When one otaku annoys another otaku


goo Ranking’s latest bit of levity is this look at what otaku behaviour might annoy other otaku.


Over the 18th and 19th of February 2011 1,097 members of the goo Research online monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 67.6% of the sample were female, 6.8% in their teens, 21.0% in their twenties, 32.1% in their thirties, 24.0% in their forties, 9.0% in their fifties, and 7.1% aged sixty or older. Note that the score in the results refers to the relative number of votes for each option, not a percentage of the total sample.

Not being an otaku (basically a geek or nerd) myself (honest!) I cannot really comment on this, but I can quite imagine that comic and animation freaks would get quite hot under the collar when they see people breaking the otaku code. Having said “otaku code”, I decided to search YouTube for the phrase, and this is what turned up:

Ranking result

Q: What otaku behaviour might make other otaku annoyed? (Sample size=1,097)

Rank   Score
1 When they get names or explanations just ever so slightly wrong 100
2 When they point out someone faking it by saying all innocently “Ahh, I heard there is that theory too.” 84.6
3 When they suddenly start spouting information in order to impress the opposite sex 79.1
4 When even though they don’t know things in detail, abruptly telling someone they’re talking rubbish 71.9
5 Smugly talking about something everyone knows 70.0
6 When they criticise other otaku with “I don’t want to be that kind of ultra-otaku!” 61.4
7 When they boast about having a friend in the industry 58.0
8 When they call themselves an otaku but only know about the mass-market stuff 57.6
9 When they show off with “I knew them before they were famous.” 52.1
10 When all they ever add to the conversation is “Yes, indeed!” 45.4
11 When I realise that although they say they like something, they know nothing of the roots, background 41.4
12 When they frequently boast that they are otaku 35.7
13 When they just repeat Wikipedia verbatim 34.6
14 When I realise that rather than sharing the knowledge with fellow otaku, they prefer to show off to ordinary people 34.6
15 When they show off their detailed knowledge only when things become popular amongst a general audience 33.1
16 When I realise that they have no integrity, policy for deciding what to buy 30.4
17 When they show off that they are a well-dressed otaku 28.3
18 When I see them excessively bringing up other people’s evaluations 28.1
19 When I realise they just like something without ideology or a pet theory 21.7
20 When they say they don’t buy new but wait to get it second-hand 16.9
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  1. Blue Shoe said,
    March 28, 2011 @ 08:49

    Sounds like pretty much anything they do with piss off one of their “colleagues.” Guess it’s hard to be an otaku.

  2. Ahiru77 said,
    March 30, 2011 @ 06:28

    I sense a lot of negative enurgee. 😛


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