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What's an Otaku?
Posted 4/22/14
in this day and age otaku is a title of honor in my eyes. The true otaku have left their anime libraries behind and only the phonies remain.
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Posted 4/22/14

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

Bah, that's lame.
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Posted 4/22/14

bathroom64 wrote:


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

Bah, that's lame.


I did not say it's awesome. hahahahaha
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Posted 4/22/14
What do you define Otaku as?

A subculture that likes anime and manga

Do you consider yourself one?

I'm an anime fan, if that makes me an Otaku then I am an Otaku

Are you proud of the fact that you are one?


Might as well be, but not 100%

If not, why are you ashamed, or how do you consider yourself different?


Not a total fan of weeboos (or however it's spelled).
I get second hand embarrassment from them.
It's like they think that watching anime or reading manga gives them knowledge of all things Japanese.
They should properly learn before they go out to the world and embarrass themselves and give anime fans a bad name.
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Posted 4/22/14
Basically an anime addict/fanatic. They collect figurines and collectables.
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Posted 4/22/14
Not all Otakus enjoy anime and manga, they have obsession with things besides that. Why do some westeners think that is what Otaku mean? It's also a derogatory term in Japan. I'm a geek but I don't take it to Otaku level.
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Posted 4/22/14
If I had the money I'd buy figures appropriate to my tastes and feel that the money was well spent....I don't but instead spend the time it would take to make and spend that frivolous amount of cash on staying at home and watching anime until my eyes, heart, soul, and anus bleed--sometimes all at once--and I friggin' love it.
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Posted 4/22/14
I have no life therefore I dedicate to my waifu.
Posted 4/23/14
An hero.
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Posted 4/23/14
Well "Otaku" is an obsession in the translated Japanese You like something so much that you become addicted to that one thing, while you may be in a bad way or not-.- I guess you could call them Fanatics of one specific series, toy, movie, weed, cookie... etc. -.-

But when people refer to an Otaku in the west, they mean Anime related things and most don't see it in a bad way, they think it's a person who loves anime and has a lot of hugging pillows ! But in Japan it is different, they think of it very badly, I don't wanna go into why the majority dislike it, because I don't have enough information, but they do :O

So I guess it is up to you to decide what you think about Otaku's, I think it is someone who loves something to such a degree that they will buy merchandise of said thing and or praise it as highly as a fanatic would xD

I do consider that I am a sorta Otaku, but I'm not so much a fanatic, so I dunno, I have merchandise so I am to some degree a Otaku
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Posted 4/23/14 , edited 4/23/14
What do you define Otaku as?
I grew up hating otaku, so I can't say I know exactly what they are. I define them as geeks, playing their stupid games during school (why bring them to school?), hugging their stupid body pillows of their waifus, wasting money on figures, trying to get low-angle shots of cosplayers, and becoming a wizard.

Do you consider yourself one?
I've never considered myself one.. I just liked anime, manga, and some eroge. I have a few posters, and I buy a lot of OSTs and BDs.

Are you proud of the fact that you are one?
I'm not an otaku, but I don't hide the fact that I like anime lol. Kirito agrees.


If not how do you consider yourself different?
I don't fit the bill to be considered an otaku. After moving to the States, I see lots of guys considering themselves otaku, but they really aren't. They just think they are. Over-exaggerated geeks are what they really are lol.


By the way, I mean no offense to guys that are just saying that they're otaku for fun. That's cool, and I do that sometimes, too. Just don't pretend that you are and make a big deal out of it.. that really pisses me off lol. I don't hate otaku anymore, but I hate people that think that they are.
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Posted 4/23/14
As some have pointed out, Otaku is a derogatory word. If you are referred to as an otaku in Japan, it's an insult. It's not just for anime or manga either. If you obsess about something to the point it becomes the focal point and almost only point of your life, guess what you are. It's not something I want to be labeled as, thank you very much. I like anime, but I have other things I like just as much, such as music, reading, watching movies, etc. Sure I collect anime merchandise, but I like the artistic side of it, that's why I buy it, it's pleasing to my eye and in some cases, is very useful in day to day life (pencil cases, file folders, notebooks, pens, bags, etc.) Then again, I would be just as inclined to purchase something of the sort for a book series I like, a movie I adored, or even a band I really enjoy. So I label myself as geek, which seems to include the vast majority of people. See what we see as fanboys/girls is what otaku tends to be like. (To anyone who has been to an anime con and read the rulebook where it states to eat, sleep, shower and for fuck's sake use deodorant, well that's because of well...)

tl;dr : Fanboys/girls that's basically what it means to be otaku. IT'S NOT A PRETTY THING PEOPLE!!!!!
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Posted 4/23/14 , edited 4/23/14
I find myself in a bit of a conundrum, I am a collector at heart and I love buying Manga, books, and other merchandise. How ever I try to distance myself from the Japanese culture as much as I can.
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Posted 4/23/14 , edited 4/23/14
8D You know that episode of SKET DANCE where Bossun becomes really obsessed with a mecha anime, then attends an otaku meet up for fun, only to realize how normal and awkwardly out of place he is?
That's me.
I am Bossun.
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Posted 4/23/14

creightonja wrote:

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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