The origin of “otaku” is from Japan. Even now there is still no exact definition of this term but it is most often equivalent to “geek” or “nerd”. Actually it is not the mainstream in the past before the “Tokyo/Saitama Serial Kidnapping Murders of Little Girls” happened. Tsutomu Miyazaki, an otaku killed 4 little girls, became known as “The Otaku Murderer” in 1989. His merciless murders fueled a strong moral panic against otaku. But actually it can relate to a fan of any particular field. It’s hard to simply define an otaku as a person staying at home all day and addicting to games and animation in China. There is a very resounding name for a special group of otaku , “tech-otaku”（ “技术宅” in Chinese and means otaku with special skills）They enjoy great reputation on the internet and mainly specialize in video/audio editing, painting, and etc. Their lives showed another aspect of otaku to all of us.
Mad（マッド-）, derivative MV work of ACG(animation, comic, games) materials, is a newly developing form of video. It is also a hot field for many tech-otaku. The most famous central locus of them in China is Flsnow Mad Team. Their works were widely spread and some of them even appeared in the top ranking list in Japanese video web “niconico douga”. The mad competition it holds also attracts many maders from Japan and Korea. Most members are not professional editors. The youngest member is only 16 and most of them are self-taught. But the most common point they hold is the love of ACG culture.
Being a tech-otaku is really tough and surrounding people always doubt their behaviors and trying to persuade them going out rather than study the software at home. It is true that Otaku will lose chances of social communication but on the other hand they are able to concentrate on their own interests and achieve the goals which still can be recognized by the society. Personally I would like to divide those special tech-otakus to the group Innovators who accept goals but comes up new means. I think they should be independent of from the group hikikomori（引き篭もり in Japanese means people being isolated and have morbid mind) Sometimes, they even find new ways of their lives . For instance, a Chinese mader xiaobai927, who picked up MAD making in 2008, his third year of university, now becomes a trainee of local TV station. In fact it also surprised him because his college major is totally different.
Generally speaking, Otaku is a kind of social deviance, but simply define it as someone only relate to negative impressions is irresponsible. Not only for otaku, I think we must judge the behavior of social deviance more rationally and objectively. Constant critique can only lead us to bigger gap between the society and them. For me, I started to learn video editing after watching some mad edited by Chinese maders in the summer vacation and I want to make it as a hobby in my college life. If I’m able to keep the balance between our study and hobby, what matters whether I’m called an otaku or not?
Some famous MADs edited by Chinese maders
【魔法少女まどかMAD】 ETERNAL BLAZE —By LANXUS
「MAD」世界線の交点 すべてシュタインズ・ゲートの選択である —BY N.ec鱼丸
by John Wang