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What does it take to be 'officially' labelled as an Otaku?

30 OCT

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?"

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Kari5 avatar Kari5
Nov 2, 2009

Well, generally people wouldn't want the title of otaku. It's the japanese term for 'nerd' or 'geek', but more negative. It's used as an insult. Somewhere along the line, an english speaking people noticed it ws used to describe someone who's seen a lot of anime, so they adopted the term.

In my own opinion, most american people who consider themselves otaku don't deserve this 'title'. Otaku are 98% nerd, usually are overweigh, lonely, spend most of their money on anime/etc. and thus have shelves full of anime/manga/figurines. They would have seen a few hundread series and know tons of info about them.

 I also think it should only apply to people over 18. Since anime is still labled as something children watch in Japan, you can't be considered a nerd if you're still a kid and watching it. It's only nerdy if you're an adult and watching it.

I don't consider myself an otaku (well, very few people 'should'; since it's not very nice to say it about yourself). I've seen over 200 titles, according to AP, but I have a social life and other hobbies. Therefore, I'm not really a 'loser who spends all their time on anime'.

HikaruTenshi avatar HikaruTenshi
Oct 30, 2009

I like your topic. I have contemplated this before as well. I do not consider myself an Otaku. I feel like I have a bit of a way to go to have that status, but it's weird when I see individuals who have seen less than 30 and they label themselves as Otaku. Even if they haven't watched a total of 2 months. Some may have only just under a month.

It's interesting to see, since I do not consider myself as one. Maybe it is up to the person who statusizes themselves.


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