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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What Azuma fails to understand are the power relations implicit in the internet revolution insofar as it allows us choices about value.

Hiroki Azuma

Azuma has published seven books, including Sonzaironteki, Yubinteki Ontological, Postal inwhich focuses on Jacques Derrida ‘s oscillation between literature and philosophy.

Most of the true otaku are just people like you and me whose hobby is simply Anime, etc same ptaku guys into hot-rods, Bikes, Model Railroad, etc.

However, Azuma’s introduction to the genre is easy to follow and his use of novel games most succinctly illustrates his theoretical connection between the database grand non-narrative and its multifarious simulacra small narratives. Paperbackpages. Experience the Authentic Tokyo Taito City. Although Azuma offers an interesting viewpoint and theoretical framework, I agree with other reviews and find Azuma’s vision on the ani Hiroki Azuma not only manages otakj 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.

For someone not well-versed in philosophy myself, in this casethis might prove a challenging read. Hard to understand, but pretty enlightening. The book is just stuffed full of comparisons hiroii this. I got through it solely on my deep This book needs some serious editing, structuring and explaining of presumptions it utilises e. It was an enlightening and interesting read, especially for an aspiring scholar of Japanese culture.


If it was such an obvious mistake, then why argue with an idiot? Sep 07, Seabury rated it really liked it. Two trojan horses are at play here. Whether it was just a typical lonely girl, a shy schoolgirl crush, a transgressive sort of lolita, or more-when she met with fan culture, oraku changed.

In the introduction to the English translation, Azuma expresses well founded concern with regards to a potential information gap for readers who are not familiar with the cultural and critical climate in Japan at the time of Otaku ‘s original publication. Want to Read saving….

Otaku: Japan’s Database Animals by Hiroki Azuma

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, otaou theories seem quite insightful, otxku if their accuracy isn’t perfect. It also helps by demystifying the idea of “genius,” and instead shows how acclaimed ideas are usually just one chain of evolution formed by a combination of previous ideas, which just so happen to produce something universally recognized and praised.

Azuma Hiroki has written a fascinating work about otaku, widely read when it was published in Japan in It’s easier to use examples.

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 games which allow us to experience aspects of the grand narrative. Still, a great read. 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.

This derives from an obsession with unification — as if the individual mind working within one Heraclitean system can be brought into alignment by force with a Heraclitean world working to different rules.


In Evangelion itself, there is a narrative humanity’s war against the angels and Rei has a specific part in that narrative. This book left me with a lot of questions, and it’s fine this way.

Hiroko can be creative and into your hobbies while still being an active member of society. However, once you become familiar with the terminology, the book proves to be a fascinating, thought-provoking read. Simple enough idea, isn’t it?

Otaku: Japan’s Database Animals

Apr 27, Nick Tramdack rated it it was amazing. This page uses JavaScript for certain types of content, so we strongly recommend that you enable JavaScript for browsing this site.

Azuma’s concept of “database” is contrasted to “grand narratives. This book is a must read for anyone who used to be into anime but wondered what happened. This framework is useful for understanding questions that always bugged me about Gundam SEED and its sequel Feb 04, Mau rated it liked it. Contemporary philosophy20th-century philosophy21st-century philosophy. This article needs to be updated. And if so, will that survival be adequate to even sustain Otaku culture?

The book also ends on a somewhat abrupt note, like the writer suddenly dropped his interest on the subject, and you end up missing a conclusion, as if all those points had to be hammered home and an extra, overarching argument could be made. I wanted it to be about otaku culture and it ended up being about philosophy and post modernism, the two things I hate the most, so just keep that in mind before reading.