Otaku: Japan's Database Animals

Otaku: Japan's Database Animals


By (author) Hiroki Azuma, Translated by Jonathan E. Abel

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  • Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
  • Format: Paperback | 200 pages
  • Dimensions: 135mm x 213mm x 13mm | 227g
  • Publication date: 10 April 2009
  • Publication City/Country: Minneapolis
  • ISBN 10: 0816653526
  • ISBN 13: 9780816653522
  • Edition statement: English ed.
  • Illustrations note: 29 b&w photos
  • Sales rank: 137,783

Product description

In Japan, obsessive adult fans and collectors of manga and anime are known as otaku. Hiroki Azuma's 'Otaku' offers a critical, philosophical, and historical inquiry into the characteristics and consequences of this consumer subculture.

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Author information

Hiroki Azuma is codirector of the Academy of Humanities in the Center for the Study of World Civilizations at the Tokyo Institute of Technology. A leading cultural critic in Japan, he is the author of seven books, including Ontological, Postal, which won the 2000 Suntory Literary Prize.