I have been thinking about Otaku. and from i can understand, Otaku means in essence, "geek", but it has a lot of negative connotations attached. At least i have read that in Japanese culture, otaku are regarded as social outcasts or low class because they focus on their hobbies more than being responsible, productive members of society. can an otaku be worse than that? is it more akin to gambling, or some other addiction? I look at the collections the Master collectors have, and i instantly think, "They have to be otaku material." and yet when i read their posts in other threads, they reveal things that contradict that assumption. I read comments about having to part ways with some of their collection to replace a car part, or of moving into a house, of wife and kids... this doesn't sound like a social outcast or irresponsible loser who has no idea what he wants in life. in all my life, i have kinda enjoyed being a geek. And i think that by my paying bills and working and doing what i can in the community, it allows me to be that geek for as long as i want. and allows me to not give a damn about what someone else thinks about it. I am just curious about when your hobby gets noticed by your friends or family and they start treating it like it is something that is harmful down the road. or when people think that your hobby counts against you somehow. or do any of you consider yourselves otaku in any way? me, i can't consider myself otaku until i have an eviction notice in my hand and a tractor trailer truck loaded with my collection. for the moment i just think i am a geek. At worst, a kid who never grew completely up. just wondering.