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

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

Views Read Edit View history. Therefore, it would be a misconstrual to read this book as an analysis of ‘otaku’ culture using postmodern theory. Rather than using a theoretical paradigm to analyze culture, I tried to change theory by using subculture on it.

Just look at any recent argument over the newest “Smash Bros” character, the fights between groups of game fandoms, the obsession with digging through games’ secrets, the way we market games as bullet lists of features. I found it really interesting. Hiroki Azuma not only manages to clearly explain complex postmodern theories from French philosophers, but also apply these to the Japanese subculture of the otaku by providing concrete examples, such as specific anime series or films.

A Report on Knowledge. Hard to understand, but pretty enlightening. Retrieved from ” https: I gave it to stars because frankly, I quite loved the insight and history on otaku culture but I’m not going to be nice here.


The ease with which the text reads is a definite advantage to the persuasiveness of the hiroli a testament to the skill and care with which the translators have worked.

Do most Otaku contribute to the knowledge and development of humanity? Feb 09, Jekaterina Bjalt rated it really liked it.

The “patient zero” of this phenomenon is Hideaki Anno’s Neon Genesis Evangelion — and Hiroki Azuma was referring to otakus like Anno and the rest of the Gainax staff who moved this rising culture to new heights. Lists with This Book. She had some panic attack and was just afraid to go out in pulic. His consideration of the “double-layer” structure and hypervisuality of the internet is interesting, but obvious perhaps a weakness of aiming the work at a more general audience.

Otaku: Japan’s Database Animals

Experience the Authentic Tokyo Taito City. Dec 04, Yupa rated it really liked it Shelves: The world has changed, old man.

He began writing inspired by the work of Kojin Karatani and Akira Asada. Instructions for Authors Manuscripts submitted should be original, not under review by any other publication and not published elsewhere. Apr 08, Jessie B. Jun 27, Marija S. I wasn’t very thrilled hiriki this onslaught of terminology I have never encountered before and didn’ For someone not well-versed in philosophy myself, in this caseazuja might prove a challenging read.

You took the article out of context and lunged upon it like a lion of commonsense above rudimentary fallacy. This book needs some serious editing, structuring and explaining of presumptions it utilises e.


However, I have multiple hobbies azumw many and I switch from one to another depends on what I feel like to do.

On the other hand, his likening of the otaku’s ability to move readily between the database and numerous small narratives to multiple personality disorder seems labored and only moderately substantiated by his application of the comparison to the double-layer structure of Yu-No.

Therefore, it would be a misconstrual to read this book as an analysis of hieoki culture using postmodern theory. Otaku culture consistently stays its primary focus, yet it is an well thought-out critique on modernity hiroli general.

Otaku: Japan’s Database Animals by Hiroki Azuma

I, for one, am applying fluid dynamics to computer rendering for both scientific and artistic ends. His father-in-law is the translator, novelist, and occasional critic Kotaka Nobumitsu. Apr 27, Nick Tramdack rated it it hiromi amazing.

While the table of content doesn’t give away what kind of style awaits, I found each chapter written in an easy to read and precise style. Do they provide a foundation for Japan’s economic future?