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What is a Weeaboo? Have you ever been called one but don’t know what it means? Find out here, and god help you!

Weeaboo, also known as Wapanese, is an English slur given to people who obsess over Japanese media, and often dismiss all other cultures.

Often confused with Otaku because of their similar interests, Weeaboo often prefer Japanese media (Anime, Manga, etc) over the actual Japanese culture, and believe Japan to be a magical place that can do no wrong.

Weeaboos are not usually Japanese or Asian, and curse their true heritage. They often overly use and misprounce common Japanese words in every day English sentences.

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No matter the term (Weaboo or Wapanese), they are not looked at in a good light by anyone. Otaku constantly try to distance themselves from Weaboo.

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According to Know Your Meme, the term Wapanese was introduced in the early 2000s. It was used as a slur on 4chan and various other websites against those who loved Anime and Manga. More from Know Your Meme explain the introduction of Weeaboo:

“At the peak of its abuse in mid-2005, 4chan moderators devised a creative intervention using the word-filter, replacing every instance of Wapanese with “Weeaboo,” which was a fictitious term originally coined by Nicholas Gurewitch in his Perry Bible Fellowship comic strip (date unknown, comic #62)”

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And that’s the basic explanation to “What is a Weeaboo?” You can find more information on subculture terms just like this in my growing Otaku Encyclopedia.

  • alyssawantstofuckingdie

    anime is wreaking havoc on the human race and needs to be stopped immediately or else humanity will fail to survive and the world will end

  • alyssawantstofuckingdie

    this is fucking cancer and makes me want to paint the wall behind me with my brain matter

  • philosopher

    This is just unfair to all weeaboos around the world. Yes, some of us are annoying, but that’s a massive generalization to say that we are all these evil yaoi-preaching banshees from hell. I consider myself a weeaboo, and I don’t hate my non-Japanese culture. I am actually quite proud of my Irish-Native American ancestry. I don’t see Japan as the next thing closest to utopia. I hardly ever use Japanese words such as “kawaii desu” or “baka” in my vocabulary. I actually pride myself in the research of Japanese culture, and I fully appreciate their cultures and idealists. I love Eastern animation, but Western animation is always just as cool. Hell, I really only watch one anime- Black Butler. Honestly, what makes an otaku so great? In Japanese, it literally translates to something of a creepy pedophile. Now, I know society has thankfully progressed, and we no longer see otakus in that light. So, why can’t it be the same for weeaboos? I would rather be myself, a weeaboo, and have all the otakus in the world shame me for it than try to be an otaku and be uncomfortable with myself.

    Being a weeaboo isn’t about being obnoxious, preening little twats. Its not about appropriating a certain culture’s styles and customs. It’s not even about joining a bandwagon. We weeaboos are the way we are because we have found a certain culture that we appreciate and cherish. So, dear otakus, the next time you try to shame us, just remember that we are just as enthralled with Japanese culture as you are. We’re just a little more expressive and dedicated than you are. And that’s fine.

    • Otaku is basically a nerd or a geek, not a creepy pedophile. Regular nerds and geeks use Otaku instead of Weeaboo, which was created by hateful people to refer to those really annoying fans of Japanese culture and such. I think you’re just getting the definitions mixed or trying to claim a bad word and make it good.

      • philosopher

        Thank you for clarifying. Sorry, I was having a bit of an off day. I been manipulated into thinking a certain way by a couple of “friends” (if I can even call them that), and I was really depressed at the time. However, that gives me no excuse to talk so senselessly. I actually feel pretty bad about the post; I’m sure I offended and angered quite a few people. I’ve been a victim of bullying my whole life, so any small sign of criticism throws me for a double-loop. I believe in equality for all, and I just feel like sometimes, society favors one over the other. But that’s fine. I am sorry for wasting your time. I just wanted to issue an apology for what I said. Oh, and I’m very sorry for being so late to respond. I haven’t been here in a while, and I never thought you’d actually reply to my rant. Anyways, thank you for your time.