Patrick Galbraith wants you to know that otaku isn’t just Japanese for "nerd." The Alaska-born ethnographer and journalist has spent over a decade studying the subculture, from cosplayers to collectors, "rotten girls" to bishojo-loving boys. The book offers 20 portraits of self-declared otaku, paired with incisive and revealing interviews. It’s a question even fellow academics have asked Galbraith.
from the University of Tokyo — he’s now working on second doctorate, this time in cultural anthropology at Duke University — he published two books, , a collaboration with photographer Androniki Christodoulou.
Older scholars, who earned their credentials in other, more conventional fields before theorizing about the subculture, recommended he do the same.
(One suggested economic history as a more viable option.) But he believes not only is the massive subculture worth studying, but what academic attention it has received has been too detached, too eager to broadly theorize without first understanding actual otaku. "I think there are a lot of political implications to just hearing people out," he says, "Talking to them, bringing people back to the center of discussion rather than marginalizing them, which has been the way to do it for the last thirty years." ’s premiere issue (1993!
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We have helped thousands of Gothic singles to date other Gothic girls, Gothic boys, EMO girls or EMO boys.Arguably, the United States comics scene still doesn’t have the artistic breadth or artistic cachet of its Japanese counterparts.Perhaps because of this larger cultural role, the definition and understanding of otaku has long been contentious.They also found a collection of 5,763 videotapes, many of them anime and slasher films.Subsequent critics have asked whether authorities exaggerated Miyazaki’s otaku-ness to help secure a conviction; the press, meanwhile, dubbed him "The Otaku Killer." As Galbraith explains, the figure of Miyazaki still haunts the public perception of otaku.