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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Azuma Hiroki has written a fascinating work about otaku, widely read when it was published in Japan in Although Azuma offers an interesting viewpoint and theoretical framework, I agree with other reviews and find Azuma’s vision on the ani 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.

Stand Alone Complex was based on Yoshiki Sakurai’s media ecology dissertation — the inherent economy of expression in animation allows for the intersection of academia and high arts with popular culture. This is what Azuma calls a simulcrum.

Other reviews get the point across pretty well. I felt a need to replenish and broaden it.

Otaku — University of Minnesota Press

The database model of character traits resonates with my experiences watching anime and observing anime fans. We are interested in empirical and conceptual approaches to theorising globalisation, development, sustainability, wellbeing, subjectivities, networks, new media, gaming, multimodality, literacies and related issues and their implications for how we educate and why.

I actually KNOW guys who would hiroku this. In Japan, obsessive adult fans and collectors of manga and anime are known as otaku. Mechademia 2 Networks of Desire Traces the web of desires that connects Japanese popular culture and its fans. Of course, some of his epiphanies are up to discussion Articles are published through a Creative Commons CC License and made available for viewing and download on a bespoke page at www.


Still, a great read.

Hiroki Azuma: The philosopher of ‘otaku’ speaks

Could they survive once Mom or Dad cut off the funding? This essay is the intellectual property of the author and cannot be printed or distributed without the author’s express written permission other than excerpts for purposes consistent with Fair Use.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. The scale and speed at which digital culture has entered all aspects of our lives is unprecedented. Look out the window. Do they contribute to the betterment of others. If anyone ever comes up with a new idea, it is instantly cannibalized and becomes just another building block. A model attribution edit summary using German: Hiroki Azuma Translated by Jonathan E. The single misfortune of this volume is that the English-language translation was published so long after the original text; thus its insights into this rapidly-expanding field of study have occasionally been superseded by its successors.

You took the article out of context and lunged upon it like a lion of commonsense above rudimentary fallacy. The market has moved on from the satisfactions of needs, through the creation of desires and needs to the satisfaction of desires not of its own making.

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Azuma is married to the writer and poet Hoshio Sanae. Preview — Otaku by Hiroki Azuma. Born in Mitaka, Tokyohe received his Ph. Nothing about this guy strikes me as dumb, or did read the wrong article and the wrong book? This page uses JavaScript for certain types of content, so we strongly recommend that you enable JavaScript for browsing this site. I need to read it a couple more times to really parse the argument, but the fundamentals seem relatively sound.


Otaku is a thought-provoking book. Now that I got around to it, I have to say I understand the content of his philosophy much better than after the short speech. His notion of the archive clearly informs Azuma’s conception of the interrelatedness of the database and the derivative simulacra.

There’s two types of ways to relate to azuna world. However, once you become familiar with the terminology, the book proves to be a fascinating, thought-provoking read. The top students in class at least here in America are almost always nerdmad about anime.

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Azuma manages to communicate his ideas and thought processes in simple language and with many examples. If there is anywhere to start, Otaku would be a great place to start toward understanding the Japanese postmodern anime and manga culture.

Hlroki Report on Knowledge. It offers an intriguing manner of viewing and reading many modern phenomena and sheds light on some aspects of Japanese popular culture I thought mysterious myself, yet never managed to see the pattern behind them, hirokki thinking them random coincidences. The layout and design of this article is licensed under a Creative Commons License to ImageTexT ; note that this applies only to the design of this page and not to the content itself.