Hello Anime Lovers,
I was once speaking to my sister about this topic. She asked me if she was an Otaku. She does watch a lot of anime, probably as much as I do. The difference between us is I attend conventions, cosplay and I have my blog. So, I answered her yes you are an Otaku.
Well, first let’s look at the definition of Otaku.
Otaku: is a Japanese term for people with Obsessive interests, particularly in anime and manga.
In the past Otaku was a negative term, especially due to “The Otaku Murderer” in 1989. Recently, in Japan and other western countries the term has become positive. I use it to describe myself because I am obsessed with anime and manga. I’ve watched a few documentaries of Akihabara the Mecca of anime, manga, gaming and electronics and they have used this term to describe many of the fans who are spread out in this area. We also have an Otaku day which is December 15th.
Now, back to the topic, when is someone considered an Otaku? Hmmm as I think hard about this. I have seen memes that said because you watched Naruto doesn’t make you an Otaku. (Image above haha)
Well, I don’t know what others may think, but if I was to consider someone an Otaku I think they have to have seen at least 20 anime besides the big anime like Naruto, Bleach, One Piece, Dragon Ball and etc. I’m not saying watching those doesn’t mean you don’t like anime, but those are way too popular. There are so many good anime that should be watched and understood to really get into the anime world. Some other factors for me is if they binge watch anime often like I do. Knowing anime terms and genres like fan service, ecchi, Shounen, Mecha yaoi, yuri, and waifu just to name a few.
Now I do not want this post to sound like I’m attacking anyone who watches anime because you may not know those terms or are not binge watching anime. I’m happy that you do embrace anime but I’m just giving my opinion on when I will call someone an Otaku.
So what about you, when will you consider someone an Otaku?