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What's an Otaku?
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I watch anime a LOT in my spare time. I spend soooo much money on merchandise and figures. And I am a regular at London MCM Comic Con; where I spend loads more money on amine related stuff xD
I also really enjoy every aspect of anime. I would say it's a fairly big part of my life. And I don't care what others think of me. Be as judgemental as you like, at the end of the day it's my life.

So....
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Would watching over 300 anime make an otaku? If so then yes I am. But other than that I've literally never participated in, nor do I own anything anime related.
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Would I necessarily consider myself an "otaku"? I think I'm borderline. To me, when you use the word "otaku" there are some negative connotations associated with it. It implies that one is creepy, lacks social awareness, and has forsaken human relationships for the sake of their 2-d obsessions.

I thoroughly enjoy anime and manga. As someone born & raised in N. America there is a level of imagination and creativity in many of these stories that seems to have been stifled in our own society. I spend much of my free time watching or reading what I can get my hands on. And, I'm a basement dweller.

However, I'm good with people, relatively attractive, don't program, and have no problem voicing my thoughts and emotions. There are still likely hundreds of thousands of titles I haven't been introduced to yet. While I like to give thought to what I've watched or read, I don't spend hours debating the subtle nuances of a mechanized dystopian future or the level of moe associated with Character X vs Character Y. Otaku are that passionate about their interests. I'm not at that level.
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Otaku in Japan are different than what foreigners think Otaku are.

Some people here believe an Otaku is anyone who watches anime regularly. In Japan, Otaku are people with obsessive (fanatical) obsessions with anything. There are Idol, Manga, Music, Anime, Technology, and even Train Otaku. They all have varying levels of social acceptability with anime and idol otaku being the creepiest.

There are other overlapping pejorative words such as hikkikomori, NEET, and hentai. They are usually the geekiest and most socially awkward people there, so it definitely is not a compliment.
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I'm really sick of people using foreign words as an accessory, because that's what weeaboos do.
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In simple terms, an otaku is someone who loves anime, manga, etc. I consider myself an otaku and see no reason to be ashamed. The word does carry a significant social stigma in Japan, but I see it as the masses disapproving of extremes and generalizing. I do not think grouping an otaku with a person who is a neet and a hikikomori that happens to also be an otaku is an appropriate generalization. Even so, plenty of people automatically associate otakus with neets and the like.

I think there is an acceptable level for everything. It is okay to have a drink with dinner or go out on the weekends. But drinking until you blackout every night and put booze before work and family is not okay. A person can love alcohol and enjoy it without destroying their life. In the same fashion, an otaku can enjoy anime without going completely overboard. It is easy enough to group everyone into a single category, but that does not mean generalizing is right.

I will also add that there are some things that are simply not accepted by certain people. Weed is legal in Washington now, but there are still a large number of people who do not approve of using it. A woman can choose to abort a pregnancy, and some people think that is wrong. Same sex marriage is legal, and plenty of people do not approve of homosexuals. I do not think any of these things are wrong in the slightest, and neither is being an otaku, despite the fact that anime is not widely accepted by certain people.
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Otaku means your obsessed with an anime or manga of some sort.
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Otaku: Someone that's truly passionate about something: It can be Anime, Manga, Games, Idols, etc,. just about anything. Which they won't abandon for anything else.
What I consider an Otaku: Someone that dedicates their lives to that something, would rather be literally dead than live without it, WHILE being truly knowledgeable on the subject. By knowledgeable referring to actual great knowledge, not just knowing the plots for some series.
Do I consider myself one?: No, I do consider myself an Otaku unless I'm conversing with those self-proclaimed Otaku that only watch the most popular series and nothing else, reason being that I'm not very knowledgeable on the Otaku sub-culture.
While I am proud of my love for Anime that has me glued to my pc all of my time awake(quite literally, I never move away from my PC), I am ashamed that my knowledge is so small.
I hope that I manage to learn more about my passions and feel that the term Otaku is appropriate for me. (I do know that the term Otaku is not supposed to be a compliment, but I like it so screw them).
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If you go to Japan and describe yourself as an otaku you will get side-eyed so hard it'll make your head spin.

LIterally. Don't do it. I don't care how much of a fan or a geek you think you are, don't.

(Also, it's kind of insulting to compare it to being female or lgbt. Just, wow. No. If you face discrimination in your workplace or out on the street minding your own damn business it is most certainly not because you're a nerd.)
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My life is mostly video games,anime,manga and tv shows so yea i consider myself a otaku. An otaku for me is a passionate fan of video games, anime, manga all things nerdy! it's a way of life for most or a hobby that takes most of their free time (no matter how big or little that free time is) i personally love playing video games watching anime and reading manga
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An otaku is a person that would buy my wishlist and give it to me as a gift.
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Otaku just means nerd. You can be an anime nerd, sports nerd, boob nerd, etc. Using words like weeaboos just make people feel cooler than what they really are lol. Oh well. If we can use words like tsudere, loli, and moe, why can't we use the word otaku? It means the same exact thing as nerd. Who cares. Making up words to put down people is just weird.
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bathroom64 wrote:

Otaku just means nerd. You can be an anime nerd, sports nerd, boob nerd, etc. Using words like weeaboos just make people feel cooler than what they really are lol. Oh well. If we can use words like tsudere, loli, and moe, why can't we use the word otaku? It means the same exact thing as nerd. Who cares. Making up words to put down people is just weird.


In America, what can be considered a moe?
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onibrotonel wrote:
In America, what can be considered a moe?

How about Shirley Temple? Although I'm not a huge expert tbh. Moe has a really vague definition anyways.

Although I'm more against throwing insults at people. Why even invent a new term to make fun of someone, I have no idea.
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bathroom64 wrote:


onibrotonel wrote:
In America, what can be considered a moe?

How about Shirley Temple? Although I'm not a huge expert tbh. Moe has a really vague definition anyways.

Although I'm more against throwing insults at people. Why even invent a new term to make fun of someone, I have no idea.


You actually hit the mark on Shirley Temple. But that's the 30s.

The american version of moe could be a lot nowadays from Selena Gomez to Lil Wayne, etc.
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