otaku

modern love

The Story Behind That Guy Who Married an Anime Hologram in Japan

There's more going on here than a super strange wedding reception.
VICE Staff
11.14.18
doomsday

Japan Just Executed the Leaders of an LSD-Fueled Doomsday Science Cult

The wild story of Aum Shinrikyo, a religious cult steeped in science and high technology that carried out a deadly sarin attack in Tokyo in 1995.
Daniel Oberhaus
7.6.18
sexual harassment

When Cosplay Crosses the Line

Indonesia's cosplay scene has a sexual harassment problem.
Katyusha Methanisa
12.19.17
Garage Magazine

Takashi Murakami on Fukushima, Instagram, and his Custom Wardrobe

Takashi Murakami, master of the post-anime "superflat" aesthetic, has brought his older work into dialogue with some ambitious new projects, transforming the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow—and several other museums—into wild visual playpens.
Cedar Pasori
10.4.17
Longreads Or Whatever

Beyond LinkinBall Z: The History of the Anime Music Video

They tried so hard and got so far, but in the end, what do AMVs really matter?
Phil Witmer
7.13.16
Culture

How Girls Are Infiltrating Japan's Boy-Dominated Nerd Culture

In Japan, otaku culture is typically seen as totally male-dominated. But women have always been involved with it, and they're increasingly starting to embrace the term.
Cherry Casey
5.26.16
japan

Get Your Otaku On with This Kawaii Cutlery for Gothic Lolitas

Japan’s lauded position as the true sovereign of the chiffonade hasn’t stopped one Japanese company from creating a pretty unconventional kitchen knife—one that has more in common with a waifu body pillow than a santoku or yanagiba.
Alex Swerdloff
3.23.16
Gaming

Fall in Love With Japan's Overclocking Romance Manga

I love (CP)U.
Clinton Nguyen
11.23.15
Michael

Michael Makes Excuses in This Week's Comic from Stephen Maurice Graham

"Well, the thing is..."
Stephen Graham
10.7.15
Michael

Michael Gets Mugged in This Week's Comic from Stephen Maurice Graham

In this new comic from Stephen Maurice Graham's "Michael" series, the title gets intimidated on the street and then goes home to get revenge in his imagination.
Stephen Graham
8.26.15
Michael

Michael Reviews Anime Collectables on YouTube

In the latest "Michael" comic, Michael reviews a mass-produced anime product on YouTube.
Stephen Graham
6.12.15
video

[Video] Postcards from Tomorrow: Inside Julie Watai's Manga-Inspired Photography

Gadgets, video games, and androids emerge in the otaku-inspired work of Julie Watai.
TCP Staff
5.27.15
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