this word was originally used in japan to describe someone who enjoys anime
. the term later became derogatory when a japanese news station used it to describe a serial killer who had been a hermit and was obsessed with anime, manga, and doujn
. When it crossed the pacific to America, otaku became a word popularly used to describe anime-con
goers. the Japanese, who are always quick to pick up on American fads
, soon used the phrase to describe a cool "geek chic" type of person, often found in the Akihabara
district of Tokyo.