Like, some people “like” anime and manga but you can’t call yourself a real fan unless you’re obsessed. Seriously. Just “liking” an anime and manga is not fangirling. If you don’t even fangirl, then how does that even count???
Here’s a list of things that makes you an otaku. If you don’t share at least half of the things on the list, you are not an otaku (yet):
-Sing all the songs (OPs etc.) in Japanese
-Fangirl (even if you won’t admit to it)
-Buy things that aren’t just anime and manga merchandise (but those count too) that remind you of a certain manganime you love
-Love Japan as much as your home country and all things Japanese, even Japanese stores like Muji make you happy.
-Constantly open up search engines like Google in your free time and type in manga/anime terms, or search about animes and manga. Or look for pictures. Or look for new animes and mangas to read/watch.
-Play with anime figurines of some sort. Talk to them, make adventures with them, and create stories for them.
-Know that there is a HUGE difference between anime and manga (believe me, some people do not).
-This only applies to shoujo fans, so if you don’t do this you can’t call yourself a SHOUJO otaku yet, but still an otaku: know who ends up together right from the beginning and analyze the storyline and characters in your head unconsciously.
-Recognize the different types of characters in anime and manga (tsundere, ditzy heroine, etc.)
-Can watch anime and manga all day long.
I might’ve missed some in the list, so tell me if I did and I will add it. I’m doing this in a rush, I’m super busy. I have a pile of homework waiting for me.
But hey, I’m not saying I’m excluding anyone who aren’t otakus, you guys like anime and manga so that’s great. I totally know what it’s like not being an otaku, too! Lol, that sounds…
I used to just “like” anime and manga when I was in elementary school, which meant I didn’t sing the OPs and the anime songs in Japanese (SHOCK, how could I have not done that) and I didn’t fangirl and I didn’t ship like crazy and insult the annoying extra person in love triangles.
But at the beginning of middle school I started really delving into the anime and manga world. Now I’m a shoujo fan who likes the occasional shounen (especially if it’s CLAMP) and is obsessed with Arina Tanemura.
So if you think you really like anime and manga but you’re aren’t an otaku like us, that’s fine. Keep going and soon you will also be an otaku!
Or you will grow out of anime and manga and mock us otakus as you grow older. Hey, you have options! XD