Otaku: Japan's Database Animals
It is perhaps a sign of that spread that my daughter (English) was able to point out quite quickly that two illustrations (of images of girls from Urusei Yatsura and Sailor Moon) had been transposed. It seems that t ...more
otaku ဆိုတဲ႕ ေဝါဟရကို ႀကားဖူးႀကမွာပါ။ အိုတာကုဆိုတာ ဂပနိုငငံရဲ႕ေပၚၿပဴလာ ေဖာၿဖညမထုတကုနေတြ (အထူးသၿဖင႕anime၊ manga နဲ႕ပတသကတဲ႕ေရာငးကုနေတြ) ကို စိတအားထကသနစြာ ဝယသူအားေပးသူေတြပဲၿဖစတယ။ otaku ၿဖစအငရဲ႕သမိုငးကို အကဥးခဳပၿပီးေရးမယဆိုရင မွတေကာကတငရေလာကတဲ႕ တိုးတကမတစခုၿဖစတဲ႕ Neon Genesis Evangelion အေႀကာငးထည႕ ေၿပာမွရပါမယ။ ၁၉၉၅ မွာ ထြကရိွခဲ႕ၿပီး ဇီဝစကရုပေတြကိ ...more
I do not recommend this book to readers who are completely unfamiliar with Japan and anime subculture. I got through it solely on my deep ...more
Traduzione in inglese del celebre(?) Dōbutsuka suru posutomodan (動物化するポストモダン), di Azuma Hiroki.
Azuma offre una brevissima cronistoria critica dell'approccio otaku all'animazione giapponese, e dei legami tra i due, cronistoria ben più sensata di quanto si legge di solito sull'argomento; difatti prende una decisa posizione contro il punto di vista continuista, cioè quello che vede l'animazione e il fumetto giappi eredi diretti (di solito non viene neanche spiegato
I'm a lapsed anime fan. I spent 2002-2006 wondering why all the series out were so terrible. As Azuma puts it: "from the beginning the sense of realism in otaku genres has been weak; in many cases, even original works create worlds through citation and imitation of previous works." I could not agree more...
According t ...more
first of all I'll start off by saying that I don't buy into post moderni ...more
There's two types of ways to relate to the world. The Tree method involves a central narrative that shapes people's individual experiences by an inner core of truth. But the Database method has no narrative at all, and people relate to it in a way that's hard for me to sum up.
It's easier to use examples. If you are familiar with Neo ...more
By "animal" he means that people in a Hegelian post-historical society as explicated by Kojeve are free to live in harmony with "nature," which in a modern consumerist society like the United States means that we live to consume ...more
I'd be interested to see more contemporary writings. This is from 2001, and while it has very interesting analyses of novel games from that era, since then we've seen a huge boom in public visibility of video games, formation of 'classic gamers' and 'contemporary gamer' subgroups, etc. I was too young in 2001 to really know how those groups compare t ...more
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. Azuma manages to communicate his ideas a ...more
My friend said to me, "Oh, you mean like how the Tale of Genji was read in the Edo period?"
I wish I could remember which of my friends said this, but they cut right through Azuma's BS for me. Indeed, a well-researched book was just published on the Genji subject: The Tale of Genji: Translation, Canonization, and World Literature
"Otaku" is a pretty ...more
Although Azuma offers an interesting viewpoint and theoretical framework, I agree with other reviews and find Azuma's vision on the ani ...more
You don't have to be an otaku to understand this book, it is basically just Azuma picking a specific subculture that he felt predicted our transition to a truly postmodern state. That said, those familiar with otaku culture may gain additional insig ...more
That said, it is not an unapproachable book. It is fairly short and Hiroki explains himself well while providing plenty of broader context for his views.
And I think his core arguments are compelling and fairly easy to follow. The book focuses on otaku culture but his database model of consumption can clearly be seen in many other contexts including in the West, many driven by the ...more