.::THE AMERICAN OTAKU101::.
Welcome to class. Today I will be teaching you what an OTAKU is. ^_^
First, let's start off with the Definition. Does anyone here know what the definition of an otaku is?
Definition: An otaku is a die-hard fan of japanese culture. (ex. anime, manga, clothing, etc.)
Wikipedia Definition:is a Japanese term used to refer to people with obsessive interests, particularly anime and manga
How can we Spot them? Otaku look very common, outside their groupings. When they are out of their gathering ceremonies, they are quite often hard to spot. According to myth, these "Otaku" are large, massive, sweaty, lonely, live-in-their-parents-basement, nerds who attempt to cyber with online children.
Even the cutest, hottest guys/girls can be an otaku, and no, they don't have to be Asian to be a cute/hot otaku.
A good way to spot them is to look at what they are doing. Don't go leaning over their shoulder and watch them. That is creepy, and it very often bothers them. If they are spotted playing japanese videogames (naruto, one piece, puyo pop, dbz, etc.) for countless hours on end, screaming the attacks as they do them, about 9 times out of 10, they are otaku.
What is this "Grouping"? This "Grouping" is found among many members of Fandom. Trekkies, Jedi, Otaku, etc.
This is a "Convention", or "Con" is most commonly heard among the Otaku.
It's a gathering in which they dress up as their favorite characters from their favorite anime, and they enjoy a festival of beating the hell out of eachother with plastic/cardboard swords, throwing invisible balls of imaginary chakra at eachother, viewing screenings, visiting panels, getting autographs from their favorite voice actors, manga artists, etc.
Many couples are discovered at these "Gatherings". According to the very popular anime show, "Genshiken, they are described as "Otauples" (oh-tah-pulls) (otaku couples)
How do they Mate? Look at "The Birds and the Bees" on page 205.
What do Otaku do in their Spare time? In their spare time, Otaku enjoy collecting figures, watching their anime, chatting online for ours on end, on anime based sites such as Gaia, Neopets, Menewsha, Subeta, etc., Playing online MMO, or playing their favorite anime videogames. A good portion are also found drawing out fantasies and mangas for all their friends to view.
So now I hope you know. Being an otaku isn't all about pigging out, getting fat then dressing as cute anime girls trying to reach satisfaction. It's about freedom of what one likes. It resembles that bond of friendship that Japan has developed among the world.
Otaku. We are what we love, and what we love is a nice cute anime girl, a bottle of soda we got at the last convention with Sasuke's face on it, and a warm bowl of instant noodles replicating real Ramen!!!!!