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Can The West Cosplay With The Best Of Them?
Dec 28, 2009 by Kotaku.com

A Japanese friend of mine told me very casually, in a totally matter-of-fact kind of way, that the difference between Japanese and American cosplay is as clear as moeru and naeru," says Patrick Galbraith, author of The Otaku Encycolpedia, University of Tokyo PhD candidate and cosplaying Akihabara tour guide. "Moeru" means "to bud", while "naeru"is an antonym and means "to wilt"."

"My friend said that when he sees a Japanese cosplayer, the response is moeru, and when he sees a non-Japanese cosplayer," continues Galbraith, "the response is naeru. He didn't mean any harm, but this is a pretty damn racist statement." It is a sentiment shared by Westerners, too, believing that Japanese cosplay is superior, placing it on a pedestal.

'No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle' (Wii) - 20 New Screens
Dec 27, 2009 by WorthPlaying.com

27, 2009 @ 1:04 pm PST No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle continues the tale of punk anti-hero Travis Touchdown, the Japanese anime Otaku, ...

Goodbye, Woman; Hello, Dolly!
Dec 27, 2009 by Weird Asia News (press release)

OtakuGeneralization Goodbye, Woman; Hello, Dolly! picture

What works for some people doesn’t necessarily work for others. In the case of love, for instance, most of us choose to search for it by meeting new men or women at clubs, in chat-rooms, or even while browsing for groceries. Other people, however, prefer seeking it in the world of fantasy. These people are known as otaku 2-D lovers.

Otaku is a Japanese slang term that refers to eccentric individuals who possess very obsessive interests, particularly video games, animated films, and sex dolls. It is essentially the Japanese equivalent to an American geek. ...

Stuff your stocking with these bizarre tales
Dec 23, 2009 by Pittsburgh Post Gazette

SAL is a self-described "otaku," defined in the story as "a breed of Japanese youth obsessed with video games, computers and fantasy worlds" - what we would ...

Man marries video game sweetie
Dec 23, 2009 by Global Times

SAL9000, who did not want to reveal his real name for fear of being misunderstood, admitted to be an otaku, a breed of Japanese youth obsessed with video ...

MaiOtaku.com Announces Anime and Manga Database
Dec 29, 2009 by Anime News Network

IOWA CITY - 12-29-2009 - MaiOtaku, the newest and fastest growing fan-made otaku social network and dating website, is excited to announce a new anime & manga database feature open for public beta today.

The database allows anime fans to keep a public list of the anime they've watched, which also will allow MaiOtaku to do a better job of pairing them with anime fans of the same interests. The database currently contains only a handful of the most popular anime titles, but MaiOtaku's developers say that it is currently being expanded by a team of volunteers. ...

Living along the straight and narrow
Dec 28, 2009 by CNNGo.com

Intended to accomodate just a single occupant, could this tiny dwelling be just the thing for the city's eternally single otaku population?

Soft Power, Hard Truths / Our hybrid future is here (Featuring Diana Yukawa)
Dec 24, 2009 by Prfire (press release)


The world is increasingly becoming mixed up and malleable, with Alaskan Patrick Galbraith delivering books on otaku (The Otaku Encyclopedia), Briton Simon ...

State Of The Japanese Eroge Market
Dec 29, 2009 by Siliconera

3:37pm The games press often covers the mainstream games market in Japan, but rarely does anyone ask about other segments of the "otaku" industry — visual ...

CEL SHADED Former Power Ranger tops Kawaii Kon roster
Dec 29, 2009 by Honolulu Star-Bulletin

For more anime and manga news and commentary, check out "Otaku Ohana" at blogs.starbulletin.com/otakuohana. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/jsyadao or ...
By A.S. on Dec 31, 2009
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