What makes people think someone might be an otaku


goo Ranking recently published a look at what makes people think someone might be an otaku, a geek/nerd too interested in games or anime.


goo Rankings asked iBRIDGE’s Research Plus to conduct this survey, where between the 10th and 12th of February 2015 500 members, 50:50 male and female, of their monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. No further demographics were given.

Spot the otaku in this group!

sleep, PSP, DS, DS, sleep

Number 4 doesn’t really make sense to me, although I suspect it might be related to the manga genre BL, Boys Love and givers and receivers… Perhaps some otaku readers can help me out!

Number 13 might refer to this story, as I believe the special offer packets were limited to convenience stores.

For 16, what is the secret behind blue vinyl bags?

Ranking result

Q: What would make you start to think someone may be an otaku? (Sample size=500)

Rank Percentage
1They always have a games machine in their hands32.4%
2Their speech hastens when they talk about their favourite things27.2%
3They know just too much about computers, smartphones23.8%
4When asked the opposite of “attack” (seme) they answer “defense” (uke)20.4%
5They can type surprisingly quickly16.6%
6Asked to name someone with the surname Tamura, they answer Yukari (anime voice actress and singer)13.8%
7They definitely will not allow people into their room12.6%
8They know just too much about Twitter11.6%
9They know a lot about Big Site (famous convention centre for anime, etc)11.4%
10=They freeze up when asked what their favourite manga is10.6%
10=Sometimes they pant while looking at their smartphone10.6%
12When they go to karaoke, they only sing songs by J-Pop artists that have been used in tie-up with anime9.4%
13They sometimes go to Lawson’s convenience stores and buy huge amounts of stuff8.2%
14They spend their summer and winter holidays in Tokyo5.8%
15They always seem to be suffering from a lack of sleep5.0%
16They are well attuned to the presence of blue vinyl shopping bags4.4%
17They carry lots of things of the same colour3.4%
18They know all about Kinko’s2.8%
19They rush back home from work on certain days of the week2.4%
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  1. wota said,
    March 30, 2015 @ 00:33

    Haha, yes #4 is a reference to BL terms for top/bottom 😉
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yaoi <– (second paragraph)

    #16 I believe is a reference to shopping bags from anime/manga/games/merch giant アニメイト:

  2. Tony Yao said,
    March 30, 2015 @ 02:45

    Yes, number 4 is related to the fujoshi and fudanshi and their usage of the terms.

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    April 11, 2015 @ 09:50

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