Otaku is a common name for avid fans who delve deeper into popular culture and other fields of interest. They devote their time and resources to their favorite things and activities. Most of them don’t share the same characteristics. This gives a vague and generalized meaning to the word. It is also called numa (沼) or “swamp” in Japanese internet culture. The word ”otaku” has a negative connotation in Japan. In Japan, people hated being called such since the public is prejudiced against them. Media and news outlets would often release degrading reports about otaku culture. The stereotypical male otaku mostly depicted in media are called kimoota (キモオタ) or “disgusting geek”. They have an unkempt appearance, unpleasant behavior, and lack social skills. Another negative stereotype for otaku is the social recluse called hikikomori (引きこもり). Japanese popular culture also depicts otaku as relatable main characters. Examples of such characters in Japanese fiction are Keima Katsuragi from The World God Only Knows, Kirino Kousaka from Oreimo, Konata Izumi from Lucky Star, Narumi Momose from Wotakoi, Shinpachi Shimura from Gintama, and Youji Itami from GATE.