Before I start – here are the Japanese definitions for Otaku and Weeb:
“Weeaboo is a mostly derogatory slang term for a Western person who is obsessed with Japanese culture, especially
anime, often regarding it as superior to all other cultures.”
“In Japan, the word can be most closely equated to the English word “geek,” but the meaning is not as simple as that. Otaku is also defined in Japan as a word that defines a person who has obsessive interests, and can apply to a wide variety of topics, including
anime, manga, cosplay, collectibles and more.”
Now we’ve got the original definitions out the way, I’ll share the definitions of:
- An Otaku.
- A Weeb.
Based on how each term is defined “outside” of Japan, internationally. From my in-depth experience and knowledge of the
Let’s get started.
The Difference Between An
Anime Enthusiast, Otaku And Weeb:
anime enthusiast is a “casual” watcher of anime
Enthusiasts in the
They don’t own tons of anime merchandise, posters,
They just watch
Everyone starts out at this level before going any further into the
2. An “Otaku” is someone who’s deep into
An Otaku, or what I call “level 2” is the middle ground of what it means to enjoy
Otaku’s know their stuff, watch
These types of people are:
- Business owners.
- And so on.
Or at the least: they know of all the latest
Otaku’s have an obsession that’s more like a passion than it is addiction. And that’s the key difference when compared to an enthusiast or a “weeb”.
Otaku’s never let
You can think of an Otaku the same way you would a professional gamer who plays
It’s all about balance, being grounded, while still having passion without letting it corrupt your life or perception of how the world works.
3. A Weeb is someone who’s delusional to their own detriment
A weeb is what I call “level 3” in the
This tends to happen because of personal issues like self-esteem, loneliness, delusion or something else separate from
These stories online make my point loud and clear
This is what I mean by “delusion” or personal issues unrelated to being an
At first this looks hilarious, stupid, mind-blowing or unreal, but this is depressing and not funny at all.
You see – this is the definition of a weeb:
- When you become too obsessed to the point of madness.
animetakes over your life and you can no longer differentiate between fiction and reality.
- When you become so lost in
animethat you use it as a drug to escape your problems.
- When you use
animeto compensate for something you don’t have in life (love, affection, being wanted, etc).
- And when you become so delusional that you disregard reality, hence suicide.
These stories are dark. And as bonkers as it looks, it’s all the truth. None of it is made up or exaggerated.
But it’s the best depiction of what it means to be a “weeb”. At least when we’re talking about the definition outside of Japan.
But even then – when you compare the non-Japanese definition and the original definition, they’re almost one in the same.
Use this as a guide to identify yourself
One thing I’m serious about here at
I do that through inspirational quotes, content, life lessons and more. It’s the reason
I say that to say: never let your emotions get the better of you.
The “weeb” level is dangerous, and if the content here can help… use it.
Avoid trying to escape your problems, because that’s how all this “weeb” stuff starts in the first place.
This video goes into the “Weeb vs Otaku” a little more:
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