How Weeaboo Are You? 8 Points You Should Know!

How Weeaboo Are You? 8 Points You Should Know!

weeaboo Many non-Japanese, especially youngsters, enjoy Japanese popular culture like anime, manga, video games and fashions. But some (typically caucasian boys) take this natural curiosity to abnormal lengths, rejecting everything about their native culture as inferior to that of Japan. These, then, are the “Weeaboo” or “weebs” for short. But how Weeaboo are you, and how do the Japanese themselves see Weeaboo?



 

How Weeaboo Are You? 8 Points You Should Know!

 

1. Does Weeaboo = Otaku?

Otaku describes Japanese who obsess over manga, anime, hentai-eroticism, or other entertainments to the extent of distancing themselves from healthy reality. Clearly, there are parallels between Otaku and Weeaboo, but it’s interesting to note that non-Weeaboo Westerners are much more accepting of Japanese Otaku than they are of Western Weeaboos; whereas, most Japanese are more tolerant of non-Japanese Weeaboos than they are of Otaku!

 

2. Remember The Vapors?

“I’m turning Japanese I think I’m turning Japanese I really think so” might have been written for weebs, for being Weeaboo is more than just an obsession for anime/manga; Weeaboos actually want to be Japanese! They adopt Japanese names on internet forums, pretend to be Japanese on social media, act in stereotypically Japanese ways, or even claim to have Japanese blood. And they absolutely never refer to themselves as Weeaboo, preferring the term Otaku.

 

3. Weeaboo Jargon

Weebs never go to the trouble of learning Japanese; they simply pick up random words and phrases and inject them into English, adding ‘desu’ or ‘ne!’ at the end of English statements and peppering their speech with words like ‘kawaii’ or ‘sugoi.’ The only time we Japanese might be aware of this trend is if we’re speaking English with a weeb, in which case it might seem quaint at first, but increasingly irritating over time.

 

4. Lack of Perspective

Language and culture are closely related, so the Weeaboo diet of shallow, over-dramatised Japanese media, and their superficial use of Japanese words, is a recipe for a warped perspective. In truth, being always misrepresented in weird stereotypes is annoying to the Japanese!

 

5. Weeb Wars

The Weeaboo fixation on anything Japanese, without a supporting cultural framework, can lead to misunderstandings and misconceptions. But by far the most readily offended by weeb attitudes has been the on-line anime/manga community in the West, giving rise to several unpleasant flame wars over the years.

 

6. Made in Japan

The Weeaboo assumption that Japanese products are superior to all others will no doubt also irk many in their own countries. We Japanese can understand such annoyance, being ourselves immensely proud of our industry, but that’s not to say we think other countries’ products inferior. Besides, outsourcing is the norm these days, so many Japanese brands are actually made in China.

 

7. Weebs n’ Women

Weebs, like other kinds of nerds, geeks and, indeed, Otaku, are probably not very attractive to the opposite sex, if only for their abnormally obsessive preferences. Yet they narrow their already slim chances of romance by only seeking Japanese females on dating sites and rejecting even the possibility of dating girls of their own or other non-Japanese cultures.

 

8. Are Weeaboo Dangerous?

There’s nothing intrinsically dangerous in identifying with a foreign culture, nor in appreciating anime, manga, robots, cosplay or other Japanese memes. Yet if this becomes an obsession, as with some of our homegrown Otaku, the darker, uglier side of Japanese mass-media could, in some weaker personalities, result in anomalous or violently fetishistic views of women. I find that rather unsettling.

 

Conclusion

Are you a Weeaboo? Well, if you have to ask, the answer is probably no, and if you were a weeb, you probably wouldn’t be reading this article. But what do I know? I’m a Japanese woman; my only knowledge of the weeb phenomenon is what I gleaned researching this list. Besides, we’ve enough weirdos of our own in Japan without having to worry about Japanophile sub-cultures elsewhere!

But my feeling is that Weeaboo represent a very small minority of people with an otherwise genuine or vested interest in Japanese culture and society, much of which even we Japanese are quite happy to ignore. In fact, probably most weebs, if magically granted their wish to be Japanese, would soon live to regret it!

 

How Weeaboo Are You? 8 Points You Should Know!

1. Does Weeaboo = Otaku?
2. Remember The Vapors?
3. Weeaboo Jargon
4. Lack of Perspective
5. Weeb Wars
6. Made in Japan
7. Weebs n’ Women
8. Are Weeaboo Dangerous?