Also known as weeaboos; one of the categories of students which is more prevalent in West Shore. Starting with sevvies and often ending by junior (or senior) year, this is the development stage in which one falls deeply in love with Japan and its culture (mostly just anime, manga and videogames though). Best friends become "waifus", Hatsune Miku becomes the best pop singer ever (the actual song writers don't matter), and the best section in the Library is the graphic novel manga rack, where it is also necessary to eat your food. It is not uncommon for otakus from West Shore to go to the same conventions, together or otherwise.
Because of the large grade span and high probability of a nerd falling into this subculture, otakus are often considered "popular outcasts". Another variation is the Koreaboo, showing a deep
obession love of K-pop idols and pointing out that they're totally not otakus. A few who mature out of this phase just become casual fans or genuinely good artists, and stop defining their entire personality through anime.
Regular Actions Edit
- Fangirling over merch
- Going to Umicon
- Listening to OSTs
- Going to Megacon
- Closet cosplaying
- Going to Metrocon
- Eating exclusively in the library or Mr. Finch's room
- Visiting Echo's in the mall every weekend like it was their first time
How to Identify an Otaku Edit
- Check their web browsing history.
- Check the suspected otaku's backpack. Does it have obnoxious buttons or keychains featuring popular anime characters?
- On a wider spectrum, do they wear or carry around any sort of anime/manga merchandise? This includes t-shirts, hats, socks, shoes, Naruto headbands, etc...
- Have you seen them Naruto Running to class?
- Do they draw lots of cartoonish, bug-eyed people in their spare time at school (bonus points if they don't bother to draw hands)? Do they decorate their binders and other pieces of paper with these doodles?
- Being an otaku is not limited to anime and manga. If the suspect is constantly listening to J-Pop bands or Vocaloid music, they might be an otaku.
- Just ask them. If they wear the otaku label proudly, be a little concerned. "Otaku", despite being perceived by the American anime & manga community as a positive label, is also considered an insult within Japan and has many negative connotations attached to it.