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Im a failure as an Otaku/Weeaboo
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Alas, I have never been to an anime con in my life so far either and I've been into anime longer than you also. It brings me great shame to be into anime so much and never having been to one of these cons. Though I put that largely down to my social phobias rather than a lack of anime fanboyism. It is on my list of things to do though.
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As my mother once said, "it's never to late to lose your virginity".
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I feel ya.
Besides the poster part.
This thread explains my username!
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Posted 10/24/14 , edited 10/24/14

wonkywilla wrote:
But I meant an Otaku fairy isn't going to come from the sky and grant her a medal of honor.


You didn't have to reveal it this bluntly
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If you can't, don't be.

Not everyone is made out to Otaku.
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I buy a lot of merch and stuff because I love having reminders of the shows and things I love so much (got over 400 figures, just got my first dollfie dream, got over 2k volumes of manga and countless anime series, etc). But it doesn't mean anyone that doesn't have all of this is less of a fan. It's better for your wallet if you're not going broke over it all the time. You're a much better fan than the ones that just download everything and don't support any of it. CR is a godsend in that respect - you can support everything without worrying that what you're doing is illegal or that you aren't being a good fan. I think you're fine. =)
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I'm 29 so no worries on the age thing for being an Otaku! I own a handful of DvD's but they were all given to me, never purchased any. I have 5 hard copies of Manga but otherwise I have everything streamed so don't have any of it local.
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Posted 10/24/14

endallchaos wrote:


ReikaMichiko wrote:

^ Exactly what im saying.

You know I've tried joining up with some local groups... but honestly I just CANNOT connect with other Otaku. Its weird that I can love something so fricken much, but just cant click with people who love it too. I find them kinda weird tbh.



I'm sorta the same way... I mean, I do own some Blu-Rays of my favorite series, but that's pretty much it. I've never been to a convention and probably never will. I know this will probably sound offensive to some people, but maybe you don't connect with Otaku, because you're not that nerdy... I mean, I'm not saying that being nerdy is bad, but It's hard for me to have a conversation with an Otaku, specially in person... Mostly because anime is the only thing they could talk about (the ones that I have talked to in person, at least). I would try to change the conversation and they would automatically go back to it. Maybe that's it? or Am I totally wrong? Anyways, you don't need to call yourself otaku or weaboo to enjoy anime and you certainly don't need to buy DVD's, posters, figures etc... to be a fan of it.

Sorry if I offended anyone, that's not my intention.


That could also possibly be the impact of talking to introverts. I've noticed that I, and some of my introverted friends, have a tendency to stick to a topic and beat it to absolute death. Especially with unfamiliar people, topic shifts have a chance of making a conversation awkward so it's avoided. Unfortunately, trying to stay on a previously successful topic generally has the same effect. I've had people tell me as much too.

And so, I make the same mistake. Over and over and over again. With anime, among other things. Of course, I can talk about something else, but I'm honestly terrified to try it unless I happen to see you everyday. The poor souls I see everyday then eventually find out that I know about a lot of things, am extremely opinionated and eccentric to a ridiculous degree.

Though I do have to agree with your concluding premise: you don't need the labels, experiences or the stuff to be a fan. Regarding conventions, honestly, they aren't that interesting unless you go with someone you're close to.
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Posted 10/24/14
well I don't either...
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Wow i know people like to attack you on the internet for nothing but i didnt expect it from what i typed. For the most part i did watch anime legally since i was 8 and you have no right to say otherwise since you have not lived my life. The only anime i have ever pirated was naruto when i had no option to get it any other way. This was before crunchyroll had it and the dvd's were not up to the episodes i was on so i had no way to watch it but to go on dattebayo and dl it(by the way when cr got naruto legally dattebayo posted a message to everyone saying crunchyroll had a legal way to watch naruto and i jumped on it...and thats how i came to find crunchyroll. As for me not buying dvd's and useless plastic figurines to support anime, ive never had the extra cash to buy those things. I drive tractor trailers and make 45,000 a year and that all went to buying my own house and a muscle car...now im 21 with both of those things because i didnt waste it on things i did not need to support an industry that should beable to get by with viewers just like every other show does....
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Posted 10/24/14
Aren't we all...
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Not a small amount, but not an obsessive amount either(which is what an Otaku is). I myself have watched a bit more than her in just about over a year, however I don't consider myself close to an 'Otaku'. I may love anime, but I don't spend every day watching it. Liking something and being obsessed are two completely different things.
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Posted 10/24/14
eh, i buy manga and never read them. same with anime dvd....
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Posted 10/24/14 , edited 10/24/14
being called a weeaboo.. is not a good thing OP. Its an extremely derogatory term thrown at hardcore anime fans.

The term is often used incorrectly as being a weeaboo means you disregard your own culture and the culture of any country other than japan. Weeaboo's often have this fantasy illusion of what japan is like, and often believe they are extremely intelligent when it comes to their knowledge of Japanese culture and language (which they often know nothing about) .

There is no guideline that makes you an "otaku". Just loving the genre makes you an anime fan,
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Posted 10/24/14

ReikaMichiko wrote:


wonkywilla wrote:


ReikaMichiko wrote:

Maybe, but I feel like I've missed out on some of the best parts of being an otaku.

Not that just watching anime is bad.. god do I love anime.



There's an entire lifetime to be a nerd.


I dunno about that... past 29 your getting kinda creepy as an otaku.


Okay, I've kinda got a beef with this statement. Lol. >:d
Don't you realize how many people there are over 30 on this site, who are an otaku?
Why does being older = creepy? :O You gotta get that "chubby fedora wearing white guy who lives in his parents basement" image out of your head.

I sure as heck know I won't stop being an otaku after 30, heck, after 50.
For as long as Bishounen live, I will be there to coo over them, and collect posters, body pillows, and figures of them. :3

But yeah, to get back on topic, I don't think the amount of "otaku goods" you have necessarily makes you any more or less of an otaku. It's all just about enjoying the content.
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