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Notes on Azuma’s Otaku Database Animals (5. Snobbery and the Fictional Age)

Part Four Today, we go back to Azuma’s second question: If, in postmodernity, the notion of transcendence is in decline, what becomes of the humanity of human beings? First, we look for the meaning of the rise of database consumption … Continue reading

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Notes on Azuma’s Otaku Database Animals (4. Moe-elements)

Part Three The Evangelion TV series and films can still be seen as a more or less exclusive entry into the database. However, following Evangelion, even this kind of entry point wasn’t needed. This is partly due to the nature … Continue reading

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Notes on Azuma’s Otaku Database Animals (3. Theory of Narrative Consumption)

Part Two We left off last time with 2 questions, the first of which we will address now: In modernity, the cause of birth of an original was the author. What is the cause of birth of the simulacra? How … Continue reading

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Notes on Azuma’s Otaku Database Animals (2. Simulacra and Metanarratives)

Part One The nucleus of otaku culture is the derivative works market (keep in mind my conclusion from the last installment that this interpretation of otaku culture is specific to modern Japanese otaku, and that applicability to those of us … Continue reading

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Notes on Azuma’s Otaku Database Animals (1. The Otaku’s Psuedo-Japan)

Anime fuses the east and the west together. Sailor Mars, named after planet and Roman war god, part of a superhero team, totally hotheaded and modern, yet in touch with tradition, is a great example of how this looks. Azuma … Continue reading

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