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  • What's so bad about being otaku(s)?

    I live in the Philippines, which is one of the countries where anime is really popular. Although I knew some people identifying and classifying people as weebs and otakus here and there, they see otakus in a positive way. However, whenever I watch otakus being potrayed in an anime, show or movies in Japan they depict otakus in a negative way. Most of them either hide being one as if its contagious or they are so open about it a lot of people avoid them for being"weird" or "passionate" over something so trivial. I'm a little bit disappointed because here, I knew a lot of people watch them normally and they talk about animes to their friends. So,how come they hate something thats really normal for us? What's so negative about it?

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    The thing about "otaku" is, that the term is used completely differently outside Japan than it is inside Japan. It's like "anime": in Japan it means any type of animation from anywhere in the world; outside Japan it means Japanese animation. So, there's a linguistic difference, and that is related to a cultural difference.
    Outside Japan, an otaku is a nerd or a fan. Yes, they're passionate and spend time and money on their hobby, but it's still seen (by most people) as a healthy past time. In Japan, a fan and an otaku are completely different things. A fan is what Japanese people think of as a normal person, who happens to like something a lot. They might buy a keychain or talk about it a bit with their friends, but not much more. An otaku has an unhealthy obsession. An otaku will spend all of their time and money on this one thing, they may not go outside very much or socialize, and their room at home will often be a shrine, covered in memorabilia. They may not eat well, and are stereotyped as having a low-status job.
    In Japan, people are a lot more private in general, and it seems to be thought of as a bad thing if you're too focused on one thing. It might be because Japan is a group-based society, so people worry that if you're too distracted by your obsession then you won't do what is expected of you as part of the group. Social relationships are very important, and neglecting them is very bad etiquette.

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    • #3
      At first it was okay, those who are not into animes and such tolerate them. It's only when some of the diehard fans took it to then next level where other people start to feel "cringey" over what they do.

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      • #4
        I think that being an otaku is "OK" as long as you will be able to properly balance your lifestyle. I mean there are people who are too engrossed with anime, manga, light novel culture that it gives off a very bad impression. This is probably the reason why otaku's in Japan are looked down upon because of this "excessive and sometimes agressive act" towards these genres. Of course, that is only my opinion and the difference in culture can really play a part on opinions. There are also people called NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) and the majority of them are otakus (which also adds to their bad reputation). I think that having a proper balance in everything can make things work. As long as you are able to function in society and enjoy your hobby then everything will be "Daijoubu!"

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        • #5
          another derogatory term people call them is "weaboo"

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          • #6
            I can understand why you might use "weeaboo" as well as otaku, but they are slightly different terms. Some weeaboo are probably otaku, but not all otaku are weeaboo.
            You got me interested in the where the word came from, so I looked it up. I couldn't find a 100% reliable source as to where "weeaboo" came from, but it seems to have started on 4chan.
            A weeaboo is someone who isn't Japanese and doesn't live in Japan, who idolises certain parts of Japanese culture, and may even think it's better than their own country. Apparently some of them even believe that what happens in anime is real life! It's quite a vague description, but I can understand that some people might want to give a label to this behaviour. I know it annoys me when I hear gratuitous use of Japanese!

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