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

Patrick W. Galbraith Frederik L. Schodt


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

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

  • Title: The Otaku Encyclopedia: An Insider's Guide to the Subculture of Cool Japan
  • Author: Patrick W. Galbraith Frederik L. Schodt
  • ISBN: 9784770031013
  • Page: 249
  • Format: Paperback



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 pride.The Otaku EncOtaku 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 pride.The 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.


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

I bought this for my otaku daughter's 11th birthday, but thought I'd better preview it for unduly squicky 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, but I'm not going to wrap a ribbon around it and give it to her saying "Here, learn about Japanese sex dolls and guys who have crush [...]

Excellent book. My first of this year -and I hope, of many more 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 more of a manga-wota; Johnny-wota.This encyclopedia is very complete, it covers from manga to anime; video-games to idoru. There are great pictures: about idorus, places, dolls and figures, but also some of them are very sexual. It also includes in [...]

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 quite "cool." It is interesting because the term, in Japanese, conveys quite the opposite of cool; even if the obsessive pursuits of seriously devoted fans of a complex and, often, slightly deranged mediu [...]

As a newcomer to the world of anime/manga fandom I found it pretty good, but I could not compare to much of anything else.It'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 Ph.D from a Japanese university in international communications. Some of the information causes some controversy with US fans and that's because what is here is based on Japanese fans. Examples, under the influential manga category "Ma [...]

I bought this book while visiting Japan, hoping to find out more 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 is, rather dry, and there is an issue of too many explicit images sprinkled everywhere, so I would still r [...]

I only partially read this book. It was good, but I had other books that I needed/wanted to read that ended up taking priority.Baically, 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 quite a bit. There are also interviews with various artists and directors about the otaku culture.Otaku - basically a type of geek or nerd. It's someone who likes video games and the internet and manga a [...]

Strong four stars.As the title suggests, this is an encyclopedia; there are many entries to the anime/manga/Japanese pop-culture jargon, not forgetting history and the people who have been involved in it, a handful of interviews giving a more personal touch to a few topics.The book is written with the otaku culture in mind, which is an elusive term at best, even within the covers of this book.As someone who has long been interested in anime and manga, but has had little time to devote to that in [...]

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 a smashing job of explaining some of the newer terms used by fans today that old school fans like me just [...]

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.

The more I read about Japanese pop culture, the less I understand it! Idoru, maid cafes, Lolitas, boy love, yikes! It's so female-oriented and female-objectifying. Japanese culture can be very subtle so I'm sure I'm missing something here. Still, a handy resource to peruse if you're curious about Japan's pop culture, and even if you're already an aficionado you might discover something new.

Truly, an encyclopedia of Manga and Anime idioms, as well as cultural phenomenon such as Maid Cafes and Moe (falling in love with a Manga / Anime character). Good reference.

Good for reference, but the drawings are borderline pornographic.

Very helpful, included a lot of things I'd never heard of at all

Although at first glance, it looks like another one of those horrible books that try to cash in on the anime/manga fandom, it's actually pretty nice. The terms were relevant and interesting.

A very good guide to Japanese pop culture. Book also recommends more reading at the end, which is great.

I love this book it is infromative as well as funny and interesting. A must have for all otaku, anime and manga fans.

Essential reading for otaku and otaku-wannabes.

It's pretty good and provides good definitions and descriptions of everything. A few things are a bit overdone, but all-in-all it's very informative and executed well.


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