otaku

State of the otaku union 2017: Idols booming, boys’ love flat, erotic games drooping

Tokyo research company releases its annual report on what’s up and what’s down in Japan’s otaku economy.

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Akihabara fans shed a tear as iconic sign comes down, changing the cityscape of Electric Town

These photos capture the late-night action that spells the end of an era for Electric Town.

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Now you can rent an anime itasha in Japan for the authentic otaku driving experience

Not ready to convert your own car into a shrine for your favorite anime characters? No problem, this rental car company will loan you one!

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Japanese woman arrested after stealing 90,000 yen worth of anime from live-in boyfriend

It’s nice to have a partner who values your hobby, but not like this.

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Hamster anime song has Taiwanese club-goers throwing shapes in the church of dance 【Video】

Surreal scene as dancers in Taipei club go wild for remix of Japanese Hamtaro anime theme song.

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Japanese company recognizes marriage with anime characters, provides family support benefits

Tokyo-based employer’s limited-time offer helps anime fans better enjoy life with their 2-D spouse.

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Anime fans object to plan to plant cherry blossom trees at movie’s real-life location in Japan

Fans of handsome swimming boys anime Free! don’t think gardeners should be free to plant sakura wherever they want.

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Crowdfunding for memorial statue for Japan’s otaku penguin shut down as zoo denies involvement

Facility where Grape-kun spent his days with his anime crush says it has no plans for a statue, hasn’t given permission for an installation.

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Japanese “Receipt Manga” machine discovered at Akihabara 【Video】

This is the most entertaining way to buy a Japanese manga comic!

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Moviegoer hears otaku boyfriend gush to girlfriend over sexy anime heroine, but there’s a twist

”Shitty and creepy” Fate fan turns out to be not such a bad guy after all.

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Anime canned coffee from China has us hoping for a sequel to a caffeinated beverage【Video】

Nijigen has Japanese influences both inside and out.

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Japanese women rank the otaku obsessions they can most forgive in a partner

From manga to figurines, this list shows how 14 otaku hobbies fare in the romantic world.

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Japan’s anime-loving penguin Grape-kun passes away at Tobu Zoo

The cardboard cut-out he fell in love with was moved from the enclosure to be with the penguin as he passed away.

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The pros and cons of having otaku parents, according to Japanese anime fans

”I wish my mom would stop trying to make me a boys’ love fan,” laments frustrated son.

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Show your love of erotic manga and anime, and disdain of social conventions, with a T-shirt!

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School in Tokyo lets students study with cute maids as they learn programming skills

Institution aims to please maid fans and help maids prepare for eventual career changes.

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Otaku dating service advises singles to have interests other than anime

Tough love from Akihabara-based matchmaking service reflects the changing nature of anime fandom.

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Japan’s anime-loving penguin loses his 2-D waifu temporarily, breaks our hearts with sad photos

Human otaku offer their sympathies and encouragement during the animal’s difficult time.

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New way for anime fans to make out with their favorite character: special mouth opening tumbler

French press meets French kiss.

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Y-shaped naked anime girl pillow cover features spreadable legs【Pics】

An unabashed recognition that buyers probably aren’t going to stop at just hugging.

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