Be a Japan-certified OTAKU/geek!

From Wiki: Otaku (おたく or オタク) a variety of geek (or an overly obsessed fanboy/fangirl) specializing in anime and manga. A simplistic translation might be ‘culture hermit’ and Japanese often refer to them as “manics”.

Otaku Certificate exam
Interest now obsessive for first ‘otaku’ test

TOKYO—Thousands of young Japanese men are expected to take a nationwide exam next month that would, if they pass, grant them recognition as experts in the field of “otaku,” or geeks.
Since word of the first-ever Otaku Certificate exam broke in late June, publisher Biblos has been flooded with inquiries…the website

So how geeky are you?
Download the the huge PDF (2.6MB) of the sample exam of the “First Nationwal Standardized Otaku Permissibility Test” (第一回 全国統一オタク検定模試) if you can dare to the take the whole test in Japanese. If you’re to that challenge, you can contact them at

To loosely translate the website…
In beginning …
Now Japan can be proud of its OTAKU culture in the world. In addition, Japanese thinktanks forsee the otaku market as becoming a very important business.
However, for the world recognition and even Japanese understanding of otaku culture is low…However, we have entered the new century, the Otaku Age.

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  1. Guardian Unlimited | 15 July |
    ….Such is the otakus’ newfound cachet that the search is on for Japan’s top 100 geeks. Thousands of men are expected to sit the exam, organised by the Tokyo-based publisher Biblos, in which they will be tested on their knowledge of the fundamentals of the nerd lifestyle – comic books, video games, cartoons, female pop idols and computers.

    It is a far cry from the early 1980s, when a columnist used otaku to describe the thousands of men in their 20s who descended on the annual Comic Convention in Tokyo. The word was supposedly the opening gambit in the nerds’ faltering attempts to strike up conversations with women.

    Most, though, prefer to confine their contact with the opposite sex to a genre of manga in which female characters are invariably dewy-eyed schoolgirls who, despite their outward naivety, are unfailingly accommodating in bed.

    This skewed portrayal of women in manga and interactive computer games has led to charges that the otaku are at the root of unhealthy attitudes towards sex among young Japanese men.

    But Momo, a French-maid waitress, says she is happy in the company of men who otherwise have trouble interacting with women. “I like talking to the customers here, even those who seem shy or might be here because they have some sort of Lolita complex.”

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