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Posted 7/11/16

purpleviolet wrote:

I don't know I just want to hear your opinions?

Do you think the word "Otaku" is offensive?


Not really.
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Posted 7/11/16 , edited 7/11/16
Honestly I'm just a fan, like I'm also a fan of video games.

I don't personally need a special placeholder word.

So really, I'm just kinda neutral about it.
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Posted 7/11/16
I wear it like a badge of honor, but don't shout it to the heavens
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Posted 7/11/16
I don't find it offensive, per se...

I think of it as meaning 30+ year olds with no life whose main goals are to collect as many pieces of merchandise of their waifu as possible, who will line up outside for hours to get something/ see the movie the first day/ be #1 in the game (e.g. on Love Live events where the prize is the same for rank 10,000-rank 1, and it's barely better than the rank 50,000-10,000 prize, but people still throw their lives away trying to be #1).


It's a better goal that most people's (e.g. getting drunk "in da club" as often as possible) and someone who's really into sports or things like that is the same - I knew someone who went to every single performance in the ABT ballet season because she needed to see every dancer's take on every role. Honestly, if you're into it enough to tell the difference, that's so much more than most people ever do in their lives. Compiling a huge knowledge of things in your head isn't as worthwhile as, say, writing an original book, but it's only a small step down. Most people's life achievements are several large steps down from writing a book.

But still... if you have the time and energy for that... why not use it to write your own book/comic/game, etc. and be more than a fan?
Posted 7/11/16

rcsatcrunchyroll wrote:


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?


Yes.
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Posted 7/11/16
I don't find it offensive, but wouldn't use it to describe myself in public the same way I wouldn't talk about Pokemon in public.
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In the western world it's a loanword essentially referring to the fan culture and community surrounding Japanese anime/manga/video games without any particular negative connotations, while in Japan it's essentially a word describing what we in the western world would call "nerd culture" with a noteworthy pejorative slant. Sometimes hysteria arises and otaku in either sense are viewed negatively, in the west by people worried about representations of violence or sexual themes and in Japan as a result of the relative cultural importance of social conformity coupled with the strangeness and isolation of otaku in their sense of the word, but this passes in either case. It's a tide that rises and ebbs, and after a while it becomes dull to watch.

Beyond this I don't think about it very much.
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Posted 7/12/16

Ocale wrote:
Yes.


The key difference being that otaku, while negative in its original meaning, is not hate speech. Weeaboo is.
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Posted 7/12/16 , edited 7/12/16
I identify as an "Otaku,"
but I am actually a reclusive anime fanatic who sometimes spends nine hours a day binge-watching Asian cartoons.

I don't label myself that proudly, but it is who I am, so it's an accurate descriptor that I playfully accept.
Yeah, I'm a nerd. I know it. If anyone called me a nerd, I'd be like, "Uh-huh... And?"
And if anyone cares to know me, they would find that out no matter how I try to hide it.
So why hide it at all?

My general gamer/user name is "pegotaku" (as in an Otaku from Winnipeg).
I've been called Peggy, Taco, and Pegatoru (all nicknames I answer to while playing Overwatch).
But my real name doesn't matter, so I'm happy to accept "Peggy" if we're all laughing, winning, and having fun.

I'm just that awkward Otaku from Winnipeg. And that's fine with me.
Posted 7/12/16
A term to identify with or identify as. Beyond that, not much.
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Posted 7/12/16 , edited 7/12/16
I can't be asked to think about a word I never use or hear being used around me.
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