Are you an otaku? Do you have otaku friends you can't relate to? Then let "The Otaku Encyclopedia" expand your knowledge of the fascinating subculture of Cool Japan. This definitive guide introduces the world of Japan's anime nerds, game geeks, and pop-idol fanboys, with over 600 terms that any fan of Japanese pop culture simply must know. Moe, doujinshi, cosplay, and most importantly otaku itself, are clearly explained in a fun yet informative way by a self-confessed otaku who has spent years researching the otaku heartland.
Scattered among the encyclopedic entries are interviews with key otaku like artist Takashi Murakami, otaku expert Okada Toshio, J-pop idol Shoko Nakagawa, and many others entrenched in the world of maid cafes, street-idols, and figure collecting. An essential A-to-Z of otaku culture not to be missed.
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 video games. A whole generation of people, previously marginalized with labels such as "geek" and "nerd" are now calling themselves "otaku" with pride.
The author, Patrick W Galbraith, is a journalist based in Tokyo. He specializes in Japanese popular culture and writes regular columns for Metropolis magazine, and the Otaku2.com website. He is a Ph.D. candidate researching otaku at the University of Tokyo, and is a familiar face in Akihabara, where he gives regular tours of the otaku capital dressed as Goku from Dragon Ball. His writing has also appeared in Akiba Today and Akibanana, and he has academic articles upcoming in Signs, Positions, Mechademia and the Journal of Japanese Studies.© Japan Today