To sum it up "otaku" is just the japanese word for obsessed-fan; whether it be anime, manga, gundams, trains... anything really LOL. It's considered weird and almost scary in 日本 and there have been many attacks of anti-otaku violence. In the western world, 粉丝 have sort of lightened the term because of the popularity of 日本动漫 and 日本漫画 culture. An otaku in 日本 might be way different from a western world otaku. Most 粉丝 in the western world learn the word and refer to themselves as one because of their 爱情 of anime, so much so that the Japanese have a strange belief that all foreigners MUST be peppy otaku's. In a way, it's a bad thing and a good thing. Some people also get mixed up between an "otaku" and a "hikkikomori" and vice-versa (sometimes ~.~). Being an otaku can turn 你 into a hikkikomori but some Japanese even see the two terms as one and the same. A hikkikomori is the homicidal, locked-up in their room, closed-off type that everyone seems to connect with liking anime. This is where the otaku name becomes bad. So, in short, being an otaku would be okay so long as it doesn't turn 你 into hikkikomori ^_^
Someone who is obsessed with something (something usually considered underground and/or geeky in America) 或者 a character from it, to the point at which they are almost homicidal. When I "something", I mean that while otakus are most often associated with 日本动漫 and manga, it can also go for video games, comic books, underground cartoons, etc. That's all I know.
An otaku is someone who is obsessed with 日本动漫 and manga, locks himself in his room all 日 watching/reading it and barely does anything not anime-related. In 日本 it had a very bad meaning at first, but the last few years it wasn't that bad anymore... I guess it's 安全 to call yourself an otaku now ( ^ - ^ ), since I'm one too.
Otaku originally meant something like 你 obsessed over it a lot, like your specialized in it. But now it means someone who's REALLY into 日本动漫 或者 manga. Like super into (posters, figures, books, the dvds, cosplay a lot...etc)
Otaku is extremely negative in meaning as it is used to refer to someone who stays at 首页 all the time and doesn't have a life (no social life, no 爱情 life, etc) Usually an otaku person has nothing better to do with their life so they pass the time 由 watching anime, playing videogames, surfing the internet (otaku is also used to refer to a nerd/hacker/programmer) ELSEWHERE: Out of 日本 is the term "Otaku" used in the meaning of hardcore 粉丝 of 日本动漫 and Manga. Many of 日本动漫 粉丝 call themselves otaku despite knowing it's meaning in Japan.
Please don't call yourself an otaku, especially in front of real Japanese people, which 你 most likely never meet.
Otaku in Japanese is a bad word it means...you are really obsessed with something like super obsessed, A lot of American 日本动漫 粉丝 have adopted this word as a good word to 显示 they pride in 日本动漫 but if 你 really 爱情 日本动漫 and the Japanese culture i wouldn't be calling yourself and Otaku...
Ummm.. Am feeling bad that why u r asking this and anyone's not answering ... so i'll give u the answer to ur recentr 问题 .... but i think it's correct ... becuase it's an answer i'm giving on my own ^^" .....
why is it bad to calling urself an " OTAKU " .... I think if u say ur an Otaku in front of a japanese 或者 something , they'll offend u ... like " This person says she/he's an otaku .... 由 the 最近的 答案 u can see japanese are offended 由 Otaku's , so they might go against u and do something ^^"