Otaku

The anime fan is still the most common type of ‘otaku’

In the West there is a misunderstanding about the term “otaku“, commonly used in Japan and other Asian countries. When many hear the word “otaku”, they think it only refers to fans of manga and anime, however, The word “otaku” simply refers to “being a big fan of.”

It is for this reason that we can refer to many hobbies when talking about otakusFor example, “idol otaku” refers to fans of Japanese singers; “Airplane otaku” refers to fans of scale planes, such as the popular director Hayao Miyazaki; and even the “car otaku” which refers to fans of cars.

The term “otaku” can be used as an insult, and the negativity stems from a stereotypical view of otaku as social outcasts. and with the information offered by the media about Tsutomu Miyazaki, “the otaku killer”, in 1989. According to a study published in 2013, the term is less negative, and more people identify themselves as otaku, in Japan and beyond lear both. in other countries. Of 137,734 teenagers surveyed in Japan in 2013, 42.2% identified themselves as some type of otaku.

But, what are the Otakus with the largest number of members in Japan? The Yano Research Institute conducted a study when they estimated the number of different otaku in Japan, the results were quite predictable, with 6.85 million “Anime otakus” in first place; later 6.48 million “manga otakus” in second place; later 4.54 million “gaming otakus” in third place; and finally 3.61 million “idol otakus” in fourth place.

The survey carried out by the company between July and August of this year, was aimed at 10,000 men and women between 15 and 69 years of age. The global population was estimated by asking those who “identified themselves as an otaku by a third party” or “have been identified as an otaku by a third party”. to name 26 areas, including figures and diaries, and give multiple answers.

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