Hello and welcome to Anime with Senpai, a weekly blog that I do every Thursday that goes over several things that new comers might want to know, or juts recommend anime to people who already know what they’re doing. Today’s topic is Anime Terms. Any ways, lets get into the blog!
There are many anime terms that people who don’t watch anime or people new to anime might not under stand such as “Otaku” or “Weeb”. Today I will be going over them and giving a brief description and the history behind them.
Otaku can be used in different ways depending on where you use it. Here in America most people use it as a good thing that describe people who watch anime. But in Japan it’s actually bad to be called an Otaku. Otaku is actually a word that describes people who are obsessed with something, this usually being anime and manga.
The term Otaku came around in the 1980’s as changing social mentalities and the nurturing of Otaku traits by Japanese schools combined with the resignation of such individuals to become social outcasts. The subculture’s birth coincided with the anime boom, after the release of works such as Mobile Suit Gundam before it branched into Comic Market. (Wikipedia)
A weaaboo, or weeb for short, is some one who admires the Japanese culture so much that they try to imitate it. But with out realizing it, they are actually insulting the culture when doing this. It is usually used out of term when people who don’t watch anime see some one who does. They usually call them a weeb thinking that all people who watch anime are the same.
The term weeaboo (or weeb later, compare dweeb) came from a comic strip created by Nicholas Gurewitch in which the term had no meaning other than it was something unpleasant. According to an unpublished MA thesis, 4chan quickly picked up the word, and applied it in an abusive way in place of the already existing wapanese term. (Quora)
People can have an interest in anime, manga, and the Japanese language and such and are not weeaboo’s because they do not try to imitate it. They simply have an interest in learning the language, or an interest in the culture it’s self. Also, Wapanese is the original term for Weeaboo. The only big differences are the names.
This is the term for when weeaboo’s use Japanese they learned from anime and manga and try to mix it with English creating Japanglish.
I am not sure where this word came to be and found nothing upon searching it online.
An Elitist is some one who watches anime and thinks that they have better taste in anime than most people because they watch anime that are called “Masterpieces” or anime that not a lot of people watch or even have heard of.
Again, just like with Japanglish I could not find out where this term came from.
Vocaloid is basically a song made using computers. In more in-depth terms Vocaloid is a singing voice synthesizer. Its signal processing part was developed through a joint research project led by Kenmochi Hideki at the Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, Spain, in 2000 (the same team that later founded Voctro Labs) and originally was not intended to be a full commercial project. Backed by the Yamaha Corporation, it developed the software into the commercial product “Vocaloid” (Wikipedia)
I don’t really need to tell you where this came from, that first paragraph did.
Any ways, that’s about all for today. I’ll cya next time maties!