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

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Overview

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 Encyclopedia offers fascinating insight into the subculture of Cool Japan. With over 600 entries, including ...

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Overview

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 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 moé, doujinshi, cosplay and maid cafés. 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 more 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.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"You can't possibly be called an otaku without this book." —Danny Choo, www.dannychoo.com

"Galbraiths knowledge of Akihabaras history and current manifestations makes the neighborhoods warrens of obscurity feel vivid and layered, like a promising archeological dig." —Roland Kelts, author of Japanamerica

"Prepare for a wild, educational, and entertaining ride!" — from the foreword by Frederik L. Schodt, author of Manga! Manga!

"The author is clearly knowledgeable and the entries are rarely short blurbs, but are richly detailed and informative." —The Gaming Dungeon

This inexpensive, attractive and useful reference should have wide appeal for both otaku patrons and librarians working with manga and anime. —Library Journal

"The Otaku Encyclopedia is obviously a treasure trove and necessary for anyone who is interested in anime and manga, but it also has much to offer anyone interested in Japanese history, society or linguistics." —Shelf Awareness

Library Journal
From A-boy (Akiba-boy, or wimpy geek) to zettai ryoiki (that stretch of feminine thigh between miniskirt and high stockings), these 600-plus entries focus on names of prominent people and terms relating to anime, manga, and Japanese pop culture. Copiously illustrated with photos and drawings, the encyclopedia also features a dozen interviews with Big Names across the spectrum of fandom: idol star, gamer, cosplayer, Comiket convention producer, "maid" role player, and sculptor of pretty-girl-type model figures. However, broader cultural expressions such as jigoku (hell) that may appear in English releases of anime and manga are not included. Journalist Galbraith is based in Tokyo, and Japanese publisher Kodansha has been known for decades of quality manga (e.g., some of CLAMP's original editions). VERDICT This inexpensive, attractive, and useful reference should have wide appeal for both otaku patrons and librarians working with manga and anime. Fine for high school-aged children and up.—M.C.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781568365497
  • Publisher: Kodansha USA Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/28/2014
  • Pages: 248
  • Sales rank: 315,464
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

PATRICK W. GALBRAITH is a journalist based in Tokyo. He specializes in Japanese popular culture, and writes a regular column for Metropolis magazine. He gives weekly tours of Akihabara, the otaku capital of Japan, and is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Tokyo.

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Table of Contents

Main Text

Interviews

Akihabra: interview with Morikawa Kaichiro

Anime: interview with Yamamoto Yutaka

Comiket: interview with Ichikawa Koichi

Cosplay: interview with Ayakawa Yunmao

Figures: interview with BOME

Gamer: interview with Anno Haruna

Idoru: interview with Sakuragawa Himeko

Maidol: interview with hitomi

Maid: interview with Hazuki Ako

Otaku: interview with Okada Toshio

Otaku: interview with Murakami Takashi

Tarento: interview with Nakagawa Shoko

Otaku Essentials

Selected Bibliography

Credits

Acknowlegments

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  • Posted February 20, 2013

    Wonderful~!

    This has all of the information I could ever want- and more! I love this book, it is a must have for an Otaku like me who loves to learn about our subculture.

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  • Posted April 20, 2010

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    Otaku must!!! All about otaku and cool japan!!!

    Awesome book of cool japan. music. pop culture and manga!!! this is a must for otaku people and cool japan fans

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