After seeing the swift and rather no-nonsense reply to this topic, I am reminded of a certain remark by a few people on how I am an 'otaku'.
If you have been following some of the posts here, you'd notice that I would often dismiss myself as being an otaku. Now the reason is not because I am ashamed of being one - rather, as pointed out in the article, I am nowhere worthy of being called an otaku.
First and foremost, let me clarify one thing. I am not an otaku. I never was an otaku, and I never referred to myself as one. I have never been a hardcore fans of animes/mangas; I just like to watch them, but never to the point of obsessive interest. Even though this blog is mostly about Japanese anime news and such, I just did it for fun. - linkinstreet
Of course, I think the guy there would beat those so-called otaku when it comes to the subject which the latter claim to be obsessed with (well, they should know that by claiming to be an otaku, they should have a degree of obsession with anime/manga/games/figurine collecting etc)
I guess it's natural for the newfags to automatically assume that otaku are people that watch anime, read manga, and/or collect figurines, and would unashamedly label themselves as one. But, upon further pondering, I guess the term has now been applied rather loosely, even among the more hardcore anime/manga fans (but not yet an otaku??).
I mean, heck, what would they refer to the others that share similar interest with them? Casual fans of anime and manga? People that watch and read Japanese cartoon and comics? Appreciator of Japanese arts? Japanophile?
You tell me, man. You tell me.
The funny thing is, just like the last video in my last post, I am still awake at 4 AM, (trying) to do my revision for the finals (but without any success at doing so). Ahahahahah...