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Outbreak Company Is A Comedy For All You Otaku Out There

Outbreak Company is a love letter to otaku everywhere — and that is both its greatest strength and greatest weakness.


The Craziest Otaku In The World

That’s not my opinion, mind you. That’s what people online in Japan are saying.


Video Game Asks Players To Bake Real Cakes For Virtual Girlfriends

You know how in-game romances go: you say whatever it takes to get your love interest. Usually, all you have to do is be nice to another character and willing to listen to their life story for like 30 minutes and boom, they’re in the bag forever.


Does Animal Crossing 'Promote Otaku Citizenship'?

That’s the question explored in this week’s PBS Idea Channel video. Now, I’ve been writing on the internet long enough to know that otaku is Internet Dynamite. Like “dubstep” and “roguelike”, it’s a word that you can’t even say without making hundreds of people break their keyboards typing apoplectic comments.


Japanese Media Seems To Want Otaku To Be More 'Otaku-ish'

For the longest time in Japan, to be an otaku was to be an outcast. To be labelled an “otaku” was to be branded with the staple of being an awkward, obsessive social outcast, and/or potential sexual predator/criminal. While the times have changed, it appears that Japanese mass media’s preconception of the “otaku stereotype” has not.


Are You A Creepy Geek? Take This Test And Find Out!

Maybe you are creepy geek (née “otaku”). Maybe you’re not! But maybe other people say you are, and you’d really like to know whether you are, in fact, a creepy otaku. Good thing there’s now a test you can take.


What 'Nerd Fashion' Will Make You Look Unpopular In Japan

Earlier this week, Yahoo Japanposted a poll that revealed how Japanese females thought they could pick out unpopular guys. The take away? Apparently, if you are wearing pretty much anything, you’re so not cool.


Marvel At This Japanese Nerd Dancing

If you’ve ever been to an idol (virtual or real!) concert, you are familiar with Japanese nerd dancing. It’s called “otagei” (オタ芸) or “wotagei” (ヲタ芸), which is short for “otaku” (geek) and “gei” (芸), which can mean “performance” in Japanese. In short, it’s a bunch of geeks dancing!


Public Nerd Display Shows The 'Frightening' Side Of Twitter

Forget people acting like idiots on Twitter. That’s not scary. It’s stupid. What’s scary is just how pervasive — meta, even — Twitter has become.


The Awesome Giant Monsters Of Japanese Video Games

Godzilla and his atomic breath are one of the most recognisable metaphors for the atomic bombings of WWII — and they’re also icons of Japanese pop culture. With a steady supply of Kaiju movies, giant monsters nestled themselves comfortably in video games, creating a huge library of monster mayhem-based titles. We have selected some of them, both niche and well-known, featuring battles with these towering beasts.