Otaku: Japan's Database Animals

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U of Minnesota Press, 2009 - Social Science - 144 pages
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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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Contents

1 The Otakus PseudoJapan
3
2 Database Animals
25
3 Hyperflatness and Multiple Personality
96
Notes
117
Index
141
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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.

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