The Otaku Encyclopedia: An Insider's Guide to the Subculture of Cool Japan

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Otaku: Nerd; geek, or fanboy. Originates from a polite second-person pronoun meaning "your home" in Japanese.

Since the 1980s otaku has been used to refer to people who are really into Japanese pop culture, such as anime, manga, and video games. A whole generation of people, previously marginalized with labels such as "geek" and "nerd" are now calling themselves "otaku" with pride.

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You know you are an otaku when. . . 1)A trip to Tokyo means shopping in Akihabara. 2)You have a Lum-chan tattoo. 3)You have pondered long and hard on the final two episodes of Neon Genesis Evangelion, and you think you finally understand the significance. 4)You prefer "early Miyazaki." 5)You no longer even wonder why anime eyes are so big. 6)Summer Comiket is not an infernal deathtrap of hot, sweaty otaku. It's fun! 7)You were upset that Optimus Prime had a mouth in the Hollywood film. 8)Standing in line at the con, you would consider jumping into a Robotech-Macross debate between strangers on a point of clarification. 9)You argue that Gamera 4 is non-canonical because the roar was wrong (and add that a turtle and a tortoise are NOT the same). 10)You do, in fact, know what moe means. Are you an otaku? Do you have otaku friends you can't relate to? Then let The Otaku Encyclopedia expand your knowledge of the fascinating subculture of Cool Japan. This definitive guide introduces the world of Japan's anime nerds, game geeks, and pop-idol fanboys, with over 600 terms that any fan of Japanese pop culture simply must know. Moe, doujinshi, cosplay, and most importantly otaku itself, are clearly explained in a fun yet informative way by a self-confessed otaku who has spent years researching the otaku heartland. Scattered among the encyclopedic entries are interviews with key otaku like artist Takashi Murakami, otaku expert Okada Toshio, J-pop idol Shoko Nakagawa, and many others entrenched in the world of maid cafes, street-idols, and figure collecting. An essential A-to-Z of otaku culture not to be missed.

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Author Patrick W. Galbraith
Publisher Kamibashi
Page Count Kodansha International
Publication Size 5.25 x 7.25
Publication Notes Softcover, color
Publication Date October 1, 2009
ISBN 978-4770031013

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