If they can look on various issues critically, I'm comfy with them. It is fine to be around people who share the same hobby. But to establish and maintain friendships, simply discussing weeb stuff is inadequate...
I secretly envy their lack of concern for how people perceive them.
Truth be told, I'm actually not much of a fan of trying not to fit in (this is a response to Fox Girl's comment). Having used to go sites such as 4chan for quite a bit, I know firsthand just how toxic the whole "normie" trend is. It's actually become somewhat painful to see someone going on and on about how much they hate "normal" types, just because they think that being not normal is going to make them special. Truth be told (and everyone reading this can take it as they please), I've met more interesting and enjoyable "normal" people then I have Otaku fans, a fact I to this day wish would change at least a bit.
Trying 'not to fit in' is not the same as 'knowing you don't fit in and finding comfort in other groups'. However i can't see what is wrong with taking pride in being different, nstead of being depressed because you won't fit in the norm. In that sense, i don't think 'becoming a charicature of yourself' isn't a bad thing if it helps you find your place.
Normie hate isn't nice though. All of us make normie jokes, but hating them is something entirely different. Most normies are nice people too. And i don't like people who have a revenge-attitude generalising an entire group of people for those specific individuals who rejected them.
Also as i said, if they stick to their own world and don't talk about other things, they're a no. But most otakus i met just do normal daily things as well and talk about varied things (once they open). However some don't, some keep repeating the same lines (usually their love for one very specific series) and fail to see that's the main reason they got rejected in the first place.
I am happy with the fact that I am neither overweight nor unemployed nor uneducated. I joined the otaku subculture as a personal preference, not as a result of some kind of disability. You see, as someone who was born a Leo my brain was already hard-wired right from the first day to seek out ways of defying the norms and escaping from narrowly-defined labels instead of following the norms and fitting into the labels as accurately as possible.
When someone says "you're not like the rest" then I interpret that as a compliment and it boosts my ego and fills me with pride. But when someone says "you're just like all the rest" then I interpret that as an insult.
Now, I don't see why having an interest in the "Otaku" subculture would make someone not fit in. Given that one keeps things down to a healthy level, I wouldn't think to imagine that they're much different from anyone else. I do however agree that it's not the best either to pretend you're not a fan of something if you indeed are. Also blissfullforce1818, the majority of society doesn't live to fit into norms either, I'm not trying to be rude here but I think you'd be surprised to know that most people are just like you in that they have hobbies and interests that they enjoy.
@anima_deus Well, my parents grew up in the times of the Soviet Union where the otaku subculture never existed, and they were raised with the ideal that the majority of society actually does live to fit into norms and that individual deviations are wrong and unapproved.
I keep having arguments with them all the time and they strongly disapprove of my choice, but I'm a fully functional adult tax-payer who is entitled to make a choice regardless of what others think of it. And they can't do jack because I'm no longer a kid who lives off of their incomes. In fact, I'm helping them to speed up their mortgage, so they damn better be grateful and back off.
Your parents don't exactly define the majority of society, and most of that response was lowkey irrelevant.
@anima_deus Yeah, in a western country like Canada they don't. But you see, most elderly immigrants are not exactly as adaptive and open to accepting changes as the younger ones. I'm glad that we're now living in a country where individual differences are much more acceptable.
Bronies, Weeabs, SJWs, Hipsters, Dudebros, Wiggers, League Fanatics, Emo and scene kids, Twilight fans, all things that would be better off in an incinerator...