Over one in three Japanese self-identify as otaku


A recent survey by Dip, conducted to promote their anime holy ground (seichi) site, looked at otaku (geek, hard-core fan)-related matters


There were actually two surveys conducted. The first had a sample of 1,843 men and women aged from their teens to 49 years old, and the second involved a subset of 335 people from the original sample (I think – it is not too clear) who had identified themselves as otaku in Q1.

An otakumobile:

Although the demographics are confusing, there does seem to be an indication that the eldest child is an otaku. There is perhaps a reason involving Japanese family structure, but what that might be I have no idea! I welcome any wild speculation from my readers!

These holy grounds are the real life locations represented in various anime and manga; for instance, here is their entry for the hot springs and hotel in Sprited Away/Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi.

Research results

Q1: Do you consider yourself an otaku? (Sample size=1,843)

Yes (to SQs (sort of))37.4%

Q1SQ1: What position are you in the order of your siblings? (Sample size=335)

Only child16.4%
Oldest brother, oldest sister59.1%
Second brother, second sister14.3%
Third brother, third sister3.3%
Youngest overall6.3%

Q1SQ2: Who of the following have found out you are an otaku? (Sample size=335, multiple answer)

Brothers, sisters51.0%
Work colleagues22.1%
Other relatives20.3%

Q2: What image do you have of an otaku? (Sample size=1,843, multiple answer)

Get lost in their favourite hobby61.9%
Love anime50.4%
Know a lot about a single subject47.9%
Have their own little world46.8%
Love manga38.8%
Love computer games37.8%
Wear a rucksack23.5%
Female otaku numbers increasing18.9%
Wear a bandana14.5%
Wear check shirts13.9%
Carry paper bags13.7%
Recently stylish6.0%
Trousers with lots of pockets4.8%
Nothing in particular6.2%
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  1. Reilah said,
    May 15, 2014 @ 07:11

    Sorry, this may be a stupid question, but I’m kinda confused: What exactly is Dip?

  2. MIchael said,
    May 22, 2014 @ 03:34

    http://www.dip-net.co.jp/ Dream, Idea Passion

    • Reilah said,
      May 22, 2014 @ 05:27

      Thank you!

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