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Otaku; Bad? Good? Neither? ... Both???
Posted 12/23/13
Generally I don't mind otaku, but it depends on context. I guess it's a lot like geek or nerd, they can be used to identify or used pejoratively.
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Posted 12/23/13
I wont get offended being called one because it MORE OR LESS means nerd, or geek here in America. But I don't care for the word since I know what it actually means (as a term in Japan, not what we consider it here in America). Also like someone else said, Weeaboo in America is more offensive and I would take that as an offense, but both words are horrible and I don't care for them.
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Posted 12/23/13 , edited 12/23/13

CoryandStuff wrote:


This is likely a misconception and just based on my own opinion, but I believe "die-hard fans" of Anime should also embrace the Japanese language and culture (not necessarily learning the language or anything like that but being aware of behaviours and cultural aspects as opposed to being utterly ignorant).

That being said, I really think it should be a basic to know and understand terms like Otaku - given that it's so frequently used both in Anime/Manga and on public forum threads. People are separating the meaning of Otaku, saying there is a Japanese meaning and a different meaning in America (I do not live in America but this is according to others' words). Just because the word is used in a different place does not change the meaning of the word - it is simply the perception on the concept that is changed.

So, no, Otaku are not simply avid fans or tween boys/girls who most likely fall under the category of weaboo and proudly state so or if you're an individual whose watched 2 of the most currently most popular Anime series and take on titles such as Otaku as though it's a trophy to show off because you think you know it all. You can find these types of people at conventions, sure, but they do not fall under the label of Otaku imo.

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Otaku are portrayed by Japanese people (in news, Anime, Manga, forums and so forth) as shut in males (generally) with strange fetishes who are unemployed and spend 24/7 inside their dirty apartment, are unhygienic and unhealthy and lack social and life skills Do you really wish to take that title upon yourself?
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Posted 12/23/13
I don't want to be an Otaku where it's all you talk about is anime and manga in relation to Japan itself too.
It sounds like a huge obsession, I have found some but I do enjoy other areas of life; that is just me.
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Posted 12/23/13
People have different views on the term-_-
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Posted 12/23/13 , edited 12/23/13
I think the term Otaku is a term of endearment when used by other Otakus, but when used by those outside that group it's offensive. Not that, in English speaking countries at least, there are too many people that know what Otaku means outside of said group.
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Posted 12/23/13 , edited 12/23/13
Honestly, I could care less. I call myself an Otaku sometimes as I enjoy games, anime, etc. If someone tries to say it to me as an insult, I just brush it off knowing that I've probably done more with my life than some petty kid who thinks its fun to insult others.
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Posted 12/23/13


I'm with quentin1326 on this, since before reading this forum I had no idea it was regarded as such a taboo/insult (I mean, I'd heard it used to be, but thought that died out long ago). Though I still don't really care if I'm called one or not.. Plus the term nowadays has become almost as overused as hipster and nerd, so there's really no point in taking offense. x.x
I've also grown up going to Otakon (literally, Otaku Convention) yearly, and that's always been a fun and friendly event to be at, so if anything I see it as a wonderful community to be a part of.. At least in America.

Besides, words can have totally different meanings between languages, just like how a single word can have totally different meanings in the same language (especially Japanese). But it's really whatever you take it as, if the word "patient" offends you, not like I can do anything about that, yet by no means will I decide to take it as an insult because of your/japans feelings/concepts on the word "patient".

While it's odd, each society is ultimately what grants definitions to their words. If a majority of a society views a word as one thing, then that's where it's meaning lies. England views "bloody" as a curse word while it's just a statement on something being slightly gruesome over here in the US, yet they don't bat an eye (or I assume they don't) at our variety of expletives including the word "a**" (which I self-censor). Our definitions are even different on words like "fix" (you don't fix a roof in Europe, since roofs lack gender)... So I really just go with how my society takes it, and since my society on this matter is Otakon and the geeky/nerdy/awesome portions of the US, I'm perfectly fine receiving a compliment. o.o;
And that ends my views on this..
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Posted 12/24/13
Most of my acquaintances wouldn't know an Otaku from a type of water sprinkler.The original connotation of Otaku is hardly flattering .I think I'll stay with "enthusiast".
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Posted 12/24/13 , edited 12/24/13
Think it's stupid as hell for someone to be offended by it. That's like being offended when someone calls you a nerd, essentially. Perhaps in Japan it's different, though. Don't waste your energy or time getting frustrated about it.

Is it supposed to be like the N-word? Where you can use it for people similar to you, but no one else is allowed to call you it? People make crap so much more complicated than it needs to be. All the word means is that you're a big fan of anime/manga/videogame industries. What is the big deal?

I also feel like it could be the equivalent of saying "You're so gay!" to a gay person. Basically just stating what the person is lol.
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Posted 12/24/13 , edited 12/24/13
The word itself is viewed in Japan as someone who gathers information on one subject. It doesn't necessarily mean anime/manga. Its looked down on in Japan because the person is not contributing anything to anyone, they're just staying home, on the internet. A NEET is someone who shuts themselves off from everything else to focus on one subject, in my opinion, both are bad.
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Posted 12/24/13
i think it depends on how the person's perspective correlates with how they view their reality
i think if they are accepting of it and hear the word, then understand how it's defined and agree with it
they would not take insult to it

however i think if someone is like "a closet otaku" lol
then they'd be easily offended and might be more inclined to speak in a haughtily tone
such as "i'm not an otaku, i have a life!"

an otaku can have/has a life but the misconception is that the person dgaf, just watches anime, and is "lost in a world of anime and can't distinguish reality from it"

which is rather nonsensical
^this is usually inferred but ignorant people, the same ones that try to use video games as an argument for irl violence
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Posted 12/24/13
I feel like America adopted the word from Japan and made their own version.
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Posted 12/24/13
Using the term otaku in the US doesn't imply any negativity like it does in Japan. So here, it isn't good or bad. It's just what it is - a person who watches anime a lot.
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Posted 12/24/13 , edited 12/24/13
I'll give my honest opinion I call myself an otaku because I like anime way too much.. I call myself a gamer because I spend a lot of time playing video games I don't really take into account how people see it or if they say it to offend/praise me, it's just a way of describing myself but I have to admit I hate the term weeaboo and I might get offended if someone calls me that.

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