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Otaku; Bad? Good? Neither? ... Both???
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Posted 12/23/13
This might be a repeated topic, however, i'm curious. Is the label Otaku counted as something offensive, a compliment, neither, or both?

In Japan the label Otaku is often defined negatively, but in other countries, e.g. America, the label Otaku seems to be more revered and easily accepted by society.

Anime and manga makes Otaku look great but isn't that just a false reality? If it was false before, did we end up changing it?
Posted 12/23/13
If someone I knew called me an otaku, I would take about as much offense as I would if I were called a cunt.
Which is to say quite a lot.
Yeah, I don't like the label.

I've never seen otaku to be portrayed in a positive light, but maybe I'm just not up to date.
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52 / M / In
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Posted 12/23/13
after the otaku murders in japan the term has become very negative I personaly consider myself a fan not a otaku
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Posted 12/23/13
Depends on how you look at it, i mean it seems in the US its either looked at as cool, or if your a little otaku its ok or if your super otaku then its weird but no one seems to really mind. Then again I work in hollywood where there are far worse than otaku lol.

I wouldn't call someone that and wouldn't care if someone called me that, but to each their own now to more anime
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Posted 12/23/13
Not all Otakus like anime and manga. In America, Otaku is pretty much means "nerd" or "geek".
The word "Otaku" is no different from any other derogatory word turned into something for the "better". Its not good to be called an Otaku but people do as they please and clearly don't care.

Though Otakus are highly obsessive people.
Just my opinion on this.
Posted 12/23/13
I believe it depends on your knowledge of anime culture or something like that.
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55 / M / Essex MD
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Posted 12/23/13
Before I read haikinka's post I would have never considered Otaku to be an offensive word. Otaku is just like any other word that's used idiomatically. In Japan Otaku's may refer to sociopathic nerds, but in the US it's just a term for someone who likes anime. Would I ever tell someone I was an Otaku? Probably not. Most of the people I meet probably don't even know what anime is. Would I mind being called an Otaku? Not at all.
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Posted 12/23/13
I personally don't like the term Otaku, but maybe it's because I try to use the original meaning of all words. It does bother me when someone claims to be an Otaku, but meh.

Do I think the meaning has changed? No. I honestly think that it's a false reality.
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Posted 12/23/13
in my opinion. I prefer to just be a hardcore fan.
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Posted 12/23/13
I don't really like the term myself...
Taking offense to it though, I think is kind of stupid.
Honestly taking offense to any label is a waste of energy in my opinion.
I don't consider myself as any label.
I just like reading manga, watching anime and playing visual novels.
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16 / F / イブキド
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Posted 12/23/13
Neither.
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Posted 12/23/13
I don't like the word.
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Posted 12/23/13
eh I don't really care, I'm the only one of my friends that really likes anime, so their always calling me a HUGE otaku
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Posted 12/23/13
I just always took the term to mean one that is intensely interested in anime/manga subculture. I never thought of it as a negative word. If someone called me an otaku, I wouldn't be offended or anything unless they said it in a hateful way. Soo maybe context is the key?
Posted 12/23/13
I don't mind otaku as much as I do weeaboo. Sometimes my friend and I will refer to ourselves as otaku. Just joking around and not really taking it seriously. Once I checked out manga at the library and the guy at the counter asked if I was an otaku. I was just like yeah sure. lol But one time back in high school some girl saw that I had a Haruhi keychain on my backpack and was like "what a weeaboo". If she would have said "what an otaku" I wouldn't have felt as offended. Idk. It was stupid though cause it was just a keychain. Anyway I just like to think of myself as a fan.
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