DID YOU KNOW?
Did you know that the word "otaku" was invented because Japanese people needed a way to address anime fans? While the origin of the word itself is quite ambiguous, one man was able to popularize it. Writer Nakamori Akio of Manga Burriko magazine used the word otaku in his article released in 1983. Sadly, it wasn't very long until people used the word otaku negatively. It was even used to refer to an infamous serial killer in Japan, Eiji Otsuka. He was dubbed as the "Otaku Murderer" for the simple reason that authorities found a collection of anime and manga in his home. This gave people an idea that the otaku is often secluded and antisocial just as much as the famed killer. Apparently, some believed that their love for anime made it hard for them to differentiate reality from fiction. Others even tried to point out the term originated from the kanji for household (taku ???). Many were quick to conclude that this was its exact etymology despite it being incorrect.
Contrary to popular belief, the otaku is actually a highly sociable person. Most of them gather together to share their love for Japanese animation with fellow fans. In fact, Akio used the word otaku to refer to anime convention-goers who in the 1980s. Now, otaku is used to refer to someone with extensive knowledge about anime culture. Some anime fans would even hesitate to refer to themselves as otakus as they don't see themselves worthy of the term. The rising popularity of anime movies, series, and even anime games contribute to the growing anime culture. Anime shows like One Piece, Dragon Ball, and Attack on Titan have become part of mainstream media. With the growing number of anime fans, it won't be long until we can finally separate the negative connotation from the term otaku.