Post Reply Is J-music relevant? Why "weeboo" or "weeaboo"? And a short list of started Anime/ Manga saluting the Fans
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Posted 10/2/13 , edited 10/2/13
Can you really call yourself "otaku" without liking at least a little J-music? What is the truth behind the insulting terminology "weeboo"? And what sort of Anime's really open up and dig deep into the meaning of being a fan?

Let's dialog and shed some light on these questions, shall we?

So, we all should know that the term Otaku, or おたく/オタク, is literally a Japanese word used to describe and refer to people with obsessive interests. Commonly towards the anime and manga fandom. (Another contemporary usage is towards Gamers and individuals who Cosplay as Anime characters.) Shunned by most in Japan, popular by most in North America. What a difference, wouldn't you say? J-music is just one of the pop cultures in Japan, which can easily be pointed towards Karaoke on a Global scale. Most introduction titles/songs you hear at the beginning of an Anime, are often written for that particular series. Some are written before a series gets an OST listing or title sequence. So is J-music an essential? Yes! Will everyone enjoy it on its own (without or before seeing an Anime Title/series?) Probably not. In most cases, some Northern Americans won't listen to any J-music or other songs unless hearing it from a favorite or other Anime title first. But it is indeed an essential part of the culture and being Otaku. But not all Fans or Otaku will agree. It depends on you! You're likes, etc.

Let's move on, shall we.

Most of you by now who are hard core Otaku living in North America have probably heard the phrase or term "Weeboo" once before, if not many times. Either directed at you or someone else in a forum, a social network, web site or game. But what does it mean? According to Urban Dictionary, it refers to "a person of non oriental decent that loves anime and manga." Funny how it literally reflects the same definition as Otaku, hrm? But why? After reading over old forum posts, and other places, groups, and games where the term has been used, the usage of the word seems to be tossed around by angry "Anime fans" or people who have a track record of flaming Anime or Orient-related posts, forums, etc. Almost as if used in the context of jealousy or otherwise from troubled persons. Personally, we think it's just a slang made up to insult Otaku, by literally, jealous nerds, or other people interested in the Anime/Manga fandom. Let's face it. A slang term that's definition that exactly repeats (not word for word) what the Japanese definition for "Otaku" means. Sounds suspicious, almost like jealousy. Or, someone heard the term and uses it without knowing what it means.

(What are your thoughts?)

But let's keep in mind, when we see this word used, it's often in spite and probably from a 12 year old acting "cool". Just keep on being a fan and don't let that silliness discourage your interest and hobbies of all things Anime-related, etc.

Now leaving you with a list of some, but not excluding any not present. Here is a good list of Anime's (or if you prefer, Manga's) to get in to in attempts to help grow your prospective and knowledge of the fandom of being Otaku, etc.

1) Genshiken S1 & S2, (and soon to be S3)
2) Bakuman
3) Mangirl
4) Comic Party/ Revolution
5) Lucky Star
6) Otaku no Video
7) Welcome to the NHK
8) Oreimo 1 & 2

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Have a wonderful Day everyone!
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Posted 10/2/13 , edited 10/3/13
Just an additional note: Weeboo and Weeaboo, fairly have the same definition. Weeaboo is more in depth, where as Weeboo is straight to the point. Regardless, both terms are derogatory slang and come from the urban phase "Wapanese". So don't feel bad if you've pronounced and spelled the term "wrong" and someone tries to correct you. They mean the same thing.
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