do really of yourself as otaku or hardcore otaku

well me and my friends like jpop/jrock,manga and anime but 1 doesn't like japanese music. ok so it started like this we were just talking about random stuff and then i said i said are u guys really otaku and then they said yes.but i asked one of them her name is madolyn i ask her how many anime or manga do u read or watch and she said just like 4 or 5.and i said name them she said:naruto shippuden(manga only),naruto(manga/anime)death note(manga,claymore(manga)neo genesis evangelion(anime).since i know a lot about naruto shippuden,naruto,and death note i told to all of their characters from both naruto and naruto shippden she only named like 8 and from death note only 4.and then she said i'm an otaku.but then i asked the other one she she watched 15+ and manga 5 i asked her the same thing she answered everything right she named all the characters then she i guess i'm are they really otaku or not.????

8 years, 7 months ago
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::facepalm:: I apologize if what I'm about to say comes off harsh or offensive...but it has to be said or no one else will say it.

Honestly, if naming characters is how you determine whether someone is an otaku or not, then none of you should be considered "otaku." There is no barometer that says 'oh you're this much otaku" or "you're THIS MUCH otaku". Generally speaking, being "otaku" is something that you one day unconsciously realize you are, not because you passed a test. To paraphrase a quote said by Madarame from the great anime series "Genshiken":

"Becoming an otaku is not something you consciously seek to be. One day you just realize you are one."

So if anyone is trying to be "otaku" in any regard, then I wouldn't recognize them as an otaku. Not to mention that Americans seem to be under the impression that being "otaku" is simply related to anime knowledge. That is a major misconception, as someone can be an otaku of computers, video games, PVC figures, manga, skateboarding, dating sims, etc. Your lifestyle, your priorities, and your overall approach to showing the depth of how much you have explored your appreciation towards a specific area of culture that you are passionate about is what can basically determine "otaku status" for lack of a better term.

That misconception that I talked about in my first paragraph is what makes Americans so idiotic and ridiculous when it specifically comes to the convention scene. It's all about how much you know more than someone else, rather than recognizing the passion the person has and, in turn, sharing what knowledge they have with them. This utter show of elitism that permeates the Western anime fandom pisses me off to no end, since our culture is shaped out of being attention-whores. Who can get the most attention in the most obnoxious fashion and still walk away a winner - that is how so many "fans" act. Exchange and respect are very hard to come by, and being called "otaku" is more of a status symbol, which, if anyone is any manner of otaku, should know is not the case in Japan.

Me? I don't walk around bragging about how much anime I've seen or how many characters I can name off the top of my head. I consider myself an anime "otaku" on the grounds of my feelings and love towards anime and the anime industry in general. I have a sincere, unconscious desire to keep up with the times, watch unlicensed and purchase licensed anime when I can, and try to get my hands on old series that I may have missed before I became obsessed, or, to put it another way, became an "otaku." My heart and passion are in it, and I don't flaunt it to those who could care less or be annoyed by it [as so many weeaboos do...which give people like me a bad name]. I share it with those who can share my appreciation for it and keep it to myself when I'm the only one.

And by the way. Just because you read/watch all the mainstream crap doesn't make you an "otaku." It just means you watch what every one else watches/reads so you can fit in. In all honesty, those are the people I stay away from because they're limiting themselves rather than having their own spirit for the culture...and tend to be the most irritating/obnoxious blabbermouths that have no respect for anything other than what they like.

8 years, 7 months ago
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My eyes! They burn! After slamming my face against the keyboard, I have a few things to say. An Otaku is a person who can say proudly, that he or she completely engrosses themselves in a hobby. In western adaptation of Otaku, the hobby is limited to Anime/Manga/Japanese video games/etc. and not so much like in Japan where it can be such things such as trains, cars, photography, etc. But no, there is no hard gauge of how much manga or anime you consumed to label someone an Otaku. In addition, Otaku is a very personal thing. You should not call someone an Otaku unless they say they are.

On another side note: The word Otaku came from the Japanese word otaku (duh) which means 'you' very politely and is only used to address guests/customers very politely. The Japanese geeks took the term and hijacked it and proudly called themselves Otaku which consequently forces everyone to address them in a very polite manner. Of course, the social result was quite negative and the laypeople thought negatively of Otaku until the Otaku boom which occured during Densha Otoko phenomenon. Even today, there are still Japanese people who look down on Otaku.

8 years, 7 months ago
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I don't know how to answer that, lol. I don't think I would classify them as Otaku, mainly because of the number of series they keep up with, but I don't even know what constitutes as an Otaku completely, so don't listen to me, haha.

I guess if they call themselves Otaku, then they're Otaku. Maybe.

8 years, 7 months ago
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I fail at being an otaku, I'm just not obsessed enough about anything really to claim that name. I mean you COULD call me a book otaku, but I don't know if I've really read enough books in my young lifetime to claim that. High school prevented me from reading more books rather than encouraging me to read as much as I liked. XD

I do like manga and Japanese light novels, as well as anime, most of which I buy as licensed products now because the download limits in Australia are terrible. But I have been reading a lot of Western comics recently, which is weird because Australia doesn't really have its own culture of Western comics, unless you count the comic book adaptation of He Died With A Felafel In His Hand, which is surreal and culturally relevant to my nation.

8 years, 6 months ago
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