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labeling in the anime community.
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In Japan, I have heard an otaku is the equivalent as being a "brony" in our society; meaning, it's often looked down on. But I'm unsure if that's correct, a relative of mine visited Japan once and told me this. Either way, I don't think being a brony or an otaku is bad. There's nothing wrong with immersing yourself in things you like, and if society hates you for that, that's really awful.

I mostly use the terms to be ironically funny. Like I refer to my other friends who watch anime and read manga as "total weebs", while I'm doing the same thing.
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Personally, I'm just a guy who likes anime anymore. I let people make labels for me and I have gotten to the point where I don't think much about it anymore. I have found that labeling yourself or others, in differing groups, can be kind of stupid and, occasionally, offensive but if it gets the point across to people who don't seem to mind, what the hell? I say that because A LOT of people use the terms with out much thought or research.... laziness.

It's like talking about enjoying Project A-ko or Pre-cure or even Kill La Kill with one of the guys I work with who is almost as much of a conservative, bigoted, stereo-typical red-neck as it gets.
He thinks it's, "gay" in every negative connotation, OR He makes assumptions that are associated with pedophilia because somewhere someone told him ALL anime is porn with little girls.

People don't read things all the way through and like the story that gets told bigger and more unbelievable at each new telling, things get distorted and meanings get lost or changed. The consequences aren't always bad, they aren't always good either.

Sorry, I've got about five or six different ideas going on on my head about this right now, so I might meander a bit.

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I don't see it so much as a misuse of the word but as someone owning the word.
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I feel like people on this board are making up their own definitions of what words mean...

If you watch the anime, "Lucky Star", Konata refers to herself as an "otaku". And she goes out with friends and have a job etc.

FYI, if you go to japan and tell the average Japanese person you like anime, and you're like 18 years or older... you will still be looked down upon, regardless of you using the word otaku or not. THe people over there don't think of anime in high regards, especially if you're an adult.

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Always thought lolicon refers to the genre of anime/manga where there is consensual sex between a loli and another character... not someone who likes having sex with children irl.


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While Im personally not into Lolicon, I think if youre into it you need to be on a future pedophile list.
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GayAsianBoy wrote:

I feel like people on this board are making up their own definitions of what words mean...

If you watch the anime, "Lucky Star", Konata refers to herself as an "otaku". And she goes out with friends and have a job etc.

FYI, if you go to japan and tell the average Japanese person you like anime, and you're like 18 years or older... you will still be looked down upon, regardless of you using the word otaku or not. THe people over there don't think of anime in high regards, especially if you're an adult.

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Always thought lolicon refers to the genre of anime/manga where there is consensual sex between a loli and another character... not someone who likes having sex with children irl.


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My friends wife is Japanese and she told me that its mostly the older generations that look down on it (people like in our mom/dad age range and beyond). The younger generations don't look down on it, but that was her take on it and it may depend on where you live as well.

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From what I've experienced, people who use the term, "weaboo" are typically fellow geeks who at best have minimal knowledge about Japanese culture, but have a strong aversion towards anything related to it.

I rarely hear the Lolicon label where I'm at, so I'm not well versed in giving an opinion on that matter.

As for otaku, I can at least believe that in the USA, it carries very little negative connotation as it seems like the vast majority of otaku are openly proud of being one and even the most casual of fans in our community don't think its bad or anything to be ashamed of.

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