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
1When they get names or explanations just ever so slightly wrong100
2When they point out someone faking it by saying all innocently “Ahh, I heard there is that theory too.”84.6
3When they suddenly start spouting information in order to impress the opposite sex79.1
4When even though they don’t know things in detail, abruptly telling someone they’re talking rubbish71.9
5Smugly talking about something everyone knows70.0
6When they criticise other otaku with “I don’t want to be that kind of ultra-otaku!”61.4
7When they boast about having a friend in the industry58.0
8When they call themselves an otaku but only know about the mass-market stuff57.6
9When they show off with “I knew them before they were famous.”52.1
10When all they ever add to the conversation is “Yes, indeed!”45.4
11When I realise that although they say they like something, they know nothing of the roots, background41.4
12When they frequently boast that they are otaku35.7
13When they just repeat Wikipedia verbatim34.6
14When I realise that rather than sharing the knowledge with fellow otaku, they prefer to show off to ordinary people34.6
15When they show off their detailed knowledge only when things become popular amongst a general audience33.1
16When I realise that they have no integrity, policy for deciding what to buy30.4
17When they show off that they are a well-dressed otaku28.3
18When I see them excessively bringing up other people’s evaluations28.1
19When I realise they just like something without ideology or a pet theory21.7
20When they say they don’t buy new but wait to get it second-hand16.9
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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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