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    The word "Otaku"

    I know in western culture, many anime fanatics describe themselves as "otaku" However, I read that the usage of this term in Japan has a completely different meaning and actually has a negative connotation. Since I'm a bit of a newbie to anime and Japanese culture, I thought I would see if anyone else has a take on this.

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    Re: The word "Otaku"

    Non-Japanese use it as a term for being a anime huge fan. But, in Japan it's for people who are above and beyond the obsession of any sort of hobby.

    There's an old, closed thread on this forum, I decided to link it since it was incredibly informative. The true meaning of otaku

    Here's also another definition that I think is creditable from Urban dictionary (surprisingly)

    Urban Dictionary: otaku
    The term "otaku" seems to have been introduced to anime fans in the US and other countries via Studio Gainax's "Otaku no Video 1985," a self-parody film.
    Otaku, meaning probably "venerable house," refers to someone who has a devotion to a subject or hobby (not necessarily anime) to the point of not leaving home. For instance, an otaku fan of a particular movie star could quite possibly know all of the films s/he has been in, their birth date, time of birth, shoe size, favorite toothpaste, etc. Generally speaking, calling someone an otaku in Japan is an insult, implying that their social skills have atrophied or never even developed, due to their manic involvement in their chosen fandom.

    In America, the term is used to denote a zealous fan, usually of anime and/or manga. Due to its introduction to most people's vocabulary through its tongue-in-cheek use in Gainax's film, "otaku" tends to have a much less dire definition overseas.

    When dealing with Japanese people, however, it may be best to keep in mind the modern Japanese image of an otaku -- Someone who only leaves their home to eat or shop, if at all, with an overwhelming and unhealthy obsession about something. It can as easily refer to a stalker or sociopath as it can to a harmless anime buff.

    Best to avoid the word altogether if one is not sure of the context in which it will be received.

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    Re: The word "Otaku"

    i am a big fan of anime but i have no idea about it.

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    Re: The word "Otaku"

    Otaku - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    recently i have been called "otaku" by a friend!
    i did not know what it means , so i found this.
    Now, was that aimed at me?

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