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Post Reply Do you class yourself as otaku?
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Posted 5/5/14
NO
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17 / M / Salt Lake City, Utah
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I feel like yes and no. Since I love anime and manga and it does make up a fair portion of my daily life, but no because I'm not that consumed with it.
I feel like I'm a yes on someday and a no on other days, I just kind of live in the moment so it's hard to decide.
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If you even bothered to be on this website and taking polls, then I'm pretty sure you're an otaku.....
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No, but while I wait for a release for a new anime episode I get depressed.
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17 / M / Dallas, Texas
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Yes, absolutely
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25 / M / Fenix, AZ
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I wouldn't call myself that but I don't think its a "bad" thing either, I just don't fit the description.
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38 / M / Kansas
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The only books I read are manga, and the only shows I watch are anime (save SNL).
So yeah, I'm pretty much otaku.
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Posted 6/12/14 , edited 6/12/14
They need to add one more choice where your getting to otaku.
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Posted 6/26/14
Yessssss! Anime and Manga have been My life for pretty much the last 8, going on 9 Years! I wouldn't have changed a thing if I was able!
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Posted 6/26/14 , edited 6/26/14
Nope. Otaku is a derogatory term. I find it funny how Americans think it means geek lol... It doesn't... I would call myself a fan of anime, manga, and games. Definitely not an otaku.
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Posted 6/26/14 , edited 6/26/14

leobadillo wrote:

Nope. Otaku is a derogatory term. I find it funny how Americans think it means geek


Geek and nerd were also derogatory terms and translate perfectly well with the implications of otaku before the '00s, even in Japan there's less stigma over otaku now then there used to be, same as with geeks or nerds in the US nowadays.

As for the topic, I don't consider myself otaku, I don't think I'm at that level of focused attention on any given hobby so otaku is still too high level for me.
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Posted 6/26/14 , edited 6/26/14

kardonius wrote:


leobadillo wrote:

Nope. Otaku is a derogatory term. I find it funny how Americans think it means geek


Geek and nerd were also derogatory terms and translate perfectly well with the implications of otaku before the '00s, even in Japan there's less stigma over otaku now then there used to be, same as with geeks or nerds in the US nowadays.

As for the topic, I don't consider myself otaku, I don't think I'm at that level of focused attention on any given hobby so otaku is still too high level for me.



I wouldn't say that otaku translates perfectly well to geek... Geek is far less offensive than otaku... Have you heard of the The Otaku Murder? I believe I read somewhere that people in Japan still think that otaku are like the otaku murder... Now in America geek doesn't have as bad of a reputation like that. I suppose the two terms have gotten less negative. However, I wouldn't identify myself as either of them.
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I'm an anime fan but you wouldn't be able to tell by looking at my room, laptop, or clothes etc. I don't have anime screen savers or posters but, I still enjoy watching it in my spare time and going on Crunchyroll because I get to talk to people who share similar interests with me.
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Posted 6/26/14 , edited 6/26/14

leobadillo wrote:

I wouldn't say that otaku translates perfectly well to geek... Geek is far less offensive than otaku... Have you heard of the The Otaku Murder? I believe I read somewhere that people in Japan still think that otaku are like the otaku murder... Now in America geek doesn't have as bad of a reputation like that. I suppose the two terms have gotten less negative. However, I wouldn't identify myself as either of them.


Geek and nerd and the like are only less offensive nowadays.

Yes I heard about Tsutomu Miyazaki's murders, that was in the late 80's. There will always be people who will still use terms like otaku, or geek or nerd derogatorily, and they certainly still exist, but it doesn't mean the term is universally considered negative at the present time.

According to at least one recent (2013) study that surveyed 137,734 Japanese, when asked if they consider themselves "Otaku". 42.2% said yes, they consider themselves as otaku, with 57.8% saying they do not consider themselves otaku. When this is broken down into age ranges, 62% of those studied in the 10-19 year age range considered themselves otaku, and 55.6% in the 20-29 year old range consider themselves otaku. I would expect if the term was universally negative, the youngest groups most susceptible and exposed to peer pressure and bullying would be the least likely to openly consider themselves otaku. The lower percentages with age is also expected given they grew up in different generations, and have generally less time to focus on those hobbies.

Study link below (in Japanese)
http://web.archive.org/web/20130703184904/http://news.mynavi.jp/news/2013/04/27/076

I would be willing to bet these percentages would probably be quite comparable to people who consider themselves nerds or geeks in the U.S.
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Posted 6/26/14
Self-labeled otaku and proud of it
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