The term "otaku" seems to have been introduced to anime fans in the US and other countries via Studio Gainax's "Otaku no Video 1985," a self-parody film.
Otaku, meaning probably "venerable house," refers to someone who has a devotion to a subject or hobby (not necessarily anime) to the point of not leaving home. For instance, an otaku fan of a particular movie star could quite possibly know all of the films s/he has been in, their birth date, time of birth, shoe size, favorite toothpaste, etc. Generally speaking, calling someone an otaku in Japan is an insult, implying that their social skills have atrophied or never even developed, due to their manic involvement in their chosen fandom.
In America, the term is used to denote a zealous fan, usually of anime and/or manga. Due to its introduction to most people's vocabulary through its tongue-in-cheek use in Gainax's film, "otaku" tends to have a much less dire definition overseas.
When dealing with Japanese people, however, it may be best to keep in mind the modern Japanese image of an otaku -- Someone who only leaves their home to eat or shop, if at all, with an overwhelming and unhealthy obsession about something. It can as easily refer to a stalker or sociopath as it can to a harmless anime buff.
Best to avoid the word altogether if one is not sure of the context in which it will be received.
Positive: "Oh, wow! Check it out: Neck-through, Floyd Rose locking tremolo and an optional push/pull coil tap!" (slaps forehead and laughs) "Man, I am such a guitar otaku, aren't I?"
Negative: "Stay clear of Toshi, man. He's such a RQ otaku, always online. Bet he's never actually even talked to a real-live girl before... You never know when he's gonna' snap, right?"
They are people whore are obsessed in one thing, and not neccesary to anime otakus.
Otaku's are people who are obsessed on anything, including anime, cars, etc
For some unknown reason, it's not used against sports fanatics
Aitu wa mokei otaku nandatte- (I heard that he's a model otaku)
An anime nerd.
dj_gs68 is a very light version of an otaku. He watches anime, looks at hentai, yet is able to have friends.
a person who will starv for manga. he will live a nother day just to see his beloved anime, he will even give up girls and life in general so he can read the latest manga.otaku is like some one who has an obsession with anime and maybe like hentai and stuff.i dont really wanna say too much bad stuff about otaku....because i am one.........
"sally is a goddamn otaku!''
teh deliciously amazing and kick ass wife of nero
wha? otaku and nero are married? theys gonna have some awesome children
Otaku is a person (typically male) who has absolutely no social life. Thus an otaku may sits around playing World of Warcraft, trading Dungeons and Dragons cards, watching Japanese animations, and jerking off while relishing pornographic material when he is alone. An otaku will be proud of, and will boast about his mighty forearm that developed over the many years of "over-masturbation".
Whilst leading a life of this sort, an Otaku will complain that no girls are willing to give him pussy.
WHYYYYY?????????????? Strange isn't it?
"Fuck, that otaku left cum stains on my sailor moon comic book!!"
"That guy's such an otaku. He plays WoW all day long and goes for a wank before sleeping."
A person who is maniacal about anime, manga, hentai, and various other related paraphernalia such as toys, figures, etc. Include but not limited to Kapil and Suban.
"No one knows why otakus exist, since it is clear they do not mate."