Insufficient Direction: Or How to Stop Worrying and Love Otaku Culture

It's no secret that anime and manga are a big industry; while they may be something of a niche market in the United States, anime films regularly open at the top of the box office in Japan and manga publishers like Jump and Gangan are the country's equivalent of Marvel or DC. Even so, those who are obsessed with anime… » 1/08/15 4:13pm 1/08/15 4:13pm

24 scintillating minutes of a German otaku licking his anime girl toys

Warning: Before you watch this video, you need to turn down the lights. Put on some soft music, preferably in the Marvin Gaye area. Maybe light some candles. And then, and only then, will you truly appreciate this terrifyingly lengthy video of a German anime fan slowly and deliberately licking every buxom anime… » 1/18/13 10:40am 1/18/13 10:40am

In Japan, this is where the hardcore geeks go to dance

I spent the past week chasing otaku in Tokyo. Otaku are geeky fans who love comics, videogames, and music - and in Tokyo there are so many otaku that they have created their own nightlife scene. Here's what it's like. » 12/06/10 4:46pm 12/06/10 4:46pm

Is "Otaku Week" on MTV2 All About Dissing the Nerds?

A few bloggers say MTV's "otaku week," featuring anime convention videos, does nerdkind a disservice. But actually it's a surprisingly non-judgmental look at a misunderstood bunch. » 1/07/09 9:00am 1/07/09 9:00am

Japanese Bars Cater to Fans of Sentient Body Armor

In Tokyo's district for otaku, or mega-fans, two bars will soon be recreating the Gundam anime universe. Featured in countless animated series, Gundam is a world where people wear sentient body armor, or "mobile suits," for fighting. Also, sometimes, for loving. Patrons of the Gundam bars will be served by waitresses… » 12/13/07 7:00am 12/13/07 7:00am

Alien Tech Gets You A Date With A Supermodel

A shy fanboy buys a weird alien figurine that starts making all his wishes come true, including a supermodel date, in The iDol. But everything comes at a price, and the doll's original owner is coming from outer space to look for it. The iDol looks like another zany Japanese comedy like Squid Wrestler, but it has a… » 12/13/07 6:30am 12/13/07 6:30am