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I'm not sure I count as an otaku, but I tend to prefer anime to most (not all) Western TV. The shows get too boring and predictable for the most part here. Anime has patterns and tropes as well, but they play more freely with them and recombine ideas into something more interesting more often. Western stuff has picked up a bit in recent years, so I've been watching more of it, but anime still takes up more of my viewing time.

I almost hit the requested age. I don't really have time to be old though, by the time I have time for that I'll probably have already been deceased for some time. Hopefully I notice and lie down like a good corpse, otherwise that could be awkward...
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You guys are awesome! I'm the only one that I know, other than my son and his friends, that watches anime. I love it...love it and love it some more. I don't watch much 'tv' and just prefer the Japanese culture also. It's nice to know that I'm not alone, even though it feels like it sometimes. Feel free to message me!! I'd love to have some new buddies
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In Japan the term doesn't necessarily apply to anime and manga like it does here. An otaku is someone who is obsessed by a particular hobby. Unfortunately the term isn't looked at with great appeal by Japanese culture as a whole, because of a several murders, kidnappings, and rapes that have happened in the past which were committed by otaku. Now those horrific crimes do not apply to the community as a whole. The criminals who committed those crimes were messed up in the head to begin with. The reason Japanese culture would relate them to the entire community is that Japanese culture revolves around the group and what one person does reflects greatly on the group. Quite different from the United States or west but similar in many ways too.
Most otaku in Japan are basically like otaku here in the west, they have a great passion for their hobby. Japanese society has started to accept otaku for what they are but most still view them as strange or socially awkward (OUR KIND OF PEOPLE!). The attitudes toward otaku in Japan would be like the pre nerd and geek awesomeness era that we live in now in the states =^^=


I think the Japanese media are a lot to blame for that perception because in looking for a story they tend to cling to small pieces of evidence to make claims and then exaggerate them. It's like the Western media who like to blame murder on metal music and horror movies most of the time the people involved in these things could barely be called anime/manga fans much less otaku but they'll use anything they can because they feed into a social bias that says all otaku are weird and creepy and normal wholesome people who play sports and go to popular after school clubs could never think of committing such an awful crime.

It is wise to tread lightly about calling yourself otaku in Japan though unless around the right crowd. It will not impress a girl unless you are talking to a girl at a maid cafe who is paid to suck up to you
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I've been watching anime since the early 70's - Speed Racer - then was hooked with Star Blazers and Battle of the Planets in the late 70's and early 80's. I typically watch 5 - 10 hours of anime a week and read random Manga whenever I have the time.

I have a fairly substantial figure collection and listen to J-Pop, etc. I turned 46 this past June ... so fairly old as vs most other fans.

It's cool though because my 17 year old son and my 14 year old daughter are both into different types of anime (I watch a broader spectrum than they do individually) and it gives us some things to connect and talk to them about.

My wife is Chinese and she's cool with everything... watches some shows with me from time to time.

All around a pretty good situation. Just weird when I walk into a shop or go to a show and I'm the oldest dude there.
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i turn 35 seven days prior to samhain...
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wife and I are 35 and 33 respectively, and we still enjoy anime and go to cons together such as Sakura-con (we are north of Seattle), AX and Anime revolution (BC, CA).
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I think the Japanese media are a lot to blame for that perception because in looking for a story they tend to cling to small pieces of evidence to make claims and then exaggerate them. It's like the Western media who like to blame murder on metal music and horror movies most of the time the people involved in these things could barely be called anime/manga fans much less otaku but they'll use anything they can because they feed into a social bias that says all otaku are weird and creepy and normal wholesome people who play sports and go to popular after school clubs could never think of committing such an awful crime.

It is wise to tread lightly about calling yourself otaku in Japan though unless around the right crowd. It will not impress a girl unless you are talking to a girl at a maid cafe who is paid to suck up to you :P


Yep, reminds me of when western media thought anyone that played Dungeons & Dragons were murdering satanists in the 80's because of one suicide. One. To the point bad movies were made about the fictional events the media made up. With Tom Hanks FFS.

Few decades later, D&D is cool again, celebrities admit they play, and feature films were made (too bad they generally sucked)

The bad view of Otaku will come and go - and come again also.

We always fear the "other", paint somebody as different, then make up crazy stuff about them.
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I have lots of things to keep me busy... i reward myself with anime hahaha but am lonely cus I have no one else to watch it with. How lucky you are to be in Japan!!
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I have lots of things to keep me busy... i reward myself with anime hahaha but am lonely cus I have no one else to watch it with. How lucky you are to be in Japan!!
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I started watching anime in the late 70's and have been hooked ever since (French television)

Goldorak (UFO Robo Gurendaizā)
Albator ( Kyaputen Hārokku)
Capitaine Flame (Kyaputen Fyūchā)
Ulysse 31 (Uchū Densetsu Yurishīzu Sātīwan)
Robotech (Macross)
Battle of the Planets (Gatchaman)

so an Otaku. Not in the strictest sense, but definitely enjoy the passtime.
Have about 1.5 years to go before the big 5.0.



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I'm not quite 35 yet but I don't see myself becoming someone different in a year. I got started in 80's when my mom bought a Vampire Hunter D not knowing it was anime and gave it to me.
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MrMoondoggie wrote:


FeralLion wrote:


In Japan the term doesn't necessarily apply to anime and manga like it does here. An otaku is someone who is obsessed by a particular hobby. Unfortunately the term isn't looked at with great appeal by Japanese culture as a whole, because of a several murders, kidnappings, and rapes that have happened in the past which were committed by otaku. Now those horrific crimes do not apply to the community as a whole. The criminals who committed those crimes were messed up in the head to begin with. The reason Japanese culture would relate them to the entire community is that Japanese culture revolves around the group and what one person does reflects greatly on the group. Quite different from the United States or west but similar in many ways too.
Most otaku in Japan are basically like otaku here in the west, they have a great passion for their hobby. Japanese society has started to accept otaku for what they are but most still view them as strange or socially awkward (OUR KIND OF PEOPLE!). The attitudes toward otaku in Japan would be like the pre nerd and geek awesomeness era that we live in now in the states =^^=


I think the Japanese media are a lot to blame for that perception because in looking for a story they tend to cling to small pieces of evidence to make claims and then exaggerate them. It's like the Western media who like to blame murder on metal music and horror movies most of the time the people involved in these things could barely be called anime/manga fans much less otaku but they'll use anything they can because they feed into a social bias that says all otaku are weird and creepy and normal wholesome people who play sports and go to popular after school clubs could never think of committing such an awful crime.

It is wise to tread lightly about calling yourself otaku in Japan though unless around the right crowd. It will not impress a girl unless you are talking to a girl at a maid cafe who is paid to suck up to you :P


Isn't it more like, it would impress the kawaii maid-chan because most people working at such a cafe as a part-time job probably ARE otaku? XD
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I almost hit the requested age. I don't really have time to be old though, by the time I have time for that I'll probably have already been deceased for some time. Hopefully I notice and lie down like a good corpse, otherwise that could be awkward...


With a username like "LordDust", I am afraid you aren't gonna lie down and are gonna go necromancing around anime conventions instead :O
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Isn't it more like, it would impress the kawaii maid-chan because most people working at such a cafe as a part-time job probably ARE otaku? XD


The maids are not Otaku at all despite their clients being as much. These are attractive girls with warm personalities picked for their appeal over what their personal interests are they are there to make money. An appealing girl with a likable personality will be able to talk you out of more money and that's how they earn. As well as serving snacks and drinks there are several bonuses such as having a photo taken with the Maids which is printed and signed by them for you. You can also play various video games with them for a price among other activities. Basically if you have a lot of money you can spend a lot of time having fun with beautiful young girls XD.

Although i do recommend if you go to a maid cafe in Japan that you go with Japanese friends because often the big popular places have a foreign maid working there and they'll send her over because they fear foreigners lol. Well not really but they'll assume you'd prefer to speak English if you are all foreigners and mostly we come to see cute Japanese maids not what we can see any day at home :P. Oh and learn some Japanese especially compliments they'll love you.

But back to my point otaku are shy and awkward people not found working as maids most otaku females are too busy at home doing nothing or going to handshake events for male idols and voice actors.
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Posted 9/28/14 , edited 9/28/14

MrMoondoggie wrote:


eragon2890 wrote:

Isn't it more like, it would impress the kawaii maid-chan because most people working at such a cafe as a part-time job probably ARE otaku? XD


The maids are not Otaku at all despite their clients being as much. These are attractive girls with warm personalities picked for their appeal over what their personal interests are they are there to make money. An appealing girl with a likable personality will be able to talk you out of more money and that's how they earn. As well as serving snacks and drinks there are several bonuses such as having a photo taken with the Maids which is printed and signed by them for you. You can also play various video games with them for a price among other activities. Basically if you have a lot of money you can spend a lot of time having fun with beautiful young girls XD.

Although i do recommend if you go to a maid cafe in Japan that you go with Japanese friends because often the big popular places have a foreign maid working there and they'll send her over because they fear foreigners lol. Well not really but they'll assume you'd prefer to speak English if you are all foreigners and mostly we come to see cute Japanese maids not what we can see any day at home :P. Oh and learn some Japanese especially compliments they'll love you.

But back to my point otaku are shy and awkward people not found working as maids most otaku females are too busy at home doing nothing or going to handshake events for male idols and voice actors.


Having studied Japanese for 3 years at university I hope to have learned enough to find my way around the maid café... and hopefully the rest of the street as well XD At least the basics, otherwise I am gonna ask my study money back LOL And yeah it's pretty funny, a lot of Japanese seem to think you want to talk English. Even if you talk to them in Japanese. Even if their so-called English is worse than master Yoda's XD

And yeah the first thing I am gonna go to if I ever get to Akiba is a maid café With cutie maids :3 I mean, who doesn't like hanging out with cute girls~? Altough I still prefer them to be of the 2D kind, I mean just look how cute this is~ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ObZvwJaqhBc D'AWW! Better than 3D! (Except cosplayers, those rule)
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