Yes, of course. I’m proud to be an otaku. If not, then why would I run an otaku website and work hard in trying to bring other otaku bloggers or bloggers who blog about otaku-related stuff together?
I view being an otaku as something positive, not negative. I believe that the term is evolving from something demeaning into something that is more inclusive and worthy of admiration. With Internet is the advent of us anibloggers who gradually change the negative preconceptions of otaku being reclusive and antisocial creatures. Aniblogging is a very social (digitally) undertaking and provides a lot of otaku to form meaningful relationships and a sense of belonging through online communities that can be reestablished in physical reality.
How about you? Do you consider yourself an otaku?
Note: I use the term “otaku” here in the context of someone who is generally passionate/obsessed with anime, manga, video games, figures, and anything related to Japanese culture and media. We all know the literal definition of “otaku”, so please don’t lecture us as if we’re idiots who don’t know squat about what an “otaku” really means. And on another note, I hope that you don’t mind this longer “Discussion” post than usual. I just have a lot to say about this topic. Thanks!
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