It's strange how some terms are bounced around like a rubber ball and different people use it in very different ways. So, there I was, pondering about the universe (actually browsing through anime-planet again), when I came across someone calling themselves a true otaku. Now, the trouble was that they had only watched 29 series and watching a further 9, yet somehow had managed to accumulate a combined total of over 2 months worth of anime.
Now, in my personal opinion, if someone has watched just the long running series (i.e. Naruto, Bleach, Dragonball, Pokemon, etc. etc.) does this really consitute to having Otaku status, or rather can they rather be seen as having too small a field of viewing to have this status. Or, it is that rather than the amount of time you've spent watching anime, the amount of different series you've watched come into consideration.
Yet, based upon this argument, applying it to other situations, perhaps could give us an insight into this. For instance, say there is someone who only likes Baroque music. Does this mean they can claim to be a classical music expert as they know hundreds of Baroque composers and music, or just someone who's a specialist on the Baroque moment.
But, perhaps I'm looking far too deeply into this matter and instead should be saying this...surely the status of Otaku is for the individual to decide, rather than anyone else. If someone wishes to be called an Otaku, then it's up to them and it's wrong for others to comment on this.
Instead, should the actual arguement be, "Do we really care if someone's an Otaku or not?"