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A Geek in Japan: Discovering the Land of Manga, Anime, Zen, and the Tea Ceremony

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Otaku: Japan's Database Animals

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The Otaku Encyclopedia: An Insider's Guide to the Subculture of Cool Japan

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Cruising the Anime City: An Otaku Guide to Neo Tokyo

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Debating Otaku in Contemporary Japan

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Fandom Unbound: Otaku Culture in a Connected World

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The Soul of Anime: Collaborative Creativity and Japan’s Media Success Story

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Don't forget Yukari's books!

>> No.19377196

What kind of newfag would you have to be to read something like this?

>> No.19377484

i wonder if there is a reverse version
aka an otaku for usa, or europe?
im asking because it would be interesting to see.

>> No.19377488

>>19377484
A otaku in Europe/USA
i can't english today.

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Beautiful Fighting Girl

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Hikikomori - Adolescence without End

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The Japanification of Children's Popular Culture: From Godzilla to Miyazaki

>> No.19377884

>>19376991
this one actually seems pretty good. grabbed it from bib, thanks anon

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Book of Tea and Ideals of the East by Okakura Kakuzo are both really good. This dude helped a decent amount during the westernization years to keep traditional arts preserved and revered.

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Recreating Japanese Men

>> No.19378412

>>19378091
>Sabine Breakfast
And I thought my surname was bad.

>> No.19378518

>>19376807
Japanimation.
The story of how early anime from the 70s made a bridge to and from Japan and the U.S.A and how it made the generations still existing today create the economy between the two countries.

Yeah. It sounds farfetched, but the book makes the point that modern American and japamese economic toes were only continued to the length it is today due to early Japanese anime in American weekend cartoons.

>> No.19378547

>>19378091
Did you want to discuss this book without us looking up a quick run down on this? From my guess from the title and cover it may be the japamese media trying to romanotarize japamese masculinity from the past during and especially after the showa era to appeal to westerners and try to make japamese men aspire to a more traditional lifestyle in terms of submitting to order, tradtion, and superiors in and out of work (the company).

Just a hunch.

>> No.19378624

>>19378547

there is a little excerpt here:

https://www.questia.com/library/120090411/recreating-japanese-men

>> No.19378677

The Great Mirror of Fandom: Reflections of (and on) Otaku and Fujoshi in Anime and Manga

pdf:

h ttp://stars.library.ucf.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=5695&context=etd

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The Moe Manifesto: An Insider's Look at the Worlds of Manga, Anime, and Gaming

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Kawaii! Japan's Culture of Cute

>> No.19379547

>>19378691

In Defense of Moe: An Interview with Patrick W. Galbraith

h ttp://henryjenkins.org/blog/2015/01/in-defense-of-moe-an-interview-with-patrick-w-galbraith-part-one.html

long interview in six parts (links at the bottom)

>> No.19379586

>>19379547
I don't remember where, but I do remember Galbraith once said or quoted a Japanese person (Itou Noizi?) saying that moepigs want to become cute girls, not just look at them. Seems only very partially right

>> No.19379671

Otaku Movement
by Thomas Lamarre

readable in full, you can also save one page at a time as jpg:
h ttp://www.academia.edu/16578561/Otaku_Movement

>> No.19379767

>>19379671
same work, but footnotes differ:

h ttp://www.lamarre-mediaken.com/Site/Otaku_Movement_files/Otaku%20Movement.pdf

>> No.19379897

>>19377884
I'm interested in this too. What's bib? I couldn't find it on Library Genesis.

>>19377764
I think I referenced this in an essay I wrote a few years ago.

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h ttps://frogkun.com/2016/04/15/introduction-to-otakuology/

quotes Toshio Okada's "Introduction to Otakuology" (1996) which has been partially translated in >>19376991

>> No.19382353

>>19376812
I read this one. It had some interesting comments even though I think he a little of the mark in some regards since he is analyzing it from the outside.

Some quotes I found thought provoking:
> the otaku behavioral principle can be seen as close to the behavioral principle of drug addicts. Not a few otaku tell a heartfelt story that, having once encountered some character designs or the voices of some voice actors, that picture or voice circulates through that otaku's head as if the neural wiring had completely changed. This resembles a drug dependency rather than a hobby.

> Since they were teenagers, they had been exposed to innumerable otaku sexual expressions: at some point, they were trained to be sexually stimulated by looking at illustrations of girls, cat ears, and maid outfits. However, anyone can grasp that kind of stimulation if they are similarly trained, since it is essentially a matter of nerves. In contrast, it takes an entirely different motive and opportunity to undertake pedophilia, homosexuality, or a fetish for particular attire as one's own sexuality.

> They no longer bother themselves with the troublesome relationship wherein the desire of the other is itself desired; they simply demand works in which their favorite moe-elements are presented in their favorite narratives.

> the otaku feel stronger reality in fiction than in reality, and their communication consists in large part of exchanges of information. In other words, their sociality is sustained not by actual necessity, as are kinship and local community, but by interest in particular kinds of information.

> In our era, most physiological needs can be satisfied immediately in an animalistic manner. Regardless of whether this contributes to our individual sense of prosperity, there is no question that in this regard contemporary Japanese society is overwhelmingly more convenient than in the past.

> To this extent, the functions of moe-elements in otaku culture are not so different from those of Prozac or psychotropic drugs. I believe the same observation can be made of some trends in the entertainment industry, such as Hollywood films and techno music.

>> No.19382687

>>19378624
That's a nice summary. Thanks anon. It seems to take on a reasonable subject matter. I'll have to read it some day.

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>> No.19383575

Animating Transcultural Communities: Animation Fandom in North America and East Asia from 1906–2010
h ttps://mspace.lib.umanitoba.ca/bitstream/handle/1993/4733/annett_sandra2.pdf

Entering Post-Otaku - Approaching the Internet Era in the Light of Otaku
h ttps://jyx.jyu.fi/bitstream/handle/123456789/44183/URN%3ANBN%3Afi%3Ajyu-201409032709.pdf

>>19382687
you can read several pages too by clicking the table of contents

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Tokyo Geek’s Guide

h ttps://metropolisjapan.com/tokyo-geeks-guide/

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Cool Japanese Men: Studying New Masculinities at Cambridge

h ttps://www.ames.cam.ac.uk/news-events/latest/cool-japanese-men-studying-new-masculinities-at-cambridge

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Manga Girl Seeks Herbivore Boy: Studying Japanese Gender at Cambridge

h ttp://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/herbivore-boys-and-other-fault-lines-in-japans-gender-crisis

>> No.19384210

>>19383528

the end of Cool Japan will happen after Olympics, maybe, certainly not before

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cool_Japan

>> No.19385377

>>19384068
Anything out og cambridge these days is probably commubist subverssion rhetoric. In not sure who would read that bo9k given the cover art.

>> No.19385392

>>19384079
Geez. Cambridge has an entire course and professor in this subject it seems.

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Otaku Spaces

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Otaku 101: An Introductory Guide to the Otaku Pop Culture, Anime, Manga, and More!

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Otaku engagements: Subcultural appropriation of science and technology

h ttps://search.proquest.com/docview/305288545

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Otacool Worldwide Otaku Rooms
Otacool 2 Worldwide Cosplayers
Otacool 3 Worldwide Workspaces

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Wrong About Japan

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Otaku Culture and Its Discontents
A Record of Talk Delivered at “The Colloquium in Visual and Cultural Studies” (October 17, 2007, University of Rochester)

h ttp://www.ritsumei.ac.jp/acd/cg/lt/rb/623/623PDF/ueda.pdf

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Cool Japan: Case Studies from Japan’s Cultural and Creative Industries

h ttps://pressbooks.education/news/2018/03/tim-craigs-cool-japan-finds-success-as-textbook/

>> No.19389199

>>19376844
Why is otaku spelled like that? If they're going to use katakana, shouldn't it be オタク?

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Otaku Marketing by the Nomura Research Institute


Maids in Akihabara: Fantasy, Consumption and Role-playing in Tokyo.

h ttp://repo.lib.hosei.ac.jp/bitstream/10114/14228/3/j32-Baffelli.pdf

Globalization in Different Directions: Glocalization and Cultural Distances between Otaku Cultures in Different Regions

pdf: h ttp://arno.uvt.nl/show.cgi?fid=142176

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A Companion to Media Fandom and Fan Studies

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Anime Fan Communities: Transcultural Flows and Frictions

>> No.19389474

I feel.like a lot of these books are just a bunch pf.nomries that watched a handduo of anime series and decided to write books on "otaku".

>> No.19389800

>>19377764
This is a fantastic book

>>19376812
This book is interesting, I think the author is wrong more often than not but he has interesting viewpoints

>>19378691
This book isn't very good, it's mostly interviews with randoms who don't matter and don't really have anything to say

>> No.19389818

I regret majoring in Physics, then failing that and switching to Geology.

>> No.19389824

>>19389818
Instead of just bullshitting your way through Japanology and then writing a bunch of books to sell to dumb weebs?

>> No.19389864

>>19379586
I feel like there's some kernel of truth to that but phrasing it that way is retarded. I think living like a moe girl would be a nice life but I'm not a transsexual.

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Otaku Journalism - A Guide to Geek Reporting in the Digital Age

h ttps://www.otakujournalist.com/books/

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Snapshots of American Culture: Japanophilia and the Otaku

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Reading Japan Cool - Patterns of Manga Literacy and Discourse (2009)

h ttps://rowman.com/ISBN/9780739127544/Reading-Japan-Cool-Patterns-of-Manga-Literacy-and-Discourse

Otak-who? Technoculture, youth, consumption, and resistance. American representations of a Japanese youth subculture. (2002)

h ttp://cjas.org/~leng/otaku.pdf

"I'm alone, but not lonely": Japanese Otaku-Kids colonize the Realm of Information and Media. A Tale of Sex and Crime from a faraway Place (Dec. 1990)

h ttp://cjas.org/~leng/otaku-e.htm

>> No.19390812

The meaning and image of Otaku in Japanese society, and its change over time (2013)

h ttps://gupea.ub.gu.se/bitstream/2077/35267/1/gupea_2077_35267_1.pdf

Re-Narrating Social Class and Masculinity in Neoliberal Japan. An examination of the media coverage of the 'Akihabara Incident' of 2008 (2011)

h ttp://www.japanesestudies.org.uk/articles/2011/SlaterGalbraith.html

Otaku: Images and Identity in Flux (2006)

pdf: h ttps://repository.upenn.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1012&context=curej

Anime: the cultural signification of the otaku (2005)

h ttps://macsphere.mcmaster.ca/bitstream/11375/8450/1/fulltext.pdf

The Otaku Group from a Business Perspective: Revaluation of Enthusiastic Consumers (2004)

h ttp://www.nri.co.jp/english/opinion/papers/2004/pdf/np200484.pdf

Japanese Subculture in the 1990s: Otaku and the Amateur Manga Movement (1998)

h ttps://www.sfu.ca/cmns/courses/2011/488/1-Readings/Kinsella%20Japanese%20Subculture%20in%20the%201990s.pdf

>> No.19390888

>>19376812
>>19377764
those two should be read one after another

>> No.19390920
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Adult Manga: Culture and Power in Contemporary Japan

h ttp://www.kinsellaresearch.com/

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Fanning the Flames - Fans and Consumer Culture in Contemporary Japan (2004)

h ttps://www.sunypress.edu/p-3905-fanning-the-flames.aspx

>> No.19391598

>>19385377
I don't entirely doubt that, but to be fair, that cover seems to just be a reference to lone wolf and cub rather than pushing any kind of message outright. Though with them you can never be certain.

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The resilience of hegemonic salaryman masculinity: a comparison of three prominent masculinities (2015)

h ttp://portal.research.lu.se/portal/files/3924116/5050927.pdf

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Floating young men: Globalization and the crisis of masculinity in Japan (2012)

h ttp://www.li.ocha.ac.jp/ug/global/Kumagai-Keichi/pdf/research_4a.pdf

how many of these "petit (neo)nationalist men" are there in Japan?
see also:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_Society_for_History_Textbook_Reform

>> No.19392400

>>19382353
> the otaku feel stronger reality in fiction than in reality, and their communication consists in large part of exchanges of information. In other words, their sociality is sustained not by actual necessity, as are kinship and local community, but by interest in particular kinds of information.
I feel like this described me even before I "became otaku." Strange. The most "on the mark" quote I would say of the ones you listed.

>> No.19393272

>>19389800
>This book isn't very good, it's mostly interviews with randoms who don't matter and don't really have anything to say
This could not possiby be less true.

>> No.19394129

>people actually write academic books about otaku
Embarrassing

>> No.19394146

>>19376812
I read this and felt like some of the analysis was spot-on but didn't enjoy nearly as much the analytical reduction of otaku culture to the slicing and dicing of character traits even if the current wave of 99-girl series is lending increasing credibility to the theory.

Incidentally it's the only book listed here that I read at all. I was already planning to read Beautiful Fighting Girl next so if >>19390888 knows what he's talking about I guess my instincts are pretty good.

>> No.19394204

What are the seminal japanese books about otaku? I assume that the オタク学入門 mentioned by >>19380157 is one of them, and maybe オタクはすでに死んでいる (You Otaku Are Already Dead) also by Okada but that was a whole ten years ago now. So given that the culture died fifteen years ago and we've all just been squatting in the ruins I've been wondering if there's been a more contemporary take on it since then.

(Brief summary and review of the second work at http://altjapan.typepad.com/my_weblog/2008/07/already-dead.html)

>> No.19394238

>>19379897
bibliotik, private tracker for books. it's there.

>> No.19395272

>>19379897
i can throw it up wherever you want

>> No.19395273

>>19391598
Yes, you are right in my opinion. It's definitely line wolf and cub. Lone wolf and cub was brought over to the U.S in the early 80s. The U.S release of the movie was dubbed and merged the first and second movie together to save money as well as keeping Americans attention span. It's not pushing anything you're right. It's a choice of a movie that served as the basis for an entire generations introduction into Japanese cinema and culture.

I was commenting more on the rather poor depiction of the characters.

Thanks anon.

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Redefining and Recontextualizing Moe: A New Dimension to Sexualized Cuteness

h ttps://actar.wordpress.com/2015/10/27/honors-thesis-redefining-and-recontextualizing-moe-a-new-dimension-to-sexualized-cuteness/

>> No.19397517

Do any of these books even get close to "deep" otaku culture?

I've read a few of these, but at best they seem to stop at an analysis of wider "otaku" culture, but not really much further.

By which I mean something you'd see done by a guy that may have read western literature on the topic that probably trails the current trend by at least a decade. Or, seems to miss the mark when it comes to reality because they a) can't understand Japanese or b) don't have a strong grasp of Japanese internet based otaku culture (or irl otaku-culture, which is a bit different).

>> No.19397586

>>19397517
Some of them are by Japanese authors, and Galbraith (the most prominent Western author) speaks Japanese, studied at Tokyo University and conducts field work in Japan. Ian Condry did the same for The Soul of Anime. The biggest problem I've seen with otaku/anime literature is post-modernist babble (The Anime Machine is incomprehensible). Aside from that, academic authors seem reliable. Certainly a lot more than people writing on the internet, who most of the time appear mentally subnormal and unable to conduct even elementary reasoning and fact checking.

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Little Boy: The Arts of Japan's Exploding Subculture (2005) bilingual: English and Japanese

h ttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33264.Little_Boy
h ttps://www.japansociety.org/little_boy_the_arts_of_japans_exploding_subculture
h ttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_Boy:_The_Arts_of_Japan%27s_Exploding_Subculture

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The Theory and Practice of Contents Tourism

h ttp://www.philipseaton.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/IMC-Articles-20150310.pdf

includes case studies on Akihabara and the cosplay event Toyako Manga Anime Festa

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Japanese Popular Culture and Contents Tourism (Japan Forum Vol 27, 2015 No 1)

h ttps://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rjfo20/27/1

both the introduction and this one are available in full text and PDF:

Contents tourism and local community response: Lucky star and collaborative anime-induced tourism in Washimiya

h ttps://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/09555803.2014.962567

this one has only the abstract:

Otaku tourism and the anime pilgrimage phenomenon in Japan

h ttps://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/09555803.2014.962565

>> No.19398839

Shitloads of sources here for anime and manga studies.

https://animemangastudies.wordpress.com/bibliographies/

>> No.19399089

>>19389241
Otaku Marketing is not in English

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>>19399089
I know, sorry, I should have specified

upcoming issues of Mechademia look interesting:

Vol. 11.1 "Childhood" will be published in autumn 2018
Vol. 12.1 "Transnational Fandom" will be published in spring 2019:

h ttps://www.mechademia.net/2018/01/05/cfp-for-mechademia-12-1-transnational-fandoms/
>Transnational fandoms of specific media in anime, manga, gaming, film, toys, and literature
>Fans in the media (Depictions of otaku, BL fans/fujoshi, female gamers, etc. in film, television, manga, journalism, and digital media)
>Amateur and semi-professional fan media (Doujin goods, “Amerimanga,” fan fiction, AMVs, fanart)
>Performative communities (Cosplay, Nico nico Douga dance parties, anime theme song group dances, practices of fan pilgrimage)

Vol. 12.2 "Materialities Across Asia" will be published in autumn 2019:

h ttps://www.mechademia.net/2018/02/15/cfp-for-mechademia-12-2-materialities-across-asia/
>Collecting and collector culture
>Ephemera and memorabilia
>Representing “living objects”: robots, cyborgs, automata, and figures
>Subcultures based on material objects, collections, fashions, etc.

brief excerpts of the content of the Mechademia journal vol. 1 to 10 are available here:

h ttps://muse.jhu.edu/journal/461

some articles are available in full; for example:

Waiting for the Messiah: The Becoming-Myth of Evangelion and Densha otoko
h ttp://muse.jhu.edu/article/368621

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Otaku Talk - Definition of otaku, mania, moe, dame, anime, and generations

h ttps://www.gwern.net/docs/eva/2004-okada

includes a PDF scan of >>19398200 pages 165-185


The Conscience of the Otaking: The Studio Gainax Saga in Four Parts
Interview of former Gainax president Toshio Okada on Gainax's history, _Wings of Honneamise_, _Aoki Uru_, etc.

h ttps://www.gwern.net/docs/eva/1996-animerica-conscience-otaking

includes PDF scans of Animerica Vol. 04 (1996)
part 3 is in DjVu; save it, then install a plug-in like this one:
https://addons.mozilla.org/it/firefox/addon/djvu-js-viewer/
then open the file from the plug-in tab

>> No.19400317
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Shut-ins, Parasite Singles, and Herbivore Men: An Exploration of their Causation (Logan T. Purvis, University of Redlands, 2017)

abstract: h ttps://inspire.redlands.edu/cas_honors/167/
pdf: h ttps://inspire.redlands.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1167&context=cas_honors

>I-A-i. Shut-ins (hikikomori)
>According to Saitō Tamaki, social withdrawal, often accompanied by other mental conditions, is a symptom of a hikikomori, rather than an illness in itself. Social withdrawal is linked to several other types of problematic adolescent behaviors: not attending school (futoko), propensity for violence (kateinai boryoku,家庭内暴力), deviant subculture obsessives who occasionally have violent inclinations (otaku, お宅), phobia of interpersonal relations (taijinkyofu,対人恐怖), and retreat neurosis (taikyaku shinkeisho,退却神経症)2. Sometimes all of these symptoms will appear in some shape and form within a hikikomori.

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>>19376991
this is the reference textbook of the course "Debating Otaku in Contemporary Japan: A Labeling Approach" at Kyoto University; the course is presented here at pp. 44-45:

h ttps://www.cats.bun.kyoto-u.ac.jp/elearn/pluginfile.php/417/mod_resource/content/6/CATS_syllabus2018.pdf

Course schedule and contents:
(1) Introduction [2 weeks]
After questioning students on their understanding of ‘otaku,’ they will learn about past and present approaches to the research of ‘otaku.’ Students will further be provided with guidelines for class preparation and exercises.
(2) Section 1: The 1980s [3 weeks]
The first section deals with the origin stories of the ‘otaku,’ such as an anxiety about failed men, a column in the niche magazine Manga Burikko, and the Miyazaki Incident of 1989.
(3) Section 2: The 1990s [2 weeks]
Focusing on subjectivity and fantasy, this section centres on the tensions in Otaku no Video and the publications by the ‘otaku-king,’ Okada Toshio, who sought to remedy a negative ‘otaku’ image.
(4) Section 3: The 2000s [4 weeks]
The new millennium is often framed as the mainstreaming of ‘otaku,’ through, for example, the TV drama Densha Otoko, or Akihabara as a new place-brand. In this decade the ‘otaku’ are at same time declared dead, however.
(5) Section 4: The Future [2 weeks]
The last section offers new approaches to the study of ‘otaku’ , such as labelling, and focuses on the debate about the possibilities for ‘otaku studies.’
(6) Review and Feedback [2 weeks]

other course materials will be provided if you register with the site and use the enrolment key in the PDF

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Gentlemen, could you recommend me a book that'd cover functioning of a doujin circle from a more practical perspective. I mean a description of the social interactions involved, like how they'd approach each other, establish the level of trust necessary for productive collaboration, deal with the typical problems: burning out, escaping responsibility, attempts at power grabs within the group, etc.

I'm sure it's not that hard to come upon a "success story" from the anime/manga/game *industry* proper, but what takes my interest is a more ephemeral kind of organisation with no persistent money flow or established hierarchy. Or do I have a wrong idea about how this works?

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>>19400874

The cultural dynamic of doujinshi and cosplay: Local anime fandom in Japan, USA and Europe (2013)

h ttp://www.participations.org/Volume%2010/Issue%201/10%20Lamerichs%2010.1.pdf

there is also a "call for papers" about that in >>19399373
since the deadline expired in June, I'd suggest to contact them to know if a new paper on the subject has been submitted and if the author can be contacted; I suppose there'll be a peer review, so there is time to discuss things before printing anything

>> No.19401106

>>19395272
If you wouldn't mind, I would appreciate it very much. Thank you for the offer.

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Cool Japan Summer Program at Meiji University
Lecture Abstracts and Lecturer Profiles (2018)

h ttps://www.meiji.ac.jp/cip/english/programs/cooljapan/lecturers2018.html

Tuesday, July 24
The Otaku Culture and Akihabara
LEARNING FROM AKIHABARA: The Otaku City
In Japan, optimism about an ever-progressing technological future ran out in the 70's. It was in the mid-80's that the term otaku was coined to signify a new personality that had emerged as a reaction to the loss of “future.” The term evokes a stereotyped image of an unfashionable computer nerd, preoccupied with games and anime even after his adolescence. The loss of “future” was also critical to Akihabara, a small area amongst the central districts of Tokyo, which is widely known by the unrivaled concentration of electronics stores. “Community of interest” has taken an urban form in Akihabara. This could be a prophetic phenomenon in which a city is simulating cyberspace, as opposed to the conventional notion of cyberspace simulating a city.


Kaichiro Morikawa participated in the "Otaku Talk" in >>19398200

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>>19401063
Thank you!

>The cultural dynamic of doujinshi and cosplay: Local anime fandom in Japan, USA and Europe
I've skimmed through it and, unfortunately, it doesn't really go into that >>19400874 direction. The methodology section states: "While my experience of fan conventions goes back many years, my data stems from my participation in fan conventions in Europe, North America and Japan (2010-2011)." As far as I can tell, this sums up her approach pretty well: the paper outlines and *compares* the demographics of Comiket and several of its equivalents around the world in terms of what kinds of artists and activities are present. Not much on the actual *dynamics*, nor the insider's view of the working process. In theoretical parts it refers to >>19376812 , >>19377019 and some older sources.

> I'd suggest to contact them to know if a new paper on the subject has been submitted and if the author can be contacted
Wow, that's an interesting suggestion, except I'm afraid I'm not qualified to provide any useful input.

>> No.19402022

>>19397517
The one I recommended didn't. It was more on the history of anime in America in the early days showing how it impacted the crosscultural economy.

I don't know too many spirtual or psychological writtings on otaku. For something like that you might as well stick around here on /jp/.maybe some of is will write a book on otakudom.
I've met a few university pepffesors and scholars from around the U.S and Japam that have "deep" narative studies on Japan that touch on subcultures of Japan and I found myself in agreement with a lot of what they taught and said. I dont know if any of such books that take on monumental break through works that affected or analyzed the otaku minds on both an individual and collective mind set.
>>19397586
Of course there's bound to be an ocean of nonsense replies and threads, but I would say if you dig deep into certain board archives you'll find worth while posts.

>> No.19402917

>>19401751
what about this PhD thesis?

The cultural economy of fanwork in Japan: dōjinshi exchange as a hybrid economy of open source cultural goods

h ttp://www.nelenoppe.net/dojinshi/Thesis

a section in chapter 5 is titled "Dōjinshi practices compared to open source practices"
>Participants have no well-defined goals; they create spaces and tools, but only because they want to support and perpetuate the practices that they want to engage in
>Volunteers in fan/dōjin culture, however, organize in small groups – or even more often, alone – to produce a cultural good. Individual and collaborative creation can be quite different. Although the word "dōjin" itself implies collaboration, the time when multiple people had to band together to be able to create and especially finance production of a dōjinshi is long past. The majority of dōjinshi sold at Comiket today are made by circles consisting of a single individual.
>participation of other fans limited to cheerleading, brainstorming, and sometimes providing assistance with drawing and editing.
>there are at least some examples of FLOSS and fans choosing each other because they believe they will work well together.
>participants in both are keen early adopters of technology, and they are good at discovering ways to bend new tools and functionality to suit their preferred practices
>Fans share an enthusiasm for trying new things with FLOSS participants, as well as a do-it-yourself ethic that makes them unafraid to experiment. When some Japanese dōjinshi creators in the 1970s felt that the platform of the Nihon Manga Taikai was inadequate for what they wanted to do, they made their own convention - Comiket
and so on
also the bibliography is completing our own on Otaku Culture and the one in >>19398839

h ttp://www.nelenoppe.net/dojinshi/PhD_thesis:_Bibliography_and_works_cited

one of the works cited is:
Doujinworld: The Subculture of the Japanese Non-Commercial Comic Book Publishing Community

http://web.archive.org/web/20021207003339/http://www.tc.umn.edu/~kane0034/doujin/dousub00.htm

>> No.19402971

>>19402917

PDF version:

h ttps://core.ac.uk/download/pdf/34606219.pdf

>> No.19403351

>>19400745
>a column in the niche magazine Manga Burikko

which is “This City is Full of Otaku” by Nakamori Akio
original: h ttp://www.burikko.net/people/otaku01.html
translation: h ttp://neojaponisme.com/2008/04/02/what-kind-of-otaku-are-you/

from the intro:
>official debut of the word “otaku” as the definition of a then-new social demographic. Prior to its introduction, this anime- and manga-obsessed group was known under a variety of names, including mania (“maniacs”), nekura-zoku (loosely, “the gloomy tribe”), and even byōki (a play on the word “sick”)

“I don’t want to grow up.” was another article published in Manga Burikko in 1983

translation: h ttp://neojaponisme.com/2011/06/23/i-dont-wanna-grow-up-cause-maybe-if-i-did-id-have-to-date-3d-adults-instead-of-2d-kids/

from the intro:
>Outrage from readers culminated in the editor forbidding Nakamori from using “otaku” in the pages of the magazine, essentially killing the column six months after it had began.

>> No.19403725

I own some of these books and find them really fascinating. Can't say that I was expecting a treasure grove of material like this in 4chan of all places.

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>>19403351
>“This City is Full of Otaku”
oops, that's just the article, the column title is “Otaku Research”

>>19400745
in the pic the second book is COOL JAPAN オタクニッポンガイド Otaku Nippon Guide (2008) JTB もえるるぶ (Japanese)

>> No.19404165

>>19389818
I don't see how this is relevant here but there's plenty of overlap between physics and the earth sciences, if rigor is what you are looking for there is plenty you can find in geophysics and earth modeling

especially in Japan

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>>19400745

the third book in the pic is "You Otaku Are Already Dead" (2008) オタクはすでに死んでいる by Toshio Okada (in Japanese)

I can't find the first book, any idea?

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"Feeling Otaku" - Interview with Didier Volckaert after the "Asian Conference on Media, Communication and Film" in Kobe (2017)

h ttp://www.mediastudies.asia/feeling-otaku-interview-with-didier-volckaert-by-jian-tan-klein/
>some months ago there was an otaku who posted in tears on 2chan that his waifu had made clear to him she wanted to end their relationship. This is the first recorded break-up in a human–character relationship from the side of the 2D!
I need details on this! lel

conference theme was "History, Story, Narrative"; Didier presentation was titled "Animated Life - A Manifest of Otaku Culture"
details in the PDF with the programme: h ttps://mediasia.iafor.org/previous-events/

>Since the start of the Heisei era (1989-) the media and public have been associating otaku with mental sickness: perverted by imagery and moe, otaku lack basic social skills, empathy, even self-awareness. Otaku has become a symbol of the decline in Japanese values by entertainment consumerism. To me otaku culture is not a symptom, neither is it Japanese; it’s a global avant-garde that can offer strategies to cope with (and survive) our current state of hypernormalisation and postmodern myopic. A self-improving mind set that is able to (re-)question identity, sexuality and our relationship with technology and future forms of life.

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>>19401298

"Learning from Akihabara: The birth of a personapolis" by Kaichiro Morikawa

h ttps://core.ac.uk/download/pdf/53141185.pdf

h ttps://otakumode.com/news/530dbaac02d56ee352000063/An-Associate-Professor-Who%E2%80%99s-an-Otaku-Kaichiro-Morikawa-The-Man-Spreading-Otaku-Culture

>> No.19405542

>>19404168
The first one is a script of a talk between Nakamori Akio and Ôtsuka Eiji ( "Miyazaki Tsutomu-kun no heya wa bokura no sedai kyôtsû no heya da!" /"Miyazaki Tsutomu's room is characteristic of our generation!"). It was published in SPA-Magazine September 20, 1989.

Source:
https://www.kwansei.ac.jp/s_sociology/attached/5288_44284_ref.pdf

>> No.19405568

As someone currently writting a thesis about Shinto and its influence on Japanese foreign policy thorugh identity construction I must say that some of these books look fucking painful to read while other seems interesting.

What would you recommend to a real politologist anon ?

>> No.19405596

>>19405240

>some months ago there was an otaku who posted in tears on 2chan that his waifu had made clear to him she wanted to end their relationship.

At this point I think that medical help might be needed for that poor tulpa-hallucinating anon.

>> No.19406218

>>19376812

PDF version: h ttps://mogami.neocities.org/files/otaku.pdf

>> No.19406269

Otaku Unmasked: The Life, Death and Rebirth of Japan's Pop Culture
a talk with Douglas McGray, Dai Sato and Hiroki Azuma held on November 30, 2005 at the Japan Society

h ttps://www.japansociety.org/content.cfm/otaku_unmasked

>> No.19406411

>>19377019

Otaku Culture in a Connected World: An Interview with Mizuko Ito, Daisuke Okabe, and Izumi Tsuji

h ttp://henryjenkins.org/blog/2012/04/otaku_culture_in_a_connected_w.html
h ttp://henryjenkins.org/blog/2012/04/otaku_culture_in_a_connected_w_1.html
h ttp://henryjenkins.org/blog/2012/04/otaku_culture_in_a_connected_w_2.html

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"Otaku Power – Trivia, Desire, and Transformation"
podcast of a lecture by Patrick Macias held at Temple University Japan Campus on March 13, 2009

.mp3 54MB

h ttp://patrickmacias.blogs.com/er/2009/03/podcast-hot-tears-of-shame-episode-thrity-one.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patrick_Macias

>> No.19406634

>>19401106
mega nz
#!C9oiwYRS
!4e8n9IM042Xd3G2ZtVSrx-L1wbZEhm_MUnrxIYwy9EA

enjoy

>> No.19406659

>>19376844
im fairly certain im the one who took that picture

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>>19406634
Thank you so much, have this cute webm

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>>19402917
> Nele Noppe's PhD thesis
I really like it. The focus seems to be on licensing of derivative works, but it's very informative overall! I'm just a bit overwhelmed by the amount of material it links to, so I can't produce a meaningful comment at the moment.

Btw, there are very relevant chapters in "Fandom Unbound" >>19377019 too, except not exactly on doujinshi, but instead on Japanese cosplay and the US fansub scenes.

>> No.19409947

>>19405596
could have been a dream anon, I'm glad my wife has been good to me in mine, for now...

>> No.19410666

The Incredibly Strange Mutant Creatures who Rule the Universe of Alienated Japanese Zombie Computer Nerds (Otaku to You) by Karl Taro Greenfeld (1993)

h ttps://www.wired.com/1993/01/otaku/
>"One day, everyone will be an otaku."

Amateur Manga Subculture and the Otaku Panic (1998) by Sharon Kinsella

h ttp://www.kinsellaresearch.com/nerd.html

The herbivore and the salaryman - New and old masculinities in Japanese idol productions (2013) by Emma Furbo Vig

h ttp://lup.lub.lu.se/student-papers/record/3358333/file/3358341.pdf
>The focus of the study is Ninomiya Kazunari, an established Japanese actor and member of the five man idol group Arashi
>Accusing Ninomiya of being an otaku, a freeter or someone who possesses no masculine qualities at all due to being small, woman-like and childish, shows an intense preoccupation with his masculinity and qualities as a man, rather than as an idol, celebrity, entertainer or person. Even in the examined fan thread, many comments are against Ninomiya.
>Kawaii culture and idol culture need to hint at something pure, innocent, detached from everyday life and adult responsibility, making it necessary for the idol to always act the part.

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>>19377196

>> No.19411424

Technologies of the Childhood Imagination: Yugioh, Media Mixes, and Everyday Cultural Production (2005) by Mizuko Ito

h ttp://www.itofisher.com/mito/archives/technoimagination.pdf
>Adult otaku communities are the illegitimate offspring of the Yugioh media empire, and exist in uneasy relationship with the entertainment industries that create Yugioh content. They exploit gaps in both dominant systems of meaning and mainstream commodity capitalism, using tactics that circumvent the official circuits of mass marketing and distribution.
>One kind of otaku knowledge is known as sa-chi or “searching,” methods by which card collectors identify rare card packs before purchase.
>After identifying all the rare, super rare, and ultra rare cards in the store, they head out to clear the other neighborhood shops of rare cards before daybreak, when run-of-the-mill consumers will start purchasing.

The Gender Dynamics of the Japanese Media Mix (2006) by Mizuko Ito

h ttp://www.itofisher.com/mito/ito.girlsgames.pdf
>The more common way of girls to get involved in otaku-like media engagements is through the drawing of manga. Girls will often learn how to draw manga characters at an early age, and might even make their own “pencil manga” with some friends. It is when they start to produce more serious doujinshi or amateur computer games that they enter the subculture of otaku. Although nearly invisible to the mainstream in Japan, the girls’ otaku subculture of amateur comics is immense.

"Otaku Media Literacy", "Amateur Cultural Production and Peer-to-Peer Learning" and other articles by the same author are here:
h ttp://www.itofisher.com/mito/publications/

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Otaku sexuality in Japan (2014) by Patrick W. Galbraith
chapter 14 of the Routledge Handbook of Sexuality Studies in East Asia

h ttp://www.academia.edu/9786330/Otaku_Sexuality_in_Japan
(scroll down to read, .jpg)

abstract:
h ttps://www.routledgehandbooks.com/doi/10.4324/9781315774879.ch14

>> No.19413306

>>19413262
The desire for fictional females would be no fucking different than those paperback romance novels or 50 shades of grey, yet people see the latter as acceptable.

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Subculture as social knowledge: a hopeful reading of otaku culture (2016) by Brett Hack

abstract: h ttps://www.degruyter.com/view/j/cj.2016.28.issue-1/cj-2016-0003/cj-2016-0003.xml

PDF: h ttps://www.degruyter.com/downloadpdf/j/cj.2016.28.issue-1/cj-2016-0003/cj-2016-0003.pdf

>Netto uyoku originated on the massive anonymous bulletin board site 2Channel, where they hold a dominant presence on the sokuhō (‘breaking story’) pages. They have come to use the social networking site Twitter as well, receiving the nickname “hi no maru kurasuta” (‘Japanese flag group’) for their use of Japanese flags in their profile icons (Figure 1).2 Netto uyoku position themselves as patriotic populists who expose the lies of the mass media, China and Korea, and whoever they deem “anti-Japanese leftists” (hannichi sayoku).

>> No.19414344

Canted Desire: Otaku Performance in Japanese Popular Culture (2014) by Yuji Sone

abstract: h ttp://epress.lib.uts.edu.au/journals/index.php/csrj/article/view/3700
PDF: h ttp://epress.lib.uts.edu.au/journals/index.php/csrj/article/download/3700/4300

>Paradoxically, although the figure of the otaku has become more acceptable to mainstream Japanese culture, the otaku's consumption of images of the cute fighting girl has been criticised in relation to pedophilia, sadism, masochism and fetishism.87 According to Saito the otaku, rather than rejecting these labels, find in them an ‘alibi’ for their perceived perversity.88 That is, the otaku are ‘performing’ an otaku kyara who is regarded as a ‘dame’ (useless or hopeless) person who cannot resist his ‘pathetic’ attraction to the cartoon images of young girls.89 The label of otaku works metonymically, as a separate entity, to protect the person who wears it. At the same, functioning like an avatar in games, the otaku label allows a person declaring himself to be an otaku to experience something ‘real’ when consuming the young girl image in manga, anime and games.

>> No.19414605

Global Fandom: The Circulation of Japanese Popular Culture in the U.S. (2011) by Danielle Leigh Rich

pdf: h ttp://ir.uiowa.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=4862&context=etd

>Natsuki Fukunaga, a Japanese language instructor at a public U.S. university, likened one of her students‘ use of the word "weird" to describe herself and her interest in anime to the "use of the word queer in Queer Theory: The world is used pejoratively by those outside the affinity group, but those inside the group embrace it as a way of identify with one another and empowering themselves."47 Fukunaga‘s theory – published in 2006 – has actually become a reality with U.S. fans‘ fairly common use of the word "otaku".

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The Meaning Of Otaku

h ttps://aminoapps.com/c/anime/page/blog/in-depth-discussions-2-the-meaning-of-otaku/x2t2_uwQjEbVPr1EQkaDrolroMLMJe
>I will not talk about weaboos as that is an entirely different discussion.
>The meaning changes when the word is used by a casual fan and also different if used by a hater.
>But we as anime fans end up in a form of identity crisis if we don't find a word to call ourselves.
>There is no true otaku.
>Everyone is a different version as its own. Nobody is best.

>>19405542
>Miyazaki Tsutomu's room

see: >>https://warosu.org/jp/thread/10075952

>>19390812
>'Akihabara Incident' of 2008

/jp/ reaction at the time: >>https://warosu.org/jp/thread/781199

>> No.19415194

Performing Fan Culture: The Material Experience of Fandom and Conventions (2013) by Paul Mullins

h ttps://paulmullins.wordpress.com/2013/07/04/performing-fan-culture-the-material-experience-of-fandom-and-conventions/
>The first American “fansubs” (that is, fans’ English-subtitled anime) appeared in the late-1980’s and early 1990’s and were mostly confined to anime fans who simply copied tapes for other fans. Some of these movies were screened at the earliest anime conventions in the US at Project A-Kon in 1990, AnimeCon in 1991, and AnimeFest and Anime Expo in 1992. Sean Leonard’s study of the earliest American anime fans notes that the 1991 San Jose convention screened a series of anime films in Japanese without sub-titles, leaving the curious absolutely mystified by films like Wings of Honneamise.

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The Common Sense that makes the "Otaku": Rules for Consuming Popular Culture in Contemporary Japan (2008) by Thiam Huat Kam

h ttp://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/15853
(3 PDFs: title, summary and table of contents, thesis)

>some informants find it difficult to label as “otaku” people who buy shashinshû of gravure idols as “it is natural (tôzen) to have sexual desires towards adult women”
>These informants, while they are unreserved in calling men involved in a particular activity “otaku”, are hesitant in putting the label on women involved in the same or similar activity. This is especially apparent in their discussion of people who like idols.
>For media and social critics, it is not the dôjinshi culture and its predominantly female fans but the crossover of young men into the girls’ culture that is infuriating. At that moment in time, while it has become acceptable for women to move into boys’ culture, it is shocking and incomprehensible for men to make a parallel movement into girls’ culture, such as the worship of idols and adoration of the shôjo manga.

The Anxieties that Make the 'Otaku': Capital and the Common Sense of Consumption in Contemporary Japan (2013) by Thiam Huat Kam

only abstract: h ttp://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/124424

>> No.19415902

A brand new future? Cool Japan and the social imaginary of the branded nation (2013) by Katja Valaskivi

h ttps://www.researchgate.net/profile/Katja_Valaskivi/publication/263258186_A_brand_new_future_Cool_Japan_and_the_social_imaginary_of_the_branded_nation/links/58008fc208aec5444b724a0d/A-brand-new-future-Cool-Japan-and-the-social-imaginary-of-the-branded-nation.pdf

>The connection of a rebellious cool attitude to an official national agenda sometimes takes on forms that can be disturbing: the ‘scandalous’ features of popular culture considered deviant, weird, and on the dark side are suddenly promoted by diplomats and ministers, including phenomena like meido cafés or the pornographic and violent side of otaku culture.
>the rebellious attitude escapes the ‘parents’: in the eyes of popular culture fans, what was once cool actually becomes less trendy or even ‘lame’ once there is ministerial involvement. The attempt, nevertheless, is to build an apparently media-savvy nation through tapping into the cool. This kind of nation is popular, populist, and marketable.
>Laura Miller (2011) has critically analysed the gender implications of these practices. According to her, the visuals used in the Cool Japan projects of the MOFA rely on a narrow and sexist kind of kawaii imagery, in which women and girls are reduced to cute and powerless figures (and figurines).

>> No.19416311

>>19400874
>>19409891

Enjoying Manga as Fujoshi: Exploring its Innovation and Potential for Social Change from a Gender Perspective (2015) by Hiromi Tanaka and Saori Ishida

h ttps://www.researchgate.net/profile/Hiromi_Tanaka4/publication/308743568_Enjoying_Manga_as_Fujoshi_Exploring_its_Innovation_and_Potential_for_Social_Change_from_a_Gender_Perspective/links/591451f2aca27200fe4e4c3a/Enjoying-Manga-as-Fujoshi-Exploring-its-Innovation-and-Potential-for-Social-Change-from-a-Gender-Perspective.pdf

>interactions within a Fujoshi fandom can not only nurture mutual understanding and friendship but also cause certain tensions among them.
>Fujoshi tends to be exclusive to non-Fujoshi people
>A Fujoshi fandom is also internally differentiated. Their tastes for favorite works, characters and couples created in each work, and interpretations vary. Different tastes often lead to the formation of groupings. A clash of opinions between such groupings can even “aggravate relations”
>internal differentiation between Fujoshi artists based on artistic skills can produce a certain hierarchy among them, and some feel self-humiliated in contrast to others who appear to be more skilled

they published a similar work in 2018; abstract:

h ttps://www.researchgate.net/publication/324948958_Doing_Manga_as_Leisure_and_Its_Meaning_and_Purpose_The_Case_of_Japanese_Female_Manga_Fans_Called_Fujoshi

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>>19376812

Plastic Narratives: Kaiyodo and the Evolution of Database Consumption (2014) by James Barry Williams Jr.

h ttp://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/21447/1/Williams_Thesis_Final_Draft_1.pdf
>This thesis looks at Azuma Hiroki’s Database Consumption Model, laid out in the 2001 book Otaku: Japan’s Database Animals, to examine the role of non-narrative goods
>While Otaku focuses on narrative goods such as video games and anime, we can better understand post-modern consumption patterns in the otaku subculture by also looking at the non-narrative goods which comprise a large percentage of the otaku marketplace.
>we will compare the history of toy company Kaiyodo with Azuma’s three Eras of post-war narrative consumption

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Japanese media tourism as world-building: Akihabara’s Electric Town and Ikebukuro’s Maiden Road (2016) by Craig Norris

h ttp://www.participations.org/Volume%2013/Issue%201/S3/10.pdf

>This article examines how female yaoi fans construct an ideal fan-tourist identity through framing their online travel advice to Tokyo in terms of the distinctive properties of yaoi’s story world and conventions.
>Several established stores, such as Animate, and various new stores congregated around East Ikebukuro, and the area has become known as Otome Road in recognition of its density of female-oriented popular culture stores and services.
>Maiden Road can be difficult to locate, particularly for first time visitors, and as a result fans assist each other through numerous, detailed online guides.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Otome_Road
35.7295613, 139.7175564

>> No.19416755
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The Akiba: A Manga Guide to Akihabara (2008)

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>>19400745
>>19376991

Opening the Black Box of the 1989 Otaku Discourse (2015) by Björn-Ole Kamm
a chapter in the book Debating Otaku in Contemporary Japan

h ttps://www.researchgate.net/profile/Bjoern_Ole_Kamm/publication/306118057_Opening_the_Black_Box_of_the_1989_Otaku_Discourse/links/57b2c02408ae15c76cbc1861/Opening-the-Black-Box-of-the-1989-Otaku-Discourse.pdf

>The most prominent mode of ordering the Miyazaki Incident and otaku remains reductionism, or cause and effect. Exemplified by the juridical system, the controversy in 1989 and 1990 emphasized the search for a single (maybe multiple, but in any case direct) cause(s) leading to Miyazaki’ crimes. There is no denying that horror videos and lolicon magazines appear as actants in this search. They are introduced as actors by acting on Miyazaki as templates for the murders, which make him act. These non-humans are also treated as symptoms, though, or an expression of the larger problems of society, such as the school system, bullying and bad parenting. If we look at the analysed articles only quantitatively, it is clear that the latter issues received more attention than otaku.

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Fansubbing Hentai Anime: Users, Distribution, Censorship and Ethics (2017) by Daniel E. Josephy-Hernández
a chapter in the book Non-Professional Subtitling

h ttps://www.researchgate.net/profile/Daniel_E_Josephy-Hernandez/publication/283860753_Fansubbing_Hentai_Anime_Users_Distribution_Censorship_and_Ethics/links/59d2810baca2721f4369af5c/Fansubbing-Hentai-Anime-Users-Distribution-Censorship-and-Ethics.pdf

>The chapter starts by defining anime and hentai, then describes the main consumers of this medium, the otaku, as well as explaining how (hentai) anime is distributed online by human (the otaku) and non-human actors (bots, seeders and leechers). Thereafter, the article discusses fansubbing, the fansubbing of hentai, censorship in anime and hentai anime, and concludes with a critical analysis of two controversial hentai genres, lolicon and shotacon

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>>19379547
Moe - Exploring Virtual Potential in Post-Millennial Japan (2009) by Patrick W. Galbraith

h ttp://www.japanesestudies.org.uk/articles/2009/Galbraith.html
>Considering the discourse on moe and its pragmatic uses, I argue fantasy characters offer virtual possibilities and affect that exist separately and in tandem with 'reality.' This allows for expanded expressive potential.


Vocaloids: The soundtrack to infantilisation (2016) by Liam Maloy

abstract: h ttps://www.researchgate.net/publication/312474838_Vocaloids_The_soundtrack_to_infantilisation
pdf: h ttps://www.researchgate.net/profile/Liam_Maloy/publication/312474838_Vocaloids_The_soundtrack_to_infantilisation/links/587e12a808ae4445c06f6c17/Vocaloids-The-soundtrack-to-infantilisation.pdf

>many Japanese women are choosing to dress and act like young girls, and actively resisting the responsibilities of adulthood by ‘performing’ childhood in the ‘cute’ cultures of kawaii and cosplay of which vocaloids are part.
>Kawaii, it is argued, has resulted from the long history of the oppression and alienation of Japanese women. Japanese schooling is notoriously strict. Young people face high expectations regarding their academic results and employment achievements

>> No.19419935

>>19389199
The form they use, "wotaku" has been the newer version of the word. You usually see "ヲタ" being used in conjunction to idol fans. At least that's from what I've seen.

>> No.19420926

>>19377019

introduction by Mizuko Ito:

h ttp://web.mit.edu/condry/Public/jing-articles/Ito12FandomUnboundOtaku-Intro.pdf

>> No.19421511
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Robot Ghosts and Wired Dreams: Japanese Science Fiction from Origins to Anime (2007)

h ttp://mogami.neocities.org/files/robot_ghosts.pdf

includes the chapter "Otaku Sexuality" by Saito Tamaki, with a foreword by Mari Kotani

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tamaki_Sait%C5%8D

>> No.19424971

Important stuff.

>> No.19425029

Youth social withdrawal behavior (hikikomori): A systematic review of qualitative and quantitative studies (2015) by Tim MH Li, Paul WC Wong

h ttp://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/0004867415581179
pdf: h ttp://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/0004867415581179

>‘freeter’, ‘otaku’ and ‘hikikomori’ are Japanese expressions, respectively, referring to people who are not in full-time employment, value manga and the virtual world above reality, and confine themselves at home for long periods (Heinze and Thomas, 2014); ‘NEET’ (Not in Education, Employment, or Training) was first used in the United Kingdom to represent young people not in employment, education or training (Bynner and Parsons, 2002); ‘slacker’, ‘twixter’ and ‘adultolescent’ describe young people in the United States living with their parents who do not embrace independence (Staff, 2013); and ‘NEY’ (Non-Engaged Youth) in Hong Kong refers to the non-engaged youth, young people who are unemployed and not pursuing further studies (Wong, 2012).

>> No.19425222

What is point of this book. I don't think i'm oldfag, but also i'm not newfag. Will this books be helpful for me?

>> No.19425429
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Playing with Feelings: Video Games and Affect (2018) by Aubrey Anable

details: h ttps://www.upress.umn.edu/book-division/books/playing-with-feelings
>Rather than thinking about video games as an escape from reality, Anable demonstrates how video games—their narratives, aesthetics, and histories—have been intimately tied to our emotional landscape since the emergence of digital computers.

>> No.19425841

The Cute or the Scary: Japanese Youth Subcultures in Contemporary Japanese Society (2011) by Maria Korusiewicz

(scroll down to read) h ttp://www.academia.edu/3754023/The_Cute_or_the_Scary_Japanese_Youth_Subcultures_in_Contemporary_Japanese_Society

>Otaku trade specific kind of goods and information, so their relations are impersonal and brief. Maybe that is why the pronoun otaku (close to the archaic "thou") is used as a kind of "equalizer" maintaining anonymity of traders, and at the same time allowing them to address each other with extra respect and politeness.
>kawaii may be a comfortable mediation, although there is a price for it: it easily opens the gates to manipulation and deception, or introduces, under its glittering cover, the scary elements into our lives. Is the cute a search for childlike innocence and harmony or a sign of consumerism and infantilization of mentality and culture?

>> No.19426032

Kogyaru and Otaku: Youth Subcultures Lifestyles in Postmodern Japan (2011) by Maya Keliyan

PDF: h ttps://revije.ff.uni-lj.si/as/article/download/2889/2527/

>Kogyaru includes different groups derived from the so-called gyaru. The name comes from the English word gal, a familiar expression for “girl.” It first appeared in the 1970s, taking its designation from the eponymous brand of jeans. These jeans were preferred by young women interested in fashion, asserting their sexual freedom, and preferring to remain single long enough to enjoy many sexual contacts and be able to follow the changing fads.
>In the late 1980s, the designation gyaru began to seem outdated and was substituted by kogyaru
>On the borderline between kogyaru and bōsōzoku (the deviant youth motorcycle bands, which, since the 1950s, have supplied young recruits for the yakuza) are the so-called baikā (from the English word biker).
>The typical otaku dresses in a casual sports style, and his outer appearance is far from the modish trends, which do not interest him in the least.

>> No.19426406

>>19384079
>Defang men and make them passive
>Be shocked as to why men aren't acting like men anymore when it comes crunch time.

They wanted to pacify men, well they got their damned wish. Men aren't manly anymore, so if people have anger, it should be directed at those who defanged those same men they need now.

Society crushed men's dreams and ambitions and guess what happens, men don't want to actively participate in a system that shits on them. Isn't too hard to figure out, that is as if learning that putting your hand on a burning stovetop is a bad thing.

When you destroy positive results for being steadfast and willful in society, why be those things if the dregs in society can get away by being slothful and indolent?

>> No.19427460
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Men of No Value: Contemporary Japanese Manhood and the Economies of Intimacy (2017) by Elizabeth Frances Miles

abstract: h ttps://pqdtopen.proquest.com/doc/1950584138.html?FMT=ABS
PDF available on the right (157 MB)

>the dissertation begins with a gendered history of postwar Japan culminating in the ideal of the dekiru otoko or "man who can do."
>Amidst the continuing importance of marriage to social ideals of male adulthood and personal desires for children, many young men find the marital union to be unachievable. These men, broadly categorized as "undesirable" (himote) ...
>increasing importance of what I term the postwar "sexual contract"—the implicit agreement between the state and its citizens that they will engage in reproductive sex—within a contemporary pronatalist regime. Challenging this contract is the rise of male virgin (dōtei) "movements"

The paper is full of term and expressions encountered in the sources and translated, like "being able to have children and a family", "coming of age day", "singlefication", "era of marriage difficulties for men", "nuclear family", makeinu (loser dog), ikemen (handsome man; cool guy); the word otaku (geeks) appears at least at page 108 (unfortunately Ctrl+F doesn't work here).

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>>19427460

>> No.19432252

>>19377764
chapter 5 - A Geneaology of the Beautiful Fighting Girl
h ttps://www.scribd.com/document/382488979/Saito-Tamaki-2011-The-Geneaology-of-the-Beautiful-Fighting-Girl-pdf


Framing Cosplay: How 'Layers' Negotiate Body and Subjective Experience through Play (2013) by Alexis Hieu Truong
h ttps://www.scribd.com/document/382497420/Hieu-Truong-2013-Framing-Cosplay

Why Freeter and NEET are Misunderstood: Recognizing the New Precarious Conditions of Japanese Youth (2005) by Akio Inui
h ttps://www.scribd.com/document/380653020/Inui-Akio-2005-Why-Freeter-and-NEET-are-Misunderstood-pdf

more from the same user:
h ttps://www.scribd.com/user/392323231/nida628/uploads

>> No.19433480

>>19376892

interviews with the authors Patrick Macias and Tomohiro Machiyama:

h ttps://www.animenewsnetwork.com/feature/2005-04-12

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>>19405568

The otaku phenomenon: pop culture, fandom, and religiosity in contemporary Japan (2017) by Kendra Nicole Sheehan

PDF: h ttps://ir.library.louisville.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=3978&context=etd

>Objects such as autographs, figurines, music CDs, and so on become objects of veneration that allow the devotee a sort of removed proximity to their pop culture figure.
>Many otaku construct shrine-like spaces in their rooms or living space that resemble kamidana. Unlike the kamidana and shintai, the otaku leave their figurines of their anime pop culture figure on full display.
>The Japanese, however, are born Shintō, whether they identify as so or not, and live in a world where they take the kami, spirits that permeate nature, for granted. The otaku also incorporate religious elements, such as devotionlike practices of food offerings to images of their favorite pop culture figures, and pilgrimage, into their consumption of popular culture. In Japanese culture, the boundaries between the sacred and the profane are ambiguous, and the otaku highlight the blurring of those lines.
>... moe refers to the general love and devotion otaku have for their pop culture kami, which often borders on sexual dynamics. Some otaku become upset if the moe characters engage in sexual activity with a fictional male, because “once actual sex is portrayed, the fantasy is destroyed.” However, while it can be argued that moe is not meant to be sexual, that does not stop some otaku from sexualizing moe figures.

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>>19433655

>> No.19433713
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>>19433655

for pilgrimages see also:
>>19416688
>>19398310
>>19398715

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Idols and Celebrity in Japanese Media Culture (2012) edited by Patrick W. Galbraith and Jason G. Karlin

h ttps://masterofants.files.wordpress.com/2013/09/idols-book.pdf

>the expression of being a fan or otaku of a particular idol or media product has become a normative means of constituting identity in contemporary Japan.
>The aidoru otaku (Aoyagi 2005, 205ff.) is an idol fan who displays an obsessive loyalty to the idol or idols of his choice (and the idol–otaku relationship is overwhelmingly one between a male fan and female performer). The place of idols in otaku culture makes the logic of the virtual idol clear, as she stands at the intersection of several different streams of otaku desire relating to technology, femininity, and the recycling of media fragments.

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>>19433713

Reaching the Otaku's Mecca: The Cultural Growth of Geeks Journeying in Japan (2014) by Amanda Mitchell

h ttps://digitalcommons.wku.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1484&context=stu_hon_theses

>For otaku, going to Japan is a journey of zealous force—almost a pilgrimage—to the Mecca of the otaku experience.
>many otaku hold onto and obsess over certain media with the exuberance of a child and the nostalgia of someone who misses the innocence and connectedness of childhood. What’s more, for some otaku (who may or may not breach weeabo status), the amount of Japanese culture and language they know becomes an idol for adoration, and Japan is thereby put on a pedestal; this pedestal is what makes Japan the Mecca many otaku so desperately crave.

>> No.19434080
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From Impressionism to Anime: Japan as Fantasy and Fan Cult in the Mind of the West (2007) by Susan J. Napier

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/From_Impressionism_To_Anime
h ttps://www.palgrave.com/it/book/9781403962133

>What is it about anime that is so appealing to a transnational fan base? This book takes a look at anime fans and the place they occupy, both in terms of subculture in Japan and America, and in relation to Western perceptions of Japan since the late 1800s.

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>>19434080

Cultural Globalization in People’s Life Experiences: Japanese Popular Cultural Styles in Sweden (2011) by Keiko Mikami

h ttps://www.diva-portal.org/smash/get/diva2:444594/FULLTEXT01.pdf

>The “Otaku” would represent Napier‟s description of an old stereotype of the fans as an outsider who sits in his or her room communing only with the fan objects.
>For the otaku, the value of an object is not defined by mainstream interests, but by their own subcultural community‟s secret knowledge, norms, and underground economy.
>The fashion otaku in this article are presented as a new type of consumers, whose obsessive tendencies can be capitalized upon by those who control the means of production.

>> No.19434291
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Gender, Sexuality, and Cosplay: A Case Study of Male-to-Female Crossplay (2013) by Rachel Leng

h ttps://scholar.harvard.edu/files/rachel_leng/files/gender-sexuality-and-cosplay-by-rachel-leng1.pdf
>The essence of cosplay, or costume-play, involves affective labor where fans transform themselves into chosen anime characters by constructing and wearing costumes, learning signature character poses or dialogue, and masquerading at conventions and events (Okabe, 2012). Crossplay is a subset of cosplay; crossplayers similarly participate in costume-play, except they dress up in costumes modeled after characters of the opposite gender.


Cosplay - Creating or playing identities?: An analysis of the role of cosplay in the minds of its fans (2011) by Henrik Bonnichsen

h ttp://www.diva-portal.org/smash/get/diva2:424833/FULLTEXT01.pdf
>This thesis analyses the concept of cosplay by critically engaging earlier theories that have claimed cosplay to be a form of escapism for fans of Japanese manga and animé. Theories have so far been concerned mainly with identifying cosplay as a type of theatre. By interviewing active cosplayers in focus groups, this thesis instead focuses on the ways in which cosplay functions as an arena for identity-creation.

>> No.19434513

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glossary_of_anime_and_manga
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Anime_and_manga_fandom
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Japanese_subcultures


>>19376844
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Otaku_Encyclopedia

>>19388918
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wrong_about_Japan

>> No.19434757
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ザ・アイドル!(The Aidoru!) The Ardent Fans’ Perspective (2013) by Jóna Björk Jónsdóttir

h ttps://skemman.is/bitstream/1946/14880/1/J%C3%B3na%20Bj%C3%B6rk%20-%20The%20Aidoru%21%20The%20Ardent%20Fans%27%20Perspective.pdf

>The current thesis is based on the results of a questionnaire, aimed to explore foreign fans’ perceptions of aidoru. Fans can make or break the aidoru’s career; they depend equally on fans, for they could not exist for a long time without a trusty fan base that supports them.
>When discussing the image of male and female aidoru, the image of crazed, screaming fangirls and otaku-esque (or obsessed) fanboys might immediately spring to mind. Whilst both of these are true to a point, the reality is that the fans’ genders for both aidoru are varied.

>> No.19434987

Are there any papers on "deviant sexuality" among otaku in recent years? Such as on futanari or traps.

>> No.19438021
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Dreamland Japan: Writings on Modern Manga - Japanese comics for Otaku (1996) by Frederik L. Schodt

h ttp://www.jai2.com/onmanga.html#dreamland
h ttps://www.stonebridge.com/catalog/dreamland-japan-
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dreamland_Japan
>The book also includes an extensive chapter on manga "god" Osamu Tezuka and information on developments in manga that took place since the publication of Manga! Manga!, such as the use of manga as propaganda by the Aum Shinrikyo cult, the evolution of "otaku" culture, and the role of computers in manga creation.

>> No.19439113

half of this is fucking trash

>> No.19439321

>>19439113
Absolutely.

>> No.19440907

>>19439113
Half of it is not.

>> No.19441704
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Social Problems through Contemporary Culture: The Portrayal of Hikikomori in Japanese Anime (2016) by Jeroen Tuinstra

abstract and PDF: h ttps://openaccess.leidenuniv.nl/handle/1887/42562
>This thesis will provide a comparison of scholarly research and an interpretation of two anime in particular: "No Game No Life" and "Welcome to the N.H.K.!"
>Is the way hikikomori are portrayed in Japanese popular culture different, or perhaps even more positive, than we can find described in academic literature?

>> No.19441864
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Is Otaku Culture Sexist? (2014) by Chris Kincaid

h ttps://www.japanpowered.com/otaku-culture/is-otaku-culture-sexist
>Can an otaku collect sexy figurines, have a waifu, and still be considered a feminist? Yep.

>> No.19442380

>>19441864
I don't think this article is necessary a strong one, but I'm too lazy to respond to it in any meaningful way.

I'll just take this opportunity to mention that all the anime, manga and eroge I've consumed this year pass the Bechdel test.

Also, it seems to me that the word "sexist" means something different for everyone. If the woman is a "strong independent woman" who uses her body in order to have her way, then she's just a "sex object". On the other hand, if she's a chaste, virginal character, then she is considered "repressed by the patriarchal world". Based on how I understand these remarks, I don't really know what a non-sexist female character would look like anymore.

>> No.19442439

>>19439113
you mean all of it

>> No.19442456

>>19442439
why engage with anything when you could just blanket shit on all of it amirite

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>> No.19442747

>>19390920
this is the only book you have to read to know everything about otaku history imo.
kinsella may not be that smart but she captures the moment in time perfectly and gives insight into the culture in the 90s that even most japs cant tell you precisely because she is an outsider.

>> No.19443000

The Moe-fication of Japanese Otaku Subculture (2012) by Samantha Jeka

(scroll down to read): h ttp://www.academia.edu/9489123/The_Moe-fication_of_Japanese_Otaku_Subculture

>In my research, I examine Evangelion as the modern day otaku's Mobile Suit Gundam (1979.)
>Since moe has so many supposed meanings, it really casts quite a large net over the otaku world. Virtually any animated bishojo can have thousands of fans who feel moe for her. However, this passionate attachment to characters hasn’t always been such a huge part of otaku subculture. Pre-moe boom (circa mid 1990's) otaku were much more interested in plot and knowing every detail of the world their favorite anime, manga or game existed in.

>> No.19443197

Cool, Creepy, Moé: Otaku Fictions, Discourses, and Policies (2013) by Thomas Lamarre

h ttp://www.erudit.org/fr/revues/du/2013-v13-n1-du01366/1024714ar.pdf

>[...] it is better to think of otaku in terms of a mode of consumption (thus related to a mode of social existence) rather than a typology of consumers
>Panty shots are obvious moments of affective charge in Nogizaka Haruka, that is, moé. [...] the self is irrevocably bound up with a certain thing, say, glasses or cat ears or a kind of person, and the thing is inextricably caught up in a situation. You feel something or someone is cute, hot or wow, but you cannot say why. Nor can you dismiss the sensation. Self and thing are now felt joined in an ineluctable yet impossible relationship, romantically and erotically entangled.

>> No.19443362
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Otakuology: A Dialogue (2010) by Patrick W. Galbraith and Thomas Lamarre
in Mechademia, Volume 5 >>19399373

(scroll down to read): h ttp://www.academia.edu/3736071/Otakuology_A_Dialogue

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The Japanese concept of kyara and the "total work of art" in the otaku subculture: multimedia franchise, merchandise, fan labor (2014) by Ana Matilde Sousa

(scroll down to read): h ttp://www.academia.edu/25995604/The_Japanese_concept_of_kyara_and_the_total_work_of_art_in_the_otaku_subculture_multimedia_franchise_merchandise_fan_labor

>Created in 1975 by the Japanese "fancy goods" company Sanrio, Hello Kitty is a quintessential kyara, existing outside any narrative context: a corporate, post-authorial creation (she is, basically, a saccharine rip-off of Dick Bruna's Miffy) designed with the sole purpose of increasing the company's sales in the wake of Japan's fever of cuteness.

>> No.19444257

Man, Nation & Machine. The Otaku Answer to Pressing Problems of the Media Society (2000) by Volker Grassmuck

h ttp://www.vgrass.de/?p=2962

>> No.19444411

introduction, liner notes, lyrics of the songs and a small gallery for 1982 Otaku no Video and 1985 Zoku (More) Otaku no Video

h ttps://www.animeigo.com/liner/anime/otaku-no-video/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Otaku_no_Video

>> No.19449035

Geeks and Creeps in No Name Land: Triangulating Anonymity, 2channel and Densha Otoko (2009) by Sandra Youssef

PDF: h ttps://open.library.ubc.ca/media/download/pdf/24/1.0070878/1
>the suicide and crime announcements of 2ch’s ‘creeps’ (unsavory characters who can incite fear and apprehension in others) and ‘bullies’ feature regularly in Japanese news reports. This reflects the fear of society that anonymity can give rise to anti-social, threatening or destructive behaviour.
>The disjuncture between the positive public perception of Train Man and the overall negative perception of 2ch is profound. This is remarkably so when one considers that the anonymous crowds on 2ch which jeer at public personalities, Koreans and suicide messages, also cheer on a young man in his quest to become ‘fit for love’. These crowds are perhaps not at all dissimilar, and may even consist of the same individuals.


War by Metaphor in Densha otoko (2009) by Michael Fisch
in Mechademia, Volume 4 >>19399373

PDF: h ttp://muse.jhu.edu/article/368622/pdf


Train Man and the Gender Politics of Japanese 'Otaku' Culture: The Rise of New Media, Nerd Heroes and Consumer Communities (2009) by Alisa Freedman

h ttp://intersections.anu.edu.au/issue20/freedman.htm
>Train Man shows that an otaku has the potential to become a new kind of ideal man, so long as he could acquire the looks and communication skills that would make him desirable to women and help him conform to mainstream society.

>> No.19450053

Great thread.

>> No.19450119
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>>19389241
>>19399089
>Otaku Marketing is not in English
Really unfortunate, because it seems super interesting. Unlike academics in humanities, market researchers risk their career if they misunderstand whatever subculture they're talking about. Luckily, I was able to find this paper from the Nomura Research Institute in English : https://www.nri.com/global/opinion/papers/2004/pdf/np200484.pdf. Pic related.

>> No.19450304

>>19434987
There is a small but growing Western "discourse" (blog shitposting) on the subject of "anime made me trans".

>> No.19450385

>>19398310
Pretty interesting.
>Revitalisation of local communities through pop-culture-induced contents tourism has created some instant success stories in previously small, unknown towns. These include Washimiya town, Saitama, which became famous as a site of pilgrimage for Lucky Star fans (Yamamura 2009, pp.13-18), and Toyosato town, Shiga, which became famous as the site of pilgrimage for K-On! fans (Okamoto 2015). Ishida town is also small and has been revitalised through pop-culture-induced contents tourism. However, in Ishida town’s case, the emphasis is not on commercialisation, but the emotional ties between the local people and rekijo through the spirit of Ishida Mitsunari. Although rekijo voluntarily assist at the solemn ceremony, they do not drastically change the tradition and would be unwilling to do so. The Ishida ceremony has become larger in size year by year, and some celebrities have been invited to attract even more fans. However, as Kinoshita repeatedly emphasised, for women’s historical tour ism ‘the feeling of being connected’to the spirits of historical figures and among local people and rekijo is a vital factor. It also serves to generate cross-generational communication in the local community.

>> No.19450392

>>19450385
>In reality, the Bonbori Festival is a fictitious festival originally depicted in the anime Hanasaku Iroha. The anime production committee cooperated with the local tourist association to establish an executive committee to hold the event as an actual regional festival. Furthermore, the executive committee intended it not merely to be a one-off event. They wanted it to continue into the future as a permanent event for the onsen district. The Bonbori Festival (both the lighting ceremony and main the festival) was held for a second time in 2012, a third time in 2013 and a fourth time in 2014 (Table 2).
>In addition to members of the tourist association, the executive committee for the festival comprised representatives of the production committee and Kanazawa city. The aim was to create a genuine ‘regional festival’, which, while not large-scale, would continue indefinitely into the future as a small-scale event. The committee decided that the event should not damage the image of the anime work or the region, that it should be held on an on-going basis within the means of a small onsen district, and that it should be established in people’s minds as a traditional event of the region to the extent that they would be unaware that it was originally based on an anime. The tourist association also prepared for the festival rigorously in accordance with traditional local festival procedures. For example, the programme of the ceremony and Shinto prayers were determined by the Shinto priest with jurisdiction over Yuwaku Onsen area. Moreover, on the day of the main festival in October, the Shinto prayers were offered by the priest as the most important ritual.

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>>19413262
>>19413306
The chapter actually says that at first it was primarily women who formed clubs around particular characters and produced fanworks focused on sex. A lot of these works were BL, which was popular in shoujo magazines at the time. Early Comiket attendees were primarily young women. To me this looks very similar to what happened in the Western science fiction fandom. Female Star Trek fans started to publish Kirk/Spock smut no later than the early 1970s.

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>>19450950
The author claims that a defining feature of bishoujo manga is that it is not just erotic, but that the male reader is able to feel close and identify with the fictional cute girls, particularly in innocent situations. This is in contrast to earlier erotic gekiga, which had a different, more detailed and less bubbly, round and cute, art style and normally focused on the sexual conquests of a heroic male protagonist. Hideo Azuma was the key figure responsible for the explosion of bishoujo manga.

It was with the growing popularity of bishoujo manga that the Comiket demographic became more and more male. These men were famously ridiculed in Manga Burikko for attending a convention also attended by real women, but apparently ignoring them in favor of 2D cuties.

>> No.19451067

Otaku Market in Japan: Key Research Findings 2017
by the Yano Research Institute

h ttps://www.yanoresearch.com/press/pdf/1773.pdf

Unit: Hundred Million Yen

Coterie Magazines (dōjinshi) 817
Figures 325
Popular Idols 2,100
Cosplay Clothing 350
Adults' Video 495
Vocaloid 100

>> No.19451097

>>19451067
>>19389241
>>19450119

>> No.19451386

>>19451067
>Services relating to Maids and Cosplays 111
>Boys' Love 219
>Dating Simulation 155
I wonder if this is specifically dating sims or all VNs.

>> No.19451632

Update: Behind the Mask: What Fans Want at Fandom Conventions

h ttps://www.eventbrite.com/blog/ds00-fan-conventions-behind-the-mask/
>men prefer comic, podcast, and gaming conventions, while women tend to gravitate toward fantasy, sci-fi, and anime events.
>...15% who say they look for love at cons.
>Of fans who spend the most at cons (over $1000), 55% complained about disorganized events.

>> No.19451759

The rewards of non–commercial production: Distinctions and status in the anime music video scene (2010) by Mizuko Ito

h ttp://firstmonday.org/article/viewArticle/2968/2528
>Anime music videos (AMVs) are remix videos made by overseas fans of Japanese animation. This paper describes the organization of the AMV scene in order to illuminate some of the key characteristics of a robust networked subculture centered on the production of transformative works.

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>>19451067

Average annual amount spent per otaku (geek) on fandom merchandise in Japan as of September 2016, by category (in thousand Japanese Yen)

h ttps://www.statista.com/statistics/692686/japan-otaku-spending-on-fan-goods-by-category/

Popular idols 79.78
Maid service and costume plays 37.29
Anime 29.84
Adult gaming 27.47
Model railroads 25.89
[...]
Figures 21.8
Manga 16.37
AV 13.47

Number of respondents 1,884

h ttps://www.statista.com/statistics/695827/japan-trading-card-games-market-size/
>In fiscal 2014, the trading card market size amounted to almost 40 billion Japanese Yen.

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International Anime Research Project

h ttps://sites.google.com/site/animeresearch/publications
h ttps://sites.google.com/site/animeresearch/past-results/2017-results
h ttps://animemangastudies.wordpress.com/2017/09/05/intl-anime-research-project-2017-anime-survey/

they have a bunch of psychological studies on US anime fans and... furries
I don't think they are reliable; besides, we have our own surveys:

What kind of otaku are you?
>>https://warosu.org/jp/thread/19381509
>NEET, Hikikomori, Incel, Manchild, Idolfag ...

What type of otaku are you?
>>https://warosu.org/jp/thread/19449077
>Anime Otaku, VN Otaku, Figurine Otaku, Cosplay Otaku...

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more meme statistics:

h ttps://whatjapanthinks.com/tag/otaku/

>> No.19456365

An Unholy Alliance of Eisenstein and Disney: The Fascist Origins of Otaku Culture (2013) by Ōtsuka Eiji and Thomas Lamarre
in Mechademia, Volume 8 >>19399373

h ttps://www.researchgate.net/profile/Thomas_Lamarre/publication/259749564_An_Unholy_Alliance_of_Eisenstein_and_Disney_The_Fascist_Origins_of_Otaku_Culture/links/56b372d008ae2c7d5caedf90/An-Unholy-Alliance-of-Eisenstein-and-Disney-The-Fascist-Origins-of-Otaku-Culture.pdf

>> No.19456655

>>19376807
This is actually a very interesting and insightful thread.

>> No.19456721

>>19450119
>otaku consumption behavior.png
I love diagrams like that, they're so aesthetic and thought-provoking.

>> No.19457663

>>19450304
>>19434987
>>19379586
Approach at your own risk: https://medium.com/@rftbk/masculinity-anime-and-gender-dysphoria-8d682abcec54 (https://archive.fo/OMD78). The author is a self-admitted SJW, but he has interesting things to say about why, as >>19379586 put it,
>moepigs want to become cute girls
that don't hinge on accepting his philosophy.

The gist is that cute girls from Cute Girls Doing Cute Things anime express their emotions freely and sincerely. Certain boys and young men develop an attachment to this type of anime because they were taught to repress their emotions, particularly positive emotions. Repressing emotions makes them feel depressed and uncomfortable inside. For them CGDCT anime is a way to experience free emotional expression vicariously. In more extreme cases they develop a desire to become cute girls themselves to escape their depression and discomfort.

>> No.19457689

>>19456157
>Domestic appliance otaku
What is such an individual even like?

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>>19453764
This is an interesting one.
>6. What are characteristics of favorite characters?

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>>19457717
Doll fans are the third least-liked group, after bronies and furries, but before hentai fans, idol otakus and fujoshis.

>> No.19457846

>>19453238
>>19451067
I can't relate to idolfags on a personal level, but statistics like this really explains why /jp/ has so many idol threads. They're bigger than everything else in Japan's popular culture.

>> No.19457903
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Japanese Visual Culture: Explorations in the World of Manga and Anime (2008) edited by Mark W. MacWilliams

table of contents: h ttp://www.comicsresearch.org/entries/jvc.html

they have the table of contents of other books, including >>19438021

h ttp://www.comicsresearch.org/countries.html#japan

>> No.19458305

>>19457903

chapter 9:

Aum Shinrikyō and a Panic About Manga and Anime (2008) by Richard A. Gardner

h ttp://www.gwern.net/docs/eva/2008-gardner.pdf
>In the weeks and months following the Tokyo sarin attack, commentators saw nearly every aspect of contemporary Japanese society as a possible cause for Aum’s violent behavior. More than a few identified manga and anime as a major factor behind Aum members’ “bizarre” beliefs and actions (Ōizumi 1995, 42–43).

>> No.19458425

Earth in My Window (2005) by Takashi Murakami

h ttps://www.gwern.net/docs/eva/2005-murakami

transcript with a PDF scan of >>19398200 pages 98-149

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>>19458425
>>19399874
based gwern
check out http://www.gwern.net/tags/Little%20Boy for more transcripts from Little Boy

>> No.19462857
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The Significance of OTAKU in Japanese Society (May 29, 2018)

h ttps://triplelights.com/blog/academic-essay-significan-3107

>> No.19463000

>>19376812

The Animalization of Otaku Culture (2007) by Azuma Hiroki, intro by Thomas LaMarre
in Mechademia, Volume 2 >>19399373

h ttps://www.researchgate.net/profile/Thomas_Lamarre/publication/236710706_The_Animalization_of_Otaku_Culture/links/574c7f4208ae82d2c6bb3416/The-Animalization-of-Otaku-Culture.pdf
>The essay first appeared in a volume edited by Azuma titled Mōjō genron F-kai (2003, Net-State Discourse F). It derives from a conference presentation given by Azuma just prior to the publication of Dōbutsuka suru posutomodan

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The Otaku in Transition (2008) by Renato Rivera

h ttp://www.kyoto-seika.ac.jp/researchlab/wp/wp-content/uploads/kiyo/pdf-data/no35/renato_rivera.pdf
>their refusal to subscribe to the norms of society and to conserve, in a sense, the essence of their
hobby by not allowing it to enter the hands of high culture nor the general public, echoes Okada’s claim that the otaku ought to be a unified community which not only does not mind being pushed into the outer realms of society, rather, it benefits from this sort of outcasting.

>> No.19463479

Interview With Max Watanabe, CEO of Figure Production Company Max Factory Inc

h ttps://manga.tokyo/interview/interview-with-max-watanabe-ceo-of-figure-production-company-max-factory-inc/

>Figures and models seem to appeal to male hobbyists more, but we tried to appeal to the female market too with ‘Aoba’ (released in 2013, from the BL game Dramatical Murder), a PVC beautiful boy figure for women. It’s around this time that the market expanded enough for business. We meant to give it a shot, but more than 10,000 copies were sold at more than 10,000 yen each.

more interviews: h ttps://manga.tokyo/interview/

>> No.19463573

Costuming the Imagination: Origins of Anime and Manga Cosplay (2006) by Theresa Winge
in Mechademia, Volume 1 >>19399373

h ttp://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=10.1.1.739.787&rep=rep1&type=pdf

>> No.19463720
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Japanese Popular Culture: Critical Concepts in Asian Studies (2014) edited by Matthew Allen and Rumi Sakamoto (1632 pages)

table of contents: h ttps://researchonline.jcu.edu.au/34673/11/34673%20Allen%20and%20Sakamoto%202014%20Front%20Pages.pdf

>> No.19463969
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Geographies of the Japanese Cultural Economy: Innovation and Creative Consumption (2010) by Jakob Nobuoka

h ttp://www.diva-portal.org/smash/get/diva2:331765/FULLTEXT01.pdf

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Cool Japan at the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry website
several PDFs available

h ttp://www.meti.go.jp/english/policy/mono_info_service/creative_industries/creative_industries.html

>> No.19464476

Otaku and Moe: An Intercultural Analysis of the Fetishist Tendency of Otaku (2011) by Hashimoto Miyuki

h ttps://fphil.uniba.sk/fileadmin/fif/katedry_pracoviska/kvas/SOS_10_1/06_37hashimoto-form120131_Kopie.pdf
>Psychiatrist Tamaki Saito observes the central characteristic of otakism as being their distinctive type of sexuality and defines it as follows: »An otaku is someone who can masturbate to the image of an anime figure.« Saito thus thinks that otaku culture differs from juvenile culture. Architecture theorist Kaichiro Morikawa shares Saito’s opinion and maintains that this point explains the difference between otaku culture and Disney culture. Otaku culture uses sexual nuances consciously, while Disney cartoons avoid every sexual nuance in order to remain a juvenile culture.

>> No.19464510

>>19385377
>cambridge
>commubist subverssion rhetoric
lmao

>> No.19466365

Teaching Japanese Popular Culture (2010) by Deborah Shamoon, University of Notre Dame

h ttp://asianetwork.org/ane-archived-issues/2010-spring/anex2010-spring-shamoon.pdf

>Aside from serious personality disorders, which should be dealt with outside class, I have found disruptive otaku behavior falls into two categories: 1. challenging the authority of the teacher and 2. resistance to academic analysis of the material.

the 15 weeks sample syllabus is interesting

>> No.19466645

>>19442542
I thought it was Shinki from the thumbnail...

>> No.19466740

>>19385377
>commubist subverssion rhetoric
Imagine thinking and saying this phrase unironically and believing it. A red-scare McCarthyist in this day and age is like a mythical being.

>> No.19466884

Here are some, all with full-text. Informative reads for lolicon, yuri fans, and general otaku stuff:

Hinton, P. (2014). The cultural context and the interpretations of Japanese 'lolita complex' style anime.
>ht tps://web.uri.edu/iaics/files/Perry-R.-Hinton.pdf

Galbraith, P. (2011). Lolicon: The reality of 'virtual CP' in Japan.
>h ttp://www.imageandnarrative.be/index.php/imagenarrative/article/view/127

Galbraith, P. (2017). 'The lolicon guy': Some observations on researching unpopular topics in Japan. (Excerpt from The End of Cool Japan)
>h ttps://www.academia.edu/28693090/The_Lolicon_Guy_Some_Observations_on_Researching_Unpopular_Topics_in_Japan

Ootsuka, E. (2010). World and variation: The reproduction and consumption of narrative.
>ht tps://www.academia.edu/2093053/_%C5%8Ctsuka_Eiji_and_Narrative_Consumption_An_Introduction_to_World_and_Variation_in_Mechademia_5_2010_

Maser, V. (2013). Beautiful and innocent: Female same-sex intimacy in the Japanese yuri genre.
>ht tp://ubt.opus.hbz-nrw.de/volltexte/2015/944/pdf/Maser_Beautiful_and_Innocent.pdf

Wellington, S. (2013). Finding the power of the erotic in Japanese yuri manga.
>ht tps://open.library.ubc.ca/cIRcle/collections/ubctheses/24/items/1.0166618

Awesome collection of yuri references and interviews with artists and shit: ht tp://www.yuricon.com/essays/

>> No.19472570

>>19376812

Is the Otaku Becoming-Overman? (2013) by Bradley Joff Peter Norman

h ttps://www.toyo.ac.jp/uploaded/attachment/10071.pdf

>Consider Japan : there’s a country that deliberately protected itself from history during three centuries ; it put a barrier between history and itself, so well that it perhaps permits us to foresee our own future... Now, what Japan teaches us, is that one can democratise snobbery... Next to the Japanese, English high society is a bunch of drunken sailors (Kojève, 1968, see Nichols, 2007, p.85).

>While Azuma’s thesis is insightful, it seems to fail to make good on the radicality of its initial assumptions and project. We therefore need to go further. At the beginning of Azuma’s work, he asks after what becomes of the humanity of human beings at the end? By the finale of book, he seems someway off from answering this fundamental question. Is Azuma really saying that solitude is the answer to life – is meaningful in an historic sense - at the end of history?

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SUPERFLAT WORLDS: A Topography of Takashi Murakami and the Cultures of Superflat Art (2006) by Kristen Sharp

h ttps://researchbank.rmit.edu.au/eserv/rmit:9886/Sharp.pdf

>> No.19473471

Individualized solidarity (18 July 2018) by Carl Cassegård

h ttps://www.eurozine.com/individualized-solidarity/

>Looking at Japan, Carl Cassegård compares otaku culture and the protest movements since Fukushima to understand the ambiguities and potential of individualized mobilization.

>As on 4chan, the laughter on 2channel is usually at the expense of others, yet the meanness coexists with a readiness to sympathize with underdogs.

>> No.19473471,1 [INTERNAL] 

Globalization, Consumption and Popular Culture in East Asia (2016) by Tai Wei Lim, Wen Xin Lim, Xiaojuan Ping and Hui-Yi Tseng

h ttps://www.worldscientific.com/worldscibooks/10.1142/9600

introduction: h ttps://www.worldscientific.com/doi/suppl/10.1142/9600/suppl_file/9600_chap01.pdf

>> No.19473471,2 [INTERNAL] 

Processes of Cultural and Media Consumption: The Image of ‘Otaku’, from Japan to the World (2014) by Yuji Gushiken and Tatiane Hirata

h ttp://www.scielo.br/pdf/interc/v37n2/en_1809-5844-interc-37-02-0133.pdf
>The French journalist Etienne Barral (2004) interprets the appearance of the Otaku social group as being due to Japan’s education system itself, considered to be homogenizing and massifying, prone to eliminating all kinds of transgressive behavior or individual expression. The Otakus characteristic of collecting data on their favorite consumer products, something that is irrelevant to other people, is related to the teaching methods used in schools and prep schools which prioritize memorization of information.

>> No.19473471,3 [INTERNAL] 

Nuns, rotten boys and rotten girls - The gendered representations of nerd identities in Japanese women’s comics (April 2018) by Sari Manninen

h ttps://helda.helsinki.fi/bitstream/handle/10138/235667/Manninen_Sari_Progradu_2018.pdf

>> No.19473471,4 [INTERNAL] 

ComicCon-Networked Culture and Participatory Business in the US, Japan, and China (April 2018) by Zhihua Wu

h ttps://repository.library.georgetown.edu/bitstream/handle/10822/1050755/Wu_georgetown_0076M_14050.pdf

>> No.19473471,5 [INTERNAL] 

“More Japanese than Japanese”: subjectivation in the age of brand nationalism and the Internet (June 2018) by Rebecca Lynn Carlson

h ttp://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/34413/1/RebeccaCarlson_2018Dissertation_1.pdf

>Once in Japan, otaku themselves actively support Japan's nation branding efforts by teaching English and producing the very cultural commodities that motivated their migration in the first place, as they increasingly codify what Japaneseness is for other “foreigners.” At the same time, otaku migrants further reproduce Japanese national identity through accepting and affirming their status as non-Japanese, and through the reinscription of these very boundaries onto other otaku.

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