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-Otaku” is very formal Japanese ​word; normally used by housewives, it is an unusual way of saying “you” or “your house.” Videophiles ​in the 1980’s used the word excessively,​ especially to refer to “your video” (“Otaku no video”). They used the term enough ​that they were eventually referred to by the public as “Otaku-zoku” (“Otaku Tribe”), ​and later just “Otaku”;​ the word took on the rough meaning of “maniac” or “hardcore fan.” Thus, the title Otaku no Video has another meaning: “Otaku’Video” or “Maniac’s Video.+"Otaku" as a word to describe the subculture ​of fans depicted ​in Otaku no Video has had a complex history ever since the emergence of that subculture in the late 1970'​s ​and early 1980's.
-Unluckilymost Japanese heard of the term “Otaku” because of Miyazaki Tsutomu. Miyazaki was serial killer who preyed on childrenand also happened to be a pornographic video collector (Otaku)Because ​of this, the term “Otaku” developed a gruesome connotation for some time. The word eventually lost much of this grotesque stigmaregaining its generally lighter connotation.+Literally"​otaku"​ is formalhighly polite way of saying "​you"​ or "your house"Accounts vary of how it became associated with fan subculturebut the general consensus is that science fiction fans used it as an idiosyncratic way of addressing each otherpossibly mimicking the polite speech of housewives in Osaka (where the members of Gainax came from) and/or adopting an exaggerated formality when interacting with other fans at otaku gatherings and events.
-In Japanit’s possible ​to be an Otaku in just about any hobby, niche, or genreThis is illustrated both in the “Portrait of an Otaku” interview segmentsas well as in the quirks and specialties ​of the characters in the main featureIn Japanthere was a TV quiz show called Cult Q, which was essentially a game show for Otaku of all stripesAll areas of expertise wereon the table, fromtropical fish to ingredient labels of over-the-counter drugs!+As suchvideophiles in the 1980’s used the word to refer to "your video" ("​otaku no video"​)They used the term enough that they were eventually referred to by the public as the "​Otaku-zoku"​ ("Otaku Tribe"​)and later just "​otaku"​. The word took on the rough meaning ​of "​maniac"​ or "​hardcore fan"Thusthe title Otaku no Video has another meaning: "​Otaku’s Video" or Maniac’s Video".
-The term Otaku” has since migrated ​to North Americawhere its meaning ​has generally ​been restricted ​to mean dedicated ​fan of Japanese animation.+Unfortunately,​ in the late 1980'​s,​ many Japanese heard the term "​otaku"​ used in conjunction with a crime committed by a man named Miyazaki Tsutomu. Miyazaki was a serial killer who preyed on children. Photographs of his two-room home taken after his arrest showed that he had a huge collection of videotapes, which allegedly contained anime, slasher, and pornographic films. Because of this, the Japanese media depicted him as an otaku, triggering a moral panic against otaku culture in general. 
 +The term "​otaku"​ retained a gruesome connotation for some time, but the word eventually lost much of this grotesque stigma, perhaps helped by the release of Otaku no Video and the global spread and evolution of otaku culture. 
 +In Japan, it is possible ​to be an otaku of just about any hobbyniche, or genre. This is illustrated both in the "​Portrait of an Otaku" interview segments, as well as in the quirks and specialties of the characters in the main feature. In Japan, there was a TV quiz show called Cult Q, which was essentially a game show for otaku of all stripes. All areas of expertise were on the table, from tropical fish to ingredient labels of over-the-counter drugs! 
 +Because Japanese animation ​has been such a significant cultural export ​to the rest of the world, the term otaku” in the West has been associated most strongly with anime fan subculture.