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- DescriptionOtaku: Nerd; geek or fanboy. Originates from a polite second-person proun 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 w 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 kw. Author Patrick W. Galbraith has spent several years researching deep into the otaku heartland and his intimate kwledge 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 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.
- Author BiographyPATRICK 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.
- Author(s)Patrick W Galbraith
- PublisherKodansha America, Inc
- Date of Publication24/07/2009
- SubjectGraphic Novels: Manga
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintKodansha America, Inc
- Content Notecolour illustrations
- Weight352 g
- Width132 mm
- Height189 mm
- Spine18 mm
- Foreword byFrederik Schodt
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