Sometimes it seems like anime fans speak a language all their own.It's not exactly English,but it's far from Japanese.For the uninitiated,here's aglossary detailing several oft-heard bits of otaku -speak--which might be helpful if you still don't know what ''otaku'' means in the first place.A word will apear almost every night.
Otaku: In Japan, an otaku can be someone obsessed with any number of different weird hobbies.In America, an otaku is usually someone specifically crazy for anime & manga.In both nations,an otaku is not usually someone you'd want to see your daughter bring home to dinner.
Akiba: short for ''Akihabara,'' ashopping district in Tokyo where otaku gather to buy electronics,DVD,CDs,game software,& an infinite variety of creepy cartoon fetish pornography (oftenin the form of dojinshi). American otaku view Akiba as something akin to a mythical land of milk & honey, providing they have never actually been there.
Bishonen: Japanese for "beauiful boy," a slender male cartoon figure with characteristics ranging from mildly girly to really, girly.Female otaku typically can't get enough bishonen, & often subject them to starring roles in yaoi.
Con: Short for ''convention,'' a con is an event where otaku gather to watch anime,talk about their favorite anime,consume too muchliquor (if they're old enough) or sugar (if they're not), & frighten passers-by with all manner of outlandish cosplay.
Cosplay: A contraction of "costume play", cosplay involves dressing up as your favorite anime character & "playing" that role in public.Conceived in Japan back in the '80s, cosplay has become the focal point of American cons, where thousands of otaku show up in elaborate costumes & put on hours of interminable stage skits.
Dojinshi: Dojinshi are amateur-published comics, usually created by Japanese otaku, & in turn usually featuring those otaku's favorite anime & videogame characters. They are often disturbingly pornographic in content, particularly in the case of yaoi.
Kawaii: Japanese for "cute".Cuteness is inescapable in anime & manga,to the point where all but the most dedicated otaku are likely to find more extreme examples stomach-turningly saccharine.
Lolita: "Lolita"can mean things in otaku circles,from a Jaoanese subculture revolving around ornate,ultra-feminine fashions to a genre of adult material catering to guys with a fetsh for underage girls.Onething it almost never refers to,however, isthe classic Vladimir Nabokov novel,which most otaku hsve probably neverread.
Edited at Thu May 14, 2009 3:48:55 AM
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An Otaku is someone in Japan who is just creepy as shit, and is often someone who is shunned from society. It has nothing to do with weird hobbies or obsessions. I don't know why people in America call themselves this, because it certainly doesn't have a positive connotation. It's like calling yourself a child molester or a stalker -- it's not good.
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