Am I an otaku? How to identify the different types of otaku?

Hi, how are you? Do you consider yourself an otaku? How do you know you are an otaku? What are the different types of Otaku? To answer these and other questions this article was made, because in it we will also learn how to identify an otaku, and I hope that after reading it, you will have a new view on the subject.

I believe that most people who will read this article already have an idea of what it means, but they don't have a specific and broad notion of the subject. As for example the various types of otakus that exist and not only those of anime and manga.

But let's go by parts, soon we will start with the literal definition of the term and how it applies in people's lives, just remembering that the use of the term may vary a little according to the place, here in Brazil for example, the term has a different use of using Japan.

It is worth remembering that we have also written a long article explaining what Otaku means and its essence. You can read it by clicking here. We have a summary of the article on the meaning of Otaku in the video below:

The Essence of Being Otaku

Otaku is a Japanese term for people with an obsessive interest in something, for example manga and anime, but it can also be in games or even more banal things like weapons and fishing. Anyway, “obsessive interests” can be exchanged for addiction, it is not correct but it is also applicable, it is just not so elegant.


However, its use can also be used in a pejorative and negative way, like the “addict” itself since most of the time it is used as something to degrade. Even today, this view, mainly in Japan, is seen as negative, but it has been changing due to the growing number of people who identify with this term, worldwide.

We can compare this term with others in the West, which are "geek" and "nerd", the problem is that in Japan it is used in a more derogatory way. However, as I said at the beginning of the article, the term extends to designate fans of any particular topic, topic, hobby or form of entertainment.

Am I an otaku? How to identify the different types of otaku?

How do you identify an otaku?

I don't particularly know how to do this without living with it, after all it's the same thing as trying to identify a drug user, you won't know if he doesn't want you to know. For example, I am an otaku anime and in my social circles no one but my friend also otaku anime knows this information. Did you understand?


But there are those who cannot control themselves and let their private interests show to the people around them, these are the easiest to identify. But there can be several other different cases, however the best way to identify an otaku is to socialize. One method is to ask someone close to you, like a mother or sister.

Now for the dilemma of many, how can we identify our addiction? For me it is very simple, just try to spend some time without doing what you like, in my case, I will soon be upset if I don't watch anime for more than 3 days, there are people who can take much more, however only when the need forces it.

If you really want to test yourself, just try to access the internet normally, but without accessing any fansub or streamer site to watch anime, read manga or others. If you can do it easily, congratulations you are not an otaku, but if you cannot win the will, congratulations you are an otaku.

Am I an otaku? How to identify the different types of otaku?

Different Otaku personalities

One study revealed that there are five categories of otakus, all of which are based on personality, as some tend to be different in relation to their addiction from others. For example, I hide my interests from social groups, but my friend doesn't hide from anyone, so we can classify them in five, which are as follows:


*I’m going to give it a Brazilian twist in terms to make it more practical.

Closet Otaku: this is the guy who is concerned about his family and what they might think. He has more dynamic interests and is the one with the most mature personality among all categories.

"Striking" Otaku: well, there is not much to say, since this category is marked by individuals who want to leave a legacy and their brands to be recognized. His interests are in the fields of mechanics and business.

Otaku diverse and exposed: yes, not all of them need to choose only one area of interest, and this in particular is the one that is most proud of his personality, since he shares as much as he can with other people.


Outgoing and assertive Otaku: I think that youtubers who share anime content, manga, any other hobby, fit perfectly into this category. They also usually gain fame by promoting their hobby.

Otaku from fan magazines (fanart): it is exactly what it seems, but it is difficult for those who do not know the famous fan works. Yes, there are works that fans produce for their personal interests, for example, there are fanfics and doujinshis. Basically that otaku that you think can give your personal touch.

Am I an otaku? How to identify the different types of otaku?

Different types of otaku

Well, now let's put some types so that you know that there is not just one type or something isolated. There are countless types since any hobby, forms of private entertainment, etc., is potentially an attractive opportunity for people who will become addicted, for example, in addition to anime and manga we have otakus in:

  • Praça;
  • Maid (maids);
  • Gamer;
  • Mobile Ti;
  • Audiovisual equipment;
  • Camera;
  • Fashion;
  • Railway;
  • Military;
  • Fishing;
  • Cosplay;
  • Vocaloid;
  • Figures;
  •  Professional wrestling;

And several others that I will not mention here. But with these examples alone you can see that it covers several areas.

Are you or are you not an Otaku?

I hope I helped you with something, and just remembering that some otakus don't like to criticize your interests, so be very careful when you criticize something, you can end up with negative consequences.

And it helps a lot if you share your experience when you realized that you were an otaku, if you are one, and if you have doubts just do what I indicated in this article to confirm and then tell the result.

Anyway, that's all this article can offer. If you have any questions, criticisms, suggestions or anything like that just leave your comment below, and don't forget to share the page on social networks. In addition, thanks to you for reading this article so far and until next time, bye.