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posted 09/06/22

 

If you read about the latest trend in the Otaku realm you are bound to stumble upon words you have never heard before. What does Itasha mean? Or why do all the hip kids on the boards use the term "nice boat"? The newly released Otaku Encyclopedia will answer not just these but many, possibly unasked questions too. It explains how one single Anime changed the entire image of Japanese animation overseas and also manages to fill almost two pages just plucking apart the term "moe". As if that wasn't enough there are interviews with some of the key persons of Otaku culture like Idols Shokotan, Anno Haruna or the famed artist Takashi Murakami.

  
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The reason for such a versatile treatment of the Japanese underground culture lies in the fact that the author, Patrick Galbraith, is presumably THE expert in his field. Being enrolled for cultural studies in Tokyo, Mr. Galbraith has indulged so deep into the matter that he his flown around the world to explain this cultural phenomenon to university students and possibly their professors too.   

4624_1061723671496_1478095822_30152042_1134144_n.jpgPatrick Galbraith with Danny Choo

 

That explains why also why he does not refrain from publishing his own rare cheki (small polaroids popular in Japan) that he took with the most famous maid in Japan in the book or why he comes to his book publishing event in full Goku cosplay. He his not just writing about these things, he is living them every day.

Patrick Galbraith

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