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Debating Otaku in Contemporary Japan: Historical by Thiam Huat Kam and Björn-Ole Kamm Patrick W.

By Thiam Huat Kam and Björn-Ole Kamm Patrick W. Galbraith,Patrick W. Galbraith,Thiam Huat Kam,Björn-Ole Kamm

With the unfold of manga (Japanese comics) and anime (Japanese cartoons) worldwide, many have followed the japanese time period 'otaku' to spot fanatics of such media. the relationship to manga and anime could appear undemanding, yet, while taken without any consideration, frequently serves to imprecise the debates inside and round media fandom in Japan because the time period 'otaku' seemed within the area of interest ebook Manga Burikko in 1983.

Debating Otaku in modern Japan disrupts the naturalization and trivialization of 'otaku' by way of studying the historic contingency of the time period in an effort to establish and comprise frustrating formative years, shoppers and fan cultures in Japan. Its chapters, many translated from eastern and to be had in English for the 1st time – and with a foreword through Otsuka Eiji, former editor of Manga Burikko – discover key moments within the evolving discourse of 'otaku' in Japan. instead of providing a delicate, successful narrative of the transition of a way of life to the mainstream, the edited quantity repositions 'otaku' in particular ancient, social and financial contexts, delivering new insights into the importance of the 'otaku' phenomenon in Japan and the realm.

By going again to unique eastern files, translating key contributions by way of eastern students and delivering sustained research of those files and students, Debating Otaku in modern Japan presents substitute histories of and techniques to 'otaku'. For all scholars and students of up to date Japan and the historical past of jap fan and shopper cultures, this quantity might be a origin for knowing how 'otaku', at assorted locations and occasions and to various humans, is meaningful.

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