9/12/2008

Sex in Otaku Culture

Here's an interesting article over at MSN, about sex in anime and the Otaku culture, and how it's spreading into the Otaku culture of the west.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26639577/

Here's the first part of the article, to give you an idea, in case you'd like to read the whole thing. It's not very long.

Anybody who doubts the rapidly growing influence of Japan's erotic cultural imports in the U.S. only has to spend a little time playing with a Hello Kitty vibrator while reading a fan-created pornographic Pokemon comic — or visit a “maid cafĂ©” (now available near Los Angeles and Canada) where the waitresses all dress in costume — to realize it's not just a fringe subculture anymore.

There is a good argument to be made, based on those characters alone, that we are all “turning Japanese” as the '80s song goes — especially sexually.

These cartoony, sexualized characters are all part of otaku culture. Otaku is a Japanese word that has evolved from meaning "techno-geek" to describing devoted fans who pore over Japanese animation (anime), manga (graphic books), hentai (erotic comics) and other comics-derived media. As the recent fashion collaboration of designer Marc Jacobs and Japanese artist Takashi Murakami illustrates, otaku culture has become entrenched in the hip American mainstream.

1 comment:

unit-1978 said...

lol awesome. Ive seen plenty of hentai and such and its not my style of anime, but someone out there likes it by all means have at it. I prefer real women over cartoon, but i still think its awesome that its out there. I do agree, its definetly trendy now to be into anime and be called "otaku" its spreading like wildfire. Those who really love it will be here and those who jump on the bandwagon will be gone when it is no longer cool.

Awesome article though, thanks Kris.