At 8/11/12 11:27 PM, BlazingDragon wrote:
LOL. So I really enjoy Japanese culture, am nearly obsessed with video game music, enjoy anime, and am thinking of moving to Japan. Joe Hisaishi is my hero and I love all the Studio Ghibli films. Does that make me Otaku? Or do I just happen to really like Japan? I've never even known that term until I just looked it up, so I've certainly never identified myself as one. What exactly is an Otaku by your definition?
In the west, people use it as a way to define someone who's a fan of Anime/Manga/Gaming/etc... In Japan, it's a fair bit more negative, as it's more described as a dangerous obsession.
Personally, I just use it to describe myself because I love anime, gaming, and what not... Saying, "I'm an otaku" is a lot more straight forward than, "I like anime, games, and japanese culture". Until you have to explain what Otaku means... I guess.
To add, I also don't think labels should be forced on people, so I'd say it's up to you if you'd really wanna be defined as one or not. Labels shouldn't define you as a person, I only use them when I feel it's easier to describe what I'm into by using them.
... If that makes any sense.