So I found this image highlighting the difference between an Otaku and a Weeaboo.

Otaku VS Weeaboo

The 4th point says

Has "fangirl moments" at anytime, anywhere, and infront of anyone

But what are "fangirl moments"? and what are their origin? (Is it actually from anime)

  • well I guess it would be an uncontrolled reaction to some thing exiting about the anime or what they are a fan of. like a fangirl seeing her favorite actor or singer and screaming out of joy and excitement without considering the surroundings.
    – Henjin
    Oct 4, 2017 at 8:37
  • The way it's used in that image, it's purposely vague so you can imagine whatever kind of behaviour would annoy you and make the image creator's point for them.
    – Torisuda
    Oct 4, 2017 at 17:05
  • have to say, this distinction only exists within the community encompassing these two. from the outside they're both the same except one is a closet weeaboo lol Oct 5, 2017 at 17:41

1 Answer 1


Fangirls have been around for quite a while. The term having it's first recorded use in 1934 in the novel by humorist A. P. Herbert called Holy Deadlock which is about the struggles of a divorce. The first behavior which now a days is commonly described as Fangirl-moment or Fangirling is also used in this book, effectively making it the origin of the term.

Fangirls are closely related to Fanboys, which is the male edition of fangirls, which has been around since 1919.

A Fangirl-moment or sometimes called fangirling usually occurs when a subject of interest is mentioned, or comes closely related to current topics. There from out they will either

  1. waste endless amounts of time ogling, discussing/arguing, stalking, etc. the object of their "affection"
  2. React with shortness of breath, fainting, highpitched noises, shaking, fierce head shaking as if in the midst of a seizure, wet panties, endless blog posts, etc.

All though the terms themselves aren't that old, the behavior it self is. Idolization has been around since the 1590's where rulers, kings and the likes where Idolized and probably had quite some fangirls fangirling as well.

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