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The Otaku Encyclopedia: An Insider's Guide to the Subculture of Cool Japan Paperback – October 1, 2009
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"You can’t possibly be called an ‘otaku’ without this book." --Danny Choo, www.dannychoo.com
"Galbraith’s knowledge of Akihabara’s history and current manifestations makes the neighborhood’s warrens of obscurity feel vivid and layered, like a promising archeological dig." --Roland Kelts, author of Japanamerica
"Prepare for a wild, educational, and entertaining ride!"--from the foreword by Frederik L. Schodt, author of Manga! Manga!
"The author is clearly knowledgeable and the entries are rarely short blurbs, but are richly detailed and informative." --The Gaming Dungeon
"The Otaku Encyclopedia is obviously a treasure trove and necessary for anyone who is interested in anime and manga, but it also has much to offer anyone interested in Japanese history, society or linguistics." --Shelf Awareness
"This inexpensive, attractive and useful reference should have wide appeal for both otaku patrons and librarians working with manga and anime." --Library Journal
About the Author
PATRICK W. GALBRAITH is a journalist based in Tokyo. He specializes in Japanese popular culture, and writes a regular column for Metropolis magazine. He gives weekly tours of Akihabara, the otaku capital of Japan, and is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Tokyo.
Learn more about what it means to be "an admitted Otaku" in this Q&A with author Patrick Galbraith.