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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Still, a great read. No trivia or quizzes yet. Even today, liberal ideologues do this as various forms of political correctness and the constant process of engineering consent. 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.

Retrieved from ” https: On the surface both books approach totally different cultural representations and processes.

Hiroki Azuma: The philosopher of ‘otaku’ speaks

It seems that the kids are sharper than the academics on matters of actual content. Nov 28, Riar rated it really liked it.

Red Vs Blue is machinima- it takes the engine of Halo, as well as the characters and vehicles to make something that isn’t entirely its own thing as it builds on the knowledge of Halo’s narrative itself yet isn’t a brand new idea. His consideration of the “double-layer” structure and hypervisuality of the internet is xzuma, but obvious perhaps a weakness of aiming the work at a more general audience.

Like the Zaku and even certain elements of the plot begin in space, etcthe Otakh flash was part of the ‘database’ of Gundam information which is tapped by successive series, even when they bear no relation to the original continuity. I can only recommend this book to anyone interested in cultural theory, Japan or popular culture – or all of it.

The overseas image of a weak guy living in his parents basement simply don’t apply. Socially disfunctional individuals with declining interpersonal skills, minimal economic viability, disaffection with reality and real relationships and rabid consumerism of intellectually uiroki culturally empty commercial products.


If it was such an obvious mistake, then why argue with an idiot? The book also ends on a somewhat abrupt note, like the writer suddenly dropped his interest on the subject, and you end up missing a conclusion, as if all those points had to be hammered szuma and an extra, overarching argument could be made.

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Read for a research paper I want younger people to go through it in Japan and abroad. Indeed, a well-researched book was just published on the Genji subject: My friend said to me, “Oh, you mean like how the Tale of Genji was read in the Edo period? And if so, will that survival be adequate to even sustain Otaku culture?

The characters were appealing-Rei’s visual traits and her personality were kept, but the narrative was left behind. We publish articles and digital works including eBooks published under Otau Commons Licenses that address the use of digital and other technologies and how they are taken up across diverse institutional and non-institutional contexts.

Open Preview See a Problem? Practical, as opposed to theoretical, post-modernism can be characterised by an individual and immediate understanding that the world of socialisation and the worlds of individual imaginations based on immediate desires where Lacan does have insights are different but equal in worth. Do most Otaku contribute to the knowledge and development of humanity? There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

Although Azuma offers an interesting viewpoint and theoretical framework, I agree with other reviews and find Azuma’s vision on the animalization of the otaku culture somewhat radical. Azu,a are published through a Creative Commons CC License and made available for viewing and download on a bespoke page at www.

Review of Otaku: Japan’s Database Animals

Mar 06, Vanessa Glau rated it liked it Shelves: Dec 04, Yupa rated it really liked it Shelves: Since the book is a translation of Azuma’s Japanese book, some, especially chapter 3, might feel slightly outdated. Each paper should be accompanied by an abstract of up to words. All authors and artists retain copyright unless otherwise noted. She is recovering and returned to work, but with help from doctors. Otaku have shaped japanese Industry for a long time and that goes beyond people like Miyazaki, Katori, Takahata, Oshii, etc.

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Alienation is the recognition that this social world since the material world is merely the satisfier or denier of needs does not accord with the inner desiring self. Hiroki Azuma is quite schematic in applying the principles of postmodern theory to narrative consumption, which he argues has now become ‘database’ consumption in contemporary [otaku] culture.

It is certainly an academic work and one belonging to a field I’ve never studied. To me, all the emancipatory qualities of the otaku experience struggle with the idea that database consumption manifests itself as a sort of drug addiction, not because the therapeutic qualities of fiction are a novelty, but because they are now according to Azuma its main driver.

I don’t know about anyone else, but to me the phrase “database animals” conjures images of monkeys in cubicles pounding out TPS reports, whereas Azuma is using both terms in a very hiriki manner. Experience the Authentic Tokyo Taito City. As a person without any philosophical training or expertise, I’m ill equipped to criticize the book, it pains me to say, for as much as I could understand the gist of it thanks to Wikipedia, the theory behind this book is very dense and nuanced and requires deeper understanding than I have to completely grasp it and lock onto its weak points.

However, there are plenty of people hiromi aren’t like this, and I find that a lot of the people I know who are into this sort of thing are in it because it’s like any other hobby. T he Language of New MediaCambridge: So Rei became a girl with a thousand faces. Unfortunately, while his discussion of visual novels particularly Kano Hioyuki’s Yu-Nothe final example in the chapter may illustrate his conclusions in thought-provoking ways, his other examples are less effective.

Feb 04, Mau rated it liked it.