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
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
Otaku means OTAKU. Those who don't search for the definition will understand the true meaning of Otaku.

Created by the Genius of Zeus and Hades
Get the Otaku out of here!
All the ladies are lining up for my Otaku!
Your argument is Otaku!
I would like to Otaku you.
by MasterOfOtaku September 09, 2012
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
A term taken from Japanese and used in the United States amongst anime afficionados to show their obsessive love for their hobby, further changed by innocent mispronunciation to mean people who, subjectively, have no taste.
Oh, ew, here comes Harold--he's going to talk to us about DragonBall Z, and we'll never escape. What an otaku.
by spiraling February 14, 2005
Japanese word for meaning "your house".
Another person's house.
"Watashitachi wa otaku ni ikimasu."
by Moo November 01, 2004
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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