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Genkai Otaku (限界オタク – Excessive Otaku)

  • Genkai Otaku


    A few days ago, I introduced the term oshi (推し), which means “my fave.”
    先日、”my fave” を意味する「推し」という言葉を紹介しました。

    In the fandom world, there are enthusiastic fans whose love for their oshi leads them to say embarrassing or creepy things.

    Such people are sometimes described with the slang term, genkai otaku (限界オタク).

    Since genkai (限界) means “limit,” and otaku (オタク) is typically translated to “otaku” or “nerd,” the literal meaning of genkai otaku is “otaku at their limit.”
    「限界」は “limit”、「オタク」は “nerd” を意味するので、「限界オタク」の文字どおりの意味は “nerd at the limit” となります。

    In other words, this term means an otaku who has reached the limits of their emotion, human dignity, rationality, creepiness, and so on.

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