otaku

Japanese manga hotel rooms strictly prohibit reality, want guests to drown in works all night

A place for otaku to nurture their “manga brain”.

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Otaku gather in the Akihabara night as Toranoana dojinshi shop permanently closes【Photos】

Goodbyes both heartfelt and snarky mark the end of an era in Tokyo’s otaku district.

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Celebrate your oshi’s birthday in style with this fully customisable cake

The cake comes in 24 different colours and a whole load of possibilities!

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Manga artist fails to sell a single book at Comiket, still considers the day a major success

Comiket rookie goes home with zero revenue and zero regrets.

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Biannual running of the otaku fails to take place for second time in a row

Some fear the tradition may never return, but most just hope so.

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Virtual YouTuber finds a way to shake hands with real-world fans, give them high-fives in Japan

A 2-D/3-D dream come true for Nightmare fans.

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Akihabara landmark Toranoana is permanently closing, chain downsizes to just one branch in Japan

Dojinshi specialty shop will live on in other capacities, but its 28-year-run in Akihabara is coming to an end.

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Tokyo Police apprehend the “Lego Kid” and accomplices

Train photography may have been the motive for alleged Legomaniacs.

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Akiba Dental Clinic: The Akihabara dentist where a moe maid in cosplay cleans your teeth

This new dentist wants to make otaku dreams come true.

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Part-maid cafe, part-dentist’s office? Akiba Dental Clinic opens in Tokyo【Photos】

Frilly outfits and assisted teeth-brushing practice are part of the otaku-oriented dental clinic.

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Four (actually five) important manners tips for attending anime stage shows in Japan

Our hardcore anime musical fan gives us a quick course in otaku/fujoshi etiquette.

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We visit a restaurant called ‘Otaku’ in France, eat some otaku sushi

We expected the Parisian restaurant to be overflowing with anime goods, but the reality was something quite different.

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Rock legend Gene Simmons has no problem with otaku marrying their 2-D anime crushes

Can’t understand why someone would want to marry someone who’s not real? That’s not what’s important, Kiss frontman says.

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Bulk-buying otaku has heart broken by Spy x Family Gum【Video】

Anime tie-in turns out, unexpectedly, to be exactly what it promised.

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How many otaku penlights do you need to survive a blackout in Japan?

Light up the darkness with a little love from your idol. 

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Oshi kamidana – Literal altars you can build to enshrine your favorite anime character or idol

Design includes feature to hook up altars for members you’d wish would hook up as well.

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Japan’s Flat Gasha Pon takes gacha capsule toy machines to a whole new level

A fun way to buy otaku goods.

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For the working otaku – Convertible bags you can take to work and anime/idol events【Photos】

Clever design lets you transform from serious professional to hardcore fan in seconds flat.

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Japanese karaoke rooms become live concert venues for otaku and oshikatsu

A place where you can dance with your idol like no one is watching.

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Japanese hot spring charges almost 35 bucks for bucket of uncooked carrots, otaku likely to pay up

Virtual YouTuber cross-promotion gives fans a real-world memento.

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