what is it?
have you personally crossed it?
I've been thinking about this recently. Just saying fuck it and "going with it" and becoming a full blown otaku.
At the moment I don't own any merch, but I watch 3 hours of anime per day on average, and spend a lot of the day on /a/.
What is the tipping point?
Any otaku advice?
I bet you handle personal responsibilities first, like school or work too.
>Tfw you dont know people like mangos and chinese cartoons unless you ask then
Fuck why can't we carry around a star like the jews or something.
don't think I can up that viewtime, have a fulltime job and all.
I spend midnight-3am on anime on weeknights pretty consistently, probably can't significantly increase that.
regarding merch; how much merch does one need? I don't really decorate rooms and stuff; like the guy in the picture has a bunch of anime posters.
I have a single jurassic park poster from 1997 hanging on my wall. that is the only poster in my home.
I really want to get into merch... have read the buyfag guide which I'm sure will be quite useful when importing, but I still don't really know what I want to buy
Being that I don't really interior decorate; I'm not sure what I would do with posters or figurines other than keeping them in original packaging to preserve value or something
>caring about what words you use to describe yourself
Go to tumblr for this, don't worry about it just do the shit you want.
Also if you are going to make this shitty thread, do so on /jp/
other than figurines and posters; what kinds of merch would you recommend?
(this is not a rhethorical "all merch is figurines and posters", I really don't know much about the whole buyfag boku no importa scene)
the main thing I kinda want so far is some stickers, but import seems unjustifiable time and cost-wise, and I can probably just get some at vistaprint or kinkos custom ordered
It's kind of hard to define. The best you can say is that you one day realise that you're an otaku, but you're never really sure when it was you actually went from being not otaku to otaku.
Me? Definitely otaku.
I'd judge it based on merch. Cause I mean a lot of fags here spend the whole day watching anime or shitposting about how much they hate it on here. I wouldn't call them otaku. But someone who spends every dime they have on buyfagging is an otaku in my mind.
>mfw i see overweight dude with pokemon t-shirt at my university
You could wear a low profile shirt with a logo on it of some /a/ favourite. That way, normalfags will just think you wear a cool/normal/retarded shirt with a logo on it, and other /a/utists might recognize you (but they won't ever talk to you anyway)
but is merch really necessary?
I have thousands of dollars worth of guns, but zero merch; no manufacturer brand jackets, no hats, none of those stupid "if u break in ill shoot u xd" stickers
id say I am much more into recreational firearms than someone with a bunch of diagram posters and military manuals
isnt that the same as owning a bunch if anime box sets and no figurines?
as opposed to just collecting merch with little knowledge or experience of the subject
to be fair, I treat anime similarly to my guns, I never bring them up unless the other person expresses interest/approval of the hobby, which has happened quite often for guns, and you can basically go to an lgs and with people there about whatever anytime you want.
I have never in my entire life spoken about anime with another live person.
there IS this one guy at my work, a member of the department I (middle) manage who said he was into anime during one of those teambuilding exercise things where everyone was introducing themselves and talking about hobbies.
I didnt immediately go "omg! me too! my waifu is... how about you?"
so I never breached the subject with the guy, but I saw him watching naruto on his workstation working late one night. anyways not planning on buddying up
but to answer your initial question, I feel more social anxiety about the anime on my computer than the gun on my hip and strewn around my house
While we're on this topic - what's an average price for a wallscroll?
I'm not sure if this one of the Yurus is a ripoff or a good price.
>What is the tipping point?
The tipping point is where you are so comfortable you could sit in comfort for at least an hour and feel good, that's when it becomes harmful for you and your surroundings.
Well getting into anime made me want to visit Japan I don't know if thats guy of like an Otaku or not.
That's not otaku, that's fucking weeb.
>implying japanese schoolgirls will line up to suck your foreign dick
>implying japanese people speak like they do in animu
>implying japs don't look down on weebs just as much as everyone in the west does
If you want to visit because of anime, your trip will suck.
>I think the otaku is a little bit less strict for me i consider myself an otaku but im not obsessed with any anime altough i must admit i have watched many anime but it isnt taking over my life i just watch them in bed, like 2/3 episodes and thats it (i must admit that i fap to hentai/echi( or however you spell it) but not solely to hentai also "normal" porn. Im 14 years old
What an informative video.
This one guy working a cash register at a no named mega-gas station I frequent to buy cigarettes and soda commented on an anime t-shirt I was wearing.
He asked me if it was kill la kill...
It was a fucking Ghost in the Shell 50$ t-shirt..
Kill la kill, guys.
>pays 50 dollars for anime t-shirt
this shit right here
>tfw all i did was hang around in akiba the the entire time i was there
>expecting kyoto to be fun visiting shrines and shit
>bored and sat in the hotel most of the time there
might not help it was the middle of summer and everyday was 30+ celcius
>what kinds of merch would you recommend?
>don't know much about the whole buyfag boku no importa scene
Browse amiami.com for ideas. here's a few other examples
pinched straps (charms for your cell phone that connect to the headphone jack)
pillow cushions (throw pillows or smaller)
full blown dakimakura
dolls (RAH size not the creepy dollfies)
Don't go with that mindset unless you want to face a cruel reality check.
However if you're a normal human being that can enjoy and be amazed by foreign cultures, it's an extraordinary place to visit.
>I didnt immediately go "omg! me too! my waifu is... how about you?"
It's good that you didn't. Being an otaku != having a waifu. That's some next level shit. like collecting dakimura or dollfies
Cels from your favorite shows. Pic related, would sell in the 5 figures.
This is the true otaku money sink.
Fuck your chinese plastic merch, fuck your waifus, fuck your blu-rays. You don't need all that shit to consider yourself an otaku or whatever label you want to put on it. I like anime and I don't need to spend thousands to prove it to anyone.
OP, do some soul searching. How do you feel about your relationship with your love of anime/manga/Japan? Do you feel any awkwardness around it, and if so, why?
Because (at least once you've left high school) it's really easy to be a non-loser. If you're happy and successful and interesting and fun to be around, people will envy you and they won't care about your Japanese shit. If anything it'll rub salt in the wound because this person who should be a loser is in fact everything they wish they could be. Or, is your attitude to Japanese shit holding you back from unleashing the cool person inside of you?
Don't become boring and isolated by sticking to just this, explore other hobbies. Don't let the short term escapism distract you, decide on some goals in life and aim for them. Learn to take interest in other people. And if you make yourself an interesting person, people will take interest in you too.
'Going with it' is perfect, as long as you aren't digging yourself into a cold, depressing hole.
Go for the food and tourism at least. Visit the tall buildings if they interest you or shrines or gardens but like >>116363265 and >>116363000 said, at least be interested in other things the country has to offer or you're just wasting money on visiting a facade.
Buying merch is not otaku unless you're a danny choo wannabe like half of /a/.
The etymology of the word otaku is the honorific form of house(as in, someone who doesn't leave his house) and the term is applied to people really obsessed with something.
Well, I guess I do feel awkward about it; as I said a few times, I've never told anyone I know IRL about it.
But that's not to say I think it's wrong or weird, just something to be kept private. Just like everyone has porn preferences, but you don't talk about things like that in good company.
A "fan" at this point in common parlance is just a person who likes a thing. To an Xotaku or Xgeek just implies that there was some point at which "just liking" the thing no longer adequately described you. That can change depending on who you're around, but generally it's about the obsessive quality of your interest and whether or not it becomes intrusive on your lifestyle beyond that of a hobby. If you removed the subject of geekery from your life, what would be left? If the answer is "nothing" or something close to it, you're probably a geek by most standards.
people call themselves otaku and want to become one? do they actually know what that means in japan and what they think of them? it's a negative term. what's with teens trying to adopt meaning of words they don't know?
My definition of a weeaboo is somebody who tries to throw the fact they love anime in your face and try and make their lives as anime as possible.
An otaku is somebody such as myself who loves the shit out of chinese cartoons but never talks about them unless spoken too. From just looking at me on the street you'd never be able to tell I like anime.
>not keeping up with the whims of anime escapist teens
go home grandpa, you're drunk
I have some manga and some anime dvds/blurays
like casualstuff Redline and some Ghiblis or the whole Kara no Kyoukai series. That still makes me a fan or somewhat anime/manga appreciator.
But I recently got into figurines and figmas.
Have 3 by now standing on a shelf.
I am slowly crossing the line but I never even care to find out where that line is, maybe I've crossed it long ago with the purchase of my first anime dvd.
I've been a shut in NEET for the last 5 years. On gov bucks, but no way in hell can I afford anything other than basic necessity. I even get food stamps and live in a council house. Just animes, gamesz, and imageboards.
I'm a 4chan level otaku. I don't talk with you chumps in anime club, I don't read your "anime magazine" with new releases I saw two years ago. I don't need to go to a club full of fat smelly people to watch Full Metal Alchemist all over again. I've got fuckin' live feed torrents of the newest animes you haven't even hear of, and figures from said anime being shipped to my house so I can masturbate on them. Go read your "yowie" on fanfiction.net, I'm downloading loli dojinshi and reading the fucking raws.
You keep wearing your naruto headbands and shit, socializing with your weeaboo friends. I'll be walking by, Anonymous. You'll never know that the master of anime had passed you by, because I suppress my power level.
What if I study abroad there?
Just going to travel somewhere new can be fun too, the anime is just icing on the cake. And I'll actually have to live there for 5 months.
You are like me.
>meet some people on fair
>they start talking about anime and act very japanophilic
>me just silent and laugh at their pleb taste
>feel great, they don't know that master of anime was with them
studying can be fun, if you generally get along with people on campus and join clubs. Japanese are shy, so they won't approach you
and don't sperg about anime, some people will really hate you if you mention it over there
Just do what you want, theres no made up standard to adhere to. You don't become an otaku out of choice or otherwise, you just realise one day that you are.
One thing I never found myself doing is becoming obsessive about something I liked.
Anime is just one thing in life I enjoy. Surrounding myself with it 24/7 seems like it would diminish that enjoyment.
I want this shirt, but can't find it anywhere.
I guess Aoi Honoo wasn't that popular.
>But muh moe and cute animu girls
Get a load of this faggot.
I visited japan 2 years back. Luckily it wasn't the first country I'd visited. There really is a ton to do there, as long has you aren't limiting yourself. Unlike this >>116363000 I actually liked the shrines in kyoto. Tokyo was more interesting than kyoto. Honestly, though I wouldn't recommend it over anywhere in Europe I've been to.
>tfw i just watch anime
>tfw no merch, no mangas, nothing anime related in my room, i don't know moon nor am i interested in learning and i don't participate in any other anime community but /a/
i'm a disgrace to this board
and i want to remain this way
>The word entered English as a loanword from the Japanese language. It is typically used to refer to a fan of anime/manga but can also refer to Japanese video games or Japanese culture in general.
Technically, majority of /a/ could be considered otakus.
>Loved how Anno was done
What episode? I tried watching the whole series but couldn't get over how campy it was. Plus that guy's acting is so over the top, it may as well have been animated.
I watch about 10 hours of anime a week and only read 100 pages of manga online. No merchandise and only two DVDs (Akira and GitS). I can't afford conventions either. And I laugh at people like this.
That guy takes it to such a nextlvl, he's probably a total bro.
The guys who are facebook tier weebs are the worst, then come the general powerlevel faggots who are pretty much normalfags with a dark secret. The guys like this one though, they were born into the anime, they are moeshit personified. Would marathon Yuru Yuri with/10
Anno was a pretty great character overall.
Every fucking time
Yes, start a fire pit and burn her away
>>mfw i see overweight dude with pokemon t-shirt at my university
I'd probably watch more anime if my time wasn't occupied by these mediocre seasonal shows. Of course I could just not watch those, but then my /a/ browsing experience would severely diminish.
>i could probably watch more anime if i watched less anime
I mean it takes more out of me watching these seasonal shows that are just "okay". I'm easily burnt out after 4 or 7 episodes.
I could spend hours marathoning a series I actually like, though.
I'm living in Japan because my love of anime brought me here, but I don't tell people that. My Japanese friends will call me an otaku when we start talking about anime though. I think Japanese use it pretty freely, but it's not until you become an obsessive NEET neckbeard that people really care.
no fucking shit, i'd marathon yuru yuri with a /fa/ hipster while pounding him from behind.
Glad I'm not europoor
>not you fuckers
3 hours is conisdered to be a little here? Fuck, maybe I am too casual for this board after all. Been here for I don't know how many years now though.
I own a K-On poster and a Mio oppai mousepad, but that's it.
>hanging out with friends
>guys in the nearest table start discussing about one piece and bleach
>they're fucking plebs and they like terrible characters
>friends start mocking them and i mock them too
>now i'm laughing inside and outside at the same time
>as soon as i get home i watch some anime and post here and no one knows about it
which one would you suggest
>Want to buy a figure of my waifu
>Know it won't stop at just one figure
>Someone might see it
I'm in the closet and I'm not coming out
When in Rome, do as Romans do.
The man just doesn't give a fuck, I'll give him credit to that. On /a/, people are pussies who are afraid to even mention anime and gave it a power level term like it's cool or something. How pathetic.
Everybody getting paranoid about people discovering their hobby needs to grow up. If I hear someone say they hate anime I show them this GIF on my phone and we both laugh.
>afraid to even mention anime
No, i just don't have any reason to go around bothering people with HEY I WATCH CROSS ANGE UGUU~ HOTARU IS MY WAIFU when i have no reason to, specially because they don't watch it and specially when they don't bother me with the pleb stuff they like
It still depends on the person. If you're talking to a Japanese person and you seem enthusiastic about something (anime, games, trains, whatever the fuck you're into) they might call you an otaku without being creeped out.
Some of us have careers and reputations to worry about. Yesterday I had my boss come to my apartment and I spent an hour taking down all my wallscrolls and stuffing dakis in closets. Still I can buy 10x more stuff than any autismbux NEET can ever hope to get.
BDs/DVDs is as far as I go. I just don't have any interest in buying ancillary things for most of the anime I watch.
Except Gundam models, but I'd say I'm a bigger Gundam fan than anime fan at this point.
exactly my point
i know one of my friends love supernatural (fucking why?) but he never goes around saying supernatural shit when we get together, so why should i bother him with how much i love Non Non Biyori?
American Doctor Who fans are almost as bad as Bronies.
Yes, you're very unique and quirky because you like a show about an immortal time-travelling alien. It's British so that means you're very cultured as well.
>he likes gundam
Oh God I'm literally laughing out loud.
Fan: have watched at least 200 series, follows 2-5 shows in any given season, hides his power level, doesn't have a waifu, dakimakura, doesn't own any merch, doesn't know japanese and doesn't want, has a steady job, wife, kids.
Average otaku weeaboo shitter: have watched over 500 series, follows every show in any given season, flamboyant about his power level, has a waifu/tulpa, has a dakimakura or two, tries or actually knows jap, because he's that much of a disgusting weeb, never had a job, NEET, virgin.
>uses klk reaction image
I don't like any of them but jesus, get >>>/out/
What the fuck else would he do? If his boss saw it all he'd probably get weird looks and in the worst case, which still is very likely, he'd get fired.
I live at home with my parents still and my colleagues know I like anime, a few of them do as well, but I haven't shown them any of my merch, there's no reason to put myself in that situation.
People saying it's pathethic are either just people with no job or friends.
Same, I've never once been given shit about being a gudam or mecha in general. I keep an F91 on my desk in my apartment.
I don't get this thread, all things in moderation. has long has you aren't an obnoxious asshole about what you like no one will give a shit.
I've been over a couple times. I think you'll enjoy it more if your interest in the culture extends beyond anime (But don't get me wrong, there are moments of, "Holy shit, this looks like that cartoon crap I've been watching all this time.)
At any rate, definitely take the advice about not blowing your power level. Half the foreigners over there are into the shit on some level, and lots of Japanese are, too, but maintaining appearances is important. Don't be the foul-smelling dude in the train in an anime t-shirt with an Eva side bag. You ruin it for the rest of us.
...that said, there's a lot of great food, music, cultural events, convenient transportation, nice people, etc. etc., so definitely go if you can suppress your weeb tendencies a little and are able to adapt.
>doesn't even know Japanese
I wouldn't consider "Otaku" a term you'd want to describe yourself with, but if you do, at least do it properly.
That's awesome then.
It will be easy to socialize since they are curious about foreigners, especially young people who are more open minded.
Don't mention too much anime though unless it's mainstream stuff ( ghibli, doraemon, etc )
Lucky fucker, I wish I could go back for work.
do you ever cosplay your raifus?
what? japs love doraemon. and older people wont look like you're some kind of diseased faggot if you mention it. i know anime made you think japan is full of 12yr old girls, but its not.
The pic definitely crossed the line
As long as you're not buying exorbitant amounts of anime-related paraphernalia and keeping it to under a couple hours a day (at most), I don't think you're an otaku.
Even a couple hours a day seem like a lot, though, especially with work considerations
What ? It's as mainstream as Mickey and Donald out there.
You can ask anyone from any age they will tell you who doraemon is.
However it wouldn't surprise me that JJBA has better advertising.
Oh, shoot. I thought you meant outside of Japan. I deserve this.
Why Doraemon is so fucking famous again? I watched it and holy shit it sucks so fucking much. Even the games sucks. Everything about it sucks. Studio Ghibli is awesome and deserve its reputation. Lupin is nice too. Hell even Legend of the Mystical Ninja had some cool games.
oniichan you need to knock before coming in the bathroom you baka
You got what you deserved, but it's not like you care since clearly you have no soul to be working in a law firm. Just don't bring shit like that up since it's in no way relevant.
That's it, I'm calling the 4chan police.
What the fuck? Is this what /a/ is now? You fucking weeaboos are not otakus. Weeaboo = faggots who love Japan too much, otaku = a Japanese person who is really into something.
if you paid 200 for your p223, you got ripped off; also the 22s say MP22 not MP15
>started watching anime around 10 years ago
>discovered /a/ in 2008
>start buying japanese consoles to play weeb games about 3 or 4 years ago
>have a few low powerlevel posters
>own an imported onahole
>learned japanese to understand raws and untranslated games
I'm haven't gone full retard, but I've been skirting the edge for a year or two.
Weeaboos are a punchline in the West.
Well isn't .223 and 5.56 just 22lr with a big booty?
>a weapon capable of murdering 20+ people
What is a knife. What is fertilizer. What is gasoline, what is a car
I feel sorry that you live in a nation where all of these things are unobtainable
gypsy tier battlestation in that case
How would you know? You just have to strip it down to find out.
So it's gonna be one of these threads, huh?
You can't trust normal citizens with something as lethal as a gun, you simply can't. The gun crime in America is equivalent to a third world country, so if that doesn't bother you then you're clearly sick in the head.
>not for one important thing and only thing valid
my kindergarten teacher wanted to talk to my parents and take a look at my room because she thought I was a psycho
and all I did was draw those bombs from bomberman in class because I thought they looked cool
That's great. When I was a little brat I bragged about watching violent movies in school every week and nobody cared. I would explain how my favorite parts were the most gory ones. Flash forward twelve years and here I am on 4chan.
Something similar happened in my city
>A Summerville High School student who says he was arrested and suspended after writing about killing a dinosaur using a gun in a class assignment has hired a lawyer.
that reminds me about a bunch of people I knew in primary school, well I was one of them as well.
We used to draw ships, cannons, tanks and all that shit in our drawing books and then just drew lines as "projectiles" all over it, with explosions and everything. Now that I think about it, it's really strange nobody gave a fuck.
I think I still have one of those books buried somewhere
but that's enough blogging for today
>You can't trust normal citizens with something as lethal as a gun, you simply can't.
But clearly you can trust the normal citizens in charge and the normal citizens who are also soldiers
Holy fuck I remember when I was a kid I brought one of those little gun-shaped game pieces from the board game "clue" to school and I went to the principles office for it.
After that I was home schooled.
You failed as soon as you made that distinction.
Of the people, by the people and for the people.
That's because police officers and soldiers dedicate their time and lives to earn the right to use lethal force because they are both physically and mentally qualified to do so. I would agree to gun laws which would require the person to complete some sort of 1 or 2 years course.
No normal citizen should ever be freely given rights to hurt another person because that's the only use a gun has.
>police officers dedicate their time and lives to earn the right to use lethal force because they are both physically and mentally qualified to do so
Jesus you are retarded. Police "mentally and physically qualified" maybe in your fantasy utopia land in your brain, but in reality police murder more innocent people yearly then any fag with a gun can possibly get with a high score. Police are usually high school dropouts or nepotistic bullies who love to shit on normal citizens cheerios because they can never cook anything more than a hot pocket, and they steal our tax money too while shooting us, truly even janitors are better people than them.
I just did this. Returned home after the summer. Take Japanese language classes over there and then save some time to travel around after the term ends before returning home. Best way to experience everything. I don't have a single regret. What's nice too is that student housing makes costs of living easier. At least that was my case. I still miss it everyday.
>No normal citizen should ever be freely given rights to hurt another person
(Yeah, I'm not even going to quote the rest of your post even though guns clearly have other uses.)
Listen, I know how you guys are, but you have to understand that there are things in this world worth preserving even if it means using deadly force.
The life of your family, for instance.
The united states wouldn't even exist if the founding fathers held the same slave mentality as you.
You have such great fear of hurting other people that you will not even do it if it is the right thing to do; you have thrown away real moral compass and taken a fake one that hides behind passivity.
"Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do."
I think I'm merely a fan. I actually hate Japanese people after my experiences playing with them in MMOs. I was a naive 12 year old, and they were viscous toward sharing a server with Western players. They got many of the Wstern players banned, even the weeaboo GMs would scold the NA and european players. They actually coined the phrase JPONRY, as in they never would accept NA/EU players. They never even bothered to use the auto-translate features, which were a brilliant creation by SE developers. I personally had shit experiences with one such player, abusing and cursing me out trying to report me to GMs because we were competing for a boss enemy.
I also have a SJW/otaku/feminist friend who lived in Japan to teach English. He majored in Japanese in college. And he HATED it, but he didn't want to say anything racist about them. It made me seriously mad at him for being like that. The best I could get out of him is they were super racist toward him and treated him sub-human.
So I pretty much want nothing to do with Jap culture. I like their anime, their artists and creators are cool. I can enjoy what they make, they got some cute grills, but fuck them.
I can't sleep without my daki anymore.
I always considered buying it to be the point of no return. So yes I think I'm an okatu.
>You have such great fear of hurting other people that you will not even do it if it is the right thing to do
>the right thing to do
The fact that you're so sure about this is stupid and sad.
If you need to defend yourself so much learn some fucking martial arts, idiot.
>my face normalfags have more time than me
There's actually A LOT of people that considered themself as "otaku" who never watched EVA / read berserk, and almost nobody know penguindrum (even on /a/). As long as 99% of the population don't know it's from an anime tee it's subtle enouth for me.