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Otaku, subjectivity and databases: Hiroki Azuma’s Otaku: Japan’s database animals. Schäfer, Fabian; Roth, Martin. Posted at the Zurich Open. Otaku, subjectivity and databases: Hiroki Azuma’s Otaku: Japan’s database animals. Digital Culture & Education, 4(2) Copy. Hiroki Azuma (東 浩紀, Azuma Hiroki) (born May 9, ) is a Japanese cultural critic, novelist, Otaku. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, Azuma, Hiroki. () “The Animalization of Otaku Culture” Mechademia 2 –

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T he Language of New MediaCambridge: I do surf the internet quite often, but only to look for information for my projects electronics, physics, computers The book is about the male otaku, but hardly makes any commentary about misogyny or the relationship with women in any way. It is one of the best books I’ve read on Japanese subculture sociology.

However, Azuma’s introduction to the genre is easy to follow and his use of novel games most succinctly illustrates his theoretical connection between the database grand non-narrative and its multifarious simulacra small narratives.

Azuma devotes the last chapter of Otaku to real-world examples of his animalistic database premise. The book is about the ma The book was enjoyable and a good stepping stone for those who are unfamiliar with theory like I was. Highly recommended, and often profound in the truths it reveals.

Though Otaku is brief — a mere pages — it brings together a wealth of theoretical influences. The upside is that you can find the spiky-haired, ramen-slurping protagonist of your dreams with an online search engine. You love expressing your superiority? That is why it is a “society. Paperbackpages. I find it amusing how people skid over text in order to look for fragments of things that call their attention and end up ignoring the argument as a whole.


Azuma makes a lot of good points and says a lot of interesting things, but he remains a bit inconsistent with how he says it — one day i would feel he would miss the big picture, only to feel the next day like he was being too obtuse, too general, making too many abstractions.

However, what the Otaku did was consume Evangelion according to the Database idea. Hiroki Azuma’s ‘Otaku’ offers a critical, philosophical, and historical inquiry into the characteristics and consequences of this consumer subculture. The first is a mode of reception, according to Bolterp. I actually KNOW guys who would do this. These are the people that need help, that aren’t contributing to society because they’re trapped in their own little fantasy world.

The appropriately brief and thoughtful book, with its screenshots and theoretical diagrams, is worthy of multiple readings.

DCE is an online, open access journal. This is also an effect of what Azuma talks about in his book: Oct 17, Seb Hieoki rated it it was amazing.

Hiroki Azuma: The philosopher of ‘otaku’ speaks – Japan Today

On the surface both books approach totally different cultural representations and processes. A leading cultural critic in Japan, he is the author of seven books, including Ontological, Postalwhich won the Suntory Literary Prize.


If possible, verify the text with references provided in the foreign-language article. May 25, Aung Sett Kyaw Min rated it liked it. While they may demonstrate some creativity within their world, what good does azua do society and what benefift to the welfare of Japan beyond the modest contributions to niche industries?

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Dec 16, Sean Han Tani rated it really liked it. Azuma uses the Otaku culture to explain contemporary transformations of the present postmodern society and show possibilities of where this will take us.

Azuma grasps much of this. Aug 30, D. The way fans of games obsess over the next iteration’s changes – will shields be better? This essay is the intellectual property of the author and cannot be printed or distributed without the author’s express written permission other than excerpts for purposes hiorki with Fair Use.

As Azuma puts it: What do you think about your book becoming a bestseller? Nonetheless a must read for anime fans and scholars interested in otaku culture. Not going into people I know that work top-jobs at Toshiba, etc designing firmware for cameras, etc.

Simple enough idea, isn’t it?