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Is There Really a Difference Between "Otaku" and "Weeaboo"?
Posted 7/21/14
I just know I don't like the word, "weeaboo" because it sounds like something you say to a baby to make it laugh.... "peekaboo".

But I don't mind being called an otaku. It doesn't have an annoying sound and it doesn't remind me of talking baby language.
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Posted 7/21/14
Have we really forgotten where "Weeaboo" comes from?

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Posted 7/21/14

Otaku-ish wrote:

Yep.
Otaku is a person who does enjoy anime, but doesn't over react when someone mentions it, they do cosplay, but not everyday.
Weaboos on the other hand, are crazy when someone mentions anime, whether they say a good thing or not, and they cosplay everyday, and speak fluent "kawai" or "baka". They think the're moe and such..... kinda scares me.
I love anime just as much as both do, but I don't overdo it.
Ummm... the person above described it better....


Yup that is it lol
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Posted 7/21/14

darkfire9o9 wrote:


Otaku-ish wrote:

Yep.
Otaku is a person who does enjoy anime, but doesn't over react when someone mentions it, they do cosplay, but not everyday.
Weaboos on the other hand, are crazy when someone mentions anime, whether they say a good thing or not, and they cosplay everyday, and speak fluent "kawai" or "baka". They think the're moe and such..... kinda scares me.
I love anime just as much as both do, but I don't overdo it.
Ummm... the person above described it better....


Yup that is it lol

A better way to describe it would be Avril Lavigne huh.......
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Posted 7/21/14
I don't like the word "Weeaboo". It sounds awful and like an offence. In Spanish it sounds similar as "egg" and it also sounds like "penis" for the Caribbean island Spanish.

Otaku sounds unique and cool.
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Posted 7/21/14

CoffeeGodEddy wrote:


BlueOni wrote:

My understanding of the term "weeaboo" is that it refers to a person who unthinkingly advocates for anything as long as it's Japanese, and who dons a persona fitting their image of what Japan is like without any regard to whether they're being culturally accurate or not. Meanwhile, an "otaku" is either someone with a hobby which has consumed them and significantly damaged their social life (Japan) or someone who passionately enjoys anime/manga (US/Western Europe).

Assuming I have my definitions correct these are distinct (but possibly related) concepts. A weeaboo is in all likelihood also an otaku, but an otaku is not necessarily a weeaboo.


The square is a rectangle but the rectangle...... is not a square!!! Eureka!


It depends on how you read "otaku" in the last part. If you take the weeaboo's obsession with Japan to be a socially detrimental hobby, and you take the Japanese understanding of the term "otaku", then I suppose a weeaboo is arguably otaku about Japan. However, I was using the US/Western European meaning of "otaku" in that case, indicating that while a weeaboo will in all likelihood preach the "superiority" of manga/anime over all other forms of comics/animation and be an avid consumer thereof, not all avid consumers of manga and anime are similarly obsessed with these works' place of origin.

Also, when one defines a rectangle as a square it specifically must also be equilateral. A rectangle which is not equilateral is still a rectangle (a quadrilateral polygon containing four right angles), but it is not a square.
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Posted 7/21/14

BlueOni wrote:

My understanding of the term "weeaboo" is that it refers to a person who unthinkingly advocates for anything as long as it's Japanese, and who dons a persona fitting their image of what Japan is like without any regard to whether they're being culturally accurate or not. Meanwhile, an "otaku" is either someone with a hobby which has consumed them and significantly damaged their social life (Japan) or someone who passionately enjoys anime/manga (US/Western Europe).

Assuming I have my definitions correct these are distinct (but possibly related) concepts. A weeaboo is in all likelihood also an otaku, but an otaku is not necessarily a weeaboo.


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Posted 7/21/14

kokorowohiraite wrote:

I think anyone who refers to themselves as Otaku or Weaboo, especially interchangeably, look and sound extremely stupid.

I know this girl in real life who has been watching anime for less than a month, mainly SAO and K-On!. She went ahead and bought a sailor costume and wore it out in public several times, just randomly, around our local China Town. She posts statuses and pictures on Facebook about how she's such an Otaku and uses "Kawaii" 24/7. That, my friend, is a Weaboo.


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Posted 7/22/14
they're different terms, but they're both basically insults in japan. don't call yourself an otaku/weeaboo please it's embarrassing.
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Posted 7/22/14 , edited 7/22/14
It seems to depend on wether we're taking the word 'otaku' in its (as I understand it) largely insulting Japanese usage or in its adopted Western usage where its mostly a word people have chosen to use to describe themselves. This is, I suppose, the same as the difference between being called 'geek' as an insult in the bad old days and self-identifying as a geek now that the word has been, as it were, reclaimed.

In the west, it is currently considered by the mainstream to be (mostly) acceptable to be a geek. If our use of 'otaku' is equal to our current usage of 'geek', then it must be (in the west, at least) acceptable to be an otaku whereas I've only ever seen 'weeaboo' used as an insult.

My problem with 'weeaboo' is that its definition and usage seem to be so vague and open that it can be used against just about anyone. Ranging from anyone who has ever enjoyed any piece of Japanese culture all the way up to the most extreme examples of someone who is obsessed with (their own, probably wrong, idea of) Japanese culture.

So, there's there is difference between 'otaku' and 'weeaboo' as I see it.

Sorry that this got so long and boring, it also has a pompous tone that I really didn't plan on Of course it's all just my own thoughts and I'm basically an idiot.

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Edit;

Just noticed that BlueOni covered this in a much clearer and more concise fashion. Feel free to ignore me.
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Posted 7/22/14


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Posted 7/22/14

CoffeeGodEddy wrote:

MIND. BLOWN. Please allow me several seconds to collect my skull fragments and gray matter.


I think my sarcasm detector has something wrong with it. Previously it showed no reading at all, and now it's off the chart.
Posted 7/22/14 , edited 7/22/14
There are definitions for weeaboo, but more often than not it seems to just be a way to put down others for any interest in something Japanese, regardless of how obsessive or annoying. For example, in the thread about people not liking dubbed anime on this forum, liking subs was enough to be called weeaboos by few posters.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=woDE4Ah9zFQ

Considering the broad use of weeaboo I think it's likely that otaku and weeaboo intersect, at least when it comes to otakus of Japanese cultural artifacts like anime etc.
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Posted 7/22/14
Weeaboo originates in the west, otaku in Japan. Neither has a good connotation.

Otakus are stereotypically defined as shut-ins grossly obsessed with things otherwise irrelevant to real life. While these symptoms persist across all humanity, its implications are uniquely Japanese.

Weeaboos are suppose to be dorky, Japanese-centered types with distorted ideas of reality. Generally use anime lingo in casual conversations, consider Japan to be the bastion of all things good, etc.
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Posted 7/23/14

BlueOni wrote:


CoffeeGodEddy wrote:

MIND. BLOWN. Please allow me several seconds to collect my skull fragments and gray matter.


I think my sarcasm detector has something wrong with it. Previously it showed no reading at all, and now it's off the chart.


Of what magnitude sarcasm on the Richter scale?!
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