In general, the word otaku refers to a person who has an obsession or devotion to a particular subject, which could be anything from trains to languages to film. The otaku anime characters featured here have a (rather meta) interest in anime, manga, gaming, or cosplay and will often reference popular franchises that exist in our world.
Their personalities and narratives are especially enjoyable (and hilarious) for fans that may see some of themselves in the otaku characters in anime. Though light-hearted and fun most of the time, there are moments for these characters that highlight some of the loneliness or bullying they experience as a result of their interests.
However, they stay true to themselves and remind viewers to go after their big dreams or indulge in their hobbies even in the face of dissent. Whether you’re looking for characters you can identify with or you just want to learn a bit more about some anime otakus, these are the people you need to know about.
Kae Serinuma - Kiss Him, Not Me
A hardcore "fujoshi," or fan of yaoi media, Kae watches her favorite anime religiously and never misses the opportunity to get her hands on limited-release merchandise.
Sora and Shiro - No Game No Life
Siblings Sora and Shiro are not only technology wizards, but also master gamers capable of beating any type of game - from digital to virtual to analog.
Erika and Walker - Durarara!
Basically joined at the hip, Erika and Walker share an unabashed enthusiasm for anime and manga. Their dialogue is often steeped in so many otaku references that others have no idea what they're talking about. Can you keep up?
Umaru Doma - Himouto! Umaru-Chan
Though a model student at school, at home Umara indulges in her otaku lifestyle by donning her animal hoodie then playing video games and reading manga all day. Seems like a great way to live, honestly.