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Posted 7/10/16
I don't know I just want to hear your opinions?

Do you think the word "Otaku" is offensive?
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37 / M / SW Ontario, Canada
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Posted 7/10/16
I don't personally see it as offensive as it's largely something that the anime fandom outside of Japan basically raised as their own identifier, unlike some words often used to describe anime fans that were always intended as insults. Outside of Japan at least, it's not really an insult and has never really been one. I take it as sort of the anime version of a heavily invested fan similar to "gamer" for videogames. Inside Japan, of course, it's different and I think it's important to bear that in mind overall but outside of Japan it's pretty much a different word.
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83 / F / Bite the pillow.
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Posted 7/10/16
I love it.
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23 / M / El paso Tx
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Posted 7/10/16
truth be told isnt offsenive but it rather a term that someone dosnt have a life
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26 / F / New Jersey, USA
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Otaku is another way of saying some one is a geek or nerd with a strong obsession over something. Being an otaku doesn't strictly go for people who like anime/manga. Anyone can be an otaku and not like anime/manga.
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Posted 7/10/16

qualeshia3 wrote:

Otaku is another way of saying some one is a geek or nerd with a strong obsession over something. Being an otaku doesn't strictly go for people who like anime/manga. Anyone can be an otaku and not like anime/manga.


^this
there's also train otakus, car otakus, robot otakus, etc.
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26 / F / New Jersey, USA
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Posted 7/10/16

namealreadytaken wrote:


qualeshia3 wrote:

Otaku is another way of saying some one is a geek or nerd with a strong obsession over something. Being an otaku doesn't strictly go for people who like anime/manga. Anyone can be an otaku and not like anime/manga.


^this
there's also train otakus, car otakus, robot otakus, etc.


Exactly.
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Posted 7/10/16 , edited 7/10/16
You have to work at a look in the context of the language being used.

Calling someone an Otaku in Japanese means they are a fanatic of something (obsessed loser), while in the West we associate the same term with die-hard anime fan.
Long story short: people need to stop whining about when people use it in English since a majority of us have a different meaning for the word in mind while in Japanese its probably not a good idea to call yourself one.
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36 / M / Planet Sanno
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Posted 7/11/16
Traditionally, in Old Anime Fandom (i.e. back in the '90s), we distinguished between the two meanings of the word by writing it as otaku (lower case, italics) for the Japanese (negative) meaning and Otaku (upper case, standard) for the non-Japanese (positive) meaning.

Thus, I am proud to say I am Otaku, but I am not otaku.
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Offensive? Lol no
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It makes me cringe, because it gets to me when people skew the original meaning of something due to large scale, blatant ignorance.

Even if the word is used correctly, it makes me think of the original wave of weeaboos that forced usage of the word, so it still bothers me.
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43 / M / Canada
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Posted 7/11/16
No worse than Geek or Nerd.

Claim it
Own it
let the haters, hate

Never let others make you ashamed of being who you are
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36 / M / Planet Sanno
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Posted 7/11/16

Ocale wrote:
Even if the word is used correctly, it makes me think of the original wave of weeaboos that forced usage of the word, so it still bothers me.


You do realize that you are describing this situation by using a (non-)term that is the epitome of forced usage, right?
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23 / M / San Diego, CA
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Posted 7/11/16
It's a badge of honor.
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17 / F / USA
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Posted 7/11/16
I don't think it's offensive, I call myself that all the time. It is to some probably like how in America some find being called a geek or nerd offensive but I for one choose to embrace those sides of me.
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