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オタク (OTAKU)



In English, an otaku (plural usually otaku, as most Japanese words have no plural form) is a variety of geek (or an overly obsessed fanboy / fangirl) specializing in anime and manga. The word otaku is derived from an honorific term for another’s house or family (お宅, otaku) that is also used as an honorific second-person pronoun.

The word is a loanword from the Japanese language, but in the English/international sense it is corrupted to refer specifically to a fan of anime and manga, though it can sometimes refer to any “geek,” in general. The term serves as a label not unlike the term Trekkie or fanboy. In modern Japanese slang, an otaku refers to an overly obsessive fan of any one particular theme, topic, or hobby. Perhaps the most common uses are anime otaku (one who sometimes enjoys many days of excessive anime watching with no rest) and manga otaku (a fan of Japanese comic books). The term otaku used by itself just means “fanatic”.

To indicate that one is talking about the Japanese definition rather than the English loanword, the spelling wotaku (ヲタク) is sometimes used. On Japanese forums such as 2channel, however, otaku (オタク) and wotaku (ヲタク) are used interchangeably, depending on the mood and personal style of the poster.

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Fanboy Otaku: The Origins

Otaku Evolution: Part I – The Awakening

Otaku Evolution: Part II – The Second Impact

Otaku Evolution: Part III – Universal Century

Singapore Otaku: The First Generation

Singapore’s Comics Protoculture: The Lost Generation

Otaku creds: The guy who started ULTRAMAN LAH!. (ウルトラマンラーをつくった男)


Prologue: ODEX Goes to Hell
Episode 1 – The Spark – Pass It On
Episode 2 – Battlecry – SINGAPORE OTAKU: Fight For Your Rights!
Episode 3 – Birth of an Idea – People’s Action Figures Party
Episode 4 – The Tide Turns – PACNET 1 – ODEX 0
Episode 5 – The Action Figure Protest – ODEX倒す!!
Episode 6 – The Strategy – オタク大反攻 – 戦略
Episode 7 – Behind the Scenes – 「ODEX倒す!!」: The Making Of
Episode 8 – ODEX Reacts – ODEX On Defensive?
Episode 9 – ODEX Concedes – Keyholeちゃん
Episode 10 – The End? – ODEX To Stop Issuing Legal Letters
Epilogue: Anime Hustle


コミック家 Wannabe Part 1 – Primary School Days

コミック家 Wannabe Part 2 – Secondary School Days

コミック家 Wannabe Part 3 – From JC to NS

コミック家 Wannabe Part 4 – Uni Days (上)

コミック家 Wannabe Part 4 – Uni Days (下)