The Otaku Encyclopedia An Insiders Guide to the Subculture

The Otaku Encyclopedia An Insiders Guide to the Subculture of Cool Japan Otaku Nerd; geek or fanboy Originates from a polite second person pronoun meaning your home in Japanese Since the 1980s it's been used to refer to people who are really into Japanese pop culture such as anime manga and videogames A whole generation previously marginalized with labels such as geek and nerd are now calling themselves otaku with prideThe Otaku Encyclopedia offers fascinating insight into the subculture of Cool Japan With over 600 entries including common expressions people places and moments of otaku history this is the essential A to Z of facts every Japanese pop culture fan needs to know Author Patrick W Galbraith has spent several years researching deep into the otaku heartland and his intimate knowledge of the subject gives the reader an insider's guide to words such as moe doujinshi cosplay and maid cafes In depth interviews with such key players as Takashi Murakami otaku expert Okada Toshio and J pop idol Shoko Nakagawa are interspersed with the entries offering an even penetrating look into the often misunderstood world of otaku Dozens of lively colorful images from portraits of the interview subjects to manga illustrations film stills and photos of places mentioned in the text pop up throughout the book making The Otaku Encyclopedia as entertaining to read as it is informative



10 thoughts on “The Otaku Encyclopedia An Insiders Guide to the Subculture of Cool Japan

  1. says:

    This is a fun a z about a special Japanese subculture It is full of information Some of it seems a bit dated in the fast moving world of youth culture but that is always a risk when writing about this subject One weakness with the book is that you do not get any information about how this subculture fits with the rest of Japanese culture Overall I can


  2. says:

    I bought this for my otaku daughter's 11th birthday but thought I'd better preview it for unduly suicky material which it turns out to have in abundance It's not in bad taste but it definitely covers EVERY aspect of Japanese fandom and some of those are almost certainly beyond her comfort level I'll keep it and let her look things up in it if she wants to


  3. says:

    Excellent book My first of this year and I hope of many to come I have considered myself an otaku wannabe for a while but after reading this book I realized that it was a huge joke Otakus are seriously into it It is not a mere hobby I am of a manga wota; Johnny wotaThis encyclopedia is very complete it covers from manga to anime; video games to idoru There ar


  4. says:

    The Otaku Encyclopedia is exactly as advertised an encyclopedia devoted to all things otaku While the word otaku has not become mainstream vernacular for people who are well versed in things originating in Japan or in global subculture the word is familiar and interestingly becoming uite cool It is interesting because the term in Japanese conveys uite the opposite


  5. says:

    As a newcomer to the world of animemanga fandom I found it pretty good but I could not compare to much of anything elseIt's a pretty complete view of otaku culture in Japan and is based on hundreds of interviews done by Patrick as part of his research earning a PhD from a Japanese university in international communications Some of the information causes some controversy


  6. says:

    I bought this book while visiting Japan hoping to find out about the rad newgen sub culture of otaku Overall this is a short encyclopedia plus a collection of interviews It is much of what Otaku Spaces fails to be that is an analysis of what the otaku culture is and means this I liked very much However the presentation structure and style remain that of an encyclopedia that


  7. says:

    I only partially read this book It was good but I had other books that I neededwanted to read that ended up taking priorityBaically you can look up a term that you would like to know in manga or anime or other otaku pursuits and read an entry about it Just getting through the B's I learned uite a bit There are also interviews with various artists and directors about the otaku cult


  8. says:

    I saw this book while on holiday in Japan and found it so impressively informative that I had to pick up my own copy once I got home of course because it was cheaper to due to the exchange rate Luckily the author is someone living and working in Japan so they've had the experience from their journalism work to research efficiently for this book than a humble westerner would He has done


  9. says:

    Strong four starsAs the title suggests this is an encyclopedia; there are many entries to the animemangaJapanese pop culture jargon not forgetting history and the people who have been involved in it a handful of interviews giving a personal touch to a few topicsThe book is written with the otaku culture in mind which is an elusive term at best even within the covers of this bookAs someone


  10. says:

    An essential guide to any anime or Manga fan Unfortunately some of the Otaku culture is very sexual and I can't offer it to my high school students I had the Japanese teacher look at it and she confirmed that she would not be able to use it with students but may be able to use some sections as a resource in class


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