to English sentences can also add to the effect, especially if their Japanese vocabulary only consists of a couple dozen words.
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why are you complaining on a anime base site?
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I hear and see that word, as much as I hear and see the word "otaku", both words have nothing to do with each other either.
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Posted 7/6/13 , edited 7/6/13

shinto-male wrote:

why are you complaining on a anime base site?




So you'd prefer them to complain on a parenting forum?

But in all seriousness it's only natural to complain about this sort of thing on this site. People found a certain term offensive to them, so they posted their thoughts here to confirm whether or not their opinion on it was the majority among their fellow fans or not. Every media based fan-site does this. Though if you were implying that all the comments would be basically the same thing then I can see the value in your comment; it's simply expected all opinions would be biased for this topic.
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I do believe the term weaboo is used to describe someone whom makes no attempt to learn Japanese, yet use Japanese words learned purely from watching anime, such as: kawaii, baka , sugoi, etc. These words, when mispronounced horribly, further indicate a weaboo. While these are certainly symptoms of being a weaboo, there are certain contexts and situation in which these condition can be met without actually being a weaboo, but such context is indeed rare.

*Japanese words which have been enlisted into English (i.e., samurai, tsunami, sushi, karoushi, etc.) do not fall under these conditions. if included, it may lead to misdiagnosis.
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Posted 7/6/13 , edited 7/6/13

minatothegreatjiraiya wrote:

I do believe the term weaboo is used to describe someone whom makes no attempt to learn Japanese, yet use Japanese words learned purely from watching anime, such as: kawaii, baka , sugoi, etc. These words, when mispronounced horribly, further indicate a weaboo. While these are certainly symptoms of being a weaboo, there are certain contexts and situation in which these condition can be met without actually being a weaboo, but such context is indeed rare.

*Japanese words which have been enlisted into English (i.e., samurai, tsunami, sushi, karoushi, etc.) do not fall under these conditions. if included, it may lead to misdiagnosis.


This is the best explanation I've seen so far in this thread for the term weeaboo.
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"Weeaboo" is the slang version of "Japanophile" or someone with an obsession with Japan.

Being a Japanophile is not a bad thing as I know friends who are huge fans of anything Japanese(but don't push their fandom down people's throats or spout out random Japanese phases).

However, thanks to a certain minority within the Anime fandom that have showcased their extreme fandom/behavior via Youtube, and social networking sites, the negative stereotype of an Anime/Jpop fan has been amplified greatly, to the point where even regular average joes would be collectivized as a "Weeaboo" if they express interest in Anime/Jpop.

"Weeaboo" is simply put, now used to collectivize Anime/Jpop fans negatively. Its one of those words conceived by Internet trolls or fanatics of Internet troll culture to stereotype an Anime/jpop fan. 4chan afterall, loves collectivizing people. There's a lot of racism and sexism in the site as well, and African-Americans are still called the "N" word despite it being 2013. Yes, the web can bring out the worse in some people apparently.

However, that shouldn't affect you in any way. You should just ignore it and move about with your own interests and hobbies. If I were you though, I wouldn't browse too much for these sort of things or you might end up damaging your own fandom for anything related to Anime and Jpop. My younger brother used to love Anime and Manga until he browsed through 4chan and Dramatica and watched videos of extreme fans that portrayed negatively. He now rants about the "fandom" and Anime a lot and I try to get him back into Anime but its looking pretty hopeless at this rate.

Do yourself a favor: Don't wonder into websites you don't know. Don't let the "Curious George" in you make you fall prey to unknown dark depths of the Internet. While its good to be "informed" about many things around you, there are some things that are best left alone. Don't bother reading too much unnecessary crap that isn't relevant to your life.

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