i know otaku is someone who likes the japanese culture, but at the same time, i am just not so sure about the exact definition/ criteria of being called an otaku. just how obsessed you have to be to be called an otaku?
Otaku actually expresses your love or fetish (non sexual) for a certain thing. So you can be an anime otaku, movie otaku, metal otaku, sport otaku, cook otaku etc. Though it has taken a bad meaning through the years because of the kind of people that have those obsessive love about things, so it can be considered bad in japan as bad as if you called someone a geek or nerd in US. Look here for more info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Otaku
Is it Otaku if it's a useful skill or hobby? I mean, cooking for example. Maybe being a gourmet can be an otaku, like being able to distinguish different types of rice by taste alone, that's pretty weird and obsessive. But if you're a passionate chef, and make a living off of it, does that make you otaku? I always felt that in order for it to be otaku, it not only has to be passionate and extreme, but also, useless.
It just has to be passionate. If you can also make it useful then even better.
"Otaku" = life failure
dicks out for Harambe
It's become a sub part of your whole life. I would say it's more of a lifestyle that prolongs just your adolescence and well into your adulthood. Something you're not going to grow out of.
Otaku = Nerd
Weaboo = Anyone who is obsessed with the Japanese culture to the point where they become annoying as heck!
I've never gotten this, I figure it must be one of those forced memes that have stuck around in society for decades. Normal people DO NOT study! If you study, you're a weirdo!
Otaku doesn't have to pertain to anime, although it's the most comon. In japan there are many types of otaku, they differentiate between anime otaku, millitary otaku, sports otaku etc. Otaku just means obsessive.
Weaboo means really into (a caricature of) all japanese culture, not just anime and manga. Generally people who wish they were japanese and may put on an air of knowing a lot about japanese culture, but in reality only know about the basic idea of what japan is like, not what it's actually like.