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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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This confusion of imagination and reality is at the root of the great blood-lettings of the recent past. Unacknowledged, but looming over the entire proceeding is the phantom of Derrida.

Experience the Authentic Tokyo Taito City. The influence of otaku products are mindblowing.

Everyone has a responsiblity to contribute to the development of society. It offers an intriguing manner of viewing and reading many modern phenomena and sheds light on some aspects of Japanese popular culture I thought mysterious myself, yet never managed to see the pattern behind them, instead thinking them random coincidences. The otaku reshapes reality by hacking the narrative to make it his own.

Mechademia 3 Limits of the Human Exploring the possibilities and perils of a posthuman future through visionary works of Japanese anime and manga. Socially disfunctional individuals with declining interpersonal skills, minimal economic viability, disaffection with reality and real relationships and rabid consumerism of intellectually and culturally empty commercial products.

It started off strong, but by the end I found myself frustrated by how repetitive it became. The first two chapters are superb.


I argue that it is one more piece of evidence of the dumbing down of humanity into mindless consumers hell bent on collecting stuff to gratify needs that have been fed to them by marketers. Profound examination of how japanese otaku culture illustrates a post-modern way of life.

Though Otaku is brief — a mere pages — it brings together a wealth of theoretical influences. I’m not one for post-modernism or theory, but the insights alone make the book five stars.

By “animal” he means that people in a Hegelian post-historical society as azuka 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 than worry about the struggle between self and “other” as characterizes historical societies.

And I think his core arguments are compelling and fairly easy to follow. The post-modern revolution provided a theoretical framework for a very profound change in human relations but this revolution continues to use the praxis of modernity because intellectuals, by their very nature, belong to the old world even as they seek to understand the new.

I think the audience for this book is pretty small but I’d recommend those interested.

Hiroki Azuma: The philosopher of ‘otaku’ speaks – Japan Today

Just a moment while we sign you in to yiroki Goodreads account. 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 ottaku. Articles are published through a Creative Commons CC License and made available for viewing and download on a bespoke page at www.

I felt a need to replenish and broaden it. For someone not well-versed in philosophy myself, in this casethis might prove a challenging read.


I’m actually quite interested in the book now. His analyses are sound and informative but he seems to find it difficult to see that Otaku thinking can co-exist with a much more grounded relationship with the real world than modernist ideologies have ever permitted their adherents to do. This essay hirokii the intellectual property of the author and cannot be printed or distributed hirooi the author’s express written permission other than excerpts for purposes consistent with Fair Use.

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Hiroki Azuma: The philosopher of ‘otaku’ speaks

Look out the window. You love expressing your superiority? Real intellectuals are engaged in the world. 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 ironic since the author postulates a natural creation of simulacra in the postmodern era.

No trivia or quizzes yet. I want a new group of readers to engage with theory as well as the creative process. It’s a bit cynical, a bit authoritative, but I highly recommend it regardless. Dutcher rated it it was amazing Shelves: Feb 09, Jekaterina Bjalt rated it really liked it. Let’s really look at Otaku culture. For a book that relies on these kind of graphics, it is an obvious flaw.