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Almost Otaku: Is "Otaku" a Bad Word?

AnimeVice writes, "Seeing as how the word “otaku” is part of this column's title, I suppose I ought to understand what it actually means, right?

Up until, I just figured it just meant “anime/manga fan.” I didn’t realize it had pejorative connotations until I was doing some research for the Beginner’s Guide to Eva I just put together. See, I knew that Hideaki Anno created EVA to reflect his own battles with depression. "

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