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Post Reply Why are people positive about being called an Otaku?
Posted 5/28/15



Heh? It's not only women who do that?
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AiYumega wrote:




Heh? It's not only women who do that?


Obviously not.
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Posted 5/28/15 , edited 5/29/15

anzn wrote:

That was irrelevant.
Stop crying about women on every single thread on here.


Actually it's related to the image he posted, it's kinda funny...but oh of course, I forgot I must regulate my comments to make you feel comfortable. Here's a cringy male one, for your equality needs. Maybe a White-Knight just like this will come and save you one day.



Posted 5/28/15 , edited 5/29/15

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anzn wrote:

That was irrelevant.
Stop crying about women on every single thread on here.


Actually it's related to the image he posted, it's kinda funny...but oh of course, I forgot I must regulate my comments to make you feel comfortable. Here's a cringy male one, for your equality needs. Maybe a White-Knight just like this will come and save you one day.




You are so kind.
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Who cares about its origins? What matters is that in the west, it WORKS.
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There's kinda a culture difference between Japan and America. It doesn't really mean the same thing when you cross the borders.
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Posted 5/28/15 , edited 5/28/15
Because lots of people think "Otaku" just means being addicted to anime.
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Posted 5/28/15
I call myself an otaku, hikkomori, and/or weeaboo that way if someone says it to me in an offensive way i can just laugh it off and agree with them.
Some people do it for this reason, others do it because they really are proud of it. Why not just let them be happy being called a "derogatory" word (and i put it in quotes because as someone else said, the word "nerd" used to be a derogatory word as well until society began to accept it).
Posted 5/28/15 , edited 5/29/15
who cares if it's a bad word?

do people not call themselves "idiot" sometimes?

e.g. "I'm an idiot for putting cereal in the fridge"...

words are just words.


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Posted 5/28/15
Otaku isn't a bad term. And it isn't really scorned upon since most people who dislike otaku's don't even know the word. They call us weeaboo's instead.
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Posted 5/29/15
To combat the stigma surrounding alternative lifestyle choices.
Posted 5/29/15 , edited 5/29/15

eclair-lumiere wrote:

Otaku isn't a bad term. And it isn't really scorned upon since most people who dislike otaku's don't even know the word. They call us weeaboo's instead.

Its a bad term in Japan. Where most Japanese people seem to despise them. Miyazaki & Anno gave the explanation to why they hate Otakus, which is basically what the rest of Japan thinks as well.
Weeaboo is the same, but its used for white anime fans. Which is worse than otaku probably cuz they often appropriate their culture.
Posted 5/29/15 , edited 5/29/15
'Sigh'

The word practically has two definitions at this point. The meaning of a word can evolve and change depending on the culture and group using it.

I don't call myself an otaku, but I admit that under the Western definition, i'd probably be considered one - as would most people on this site. And yes - words can have different meanings depending on the culture using it. I'm sure anime fans have run across plenty of examples of Japanese doing the same thing with their "wasei-eigo".

I never understood this whole debate. I think it's only perpetuated by people who fail to acknowledge that words can change meaning across culture.
Posted 5/29/15
Why can't ppl just say they're a fan of anime instead of a otaku
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