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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
by Heather Cruikshank October 10, 2005
 
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Many people assume that one who enjoys Japanese anime and manga is automatically labeled as an 'Otaku'. This is completely untrue. Cosplay and the love of anime and manga does not make you an otaku.

An otaku is simply one who over-obsesses a certain hobby, in most cases anime and manga. Typically, this is a negative thing to be called in Japan, although North Americans have begun to take a liking to the word.
American person one: Steve knows everything about Love Hina. He's such an otaku.
American person two: Yeah, he'd be so glad to hear that.
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Japanese person one: That Tsutomu Miyazaki sure was an otaku.
Japanese person two: Yeah, what a psycho.

by Kchan March 06, 2006
 
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One who obsesses about something or someone to an unhealthy extent, sacraficing most, if not all, of their social life.

Often used (incorrectly) by American anime fans as a trendy term to describe themselves.
Correct usage: anata wa otaku desu. (You are a nerd.)

Incorrect usage: I like anime, so I'm an otaku. (This is, however, correct if the person saying it has no life outside of anime.)
by Nosferatu June 20, 2003
 
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fanatic; this Japanese word is used in the common language of anime fans to denote themselves.
She's more of an otaku than I could ever be; she's seen over 26 anime series!
by Vertigo September 02, 2002
 
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Otaku = EPIC!!!
totally, i mean really. Otaku is the best thing ever. so, as such, it is EPIC
Like, OTAKU IS TOTALLY EPIC, Man!
by wildsparky886 March 18, 2009
 
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The word 'Otaku' is first of all an insulting and degrading Japanese term; Something that most of otaku don't seem to comprehend and take as a compliment,

They are also annoyingly obsessive anime fans that base their lives entirely on the anime that they watch and have this wild notion that Japan is some kind of Anime Wonderland with giant Robots, pocket monsters, and mystical wells that lead to the past and they go there thinking that Japanese people look and act like the anime characters that they see on celuloid. They also seem to think that speaking "otaku-ese" is equivalent to speaking fluent Japanese and think that Japanese people are going to be impressed with their lacking progress.

They also stalk Japanese natives in their own country and if you have a Japanese boy/girlfriend ladies and gentleman, hold on to them tight because these freaks are determined to snag a Japanese love at all costs and they're not known to leave natives alone until they get a yes from them after they've heard a hundred noes.
Otaku: Do you like Naruto?
Japanese Native: *walks away*

Otaku: Excuse me, do you speak English? Can translate this manga for me? *bubbly eyes*
Japanese Native: *walks away annoyed*

Otaku: Excuse me, hi I saw you from over there, I just want to say you're really cute and I love Japanese guys/girls. Do you have a boy/girlfriend?
Japanese Native: Umm...how about you choke on a fat lard and die?
by Diane S. February 28, 2006
 
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There's two different meanings to this word. The English one and the Japanese one. Who knows how otaku got translated to huge anime/manga fan. I do have a shirt that says Otaku...
Anyways.

English: Huge anime/manga fan. (Me)
Japanese: Insult. Someone who perfers staying inside all day. (Still me)
English: I am an otaku.

Japanese: ...I'm somewhat of an otaku. Yes, I need a life. Though I will do something with my life once I'm old enough to get my own house.
by ~Jay~ January 04, 2006
 
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the proper term for an anime addict is otaku (which means an extreme fan).. but most anime addicts are considered otaku
Joe is a total otaku.
by pinguino September 21, 2005