Otaku: Japan's Database Animals

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  • Title: Otaku: Japan's Database Animals
  • Author: Hiroki Azuma Jonathan E. Abel Shion Kono
  • ISBN: 9780816653522
  • Page: 385
  • Format: Paperback

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Otaku: Japan's Database Animals

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  1. in Japanese.An influential Japanese literary critic.

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  1. 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 Two trojan horses are at play here Japan stands as a place that can either lead the way to an advanced, post modern consumerist society or an exception that bends, but confirms, the rule, while otaku stands a fizzling subculture that has already been supplying the mainstream its vocabulary for a long time, whic [...]


  2. Azuma s theoretical analysis of Japanese Otaku culture provides some useful insights into Japanese intellectual life, applied post modernism and a phenomenon which, like rap from the other side of the world, has spread with globalisation The footnotes are as valuable as the text.It is perhaps a sign of that spread that my daughter English was able to point out quite quickly that two illustrations of images of girls from Urusei Yatsura and Sailor Moon had been transposed It seems that the kids ar [...]


  3. Baudrillard scelgo te Traduzione in inglese del celebre D butsuka suru posutomodan , di Azuma Hiroki.I pro.Azuma offre una brevissima cronistoria critica dell approccio otaku all animazione giapponese, e dei legami tra i due, cronistoria ben pi sensata di quanto si legge di solito sull argomento difatti prende una decisa posizione contro il punto di vista continuista, cio quello che vede l animazione e il fumetto giappi eredi diretti di solito non viene neanche spiegato in che modo delle arti po [...]


  4. As a result, instead of narratives creating characters, it became a general strategy to create character settings first, followed by works and projects, including the stories I m a lapsed anime fan I spent 2002 2006 wondering why all the series out were so terrible As Azuma puts it from the beginning the sense of realism in otaku genres has been weak in many cases, even original works create worlds through citation and imitation of previous works I could not agree According to Azuma s theory, an [...]


  5. Otaku Database Animals otaku anime manga otaku Neon Genesis Evangelion kabbalah Shinji Rei Asuka Azuma anime pseudo japan Azuma sarin Edo anime manga Japanization of America grand narrative Azuma Lyotard historical trend Azuma otaku otaku consumption behavior postmodern subjectivity Azuma grand narrative grand non narrative database Alexandre Kojeve animality snobbery modes of living Kojeve consumer society grand narrative Kojeve grand narrative local narrative french maid harem element fanmade [...]


  6. I gave it to stars because frankly, I quite loved the insight and history on otaku culture but I m not going to be nice here I really did not enjoy this book at all and it s entirely for ideological reasons, and also because the translators should ve probably stuck with the simple present rather than the present continuous for a lot of sentences Creators are analyzing and recombining vs creators analyze and recombine rst of all I ll start off by saying that I don t buy into post modernism and ge [...]


  7. The database model of character traits resonates with my experiences watching anime and observing anime fans I ve noticed that anime tends to produce really out there and interesting characters, which I often find inspiration in when creating NPC s in tabletop RPG s I am DM ing So this explains where that comes from How the moe elements build on each other and evolve reminds me of W Brian Arthur s argument about technology evolution, which supposedly piggybacks off of Kuhn s The Structure of Sci [...]


  8. Had to read this for class so I m not as into it as I would be other books However, aside from the dryness in language there were several mistakes, mislabeling of Sailor Mars and Sakura from Urusei Yatsura for one and several spelling mistakes made it hard to get through.




  9. Profound examination of how japanese otaku culture illustrates a post modern way of life You ll get a lot out of it if you are an otaku or obsessive fan of any type.There s two types of ways to relate to the world The Tree method involves a central narrative that shapes people s individual experiences by an inner core of truth 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.It s easier to use examples If you are familiar with Neon Ge [...]


  10. I really think the translators could ve found a better title for this 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 specialized manner.By animal he means that people in a Hegelian post historical society as explicated by Kojeve are free to live in harmony with nature, which in a modern consumerist society like the United States means that we live to consume rather [...]


  11. For someone not well versed in philosophy myself, in this case , this might prove a challenging read I picked up the book expecting to read about Japanese popular culture, and I was unpleasantly surprised when instead I was confronted with endless stream of postmodernist theory and had to grapple with ideas such as rhizome model , decline of the grand narratives , rise of the simulacra etc I wasn t very thrilled about this onslaught of terminology I have never encountered before and didn t even [...]


  12. Other reviews get the point across pretty well Some arguments are overly represented or fuzzy, but the writing is a deliberate attempt to be clear.I d be interested to see contemporary writings This is from 2001, and while it has very interesting analyses of novel games from that era, since then we ve seen a huge boom in public visibility of video games, formation of classic gamers and contemporary gamer subgroups, etc I was too young in 2001 to really know how those groups compare to now, but [...]


  13. Ever since attending a speech about Hiroki Azuma and his work, I ve wanted to read this 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 It was an enlightening and interesting read, especially for an aspiring scholar of Japanese culture.While the table of content doesn t give away what kind of style awaits, I found each chapter written in an easy to read and precise style Azuma manages to communicate his ideas and [...]


  14. The book was enjoyable and a good stepping stone for those who are unfamiliar with theory like I was It started off strong, but by the end I found myself frustrated by how repetitive it became Azuma makes a lot of good points and says a lot of interesting things, but he remains a bit inconsistent with how he says it one day i would feel he would miss the big picture, only to feel the next day like he was being too obtuse, too general, making too many abstractions The book is about the male otaku [...]


  15. highly influential text for my research azuma s expansion of takashi murakami s concepts of the superflat, his development of the double layer structure as a post modern analysis of the loss of the grand narrative in capitalistic postwar culture, and a nuanced observation of novel games and moe structures result in the development of the databasing concept which is highly useful in both an anthropological understanding of the contemporary otaku, in addition to being a charged inspiration for con [...]


  16. I mentioned to someone how I was reading this book about how Japanese pop culture fans like to remix what they re reading into parodies and spinoffs.My friend said to me, Oh, you mean like how the Tale of Genji was read in the Edo period I wish I could remember which of my friends said this, but they cut right through Azuma s BS for me Indeed, a well researched book was just published on the Genji subject The Tale of Genji Translation, Canonization, and World Literature Otaku is a pretty interes [...]


  17. 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 Halfway through the book gets exceedingly abstract while I did not regard these theories as relevant to Azuma s argument, per se.Although Azuma offers an interesting viewpoint and theoretical framework, I agree with other reviews and find Azuma s vision on the anim [...]


  18. 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 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 That said, those familiar with otaku culture may gain additional insight [...]


  19. This was a challenging book to read It is certainly an academic work and one belonging to a field I ve never studied.That said, it is not an unapproachable book It is fairly short and Hiroki explains himself well while providing plenty of broader context for his views.And I think his core arguments are compelling and fairly easy to follow 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 in [...]


  20. Quintessential for anyone studying fandom or Japan studies Azuma uses Otaku as a base for his Database theory The added bonus is that it is concise I ve gone back to this text so many times in my studies.


  21. While I don t agree with all the arguements this book makes about the culture of Otaku and anime manga culture, it did make a lot of complicated post modern theories comprehensible I found it really interesting.



  22. I need to read it a couple times to really parse the argument, but the fundamentals seem relatively sound.


  23. Read for a research paper didn t quite have what I was looking for, but it made some interesting points about contemporary narratives.



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