Weeb vs. Weeboo: The Untold definition

This recently came up in conversation but it’s a reoccurring topic and I haven’t brought it to this medium yet.

This definition is simple.
Weeboo: (n) Someone who is so obsessed with anime culture.

Urban dictionary states:

An overly zealous anime fan, usually a newer or younger fan to anime who is very loud and excited about anime. These fans are the loud minority of fans that are very upfront and loud about anime in public – unlike the silent majority of anime fans.

Weeboo is also associated with the idea that this anime fan is excited about anime, but does not know much about anime. This goes back to the generalization that weeboos are newer or younger fans.

These anime fans are the “stereotype” of anime fans which the general public points to as fans of anime. They are the type of anime fans that use Japanese in there everyday conversation or push there love of anime on other people who are outside the anime fandom. These people do not always understand the concept of inside voices.

They are also different from anime fans – or otakus in Western culture – who are zealous about their fandom in private or at appropriate times, such as anime conventions or with other anime fans.- Ducky C

This is a lot of information to take in. But there are things I agree with and things I do not in the statement above.

Weeboos that separate themselves or group together can be considered outsiders in normie social situations. But this doesn’t mean that they are subjected to be pushed into these corners. Sometimes a Weeboo can be so intense by what they love that they refuse to see any other anime or topic. Within the aniblogging community we are subjective of our own opinions but we also venture past the popular anime. Which in turn makes us, Weebs.
A person who is obsessed with anime, figures, and manga.- Kentuckyfriedhorses

(I really had to dig for this definition. Because many of these definitions included race. Which I don’t agree with AT ALL.)

But I would say this is the simplest definition. The big broad umbrella that encompasses everyone on every level of the weeby community.
A weeb (/wi b/) is a non-Japanese male who watches and is a fan of CGDCT anime, has a waifu, a waifu pillow and is obsessed with Japan. A weeb is always talking about how cute or “kawaii” his favourite characters are and claiming one of them to be his “waifu”. He occasionally uses romanized Japanese words instead of English equivalents, such as “kawaii” instead of “cute” and “baka” instead of “dumb” or “jerk” (it has both meanings). Some of them also use Japanese honorifics, for example when they attach the “-chan” honorific to the names of people or characters they like or find cute, or when they use the “-sama” honorific to show they respect someone. Weebs call non-weebs normies. Weebs are harmless. They know they’re disliked by many people but they don’t give a fuck because they know they’re sugoi (awesome).- Fled from Nowhere
This definition is harsh and very subjective. Not all weebs are male. That’s a silly concept. And not all weebs integrate japanese language into their everyday speech. I would also argue that not all weebs are disliked by many people. Weeb culture has become nearly mainstream. It is more widely accepted as a general nerdy interest.
So, we are weebs but not all weeboos.

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