Do You Consider Yourself an Otaku?

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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58 thoughts on “Do You Consider Yourself an Otaku?”

  1. I will admit, I guess I am an otaku. I love anime and manga. It’s what I think about most of the time and it’s what I like to write about in my blogs. You’re WordAds member too? I really need to sign up. 😄

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    1. Yay! Same here. Well, the majority of us are self-proclaimed otaku here, but there are still some who don’t think that they’re otaku. I think it really depends on the person.
      Yes, I am. I think one of the requirements is for you to buy your own domain.

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      1. I agree. It’s kinda funny because when I think of otakus, it reminds me of people who likes Star Trek and call themselves Trekkies. Still, I am proud to be an otaku.
        I heard you do need a domain. This is really interesting to do. I do want to get paid for blogging.

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      2. Yeah I agree. Rather using it to label people, we should turn it around and use it meet new people Almost like your carnivals, we can use the word “otaku” and use the real definition and bring more people.
        This has been a must for me. Thank you sister! 🙂

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      3. I think so. I sorta remember reading a post from LitaKino’s and the topic of the meaning of a Weeabo. It may not be exactly relevant here for this post but I was thinking that if we continue to misuse words like otaku, this will cause people to shy away from others and not admit they like anime.

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      4. Otaku is such a broad term when we really look at the origin of its word. It just became into this label that bears such negative connotations. Fortunately, the word has a more positive meaning to us fans outside Japan than within it. As for weeaboo. . .well, I frankly dislike that term. I don’t even want to be associated with it.

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      5. Yeah I noticed that. I feel the word Otaku can be either be good or bad depending on how it is used outside of the culture. I hear in Japan, Otaku doesn’t always have to be about anime and it can be used to describe a specific fan.
        That word weeaboo has a strong negative tone.

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      6. Yes. Simply put, it’s to be obsessed with something. Doesn’t have to be anime. Some are computer otaku. Some are ice cream otaku, pizza otaku, cat otaku, temple otaku. . .you get the drift. But for us in the anime fandom, we just use it to refer to us, specifically anime/manga/Japanese culture fan.

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  2. In a way I like to use terms like otaku and geek as self-labelling badges of pride. The way I see it if you own words like these then other people can’t use them to put you down no matter how hard they try, and therefore they help you to feel more positive about yourself and your interests.

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    1. Yes! Preach it, my friend. You’re absolutely right. If you wear these labels with pride & confidence, no matter how hard others try to put you down using these labels, they won’t be able to. Thanks for such empowering words. I’m sure a lot of our peers appreciate it. Cheers!

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  3. I’m a nonchalant otaku~ I love some anime and mangas passionately, but I also go through phases where I’m gaming or reading novels instead. I can’t do it all at the same time, any that can do it: ya’ll stronger than me!

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    1. Same here! I’m not actually watching any anime at this moment, but I’m reading a lot of English-translated Japanese novels & watching a lot of Asian drama. I also go through those phases you’re talking about. Sometimes I go through sports anime phase where I only watch sports anime for a month or so. Or I go through bishie anime phase where I only watch anime with hot guys. Ehehehe. But even so, I still consider myself an otaku, mainly because I feel very passionate about blogging about it. I’m glad to hear that we’re similar in this case. High-five!

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  4. As much as I love anime and other forms of Japanese pop culture. I wouldn’t consider myself an otaku. Not that there anything wrong with being one. My love is passive, I’m not consumed by the culture. So calling myself one is sort of disrespectful to those live the lifestyle.

    I’ve seen other people to refer to it as examples of culture vulture outcomes. How weiboos adopted the term the feel “more” Japanese. I can see that also.

    but more then anything. it’s just preference. Or at least that is what I think.

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    1. Interesting view. Yes, I see what you mean. And I agree that not everyone who watches anime are otaku, in the same way that not all people who watch the Olympics are sports fans. I’m glad that you respect others’ preference, which is not always the case, by the way. Glad to hear that. Anyway, thanks for dropping by and sharing your opinions. I appreciate it. Cheers!

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  5. I think in the modern anime-fan parlance I’d call myself an otaku, sure. I don’t consider it an offensive term, mainly because 1) I’m not Japanese and that word has no meaningful negative connotation outside of Japan, and 2) I don’t really take offense to labels, for the most part. The only reason I generally hesitate to use it is because for some anime fans it does have that connotation, especially those that have faced “weeaboo bullying” or experience shame over their love of anime due to social/parental/etc pressure to conform, and I don’t want that label to become a stumbling block to connecting with any people in that kind of situation. To be fair, I’m probably overthinking that last bit, but I don’t see it hurting in any way just to be on the safe side. I’d certainly never denigrate someone for using it, though.

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    1. Awesome! Preach it, my friend. Good for you for feeling that way. I hope that more of our peers think the same way as you do, especially when faced with the label “otaku”. Indeed, outside Japan, the label is not as demeaning as it is inside Japan, but I still think that it’s gradually changing to a more positive meaning even there. What I don’t like, however, is the term “weeaboo”. I actually think that it’s an insulting label, and I’ll be offended if someone were to call me that. Many of my blogging buddies also feel the same way. And you’re absolutely right about the weeaboo bullying issue. It’s saddening that there are narrow-minded douchebags in the world who would hurt others just because of their passions. Anyway, thank you very much for dropping by. I appreciate it. Cheers!

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  6. Emerging otaku. Have loved Ghibli for many years. ‘Parasyte’ was my first anime series early this year. Then ‘My Love story!’ – loved them both. I become a temporary hikikomori when binge-watching a really good show. When my parents came to visit I had meals cooked for me and watched heaps of anime – loved it!!

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    1. Oooooh! Good for you. At least you don’t shy away from the term otaku & it seems that you’re proud that you’re becoming one. Oh wow. “Parasyte” is such an intense series to start delving into thr fandom. Good for you. I love it too. What other anime do you want to watch? Anyway, thanks a lot for dropping by & sharing your experience with me. I greatly appreciate it. Keep on watching anime. Cheers!

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  7. I have always questioned my self if I’m really an otaku or not. Sure, I have attended an anime con, know a little more about anime than my classmates, built model kits and collected Nendoroids, and interviewed Berlin Manalaysay- creator of Combatron, but deep down, I feel like I am just forcing my self to be something I aint… or am I just living in an endless spiral of denials that I deny even any kind of truth that there is about me? Hmmm… Wow! Did I just said all that in one go?

    However, I aint just going to give up on my usual routines that I’ve already been used to just yet. Might as well tackle it a little bit more before I flush everything down the toilet.

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    1. Well, if you’re still questioning yourself whether to call yourself an otaku or not, then perhaps you’re not at otaku level yet. But perhaps close to it if you’re considering it. 😉
      Especially since you’re into Nendoroids & model kits. Even I’m not into them and I call myself an otaku. Thanks a lot for dropping by. I appreciate it. Cheers!

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  8. I like anime and Japanese culture and cuisine. It’s not the sole focus of my life and I enjoy other cultures and cuisine. Am I an otaku??? Maybe? I do have a few Gintama figurines and dressed as Mami Tomoe in the most horrendous display of cross-play. I guess it’s in the eye of the beholder.

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    1. Cool. So you’re okay with being called otaku? You don’t find it offensive? Because there are people who don’t like the term at all. But seeing that you enjoy a lot of things associated in the otaku fandom, perhaps you’re one. I guess it depends on one’s point of view. Thanks a lot for dropping by. I appreciate it. Cheers!

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      1. It doesn’t have much of a negative implication for me, but I know that it carries that for some. As you get older, one tends to care less what others think. You just are who you are and like what you like.

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  9. I’d say I’m an otaku. I’m not obsessed or passionate about all manga and anime but the ones I love: I’m definitely passionate about and obsessed with. It is the same with Japanese movies, music, and literature.

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    1. Cool. Same here. Besides it’s virtually impossible to become obsessed with all the anime & manga. There’s just so many out there. But the ones we like & love, awesome! Anyway, thanks for dropping by and commenting. I appreciate it. Cheers!

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  10. I’m a geek, a nerd, and an otaku. And I wear all of those labels proudly. I’m also queer, but one of the first things I discovered when I came out was that lesbian potlucks are boring af unless another otaku/geek/nerd is there! Otaku are my people!

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      1. Of course there’s nothing wrong with being an introvert. No worries. 😉
        Oh yes. I’ll be deeply shocked if YOU stop loving yaoi. Thanks for dropping by. I always appreciate your comments. Keep on watching anime & reading manga. Cheers!

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