I would like to know why people would like being called a weeb instead of an otaku and why there is so much drama about "weeb", "weeaboo", and "otaku".


A weeb is just someone who likes anime or manga. Not culture, not video games, not the language, just anime and manga. While a weeaboo is someone who is so obsessed with Japanese culture and everything about Japan that it seems weird, annoying and cringe.

Otaku is a Japanese term for people with consuming interests, particularly in anime and manga.

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    AFAIK, weeb is just the shorthand for weeabo. So there shouldn't really be any difference between the scope of those two. Do you have some sources to back up your answer?
    – Dimitri mx
    Feb 25 '21 at 12:18

As creator of the term weeb. Weeb means exactly the same thing as weeaboo. I only did it to shorten the spelling. Nothing more.

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    Welcome to Anime.SE! This would be a strong, authoritative answer if you could prove that you actually did coin the term "weeb".
    – F1Krazy
    Nov 6 '21 at 22:02

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