How to spot an otaku and an otakette


Sillyness will be a day early this week, due to a more appropriate post due on Sunday and Monday! Here’s a great ranking survey from goo Ranking, one arm of the best online polling organisation in Japan, on what appearance makes a man appear like an otaku, and what makes a woman look like a otaku.


Over the 21st and 22nd of November 2007 1,101 members of the goo Research monitor panel completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 50.7% of the sample was female, 6.2% in their teens, 15.4% in their twenties, 30.2% in their thirties, 27.1% in their forties, 11.0% in their fifties, and 10.3% aged sixty or older. Note that the score reported is the relative number of votes each choice got, not the percentage of the sample that chose each option.

Particularly for the male answers, otaku has strong connotations of being an anime or manga freak, rather than the slightly more generic use of someone who’s heavily into any hobby, judging by the answers below!

Ranking results

Q1: What characteristic in males makes you feel he looks like an otaku? (Sample size=1,101)

1Anime print T shirt100
2Anime print paper bag92.5
3Bum bag/fanny pack77.4
4Wearing a bandana around the head in a hachimaki style77.1
5Bag plastered with anime-related patches, stickers74.0
6Unnecessarily long hair69.0
7Rucksack hung off one shoulder66.0
8Big thick glasses58.7
9Shirt, T shirt tucked into trousers57.0
10Acid wash jeans50.6
11Slightly high-waist trousers49.8
12Vest jacket with lots of pockets38.8
13Lots of straps on mobile phone36.5
14Military, camouflage print clothes35.3
15White socks29.0
16Fingerless gloves26.9
17Double-pleated chinos23.4
18I *heart mark* something T shirt21.2
19Unshaven face20.6
20Techno-cut (eh?) sideburns20.6
21Blue checked shirt19.7
22Sleeveless T shirts18.9
23Tank top18.1
24Top wrapped round waist17.2
25High-tech shoes16.4
26Clothes with detailed English text all over12.6
27Cross pendant, choker12.4
28Duffle coat11.8
29Messenger bag11.6
30White, off-white trousers10.6

Q2: What characteristic in females makes you feel she looks like an otaku? (Sample size=1,101)

1Anime print paper bag100
2Anime print T shirt83.9
3Gothic-lolita fashion73.9
4Bag plastered with anime-related patches, stickers73.6
5Big thick glasses67.3
6Messy hair, braided hair63.4
7Excessively long skirt48.8
8Pink or green hair44.2
9Huge black leather boots43.1
10Excessively long fringe42.9
11Bum bag/fanny pack41.4
12Shirt, T shirt tucked into trousers36.4
13Acid wash jeans34.0
14Rucksack hung off one shoulder29.2
15Lots of straps on mobile phone28.5
16Big cart26.8
17Cross pendant, choker25.9
18Cullotte-style skirt25.7
19Military, camouflage print clothes25.1
20Katchusha hair band23.3
21Walking the streets with no make-up23.1
22I *heart mark* something T shirt2.4
23Clothes with cross design print22.0
24Loud clothes20.0
25Over-knee socks19.2
26Sunglasses on top of head18.3
27High-tech shoes17.2
28Top wrapped round waist15.7
29Paisley-print item14.8
30Clothes with detailed English text all over11.8
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1 Comment »

  1. Celine said,
    February 4, 2013 @ 19:47

    I got 160.4.

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