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Otaku Unite! Review


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Otaku Unite! follows the story of anime fandom in the U.S. from its subculture roots to a growing mainstream presence. Director Eric Bresler deftly culls opinions and facts from some of the foremost names in the industry to profile the Eastern animation phenomenon and the fans who've embraced it.

He begins by attempting to find a consensus on both the literal meaning and the connotation of "otaku." Some historians view it as a respectful version of the word "you" originally embraced by hardcore Japanese fans of the genre but now largely considered in that country as an insult. Some American aficionados regard it as a "badge of honor," turning a once derogatory term for "obsessive fan" into a compliment for being just that.

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