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Otaku : Japan's database animals

Author: Hiroki Azuma
Publisher: Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, ©2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : English : [English ed.]View all editions and formats
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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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Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Hiroki Azuma
ISBN: 9780816653515 0816653518 9780816653522 0816653526
OCLC Number: 254528970
Notes: "Originally published in Japanese as Dōbutsuka suru posutomodan: otaku kara mita nihon shakai (Tokyo: Kōdansha Gendai Shinsho, 2001)"--Title page verso.
Translated from the Japanese.
Description: xxix, 144 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Preface to the English edition / Hiroki Azuma --
Translators' introduction --
What is otaku culture? --
The otaku's pseudo-Japan --
The pseudo-Japan manufactured from U.S.-mode material --
Otaku and postmodernity --
Narrative consumption --
The grand nonnarrative --
Moe-elements --
Database consumption --
The simulacra and the database --
Snobbery and the fictional age --
The dissociated human --
The animal age --
Hyperflatness and hypervisuality --
Multiple personality.
Other Titles: Dōbutsukasuru posutomodan.
Responsibility: Hiroki Azuma ; translated by Jonathan E. Abel and Shion Kono.
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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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