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So why are people proud to call themselves Otaku?
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This is great. Never though this question would lead to cereal. [
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hinhata wrote:

I'm serious. I am a huge anime fan but people saying proudly that they are a otaku but the meaning of Otaku is extremely negative in meaning as it is used to refer to someone who stays at home all the time and doesn't have a life (no social life, no love life, etc). It confuses me. Anyone care to explain? Yeah I pretty much fit that description except for the no love life thing but I wouldn't flaunt it.


You're confusing Otaku with Hikikomori. It's a Hikikomori who never leaves the house and has no life. An Otaku is an obsessive fan and they have friends, go out, and even have love lives. The American equivalent would be Hikikomori = Shut In, Otaku = Anime Geek.

And the reason why, I think, Otaku is less derogatory is because there are more and more people who deeply identify with the Otaku culture and connect with one another and thus become less ashamed of it. Personally, I'm not an Otaku, because all I do is watch anime and talk about it online. But, if I were an Otaku, and did things like collect, cosplay go to conventions, etc...I would be myself proudly. As all people should be when it comes to what they like and who they are. Even Hikikomoris.
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Well, does it really matter if you are proud of yourself or not? I really don't care about my opinion.
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bathroom64 wrote:

Well, does it really matter if you are proud of yourself or not? I really don't care about my opinion.


You don't care what you think of yourself?
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Sacae89 wrote:
You don't care what you think of yourself?

I am the most foolish and stubborn people I know. So my opinion of myself is invalid as I will keep lying to me no matter what my opinion is. Kinda give me a headache after it is regurgitated inside my brain about 5 billion times.
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bathroom64 wrote:


Sacae89 wrote:
You don't care what you think of yourself?

I am the most foolish and stubborn people I know. So my opinion of myself is invalid as I will keep lying to me no matter what my opinion is. Kinda give me a headache after it is regurgitated inside my brain about 5 billion times.


I somehow understand that. Gotcha.
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hinhata wrote:

This is great. Never though this question would lead to cereal. [


Hey, I like cereal!!
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First of all otaku is not specific to anime and manga...there's otaku for everything. As others have mentioned it is just someone obsessed with their hobby. The only reason it's a negative term in Japan is due to their cultural bias and the way they view less "respectable" hobbies in comparison to things like...going out drinking, golfing or bonsai clipping >.>. It's all about keeping up appearances. I don't know how it is in the rest of the world...the US is very open to nerds and geeks nowadays so this is pretty much a non-issue, but plenty of gamers and such would probably be considered otaku in relative terms. I sort of use it tongue-in-cheek but I just think of it like Brony,Whovian Trekky etc...a geek who is obsessed with a particular branch of nerd culture...in particular Japanese media. I actually got called a "true" otaku by the director of Bodacious Space Pirates,Tatsuo Sato, when I asked a question during a panel at AX :P.

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GayAsianBoy wrote:

because it fits me...?

I really don't have any social/love life... and I spend all day/night watching anime...

gay is also used a negative term... but I still call myself gay.






















































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Posted 4/28/14
but then why when I look it up in the dictionary it says what I said ?:I
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Why should you be ashamed of what you like?
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windsagio wrote:

Misusing a foreign term through ignorance isn't great though.

Western use of 'otaku' is exactly like those urban legends of getting a kanji tattoo that ends up saying something obscene.



xD I read your post and the first thing that came to mind was all the Japanese misuse of English terms.

Improper use of a foreign term is fine. Borrowing words from other places is a fundamental way in which language grows. In genral, getting things wrong in language is very common, and complaining about it is extremely pedantic. Off the top of my head I can think of the following misuses that are now normal:

"Howdy how are you" is redundant
"Egregious" Is sarcastic
"Honcho" is another Japanese word we use wrong
"I could care less" Is silly
"Burrito" means donkey. But now is also a tasty food ;D

I still tense up a bit whenever I hear "for all intensive purposes" ... Still working on that

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burrito means donkey?

i will never look at a burrito the same way ever again
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I say screw it. If you call yourself an otaku in the states, it doesn't carry a negative connotation. If you do it in Japan, they'll notice you're a foreigner and let you off for its misuse.
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I am in spirit a hikikomori and in action an otaku. I spent four years after I graduated not doing anything other than essentially staying in my room. I have a job now so I can't call myself a hikikomori anymore, but I'll always be an otaku. I never used to like the term, but now I don't care anymore. When I'm not working I am either sleeping or watching anime or blogging about anime. I'm an otaku and still largely a shut-in and I am okay with that. I don't dislike people, though. I just can't handle too many of them, lol.
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