Monthly Archives: November 2011

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Anime Review – Summer Wars

Hosoda Mamoru, director.  Samaa uōzu, 2009.  Translated as Summer Wars, subtitled DVD.  NTV/Funimation, 2011. Real World, Virtual World: One World is Enough for All of Us Jonathan E. Abel Summer Wars is like that pop song you can’t shake from your system.  At first it is subtle, even a bit annoying, like every other […]

Book Review – Otaku: Japan’s Database Animals

Is it possible to say anything truly new about the postmodern? Is it possible to make any contributions to a discourse on postmodernity that has been so thoroughly explored, theorized, argued over and regurgitated in Anglo-American as well as Japanese public discourse? Azuma Hiroki’s Otaku: Japan’s Database Animals replies with a resounding […]