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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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.

Otaku: Japan’s Database Animals

Sitting in your room collecting dolls or spendin too much time with your head buried giroki a computer is hardly contributing to anything. The modern liberal mind is suspicious of the market and increasingly of the internet except as a directed tool but it actively loathes the idea of persons floating between and around multiple identities and destinies instead of locking themselves into some socially definable category.

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 internet. Exact name of German article]]; see its history for attribution.

Considering Derrida was the focus of Azuma’s first book, Ontological, Postalsuch an influence is, perhaps, unsurprising. She had some panic attack and was just afraid to go out in pulic.

Hard to understand, but pretty enlightening. Although Azuma offers an interesting viewpoint and theoretical framework, I agree with other reviews and find Azuma’s azhma 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. As Azuma puts it: Azkma the Authentic Tokyo Taito City.


Oct 17, Seb Choe rated it it was amazing. The top students in class at least here in America are almost always nerdmad about anime. He also cites German philosophers quite a bit, although he always returns to his own theory and introduces new ideas of his own.

The corporate system lives in the half world between systems, simultaneously trying to manufacture desires and respond to desires that are not manufactured.

T he Language of New MediaCambridge: Profound examination of how japanese otaku culture illustrates a post-modern way of life. I think I can be classified as a part time otaku I do have wife, kids and job. However, it would be a disservice to the scope and accessibility of this slim volume to suggest that its study of postmodern Japanese culture is useful only to scholars in these fields. I was too young in to really know how those groups compare to now, but the phenomenon he mentions about otaku centering around anime and the ‘girl games’, certainly exists in a wide variety of media today.

Whether they are losers or not, they are no different from a “curator of modern art” who “consumes” an entire library of “avant-garde art of the ‘s”. Anime, manga, digital games and so on are not just a cultural form related merely to hirkoi. This is just one of the many fascinating ideas he puts forwards, and it if you are a otxku fan of any media it’s very deep to think on.

The “patient zero” of this phenomenon is Hideaki Anno’s Neon Genesis Evangelion — and Hiroki Azuma was referring to otakus like Anno and the rest of the Gainax staff who moved this rising culture to new heights.


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This substantial delay for the translation of a key contribution qzuma ongoing discussions about digital culture is another example of how existing global hegemonies of thought impact on transcultural scholarly dialogue.

Therefore, it would be a misconstrual to read this book as an analysis of ‘otaku’ culture using postmodern theory.

Otaku: Japan’s Database Animals by Hiroki Azuma

Japan’s Database Animals by Hiroki Azuma. Look out the window. The first is a mode of reception, according to Bolterp. Do most Otaku contribute to the knowledge and development of humanity?

Hiroki Azuma: The philosopher of ‘otaku’ speaks

The azumx 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. Simple enough idea, isn’t it? I have a co-worker had that issue couple of months ago. The post-moderns choose to accept reality as it is and construct complex and creative private lives in floating communities or tribes.

While fans of anime might find differing views with some of his ideas, the overall frameworks of his arguments are sound and intelligently argued.

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