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In modern Japanese slang, the term otaku is mostly equivalent to "geek" or "nerd". However, it can relate to any fan of any particular theme, topic, hobby or form of entertainment. "When these people are referred to as otaku, they are judged for their behaviors - and people suddenly see an “otaku” as a person unable to relate to reality". The word entered English as a loanword from the Japanese language. It is typically used to refer to a fan of anime/manga but can also refer to Japanese video games or Japanese culture in general. The American magazine Otaku USA popularizes and covers these aspects. The usage of the word is a source of contention among some fans, owing to its negative connotations and stereotyping of the fandom. Widespread English exposure to the term came in 1988 with the release of Gunbuster, which referred to anime fans as otaku. Gunbuster was released officially in English in March 1990. The term's usage spread throughout rec.arts.anime with discussions about Otaku no Video's portrayal of otaku before its 1994 English release. Positive and negative aspects, including the pejorative usage, were intermixed. The term was also popularized by William Gibson's 1996 novel Idoru, which references otaku.


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Otaku (おたく/オタク?) is a Japanese term that refers to people with obsessive interests, commonly the anime and manga fandom. Its contemporary usage originated with Akio Nakamori's 1983 essay in Manga Burikko. Otaku can be used as a pejorative; its negativity stems from the stereotypical view of otaku and the media's reporting on Tsutomu Miyazaki's "The Otaku Murder" in 1989. According to studies published in 2013, the term has become less negative, and many people now self-identify as otaku.
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Otaku?! What does "Otaku" mean to you?

and/or

What are you an Otaku for?
...specifically when it comes to Anime, but feel free to add what you think you must.
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Not sure how I feel about being an otaku, certainly it is not a negative.

I only consume anime watching, nothing else.
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You, I like. :D

(edit: @comple3te, I'm sure animekami's okay too though)
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I honestly take issue with the term "Otaku" because it's like needless layers of obfuscation, like we wanna disassociate ourselves from standard geekiness (or associate ourselves with foreign culture).

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With that out of the way, I nerd the (&$*# out over RomCom's of the 'Kaicho wa Maid-sama' and 'Special A' variety. No idea why, but I can eat up/think about those for hours.


Also of course, applying litcrit crap to anime. That's also fun
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Every Japanese person that I've ever met has told me never EVER consider yourself an "otaku" unless you want to be marginalized. They see it as negative so I don't use it. Quite frankly it's like someone willingly calling themselves the "N" word. Some use it with pride with the hopes of changing the meaning while the rest of society sees the derisive undertone and avoids it.
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Said it once, and ill say it again. I'm otaku-esque, nothing more and nothing less.
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GoldTStar wrote:

Said it once, and ill say it again. I'm otaku-esque, nothing more and nothing less.


What is that?
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this might not be the greatest chart but it's rich in of it's own...


when it comes to "obsessive" interests, thennn...I can still understand how it can be negative. not too long ago, in America, being called a dork, nerd, or geek was separation between the social structure of subclass society. you can totally be a complete nerd, dork, etc. about anything!

in most cases, sometimes too much is too much: "everything in moderation" kindof thing.

cultures are different and I recognize that. the translation of a term is hard to fully grasp unless you can speak/write the language and/or know the culture very well because sometimes you can't actually define a "word" when it's more of an emotion/feeling, if you know what I mean, especially w/the Japanese language where you can write a "word" in different ways and get a different meaning out of it depending on what style/form you use.

I never knew how derogatory the term was until you put it in that context, Arsenette.
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Arsenette wrote:

Every Japanese person that I've ever met has told me never EVER consider yourself an "otaku" unless you want to be marginalized. They see it as negative so I don't use it. Quite frankly it's like someone willingly calling themselves the "N" word. Some use it with pride with the hopes of changing the meaning while the rest of society sees the derisive undertone and avoids it.


I've always agreed with that sentiment, whether good or bad because I've seen the proper definition of "otaku" as not something in a positive light. In English culture, I suppose most see it like "geek" or "nerd." Years ago those were derogatory comments, to a lot of older folks and ignorant youths they still are. However, most of our geek and nerd sub-culture has taken it and decided to wear it as a badge of honor. It's sorta just how our culture works. We take what negativity people throw at us and reverse it to help bind us together. Sort of a combination of "sticks and stones" and "what doesn't kill us, only makes us stronger" with a "strength in numbers" mentality.

But that's how our culture works. Japan is very different in its inner workings. While we would take "otaku" with pride, it's effectively like a curse to them. So I just consider it best to never use it.
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Better to have a passion and challenge, than to being introvert and full of epeen.

Great. Now someone needs to start a thread to address Weeaboos.
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I just have the word otaku in my name because I could not create a meaningful user name. The only thing I am obsessive about is my figures. If there is dust on them, I immediately wipe it off, if there are scratches, blemishes, etc. on the figure; than I try my best to fix it. Other than that, I don't think I am any different from a geek, nerd, dork ,etc. It's all just labels that marketers and advertisers use to label me as someone different or someone right for their target market. I don't mind the term otaku, I have been called worse in my life.
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I see westerners using the term Otaku as similar to the concept of "Nerd Pride" or "Geek Chic". I realize that the term, in Japan, is used as a derogatory term, but let's face it, us "Yankee's" have a history of taking other people's insults and turning them into points of pride.
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Arsenette wrote:

Every Japanese person that I've ever met has told me never EVER consider yourself an "otaku" unless you want to be marginalized. They see it as negative so I don't use it. Quite frankly it's like someone willingly calling themselves the "N" word. Some use it with pride with the hopes of changing the meaning while the rest of society sees the derisive undertone and avoids it.

This is the impression I've gathered as well, so it's not a word I use either.

Even if that wasn't the case though, I don't think I've attained the appropriate Japan Nerd level to self-identify as one in either the positive or pejorative sense. I just consume lots and lots of anime, but to me a non-Japanese identifying as an otaku means you're heavily invested in modern Japanese culture as a whole, not just their media exports.


Chemist wrote:

Great. Now someone needs to start a thread to address Weeaboos.

Let's not.
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Chemist wrote:


Better to have a passion and challenge, than to being introvert and full of epeen.

Great. Now someone needs to start a thread to address Weeaboos.


oh shit. no more ideas for me! lol
I'm still sitting on this other thread idea that I've been cooking up for a long time.



Insomnist wrote:
...I don't think I've attained the appropriate Japan Nerd level to self-identify as one in either the positive or pejorative sense. I just consume lots and lots of anime, but to me a non-Japanese identifying as an otaku means you're heavily invested in modern Japanese culture as a whole, not just their media exports.


truth.
for me... someday...
but I'm still playing catch-up from a 10yr "coma".
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It's fine. I have an idea too, however I have to finish "Rumbling Hearts" before I can start it.
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Ajcool33 wrote:


GoldTStar wrote:

Said it once, and ill say it again. I'm otaku-esque, nothing more and nothing less.


What is that?


Enjoy anime and manga culture a great deal, but not to the extent of otaku. In my opinion, anyway.
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