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  Otaku - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Otaku is a term originally from Japanese which means a variety of geek or fanboy/fangirl, particularly one obsessed with such hobbies as anime and manga.
Otaku is increasingly being used outside of Japan to refer to an individual who is obsessed with technology, a pre-occupation stereotypically assigned to Japanese teens in the early 1980s.
Otaku no Video: A pair of films that follow a young college student as he is introduced into the world of the otaku by a high school friend and soon spends the next several years trying to become the greatest otaku, the Otaking.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Otaku   (1812 words)

 Otaku - Encyclopedia Dramatica
Otaku is to anime as a Trekkie is to Star Trek, only more annoying, and infinitely more deserving of a shiv betweent he shoulderblades.
An otaku can be identified on livejournal by their numerous posts full of anime-related quiz results and/or rants about (insert anime-related subject here).
Otaku, おたく, means "your house", or "you" (depending on context), which has an implicit insulting tone in Japanese due to the cultural preference for calling people by their names instead of using pronouns.
www.encyclopediadramatica.com /index.php/Otaku   (200 words)

 Anime News Network - Otaku   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
The word otaku was originally a polite form of "you," but in 1983 Akio Nakamori classified anime and manga fans as otaku in an article he was writing in a manga magazine.
His was perhaps the first article stereotyping otaku as being anti-social, unkempt, and unpopular (Politics)." Though this article implied negative connotations with being and otaku, it was not until 1989, with the otaku panic, that the word became negative to society.
Because of this incident, the media constantly referred to Miyazaki as an otaku, due to his large quantities of anime and manga, and from the constant media exposure to the incident, many people began to associate otaku to be sociopaths and attempted to connect anime and manga to anti-social and dangerous behavior.
www.animenewsnetwork.com /encyclopedia/lexicon.php?id=22   (668 words)

 The Origins of "Otaku"
Another common theory about the term "otaku" is that it refers to the fact that otaku rarely leave their homes, since "otaku" literally means "your home" as well as "you" (formal).
Given that "otaku" is something that the fans called themselves, it seems somewhat unlikely that the negative "homebody" etymology is the correct one, unless the otaku were deliberately making fun of themselves (which is not impossible).
This history of the term "otaku", if correct, serves to dispel the common misunderstanding that all American anime fans who call themselves "otaku" are either ignorant of the original Japanese meaning of the term (which many suppose is negative), or are deliberately ignoring that meaning in favor of their own.
www.cjas.org /~leng/otaku-origin.htm   (1081 words)

 Urban Dictionary: otaku
Usually an otaku person has nothing better to do with their life so they pass the time by watching anime, playing videogames, surfing the internet (otaku is also used to refer to a nerd/hacker/programmer).
Otaku, meaning probably "venerable house," refers to someone who has a devotion to a subject or hobby (not necessarily anime) to the point of not leaving home.
Otaku in japanese is used primarily to describe someone who is obsessed with something to the point of un-healthiness.
www.urbandictionary.com /define.php?term=otaku   (1127 words)

 "The Politics of Otaku" by Lawrence Eng
As such, "otaku" became associated with sociopaths like Miyazaki, and in the panic, many in the media tried to blame Miyazaki's deviant behavior on anime and manga (which is not dissimilar to the American media blaming violent video games and movies for the tragedy at Columbine).
As long as the word "otaku" is negatively associatied with anime fans, anime fans will be stigmatized by the public, so we have to show that "otaku" are not as bad as people have been lead to believe.
Although the otaku portrayed might have been shown to be a little eccentric at times, they were also harmless--a far cry from the frightening image of the child-killing sociopath the Japanese media had presented just a few years before.
www.otakuunite.com /politicsofotaku.html   (1761 words)

 The Politics of Otaku
In the most basic sense, an otaku is someone who is highly dedicated to something and uses information from anywhere and everywhere to further his or her understanding of that thing for fun and maybe even profit.
As long as the word "otaku" is negatively associated with anime fans, anime fans will be stigmatized by the public, so we have to show that "otaku" are not as bad as people have been lead to believe.
Gainax's Otaku no Video, which came out several years after the Miyazaki incident, portrayed otaku (and therefore themselves) in a humourous and self-mocking way, but with a healthy dose of pride as well.
www.cjas.org /~leng/otaku-p.htm   (1668 words)

 Otaku article
This is mostly a summarization of Chika's rather long and complete rant on why she hates otakus, but since she has rather strong opinions on linking (and her rant is rather long) I thought I'd summarize it, since I feel it's something all anime "otakus" should know.
According to Chika, otakus were actually considered social outcasts even before the crime, but, of course, the image of otaku just became worse because of this incident.
Usually an otaku is a person so out of synch in the world that he does not cleanse himself, is malnutritioned, obsessive, and shallow.
www.geocities.com /kenyuen1/articles/otaku.htm   (916 words)

 The Otaku   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
The idea behind the insult otaku is that the person stays in their house all the time.
An otaku can be obsessed about anything, as long as it takes away from their normal productive lives.
Her view is still valuable information for any 'otaku' though, and you should definitely check it out.
www.hageshiku.com /otaku.html   (382 words)

 7.1. sci.lang.japan FAQ: What is an otaku?   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Otaku is a polite word that means "you" (see also 10.1.
From this, people outside the anime world began to use otaku-zoku (roughly, "the otaku people" or "groups that say otaku"), and it has now come to mean "somebody that gets fanatical about their hobby" when used in such a context.
From this usage, American anime fans have taken to using the word otaku to mean "anime fan", without, necessarily, the pejorative overtones associated with the word in Japanese.
www.csse.monash.edu.au /~jwb/afaq/otaku.html   (180 words)

 1.01: The Incredibly Strange Mutant Creatures who Rule the Universe of Alienated Japanese Zombie Computer Nerds
The result: a burgeoning young generation of at least 100,000 hard-core otaku (estimates of up to 1 million have been bandied about in the Tokyo press) who are too uptight to talk to a telephone operator, but who can kick ass on the keyboard of a PC.
It is therefore unsurprising that otaku are fascinated with new technology such as virtual reality or digital compression as it connects to pornography.
But as things stand, the otaku are indeed making their mark as work-loving employees in high-technology industries.
www.wired.com /wired/archive/1.01/otaku_pr.html   (2569 words)

 Otaku News : About OtakuNews.com
Otaku News is a website dedicated to news for fans of Japan, covering anime, manga, cool technology and other things of interest to the modern Otaku.
Otaku News was created by Joe Curzon, who is also the webmaster and editor.
In anime fandom the word otaku is used with some controversy, in this context it was originally used to describe socially inept nerds who are obsessed with one thing in particular (anime, manga, pop stars, whatever).
www.otakunews.com /about.php   (208 words)

 Otaku News
Otaku News will be betting on the ninjas to win, being favourites by far as they have real ultimate power!
The Mainichi Daily News are currently running a story about the Secret Otaku Support Commission, a service that allows female otaku who rather hide their nerd like tendencies to rent another female otaku to hangout with.
The service is expensive and the MDN discover that the matching service isn't exactly perfect, with their match up as the rented otaku girl was too young to have seen most of the anime the reporter enjoyed.
www.otakunews.com   (3163 words)

 Category:Otaku - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In English slang, an Otaku is an anime or manga fan.
The term can be considered derogatory in some circumstances depending on context.
List of common loan words in non-Japanese otaku culture
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Category:Otaku   (87 words)

 Otaku, index.php - Kotaku   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
She says that if you are wearing a character's costume, then it's easy for folks that like the character to strike up a conversation.
At the other end of the spectrum are the otaku, AKA the diehard dorks.
Otaku in their 50's are evidently sensible enough not to make this sort of purchase.
www.kotaku.com /gaming/otaku/index.php   (1653 words)

 CNN.com - Otaku: Japan's gadget geeks dictate tech future - July 13, 2001
The name otaku in Japanese connotes "male nerd." Science fiction writer William Gibson calls them "passionate obsessives." But as any otaku would tell you, he's no social reject.
But what's most astounding perhaps is that they have forced major tech companies to deliver to their passions.
"The otaku are constantly seeking new functionality, new ways of using devices," says Tim Clark, a Tokyo-based analyst at Ion Global.
edition.cnn.com /2001/BUSINESS/asia/07/12/tokyo.otaku   (509 words)

 FEATURE: How to Speak Otaku - Kotaku   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
If you want to consider yourself a hardcare gamer who knows his roots, our Otaku ("geek who's into gaming, anime, manga") dictionary is for you.
Instead, our compilation of Otaku mots justes is meant to help you understand the desires, priorities, fears and obsessions of the subculture.
Extremely awkward otaku who has trouble socializing, even refusing to leave home to go to school or work 2.
www.kotaku.com /gaming/otaku/feature-how-to-speak-otaku-140042.php   (860 words)

 Japundit » Otaku
Despite the success of the drama Densha Otoko in Japan, and the recognition that anime and manga are contributing to Japan’s revived economy, the term otaku still has negative connotations in Japan.
One of my friends was telling me she was considered a piano otaku and this was fine, however that videogame otakus were viewed slightly less favourably.
As far as the term otaku goes there’s alot of discussion amongst American anime fans about the use of the term otaku because they often use it to refer to any anime fan, while some fans think its too derogatory to use.
japundit.com /archives/2006/04/17/2308   (2314 words)

 Otaku Research - What makes an anime fan?
All over the globe, they gather, eating their Pocky, flaunting their fansubs, sharing opinions on directors or OAV series.
My name is Alyce Wilson, and I'm a freelance journalist and writer in the Philadelphia area.
At Otaku Research, I encourage otaku to share their thoughts about anime.
otakuresearch.tripod.com   (467 words)

 Anime News Network - Magazine for the Otaku Elite   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
The magazine's website, explains that while the word "otaku" has had a variety of meanings, often negative, Otak Elite will focus on what has become the foreign definition of otaku.
They state, "the definition of “otaku” in nations overseas is far simpler.
Overseas, “Otaku” are respected as the cutting edge of Japanese culture and an integral part of a huge industry.
www.animenewsnetwork.com /article.php?id=7957   (346 words)

 Otaku Radio   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
You can preview it at http://otaku-radio.byethost22.com/test :) The new homepage was coded by me with all the features we neded, such as show lists, etc. Some parts may not be ready yet so don't freak, and as soon as it's finished I am going to swap it out for our existing MKPortal set up.
They will now all be under the group name of the Otaku Network.
They will still retain their names, but will be part of the network.
otaku-radio.byethost22.com   (301 words)

 Manga - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Before he was fired (due to an editorial change at Kodansha) he was developing many ideas for the anthology that he would later publish in the U.S. as Heavy Liquid (comic)Heavy Liquid.
As a result his work features a strong influence from manga without influences from international otaku culture.
In addition, there are many amateur artists who are influenced exclusively by the manga style.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Manga   (3742 words)

 myOtaku.com: spacecowboytv   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
I have seen some really awesome pieces done recently in the computer and they are getting alot of negative votes.
But now that its done I had time to enter a piece in the "Art of Otaku" contest.
I already bought the Art of Otaku book and let me say it rocks.
www.myotaku.com /users/spacecowboytv   (508 words)

 TagWorld :: OtakuAnonymous's Home
To be an otaku, you need to watch anime.
There seems to be a high correlation between otaku and computer geeks...
You know what otaku, anime, and manga means.
www.tagworld.com /otakuanonymous   (3105 words)

 Iron Otaku: The Talk Show, from UPOP XM 29
Also, we talk a little about how XBOX 360 is doing in the aftermath of the PS3 announcements, as well as J-Rock news from around the globe.
Almost two weeks ago we got the chance to sit down with Kristine Sa, incredible singer/sonwriter whose very well known in the anime community for her performances at anime cons as well as her new CD, AnimeToonz 3.
We had such a good time, that we decided to put out a special edition of the Iron Otaku Podcast, featuring the entire interview with Kristine, uninterrupted, for your listening pleasure.
ironotaku.podomatic.com /?badge=1   (1093 words)

 Otaku Ai - The Team
Otaku Minto - Writing the site, overseeing the Reviews section, promising to do more work
Otaku Ichigo - Forum admin, overseeing the Haiku section, pretending to work
Otaku Retasu - Forum admin, overseeing the Haiku section (it's a two person job), finding everyone's yaoi fix
www.otaku-ai.com /?page=team   (83 words)

 Just What Is An "Otaku" Anyway?
Otaku - Japanese word meaning obsessive fan of anything.Somewhat derogatory meaning that you put your interest above all else.
Rather, an otaku is someone who is a dedicated fan of anime and/or manga.
It is now broken down into nine categories due to increase in popularity.
celesstar.osiriscomm.com /anime/otaku.html   (999 words)

 Otaku no video (1991) (V)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Plot Summary: An hilarious mocumentary featuring an animated tale of an average person who slowly becomes an otaku...
The anime is basically about this tennis jock who gives up his beautiful girlfriend and jock's life to be an anime nerd.
The presentation of the "Otaku" in the film was very eeriely similar to how nerds behave here.
us.imdb.com /Title?0089749   (208 words)

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