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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Of course Azuma is writing this from a Japanese perspective and it should be noted that the original text is ten years old already. Could you azumma tell us about this? His consideration of the “double-layer” structure and hypervisuality of the internet is interesting, but obvious perhaps a weakness of aiming the work at a more general audience.

Hiroki Azuma: The philosopher of ‘otaku’ speaks

It did inspire me though to try and engage with postmodernist thought more. And if so, will that survival be adequate to even sustain Otaku culture? I want younger people to go through it in Japan and hiroi. I appreciated how he described postmodern ideas in accessible ways, which often isn’t the case with thinkers like Baudrillard and Derrida.

To ask other readers questions about Otakuplease sign up. I am a otamu believer that people should educate their perspective before socializing it. I found it really interesting. Speriamo che la traduzione del libro di Azuma riesca a riequilibrare il discorso. Preview — Otaku by Hiroki Azuma. Andy rated it really liked it May 28, The Computer, Hypertext, and the Otaju of Writing. Please see our legal notice.

To be prudent, however, I would admit that Azuma doesn’t always make these conclusions, either attributing them to someone else, or inverting the question “couldn’t it be said that. Hiroki Azuma’s ‘Otaku’ offers a hirkoi, philosophical, and historical inquiry into the characteristics and consequences of this consumer subculture.

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However, what the Otaku did was consume Evangelion according to the Database idea. Sadly, Azuma’s infographics and pictorial examples are neglected by the publisher, as they appear pixelated in print form, perhaps because they were low-resolution to begin with.

I especially despise that the very title of the book and its central premise comes from an author, Kojeve, who believes the US is a post Marxist paradise where one may work to their heart’s content, and made several sweeping statements about Japanese culture based on his limited knowledge and brief stay in Japan.

However, Azuma stops short of addressing the questions of how the database is hirpki and structured and whether uiroki contains ideological underpinnings that structure everyday life. 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 azua in worth.

Nov 28, Riar rated it really liked it. They stripped Rei of the narrative she was in, and modified her to their own tastes.

I do not read manga though as I prefer technical books more. Dec 04, Yupa rated it really liked it Shelves: The book is about the ma The book was enjoyable and a good stepping stone for those who are unfamiliar with ogaku like I was.

A clear summary and overview of base ideas of this book as it does have moments of brilliant insight would be more valuable than the original, which is hiroli since the author postulates a natural creation of simulacra in the postmodern era. Azuma is married to the writer and poet Hoshio Sanae.

Anime producers don’t have to worry about risky artistic freedom, as opposed to hiroii Hollywood productions. Furthermore, despite being nearly a decade in the making, Otaku ‘s usefulness far outweighs its datedness, and this translation has provided an invaluable resource to English-language scholarship.

The highest revenue-generating events in cities in the United States each year are all from Anime conventions! Born in Mitaka, Tokyohe received his Ph. Otaku is a thought-provoking book. 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.


If possible, verify the text with references provided in the foreign-language article. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. So for instance with Star Wars, the grand narrative is the whole concept of the Old Republic and Empire, Sith and Jedi, midichlorians and Ewoks, whereas the simulacra are the blu-rays, novels, action figures and video hrioki which allow us to experience aspects of the grand narrative.

Hiroki Azuma

Other reviews get the point across pretty well. It’s a bit cynical, a bit authoritative, but I highly recommend it regardless. A publishing event—the highly influential best seller in Japan translated into English. As Azuma puts it: That said, it is not an unapproachable book. This work won the Suntory Literary Prize in and made Azuma the youngest writer to ever win that prize.

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If it was such an obvious mistake, then why argue with an idiot? They are exploring science, philosophy, political and social sciences, creating the arts or somehow contributing. Experience the Authentic Tokyo Taito City. Azuma quindi, che fa? Books by Hiroki Azuma. That said, those familiar with otaku culture may gain additional insig His tale of the grand narrative being replaced by the database and the return to animality seemed quite like a grand narrative in its own right, but barring this contradiction, his theories seem quite insightful, even if their accuracy isn’t perfect.

You took the article out of context and lunged upon it like a lion of commonsense above rudimentary fallacy. Mechademia 6 User Enhanced As passive consumers of manga and anime become active users of cultural commodities, this volume explores the possibilities of, and challenges for, engagement.