In the last part of this series, we looked at Asian countries that use the Japanese word OTAKU, which is making its way into the world♪
This time, let’s take a look at some of the European countries, where the word of the world’s weirdest townis getting around!
Many otakus in France?!
There are many otakus in France.
It seems like there are many cosplay events going on in France too~
Otaku is just called OTAKU?!
There are a lot of otakus out there, so otaku is just called OTAKU in France!
There are many cosplayers!
Russia is a country with many wonderful cosplayers♪
Otaku is called OTAKY?!
So, Russian people use a word derived from OTAKU too!
The letter that looks like a “Y” is pronounced like “u”.
So the word OTAKY seems to be pronounced OTAKU!
Countries where OTAKU is not used
And this time, we also looked at the countries that do not use OTAKU!
Let’s see what words they use!
The word FREAK is mainly used for OTAKU,
and ○○freak is used when Germans want to describe a 〇〇otaku.
Autofreak (a freak for automobile)
Nutella-freak (a freak for Nutella)
Kaffe-freak (a freak for coffee)
Audi-freak (a freak for Audi)
Eisenbahnfreak (a freak for railroad)
In Italy, NERD is mainly used for OTAKU.
OTAKU is a Japanese word that is well-known to otakus even in countries where the word OTAKU is not used.
In that sense, the word seems to be more prevalent in countries with a large otaku population.
Even if it’s the case,
it’s still surprising to find that the word is accepted in countries that are more than 10 hours away from Japan by air.