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Quit calling yourselves Otakus!

nikki_the_insane

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:eek: It's just this stupid title that everyone seems to be giving themselves now a days. I don't believe you guys are THAT obssesed to call yourselves an otaku. Sure, we all need to be obsessed with something, I'm obsessed with Kingdom Hearts, but I do other stuff in my life. Drawing, listening to music, romantizing over my crush,😊talking to friends on the phone, going to friends, watching movies, even if they aren't anime. I just think you guys are over-exagerating your obssesion for anime that's all. ;)
 
Why i have to stop being an Anime OTAKU?

If u don't like to be an otaku,don't be it! I'm an otaku from 1990,and i do a lot of things,not only anime....but anime and japan in general are PASSIONS,and passion can be controlled!

See ya!
 
Heh...most Japanese people think self-claimed otaku are weird(and I mean weird in a bad way) for doing so. To them, "otaku" is definitely not a term that should be used with pride. It's meant to be used in a negative sense.
 
Originally posted by kirei_na_me
Heh...most Japanese people think self-claimed otaku are weird(and I mean weird in a bad way) for doing so. To them, "otaku" is definitely not a term that should be used with pride. It's meant to be used in a negative sense.

Totally agree with kirei_na_me 👏 "Otaku" is not a nice word to describe oneself.. It's a very negative word in the Japanese society. People who knows the real meaning to the word will not wish to proclaim themselves as an "otaku". An I dun think any Japanese will claim themself as one or wish to be labelled as one. (~~|||b)
 
I've had others label me as an "Otaku," I did not know what the term meant until recently, and quite frankly, I don't want to be "labeled" as anything.🙂
 
Whenever i see the term "otaku", it's always in stupid articles in the paper that talk about how anime and manga are becoming so popular, and they say that it means somethin like "fan." I'm not sure what exactly it is...but from what you guys are saying about it being negative, it's like being called "obsessed" in the states. It's not exactly a good thing to be called.
As for the labeling thing...i just say i'm a fan of anime. I'm not calling myself "otaku" or anything, cuz it seems kinda lame. Only people i've seen use it are little kiddo's collecting YuGiOh cards.
 
Hmm, well i've sorta been living under an anime rock so to speak, all this time considering that im reletavely into anime, although not obsessed with it at all, but from what i gather an Otaku is somone who's really into anime/manga? Or does it have to be somone who is either entirely into anime or manga but not both?
What is the exact meaning of this name does anyone know? I take it when you say its a negative thing, you mean like its the sort of thing you'd call a guy who drools over hentai/manga porn every night rather than some girl who chats about her fav fruits basket character all the time or dresses up like her fav cardcaptor character on occasion?
Or does it simply mean you're over obsessed with anime/manga and you should probably get a life/some other hobbys/interests?
 
Well, I'm a Democrat. Some might say that's equally insulting. :D

I don't consider myself an otaku. I'm simply someone who enjoys anime and manga, nothing more. No need for labels if you ask me. However, if someone wants to be called an otaku and be passionate about it, hey that's their perogative, and who are we to demean anyone for their passion? Remember, folks, when you live in glass houses, don't go throwing stones!
:)
 
It makes me laugh so much when the little 2nd years here at my uni proudly claim they are otaku. They are going out there for their year abroad in September, and are really getting snotty about this fact (proclaiming things like 'all Japanese love anime', or 'everyone gets groped on the trains, don't they' etc). When we try and advise them that they shouldn't really go around proclaiming they are otaku when they go out there, it being in Japan a bad thing to call yourself an otaku, (on the account that that it is associated with people who are incapable of having normal social relationships etc-not my words but that of the Daily Yomuiri) they just smirk and carry on as usual.
 
kirei_na_me said:
Heh...most Japanese people think self-claimed otaku are weird(and I mean weird in a bad way) for doing so. To them, "otaku" is definitely not a term that should be used with pride. It's meant to be used in a negative sense.
Actually, it seems like otaku have gained a bit of mainstream acceptance (at least for now) since the release of 窶彭ナステ披?冕.

Funny story about that. Last time I was in Japan, at a table nearby us at Denny's there was a overweight, otaku-looking guy and a cute girl. The guy had his head down and was crying while the girl talked. In other words, it looked like she was dumping him. I guess things didn't work out for this couple like it did in the book...
 
kirei_na_me said:
Heh...most Japanese people think self-claimed otaku are weird(and I mean weird in a bad way) for doing so. To them, "otaku" is definitely not a term that should be used with pride. It's meant to be used in a negative sense.
I see a parallel in American culture with words like geek and dork. What used to be insults have morphed into pseudo sub-cultures where these labels are happily worn. I highly doubt these words are internationally used, like otaku, but there are certainly similarities nonetheless.
 
MeAndroo said:
I see a parallel in American culture with words like geek and dork. What used to be insults have morphed into pseudo sub-cultures where these labels are happily worn. I highly doubt these words are internationally used, like otaku, but there are certainly similarities nonetheless.

This is true. case in point: people consider Bill Gates the biggest geek around, God knows he certainly looks the part, but, on the other hand, the man's rich enough to buy the bloody planet, so he damn sure gets the last laugh! Another example, at Best Buy, the mega-popular big box electronics/appliance store chain (my second home!), they have an in-store group of technicians called "Geek Squad" who take care of stuff like setting up computers, installing software and whatnot. They even go out on service calls in boss looking white VW Beetles wearing starched white shirts, thin black neckties and black highwater pants. I think they're cool. If I had the brains for that sort of thing, that's the job I'd love to have! So, being a geek or dork these days might be looked upon as a badge of honor.
:)
 
don't forget the tv show "freaks and geeks"...
here is another otaku-chikku link
http://matthew.animeblogger.net/archives/2005/07/20/ wednesday_notes_akamatsu-sensei_talks_moe.php
 
I think called yourself otaku it's stupid...... it's like you said, "Yeeaah, I'm a "dork"/"geek" and I'm very proud of it!!"
I hated when people started to do that in my country... it was soo... pathetic...=_=uu there was even a magazine called that way... aaah... no matter what you say, otaku will always mean something negative to me...=/
 
Hmm, I'm not all that well up on this, but it seems to me that 'otaku' still has a lot of negative connotations in Japan. IMO, non-Japanese people who describe themselves proudly that way are betraying an ignorance and/or immaturity about it. I guess that's harmless enough if you just happen to be a high schooler who likes anime, but it doesn't do any harm to learn different.

Of course, not having lived in Japan I don't know really how the term is perceived.

I agree with Kala, though, that even now 'nerd', 'geek' or 'dork' have in the west stopped becoming altogether insults, not that many people would describe themself that way... unless you were being funny and saying something like 'I look such a dork in this stupid hat!' And I even qualify when I'm using the words by saying something like 'cool nerdy look' or 'adorable dork' if I don't mean it in a negative way. Because on their own I'd still use the words negatively, e.g. 'I don't want to go to the movies with him - he's a geek!'

I'm rambling again... sorry. :sorry:
 
Kinsao said:
Of course, not having lived in Japan I don't know really how the term is perceived.
I agree with Kala, though, that even now 'nerd', 'geek' or 'dork' have in the west stopped becoming altogether insults, not that many people would describe themself that way... unless you were being funny and saying something like 'I look such a dork in this stupid hat!' And I even qualify when I'm using the words by saying something like 'cool nerdy look' or 'adorable dork' if I don't mean it in a negative way. Because on their own I'd still use the words negatively, e.g. 'I don't want to go to the movies with him - he's a geek!'
I think that is certainly happening for the term "otaku", too!!

Personally, I have great admiration for anyone deeply committed to pursuing a topic or field and don't perceive "otaku" negatively. Many of them are in fact very charming.
Probably, most of the negativism has shifted to NEET (those not in education, employment or training).
 
although it seems like those two categories overlap sometimes? maybe its the neet otak that's causing all the problems for regular ones...
 
So if I miss classes at school, skip meals during the day, lose sleep at night, just because I want to see more anime, I'm still not an otaku? :)
Dang, what do I have to do...

Actually I see way less anime these days then last year,
so I'm most likely not an otaku anymore.
Takes too much time.
Perhaps a summer-otaku :D
 
Well...for my friends I'm a supposedly a geek-otaku (which I think is weird since both mean the same thing) because I'm quite often fidgeting in front of my computer and because I've probably watched much more animes and read more mangas than most of them.
However I don't think I'm that much of a freek since I'm also involved with the student life ^^'
Dunno about the japanese standards though...but I can't imagine myself telling the japanese student "Hello I'm the president of the foreign student council and also the biggest Otaku around here".
Anyway, I guess it just depends on how the people around you perceive the term...
 
I hate people who watch Inuyasha or FMA on TV and claim they know every Japanese thing. They think they are awesome also because they use the word: Kawaii, nani, ext. Its just flat out stupid and simple minded.
 
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