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Phread 
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I watched Oreimo and it's my first time watching this kind of anime, where otaku is the main theme. I was just wondering if these meet ups and online communities actually exist. If so, I want to know your story and experiences! I live in Hawaii so I don't know if there are meet ups.

What is otaku? What makes you considered an otaku? I think it isn't bad to be one, but the other day I was watching anime on my phone on my way home. I was laughing my head off and my mom asked what I was watching, I said "Kokoro Connect" but apparently she didn't know the anime so she's like "Uhh I don't know haha, you've become an otaku huh?" I guess I'm an otaku xD but not hardcore, I just like to watch anime.
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Phread wrote:

I watched Oreimo and it's my first time watching this kind of anime, where otaku is the main theme. I was just wondering if these meet ups and online communities actually exist. If so, I want to know your story and experiences! I live in Hawaii so I don't know if there are meet ups.

What is otaku? What makes you considered an otaku? I think it isn't bad to be one, but the other day I was watching anime on my phone on my way home. I was laughing my head off and my mom asked what I was watching, I said "Kokoro Connect" but apparently she didn't know the anime so she's like "Uhh I don't know haha, you've become an otaku huh?" I guess I'm an otaku xD but not hardcore, I just like to watch anime.


It depends! Good luck finding a community in your area, I know one exists, as their are always communities for things.

Next up, keep on watching and search for similar titles. Genshiken however is most important, as it's 100% Slice of life Otaku culture in anime format, and should answer plenty of questions. Hell, I heard of the show through the sentence "if you want someone to know what an Otaku is, just show them this anime"

The English Dub is up on Youtube for the first 2 seasons, and the 3rd Season is streaming here on Crunchyroll.

Now, to answer the questions.

In japan, Otaku is your go-to word for Obsessive Nerd. It's co-notates you're a person who's overly obsessed with their hobby, usually on the point of creepy. To translate it, it's like being called a Nerd. To match the negative stigma however, it's like using the N-word. Some people use it to describe themselves, but to use it to describe others is a huge insult.

In the west, we're keeping it closer to the Nerd meaning, and take pride in such words. We own that shit, we take it and BAMN, it's ours. I"m an Otaku, go on hating yourself.

Back to Japan, they have specific Otaku/nerds. You have Tech Otaku, Anime Otaku, Video Game otaku, Military Otaku, Cosplay Otaku, Manga Otaku. It's a catch all term.

Back again to America, it's just Anime&Manga. Essentially the Japanese culture is what Otaku-ifies you, or something. And you got to have pride enough to be one, and others consider themselves Otaku enough to invalidate your being an Otaku... but whats new?

Wait a minute? Your mom knows what an Otaku is, but you didn't? Whaaat? Also Kokoro Connect was a rather good show, nice work.

My experiences? Well, I live in Texas. We're damn culturally diverse, AND I live really close to Funimation. Their studios within driving distance of my general area. I also grew up in the 90's as they were being built, so I like to attribute my early Anime to them. I've got VHS tapes from Funimation for Dragonball and Dragonball Z all growing up, my Grandparents generally bought them at thrift stores for us. My Grandpa himself actually lived in Japan for 5 years before he was able to take his Wife to the States following the Veitnam War. It's really hard to get your Thai Wife you met during the War over DURING the war, yah know?
Well, my Grandpa got a little into Anime, and has influenced me. He's ESPECIALLY into old Japanese Films, they had some really good ones in the 1930's.

I went to my first convention in 2007, I've got a wide collection of Anime, Figures, Gundam models, and Manga. I'm able to pick out what studio made an anime I'm watching AND generally know the names of Directors, altho I study them instead of naturally knowing.
I'm also trying&failing to learn Japanese. With like 16 Hiragana characters on my belt...and that's it.

I would assume I'm an Otaku by now. But perhaps others would consider me rather green still.

Another little story. I actually first watched Full Metal Alchemist while on Vacation, in Hawaii, on the episode "Night of the Cimera's Cry"
Which is an episode title EVERYBODY who's seen Full Metal Alchemist should know.
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