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What's an Otaku?
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Posted 4/23/14 , edited 4/23/14
You people keep saying 'otaku'. I don't think it means what you think it means.

To be a true otaku in the Japanese sense is not a thing to go bragging to people about.
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I'm not ashamed at all to call myself an Otaku even if it is a "bad thing" in Japanese society. I've always been an outcast and if my love of Anime is something people want to discriminate against, go for it.

To me Otaku is a way of life, you don't need to buy tons of things to be one since not everyone has crazy amounts of money for their hobby(A hobby can be a HUGE part of your life, but it's still a hobby). I buy what I can, when I can providing I'm financially stable enough to do so but I spend most of my time watching anime and collecting series.

There's always going to be different levels of everything, some might be absolutely crazy where they spend all their excess money on anime, manga, posters, clothes... ect ect while others just spend mass amounts of time watching/reading... ect ect.

Some people may agree with this thought process while others obviously wont. To each their own, in the end we all love anime and/or manga for one reason or another.
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Hakuotter wrote:

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.


Very true. Another really good example of this is Princess Jellyfish (which is a very good manga btw) which basically is about a bunch of otaku girls. they may or may not have slightly exaggerated personalities, but the way they act gives you a very good idea of what the term actually means. (Also, none of the characters you actually see are anime/manga otakus. There's a BL manga artist, but she 's also a hikikomori and you never so much as hear her speak.)
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To me, in America, being an Otaku simply means reading a lot of anime and/or manga-sometimes obsessively. Sometimes, using merchandise to display your fandom as well, although some people don't have the funds to do that. I think in America, we use it very loosely which isn't a bad thing. I'm not sure why some people are so angry when we use the word lol

"OMG, you guys are not otakus! I bet all of you aren't even Japanese!" Like, take it easy lol.

Now, in Japan, I know it's used as a derogatory term to look down on people who have an obsession with anything. Not necessarily anime and manga. In Nobunagun, the protagonist is really into war machines like tanks, planes etc. When she went to a military base and was fawning over all the machines, someone said "So this is one of Japan's otakus?" (something close to that, anyway)

So I think they are definitely different in the west and the east. Do I consider myself one? I suppose so. I haven't been into anime and manga long, but I talk about my favorites on forums and watch a few episodes or more each day usually. I also own more than 100 volumes of manga, have a few figures, keychains, and some dvd's. Some people say owning those doesn't make a difference, and that might be true. I guess it means something different to everyone?
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Otaku is the goal. That might make more sense if my screen name wasn't cut off in the display to the left of this post. XD

My goal is to dedicate myself to my magnificent obsession. I just haven't succeeded yet; I enjoy too many distractions I suppose.

When I chose it, I was under the impression it equated to fanboy, fanatic, etc. and was a derogatory term. At the time I was choosing it only to reflect my budding interest in animé and manga (which are now among the distractions of which I speak).
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