On the Ninth Day of AniChristmas (Post about Otakus、おたくｓ）
On the 9th of AniChirstmas, InterestSoap gave to me, a blog post all about Otakus. Since almost every single person reading this knows or is an Otaku, but what exactly is an Otaku. So relying a lot on Wikipedia on this, I have found the official definition of it and my own opinions about it. (Both can be found on Wikipedia)
So, the official Wikipedia definition is… In modern Japanese slang, the term otaku is most often equivalent to “geek”. However, it can relate to a fan of any particular theme, topic, hobby or any form of entertainment. However, thanks to the amazing-ness of modern technology, this word has left Japan and is used to describe an obsessive fan of Anime or Manga or just about anything else. (E.G. Train Otaku, Guitar Otaku…. Otaku in that case just means obsessed person)
Firstly, I think the meaning of the word has become a lot more diverse and no longer just sticks to that idea of people who are obsessed (interested) in anime. If you ask me, I will say that the meaning of this word is really, really diverse. But generally it means people who have an interest in Japan’s Culture, that’s the simplest definition I can give you, search Google and you will understand, there are truly a heck lot of definitions to this word. (80% are negative though) I can give you guys a detailed explanation but that will take the whole post.
Now for the biggest difference between Otakus in Japan and out of it. Mainly the fact that being called Otaku in Japan is an insult and being called an Otaku in Japan can be both an insult and a compliment. So if you see Cyborg and I yelling “Otaku” at each other you cannot tell if we are insulting or complementing each other. Another main difference between the two is the Japanese Otaku are a lot… lot more extreme. No kid. Point taken?
For me, I feel that Otaku just means interest in. Not obsessed. For those people who feel that all Otakus are crazy obsessive people, is it really wrong to enjoy animation? Although eroge and other stuff makes it questionable, we do not do anything wrong. Instead of spending money on expensive cloths we buy anime stuff, wrong? So don’t hate on the community for a few people. We are not obsessive, we are interested in anime. Like guys interested in Justin Bieber get his poster.
That said apparently in most people’s eyes I will be considered an Otaku, seeing my room and how much of a shut-in I am during holidays. But in a way I am proud of it that I can win most people in a quiz about K-ON, I might be considered a “geek” but I’m quite sure I can win most people in terms of fitness. Take that you over-weight haters.
So, what do you think of an Otaku? Are you one? Just comment whatever you want to in the comments. If you’re not an Otaku yet, I welcome you to the family. Until then, the very Otaku way of saying good-bye, with MOE PICTURE! Day 10.