The official antiotaku glossary – Being a simple Primer to Educate Readers in the vocabulary of the Deviant Tribe, the Otaku
One of my main goals when starting antiotaku was to write about anime without using any of the massive amounts of slang and jargon that the fandom has accumulated. It’s another barrier to entry in getting people to watch anime, and it can be pretty intimidating to someone just starting to get interested. You shouldn’t have to keep Wikipedia open just to understand a discussion.
But one of the reasons for the preponderance of jargon is that anime tends to reuse a lot of the same tropes and concepts. If you want to discuss those concepts, as we obviously do, it helps to have words to describe them, if only so you don’t have to keep writing “boys-only romance show aimed at girls”.
So we’ve put together a short glossary with some terms that just keep comping up, or that we feel need further explanation. It’s by no means complete: we’ll update it regularly, as we need to.