A Geek in Japan: Discovering the Land of Manga, Anime, Zen, by Hector Garcia

By Hector Garcia

For each fan of manga, anime, J-pop, or Zen, A Geek in Japan is a hip, clever and concise consultant to the land that's their resource. entire and good expert, it covers a big selection of subject matters in brief articles followed via sidebars and diverse photos, supplying a full of life digest of the society and tradition of Japan. Designed to attract the generations of Westerners who grew up on Pokemon, manga and games, A Geek in Japan reinvents the tradition consultant for readers within the net age.

Spotlighting the originality and creativity of the japanese, debunking myths approximately them, and answering nagging questions like why they're so keen on robots, writer Hector Garcia has created the appropriate ebook for the starting to be ranks of Japanophiles during this encouraged, insightful and hugely informative consultant.

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Female manga artist Hagio Moto creates sci-fi manga that women enjoy because she basically just brings the interests of the shojo manga reader to her sci-fi stories. Hagio is known for her sensitivity to issues of gender, and in addition to writing sci-fi, she was one of the pioneers of “boys’ love” manga, which girls were crazy about in the 1970s. Some boys liked them too—especially the intelligent ones. PG: You describe yourself as an otaku. What does that mean? KM: When I got into sci-fi, the word otaku was not widely used, and it was not used in a positive way.

In those decades, otaku were seen as dropouts or troublemakers. In the article you refer to, I made the point that both women and otaku were marginalized by salaryman society during this era. The situation changed, however, in the 1990s, when gender norms loosened. indd 34 13/2/14 10:05 AM ILLUSTRATIONS BY NONAME 35 A kaiju reimagined as cute girl characters when I was younger were kaiju and robots. There are many different kaiju in special-effects TV shows and films, and fans of my generation were devoted to cataloging them.

Instead of looking at things rationally, everyone is buying into a fantasy created by the media, intellectuals, and government officials. indd 45 13/2/14 10:08 AM Interview with 46 PHOTOGRAPH BY ANDRONIKI CHRISTODOULOU Sato Toshihiko Sa S ato Toshihiko, born in 1945, is the founder and president of the animation studio Production Reed. He was involved in planning Magical Princess Minky Momo (1982–1983), an anime series targeting young girls and featuring a transforming magical girl heroine. Minky Momo also found a dedicated audience among male otaku, which came as a surprise to Sato.

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