William Gibson, one of the originators of the 'cyberpunk' science fiction genre, used the term "otaku" in his 1996 novel "Idoru". The meaning given, from a Japanese-translation computer function used by a character, was 'pathological techno-fetishist with social deficit'. The character so described spent much of his time online in a multi-user domain and subsisted on Ramen-type noodles and canned coffee. Although by Japan's rigorous social standards a "loser", the character was well-mannered and good-hearted.
"The otaku guys at my last school were into, like, plastic anime babes, military simulations, and trivia. Bigtime into trivia." -"Idoru", William Gibson
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A person who watches a lot of anime, reads a lot of manga, or both. May stay up late at night to fill their otaku needs.
She joined the otaku fandom after she started watching Sailor Moon, Fairytail, and SAO.
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Otaku is a Japanese term for people with obsessive interests, commonly the anime and manga fandom.
John - I heard that Quinn is an Otaku!

Seth - Awesome! I'm into anime and manga too!
Seth - I love being an Otaku
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An otaku is a type of nerd or geek who loves anime. They also like anime related games or just video games in general.
I am an otaku and so are my friends.
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In literal, it means "house"

Otaku is a Japanese name or title for people who are obsessed on anime, manga, drama CDs, etc.

It is also a word for obsession of anything (e.g. car, toys, transportation)

Although the people who are entitled to this didn't mind or being welcomed by the people or the society outside of Japan, this name is an insult or a taboo in Japan. Primarily because of their behavior and their lifestyle. The main issue is the "Otaku Murder Case" in the 1980s, where the case is that a man killed more than 5 girls because they are look like of this idols.

Otaku may or may not related to Weeabo.
Western Otaku: My friends and I are having a sleepover, talking about what anime we should watch next or how great Levi is.
Japanese Otaku: Who needs friends? Anime will take me someday!
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Someone (such as me) who has an extreme love and obsession with Anime, Manga, Japanese Video Games, Cosplay and anything that has to do with Anime in general.

As you may notice most people define Otaku as someone who has nothing else better to do with their life but sit at home and watch/do the things I have listed above. Which is NOT true. We Otaku have many things to do, wether it's watching Anime or stressing over if our Cosplay is going to get here in time for the next Convention/Expo, I can assure you it is over infinity times better than what most of the people that say those things do. Which is most likely sitting at home eating them selves to death because they wish they had something to do.

And to note that in a previous definition of Otaku, that person said that the word "taku" means home and that that links to THEIR so-called definition. If you know Japanese at all you would know that Otaku (おたく) means "Geek" or "Nerd", which clearly shows our (being us otaku) love for Anime, Manga, Cosplay, etc.

I made this to show my love for Anime and to stand up for the TRUE MEANING OF OTAKU!!!!!!! >:O
Yumiko: "So, how much of an Anime fan are you?"

Sayuri (me): "I am a MAJOR "OTAKU!!!!!!!" ^ ^"
by otakueien July 09, 2011

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Often used as an insult in Japan for someone who is obssessed with anime, manga, video games etc.

Used in western culture to identify who reads manga and watches anime. It is sometimes confussed with weeaboo-ism, in which said person has an infactuation with japanese culture, i.e. everything including manga, anime etc.
Otaku boy: Did you read the latest chapter of Naruto?

Otaku girl: Yeah, did you see Minato completly own Madara with a Rasengan, Youndime 4 ever *fist pump*
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Otaku are smelly, furry, plump creatures that are usually found in their natural habitats: their own mother's basements or in their dark rooms where the only sources of light are the bright glow of their computers or television
my friend is an otaku, he stays in his room on the computer and TV all day
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