A term that is miss-used by both the Japanese and other countries.

In Japanese its the honorific of home. meaning the person is a shut-in. They also refer to a community that visit certain places such as akihabara, Tokyo train station, ect. Otaku in America and other places is a term to describe fanatic fans of a certain thing ,mostly anime. In japan there are also other types of otaku such as train otaku "IE train station", Bridge otaku, anime otaku, music otaku, ect...

In America people think that it is being used wrong, but in actuality its just being used in the alternative term.

In japan the term is sometimes refereed to as something really bad. But their is a growing population that take the name otaku with pride. Demonstrations are being held. ect ect...
EX. how can a train otaku be an "otaku" if he actually leaves his/her house to go look at trains.

EX. how can an anime otaku be and "otaku" if he/she goes out to cosplay shops, akihabara, and other social events such as cons, "maid cafes", where the person HAS to meet other people.
by KoDuu July 16, 2010
1: Another version of the word "you" in Japanese (which includes anata, omae, kimi, and so on) this word when used by someone, connotes that that person would like to stress the boundaries between your relationship. You are only to be acquaintances and not friends.
2: A new slang term, rooting from the first definition, referring to fanatical or obsessed people, usually known to be withdrawn in many cases.
by kei_blue June 22, 2003
Otaku

A person who loves to watch anime and read manga and also admires the Japanese culture, but not to the point of denouncing their own, that would make them a weeaboo. Being an otaku is basically being apart of a whole new culture, an it's great! Just don't become a weeb.
"Hey, do you watch anime?" "Yeah!, I am an otaku, you?" "So am I!"
by CurrentSlang2014 December 07, 2014
A Japanese slang word for someone who devotes so much of their time to a particular activity that it is detrimental to their social status; a nerd.
"What an otaku; sitting at home always playing Starcraft."
by The Legend Never Dies August 08, 2013
there are several definitions of "otaku"

1) polite(correct) way of saying house
2) many people mistake the actual definiton of otaku when it comes to things such as "anime otaku" or "game otaku"
it used to be a insult but recently, the definition has changed to a more positive meaning, although the word can still be used as a insult, it is more commonly used as a compliment
Ex. anata wa computer otaku desu ne (your a computer otaku)

although it is unclear as to when the definition switched, many believe that it may have happened with popularity of animes and mangas going up

manga otaku
electronic otaku
anime otaku
by fforigens0 March 14, 2009
In Japan, the term OTAKU is normally deragatory, meant as an insult. It basically means 'lifeless loser who never leaves their house'.
In America and Canada, though, it is used to refer to anime/manga fans and sometimes video gamers. It is used to refer to somebody as a geek, opposed to a loser, and is not a deragatory meaning.
So it is important that if you go to Japan that you do not use the word without clearly stating what you mean.
Canadian: I could tell you ANYTHING about anime!
American: You are such an Otaku!
Candian: I know, right!
Japanese: Canadains and Americans are a little...odd...
by in-the-stars February 28, 2009
Otaku is a term used for anime fans. However lately it is a word used only for "eleet" followers of the genre. Most of us have liked " Japanese anime" in one way or another but it is the Otaku that knows what happens in each and every episode of every anime series ever to have existed. The problem is Otakus have broken off into their own snobbish inner circles. They get angry when someone gets a small fact wrong about a certain show and they insist on adressing each other with words such as "chan". They also get very angry and impassioned in meaningless debates such as who would win in a fight between Darth Vader and Sephiroth. Naturally they will always vote for the most girly metrosexaul inspired male character with a huge sword in any discussion pitting famous characters against each other. In the end Otakus are not unbarable because they dress in cosplay or draw fan art. They are unbarable because they are over obcessed, shun originality, and spaz over trivial bull crap. It could be argued the new gen otaku are far more extreme then their first generation counterparts. Older appreciators of anime on average are more laid back despite their eccentric habits.
I enjoy anime casually but it is the otaku that sleeps with a life sized sailor moon doll and quotes Naruto word for word!
by BrokenHierophant February 27, 2008

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