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


By (author) Patrick W. Galbraith

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  • Publisher: Kodansha International Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 132mm x 188mm x 18mm |
  • Publication date: 8 September 2009
  • Publication City/Country: Tokyo
  • ISBN 10: 4770031017
  • ISBN 13: 9784770031013
  • Illustrations note: 150+ colour & b/w illustrations
  • Sales rank: 105,228

Product description

With over 500 entries - including common expressions, people, places, and moments of otaku history - this is the essential 'A to Z' of all the facts Japanese pop-culture fans need to know! 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 of people, previously marginalised with labels such as 'geek' and 'nerd' are now calling themselves 'otaku' with pride. The author, Patrick W. Galbraith, has spent several years researching deep in 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. Insightful interviews with key players - such as Takashi Murakami, otaku expert Toshio Okada, and J-pop idol Shoko Nakagawa - are interspersed throughout the book offering an even deeper look into the often misunderstood world of Otaku. This book offers a fascinating insight into the subculture of Cool Japan - from cosplay to anime, manga, videogames and a whole lot more. This is the definitive guide to the world of Otaku - Japan's anime nerds, game geeks and pop-idol fanboys - no competition.

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Author information

Patrick W. Galbraith is a journalist based in Tokyo. He specialises 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. Foreword by world authority on manga Frederik L. Schodt, author of KI long-seller Manga,Manga - The World of Japanese Comics (1983; GBP 16.99)

Review quote

"You can't possibly be called an otaku without this book." --Danny Choo,"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 DungeonThis 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