More Than Awesome Collections…An Otaku Spaces Book Review

A new book is out today from the guy who brought us The Otaku Encyclopedia in 2009, Patrick W. Galbraith. His latest book, Otaku Spaces, is a hit as far as I am concerned and is something more than just an educational read with pretty pictures. The book consists of an introduction that further explains the origin of the word, the stigma it held (and lingers today), and how it has made its way into popular culture.

Photographs by Androniki and the interviews conducted by Galbraith give a seldom seen side of Japanese collectors you don’t usually see publicized. They each bring these reclusive fans to light giving the reader a chance to see the sociological side of Otaku and not just the collections they might hold. Finding out why the collect, how it is important to them, and what being an Otaku might mean to them if they label themselves as that. These interviews are personal, profound, and best of all, interesting. Where other books on otaku culture lack, Otaku Spaces overcomes the hurdles of regurgitating the same information over and over again with the same pictures of popular spots like Akihabara.

It does exactly what it promises going beyond the stereotypes with the glimpses into the private rooms of people who collect more than just anime, manga, and video games. There are also interviews included in the book from cultural critics like Yoshimi Shun’ya and Morikawa Ka’ichiro.

Otaku Spaces
By Patrick W. Galbraith

With over fifty photographs and it’s 9×9 size I wouldn’t hesitate to leave it out on my coffee table. It is a well designed interesting read worth its sticker price of $20. For anyone interested in Otaku culture, or even culture in general this is a must read.

The book is available in stores and on amazon now!

OTAKU SPACES © 2012 by Patrick W. Galbraith and Androniki Christodoulou. Photographs reproduced by permission of the publisher, Chin Music Press.

Short Reviews: Gothic Lolita Bob Wig

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I recently ordered and received a wig from Cosplay Wigs USA. More specifically their Gothic Lolita category/department. I follow them on their facebook page and I suggest you do the same if you are a fan of wigs or obsessively collect them. I seem to have a my own growing collection of the little rascals and confess I don’t see myself stopping any time soon. Especially since I found their site and took the plunge ordering from them.

As a general rule I don’t like ordering online unless I know what I am getting. Meaning either I’ve ordered it before or reviews are good for whatever it is I am order. I did my fair share of lurking through their catalogue on their site and through their various facebook pages. I saw news of new curly bob style wig being released soon and as I have a future cosplay planned that it would be adorable I pre-ordered it. Once it was available it came quickly and I was very pleased with the quality and style. I made a short video review because sometimes pictures just don’t do things justice.