Where does anime freak come from?
The phrase anime freak has been in use to describe someone extremely interested in anime since the late 1990s and early 2000s. A Japanese computer game series translated as Anime Freak FX debuted in 1995, around the time anime was starting to become popular in the West. The term freak itself has been slang for someone unusually enthusiastic about something (e.g., “coffee freak”) since the early 20th century, though it’s become especially common since the 1960s.
In 2007, the website AnimeFreak.tv was founded, which allows users to stream various anime. It bills itself as “Your #1 Anime Resource Site on the Entire Web.”
Who uses anime freak?
The phrase anime freak has much in common with the word otaku, which is a derogatory Japanese word like nerd but which Westerners often use to mean anime fan. Some treat anime freak the same as otaku, i.e., a diehard anime lover, sometimes embraced as a positive term of self-identification. Others reserve otaku for an anime connoisseur, using anime freak, joining others outside anime culture, to disparage fans as anime obsessives.
I can't help it if I'm an anime freak,' I mumbled, gazing at the portrait again.
Ileana Coca, Fairy Tale Redeemed, 2014
“Not to be an anime freak but last night I watched Spirited Away and today I'm watching My Neighbour Totoro and Im ready to move to Japan now”
@sigofthetimes, April, 2017
i don't think that if you cosplay, that necessarily makes you an anime freak. i'd cosplay as some anime characters at conventions because some of them look pretty damn cool.
flipdragn, Soompi.com [user comments], August, 2006