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    Lightbulb The true meaning of otaku

    in japan otaku is a derogatory wor.
    (read this thing i copied from wikipedia)
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    Overweight, unshaven, wearing glasses and a ponytail, and fantasizing with an anime girl doll - a popular stereotype of an otaku.In English, otaku (plural as most Japanese words have no plural form) are a variety of geek or an overly obsessed fanboy/fangirl focused on anime and manga.

    While in Japanese the term otaku has negative connotations, in English the term is more flexible; some fans believe it has positive connotations, while other fans believe it has negative connotations. Japanophile is a word sometimes used to describe an otaku. Wapanese is a derogatory term that is sometimes used, while others feel many cultures have their own equivalents.

    Currently the term otaku is often used as self-description by anime fans with a minute and detailed knowledge. They use it to rally those who have recently begun to watch anime or read manga, and encourage questions on shows and Japanese culture in general.

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    1 In Japan
    2 In English/Internationally
    3 Japanese loanwords
    4 Fictional works about otaku
    5 External links
    6 See also



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    In Japan
    The word otaku is derived from an honorific term for another's house or family (お宅, otaku) that is also used as an honorific second-person pronoun (roughly equivalent to vous in French). Another story goes that it was derived from Maurice de la Rie, an old Japanese Leipo. The modern slang form, which is distinguished from the older usage by being written only in hiragana (おたく) or katakana (オタク or ヲタク), appeared in the 1980s; it appears to have been coined by the humorist and essayist Akio Nakamori (中森明夫, Nakamori Akio) in the 1983 series "An Investigation of Otaku" (おたくの研究, otaku no kenkyū), who observed that this form of address was unusually common among geeks and nerds. It entered general use in Japan around 1989, and may have been popularized by Nakamori's publication in that year of "The Age of M" (Mの時代, M no jidai), which applied the term to the (then) recently caught serial killer Tsutomu Miyazaki, who turned out to be a loner obsessed with pornographic anime and manga (which is often called hentai in the Western hemisphere) and who lived out his rape fantasies on living young girls, attaching a huge taboo to a formerly innocuous term.

    In modern Japanese slang, an otaku refers to an overly obsessive fan of any one particular theme, topic, or hobby. Perhaps the most common uses are anime otaku (one who sometimes enjoys many days of excessive anime watching with no rest) and manga otaku (a fan of Japanese graphic novels). The term otaku used by itself just means "fanatic". Japanese culture has many other varieties, such as pāsokon otaku (personal computer geeks), gēmu otaku (playing video games), and otaku that are extreme fans of idols, heavily promoted singing girls. Sometimes the term would be used for some hobbies of mechanical or technological area such as tetsudō otaku (metrophiles) or gunji otaku (military geeks), too. While these are the most common uses of otaku, the word can be applied to anything (music otaku, martial arts otaku, cooking otaku, etc). The word maniakku or mania (from English "maniac") is sometimes used to indicate someone whose interest is strong, but not obsessive or unhealthy: anime maniakku, gēmu mania, etc.

    The name for a female otaku is otome, which translates as "maiden." A small alleyway of Tokyo's Higashi Ikebukuro district is known as "Otome Road." Otome Road's otome (female otaku or geekettes) are a cross-section of Japanese womanhood, with ages ranging from teenage junior high school girls to housewives in their late 40s. A feature of the area is that there are so many bookstores devoted to comics and books filled with stories about homosexual men, in a genre called Boys' Love or BL. Dōjinshi, manga produced by amateur fans, dominate the shelves along Otome Road, with a significant chunk of the comics' stories about more famous cartoons that imitate, parody or develop on characters who are usually household names in Japan.


    The Akihabara neighborhood of Tokyo is a popular gathering place for otaku.An interesting, modern look into the otaku culture has surfaced with an allegedly true story surfacing on the famous internet bulletin board 2ch.net: "Train Man", a love story about a geek and a beautiful woman who meet on the train. The story has enjoyed a compilation in novel form, several comic book adaptions, a movie film released on June 2005 and a television series which aired on Fuji TV from June to September 2005. The drama has become another hot topic in Japan, and the novel, film and television series give a closer look into the otaku culture.

    A subset of otaku are the Akiba-kei, men who spend a lot of time in Akihabara in Tokyo and who are mainly obsessive about anime, idols and games.

    Sometimes the term is used to describe something pertaining to the subculture that surrounds anime, idols and games in Japan. This subculture places an emphasis on certain services (see fanservice) and has its own system for judgment of anime, dating simulations ("dating sim") and/or role-playing games and some manga (often dōjinshi) based upon the level of fanservice in the work. Another popular criterion—how ideal the female protagonist of the show is—is often characterized by a level of stylized cuteness and child-like behavior (see moé). In addition, this subculture places great emphasis on knowledge of individual key animators and directors and of minute details within works. The international subculture is influenced by the Japanese one, but differs in many areas often based upon region. (See also: Superflat, Hiroki Azuma.)

    Since anime in Japan is not as widely accepted as manga, the otaku subculture has much influence over the mainstream anime industry in Japan. The area where otaku have the most influence in manga tends to be with dōjinshi. Manga published in the United States are more influenced by their respective otaku subculture than they are in Japan. This is because most people who read manga have some ties to the subculture in the US, whereas in Japan manga reading is more widespread.

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    Re: The true meaning of otaku

    Greta article dude! I always wondered what made an individual an otaku and what it really meant. Thanx!^^

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    Re: The true meaning of otaku

    More proof of the fact that Wikipedia is good for you.

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    Re: The true meaning of otaku

    Quote Originally Posted by Shu
    Greta article dude! I always wondered what made an individual an otaku and what it really meant. Thanx!^^
    no prob shu i just wondered what it meant so I looked it up

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    Re: The true meaning of otaku

    I have to say, i always wanted to know what an otaku was *i always though it was some Japanese player* and know you told me!

    GREAT JOB!

    ...Impulsive...

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    Re: The true meaning of otaku

    I wish to know then what is the words for an elite assassian?
    akuma ninja?
    seibyou ninja?
    I thought otaku dicribed a killer of some kind.

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    Re: The true meaning of otaku

    Quote Originally Posted by Hassun
    More proof of the fact that Wikipedia is good for you.
    yeah... very educating... ^^
    I googled the word a couple of weeks ago... u know... Im an anime fan and everyone told me Im an Otaku... but I didnt know what it really meaned.. so... BAM, wikipedia saves the day again... now what my question is... how did it ended meaning anime fan?
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    Re: The true meaning of otaku

    this is a true otaku



    none of you can ever amount to the otaku-ness of this otaku! none of you...















    ( "Otaku" literally means "house" )
    I love my girlfriend.

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