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Is There Really a Difference Between "Otaku" and "Weeaboo"?
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I think the difference is that Otaku is pretty much the same as the term Nerd both meaning someone that society sees as lacking social skills and obsessing in an entertainment media in a way that society sees as unproductive/childish

Weaboos don't understand that the two terms are pretty much the same thing the words just being in different languages and since their preferred media is Japanese media and not Western media they think that they aren't Nerds and are instead Otaku. Since they live within the Western world people just see them as nerds who like Japanese stuff so to try and set themselves apart from nerds Weaboos think they must make it clear to everyone that they like Japanese stuff and begin to idolize it and just liking stuff because it's Japanese. Weaboos thus end up being very obnoxious and finally ending up in a limbo state where general society still sees them as nerds while Otaku/Nerds also stigmatize them giving dawn to the term Weaboo.

Real Otaku are just Japanese people who are stigmatized by Japanese society in about the same way and for about the same reasons as Nerds in the West and eventually either accept it or change themselves such that they are no longer seen as Otaku just like Nerds.

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To me:
Otaku = nerd/fan (not the electric fan type of fan that cools you down, the wota type of thing)
Weeaboo (in the anime-terms) = The Japanese wannabes who think they know everything about Japan and anime... and barely know anything.
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Weeaboo = "Wapanese".

Weeaboo itself is a nonsense word from a PBF comic. It got made a wordfilter for "Wapanese" on 4chan a while back, and since then its kind of taken over its meaning.

Its basically a westerner that thinks that "glorious nippon <insert thing here>" is the best purely by virtue of it being from Japan, and that "glorious nippon culture" is idealistic and flawless.
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They are different but jesus christ I hate both words. Its embarrassing as hell.
Im just a damn fan and its a hobby. Its like calling yourself a sherlockian when you like sherlock.
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kallutos wrote:

They are different but jesus christ I hate both words. Its embarrassing as hell.
Im just a damn fan and its a hobby. Its like calling yourself a sherlockian when you like sherlock.

You mean awesome?

Don't be so embarrassed, the problem is people who don't tolerate fans of something they don't understand not the fans themselves.

I think it can be useful to have a word to denote a particular interest, it helps people find other fans. There's a difference between a fan of sci-fi and a Whovian or Trekkie (Trekker?), although there's nothing to stop people from being more than one.

That said, "Anime fan" is pretty clear so I don't know if we need to adopt "Otaku" (which is an imprecise word anyway, as discussed here). I guess there are probably sub-divisions (I've heard "Narutard" but I'm fairly confident it's an insult) so other words might be useful there. Gundamite? Cutiean? Titanic? Hmm.
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Smeelia wrote:


kallutos wrote:

They are different but jesus christ I hate both words. Its embarrassing as hell.
Im just a damn fan and its a hobby. Its like calling yourself a sherlockian when you like sherlock.

You mean awesome?

Don't be so embarrassed, the problem is people who don't tolerate fans of something they don't understand not the fans themselves.

I think it can be useful to have a word to denote a particular interest, it helps people find other fans. There's a difference between a fan of sci-fi and a Whovian or Trekkie (Trekker?), although there's nothing to stop people from being more than one.

That said, "Anime fan" is pretty clear so I don't know if we need to adopt "Otaku" (which is an imprecise word anyway, as discussed here). I guess there are probably sub-divisions (I've heard "Narutard" but I'm fairly confident it's an insult) so other words might be useful there. Gundamite? Cutiean? Titanic? Hmm.


You do have a point

Though some fan's are actually nice, on tumblr some of them are self destructive to the point where it ruined their image for me. Though I shouldnt assume everyone is like that.

(I also dislike being labeled and put into categories simply because of my interest)
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