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Saito Tamaki

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816654505

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816654505.001.0001

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The Psychopathology of the Otaku

The Psychopathology of the Otaku

(p.9) 1 The Psychopathology of the Otaku
Beautiful Fighting Girl

Saitō Tamaki

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter examines the sexuality of the otaku. It focuses on how people are most efficiently aroused by a drawn image, which has the most potential for efficient reproduction, transmission, and manipulation. It studies the sexuality of a male otaku in his twenties, who is a very orthodox fan of beautiful fighting girl anime, by reviewing his responses to an interview conducted through e-mail. Based on the interview, the distinguishing feature of otaku is the coexistence of a healthy sex life with a “desire for fiction” and “fictional perversion.”

Keywords:   otaku, sexuality, drawn image, desire for fiction, fictional perversion

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