Coming in October, The Otaku Encyclopedia

Posted on 12. Jun, 2009 by josh in Blog

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otakuencyclopediaAre 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.

Now available for pre-order >>

For more info including lots of pictures visit Danny Choo’s page here.

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7 Responses to “Coming in October, The Otaku Encyclopedia”

  1. Rob

    13. Jun, 2009

    Also found a YouTube video if you want a little more perspective

  2. Tyler

    13. Jul, 2009

    Hey just wondering if you could help me:

    There was an anime show on Adult Swim, and I want to know what it is called.

    It was about this skinny evil guy who was taking over Japan I think, through war, and then this chick who’s delirious or something as she goes around with a gun asking them “Are you Japanese?” with the intention of killing them. She later ends up in a hospital or something.
    It’s a really wierd plot, but also one that really pulls you in. ^^ Any help would be appreciated.

  3. Taylor Medley

    22. Jul, 2009

    If the definition of otaku mentioned in what it says about is correct, then I am 100% OTAKU!!!!!!!!!!!!! GO OTAKUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YEAH!!!!!!!!!! XD

  4. Joe

    01. Aug, 2009

    Anxious to check the encyclopedia out. I have a question for you guys at AnimeTV though. I just recently found your site and show and I love it. Johnny Yong Bosch kicks asterisk. Do you guys think that Fruits Basket is too girly of an anime for guys to watch or do you think its cool enough for guys as well?

    Joe in PA

  5. Jasmine

    24. Sep, 2009

    Uhhh what can I say…..Yes yes yes!! I want it!!…Oh and joe?? Fruits basket is sooo not to girly to watch!! Bye bye ;3 *Meow*

  6. Jasmine

    24. Sep, 2009

    Oh yea! I forgot….Uhhh you guys should come to Otakon!!! I live in baltimore so I go every year!! Plzz, even if you only thought about coming that would be so awesome!! Thanx ^.^

  7. Herman

    21. Nov, 2009

    I didn’t get my copy yet!

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