Wapanese is a derogatory term used by those in the Anime
fan community (although it is used in the Tokusatsu
fan community as well, but far less so) to refer to those within the community who seem (or who obviously are) obsessed with all things Japan/Japanese.
Many traits considered to be 'Wapanese' include (but are not limited to):
-Attempt's to interject various common Japanese words into their everyday speech, regardless if the listener can under the words or not. The most common words used are 'Kawaii
" as well as various Honorifics
such as San
and so on.
-The preference of Japanese media (Music, Movies, TV shows...) over that of their local media. In some extreme cases they will not Listen to/Watch/Read anything that is not Japanese.
-Buying and Importing large amounts of goods from japan, ranging from genuine collectibles to foodstuffs
, gaming software, Photobooks, Posters and the like relating to a liked Anime/Manga/J-Media property or celebrity.
-Maintains that Japan/The Japanese people are far superior to their own Country/People despite lack of first hand knowledge. Often mistakenly believes the Xenophobic
and still somewhat Racist
Japanese society would accept them as one of there own.
-Has a preference for dating Japanese women/men. (Note: Having preference for Asian women/men in general is NOT a Wapanese trait)
s even when not at conventions or other similar events.
Example of a Wapanese interjecting common Japanese words into a Conversation:
"Oh, Michel-San, that shirt is so Kawaii! Ore Suki!"
“Wapanese” are decidedly caucasian
individuals who, by means of thoroughly warped postmodern acculturation processes, have come to the decision that it is in their best interest to act as if they were denizens of the nation of Japan
. The term “wapanese” can be accurately though of as an analog to wigger
. A whitey
can be classified as a “Wapanese” if they are in possession of two or more of the following defining traits:
1. Has an unhealthy obsession with shallow, saccharine and intellectually insulting animation shows (also refered to as anime
by the nerd
elite) originally tailored for young Japanese children
2. Operates under the erroneous belief that every aspect of American
culture is vastly inferior to that of Japan’s – even though 99.9% of Wapanese have never had firsthand experience of any sort with their preferred culture (in other words, they’ve never set so much as one foot upon the island(s) of Japan)
3. Halfheartedly studies Japanese language and/or is a part-time practitioner of martial arts
4. Has a sword (samurai swords only, of course) collection
5. Is a Virgin
6. May be afflicted with a terminal case of yellow fever
There is a difference between watching anime
and being Wapanese.
An anime watcher does just that, he watches anime.
The Wapanese watch anime and will think they were born and raised in Japan
An anime watcher may use a quote now an then from an anime he likes.
The Wapanese will try to learn Japanese, but not the correct way, from watching anime. They'll only learn a few words and use them with English, using what is called Japanglish
An anime watcher will watch what he can on television or maybe buy a video or DVD.
The Wapanese will buy untranslated anime and translate them horribly. They will proceed to gripe and complain that their hacked up garbage is better than anything ever made.
An anime watcher will do nothing else.
Due to a chemical imbalance
in their heads, the Wapanese will denounce their country, stalk Asian girls
, eat nothing but Asian food, grow disgustingly huge and/or pale, live in their parents house until they are 30 or older, and generally be annoyances for the rest of their lives or until they snap out of it, which usually happens around 9th or 10th grade.
is the term used to describe a person of non-japanese descent (usually white, however some others are lumped in there as well) who is incredibly obsessed with Japanese things.
A person who watches anime
or majors in Japanese language at university is not counted as wapanese
These are common behaviours displayed by wapanese
1. Being obsessed with anime
. The typical anime
watcher enjoys the shows because they are fun to watch and interesting (not all are for children, that is a myth). However, wapanese
will take it to an unhealthy level.
2. Their rooms will be filled with japanese things. Anything from anime
stuff to japanese things such as Tatami
. A true wapanese
will have next to nothing non-japanese in their room.
3. Many wapanese
will believe that Japan is the best country ever and that if they go there they will be adored. However, most wapanese
don't understand that Japan is a very racist society and they don't like white people very much.
Wannabe Japanese. NOT "white japanese" or anything like that, WANNABE JAPANESE.
This definition doesn't only pertain to white people, idiots. Stop being racist.
Those outside of Japanese culture, who, through fandom and such, have somehow gotten the idea that Japan is better than wherever they are living, and try their hardest to be Japanese. This behavior, however, may show in people who aren't Japanese, and simply enjoy the Japanese culture they know, having no desire to be Japanese or idea that Japan is better than where they live. Wapanese are the extreme stereotype of obsession with Japanese culture.
If it's Japanese, I LIKE IT. (Shallow minded?)
See "The Last Samurai"
No, seriously, go see that movie if you want a very good definition. Tom Cruise's character is totally Wapanese.
A derogatory term used to describe any person fanatical about the Japanese culture and tries to become Japanese at any expense(and usually failing.)
A wapanese person is more acurately described as a social misfit that tries to find belonging by means of the Japanese Culture by entering a group or other groups of people with similar background and common interest(that being the Japanese culture.)
This person often finds the Japanese culture to be superior to any other culture(usually in defense of their newly found place of being), and finds great pride in showing off a new word or new words he/she has learned from an anime or a word from a manga he/she translated, and often insults those that DO know Japanese because the speaker doesn't truly know what he/she said.(there are no true curse words in Japanese, btw, just different terms which can be insulting in a situation).
This term (wapanese) is often indiscriminately applied to any person whom watch anime in general (a generally mild misnomer as anime is simply a cartoon and should be treated as such. Even though the drawing style and types of activity are mildly different(note that Dragon Ball Z is only loosely an anime as it more poorly animated gibberish that hyperactive 14 year-olds lose pent up energy on.))