OTAKU Going Global?! ~Europe~

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Akihabara

Hello!

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!

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France

Many otakus in France?!

There are many otakus in France.

It seems like there are many cosplay events going on in France too~

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I’d like to go there, wouldn’t you?




Otaku is just called OTAKU?!

There are a lot of otakus out there, so otaku is just called OTAKU in France!

OTAKU

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It seems to have become a widely used word, even for people who are not otaku.

Amazing~!




Russia

There are many cosplayers!

Russia is a country with many wonderful cosplayers♪

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Oh, they came to Akihabara too~!

Otaku is called OTAKY?!

So, Russian people use a word derived from OTAKU too!

ОTAKY

The letter that looks like a “Y” is pronounced like “u”.

So the word OTAKY seems to be pronounced OTAKU!

Source: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


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!

Germany

The word FREAK is mainly used for OTAKU,

and ○○freak is used when Germans want to describe a 〇〇otaku.

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FREAK

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)

etc.




Italy

In Italy, NERD is mainly used for OTAKU.

NERD




Summary

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.

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Please look forward to our next and final article of this series ~North and South America~♪