James A. Landau JJJRLandau at AOL.COM
Mon Jun 25 22:16:59 UTC 2001

Otaku is the Japanese equivalent for 'geek'. It's actually an insult when
used in Japan, but foreign fans of anime have seemed to pick it up. I don't
know why, I wouldn't exactly want to say "hey, I'm an otaku, which means I
have no life!"

The ^_^ smiley comes from Japanese animation. Often, when anime characters
smile, they shut their eyes so all you can see are the eyelashes.

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