Top 5 Books To Understand More About Otaku

Christmas is just around the corner while Santa is planning on how to break into houses without setting off the alarm and security mechanisms. You wouldn’t like to see Santa in Swiss cheese state because it would not be a good site for little children. Below are top 6 books that you can buy to improve yourself of Otaku knowledge or gain an in depth inside of the subculture.

If you are wandering what’s the term means and would like to know more you certainly must purchase the book to have a good read while it’s still holidays and maybe broaden your perspective into the ever changing world of Japanese pop cultures.

1] The Rough Guide to Anime 1

It provides a comprehensive overview of the diverse and amazing world of animation from Japan. Combining a critical approach with all the essential background information. The book introduces the creative talents behind the major anime movies, TV series and OVA –  from the Oscar-winning Spirited Away to classic works like Howl”s Moving Castle, Princess Mononoke, and the iconic shows Astro Boy, Kimba the White Lion, Speed Racer and Robotech.

Written by anime expert Simon Richmond, features include the Top 50 must-sees, with details on the most influential directors and creative artists.

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2] The Rough Guide to Manga

The book cover an overview of one of the most fashionable genre’s in today’s pop culture. The guide features the manga story: from manga’s twelfth-century roots to the rise of English-language manga with profiles of influential creators like Leiji Matsumoto and CLAMP as well as publishers to look out for.

You’ll find an overview of manga’s unique styles, techniques and genres decoded as well as a canon of fifty must-read manga, including the iconic “Astro Boy”, global hits “Fruits Basket” and “Battle Royale”, plus less well-known works like “Please Save My Earth”. Crammed with illustrations, and including a section on the anime connection, this is must-have Manga for beginners and enthusiasts alike.

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3] The Otaku Encyclopedia

The Otaku Encyclopedia offers fascinating insight into the subculture of Cool Japan. With over 600 entries, including common expressions, people, places, and moments of otaku history, this is the essential A to Z of facts every Japanese pop-culture fan needs to know.

Author Patrick W. Galbraith has spent several years researching deep into the otaku heartland and his intimate knowledge of the subject gives the reader an insider’s guide to words such as moe, doujinshi, cosplay and maid cafes. In-depth interviews with such key players and even more penetrating look into the often misunderstood world of otaku.

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4] The Akiba: A Manga Guide to Akihabara

This clever new guidebook presents the wonderfully eccentric appeal of the district in an easy-to-understand and entertaining format–a fusion of manga and practical travel information that will prove invaluable to the foreign visitor.

The volume is a complete guide offering full-color photographs, detailed maps and travel information and listings of the stores and other locations. Throughout the book, the reader learns about the development of Akihabara, which evolved from Tokyo’s electronics center to the place to go for personal computers, video games, animation and manga–into its most recent incarnation as the hub of street music. The book also highlights the role that Akihabara has played in the internationalization of Japanese pop culture.

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5] Otaku: Japan’s Database Animals


Hiroki Azuma’s Otaku offers a critical, philosophical, and historical inquiry into the characteristics and consequences of this consumer subculture. For Azuma, one of Japan’s leading public intellectuals, otaku culture mirrors the transformations of postwar Japanese society and the nature of human behavior in the postmodern era.

He traces otaku’s ascendancy to the distorted conditions created in Japan by the country’s phenomenal postwar modernization, its inability to come to terms with its defeat in the Second World War, and America’s subsequent cultural invasion. More broadly, Azuma argues that the consumption behavior of otaku is representative of the postmodern consumption of culture in general, which sacrifices the search for greater significance to almost animalistic instant gratification.

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7 thoughts on “Top 5 Books To Understand More About Otaku

    • No, I don’t think so but there might be a chance if you try to find it a kinokuniya book store in Kuala Lumpur.

      Always use your trusty debit visa card to purchase online~

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