Otaku MAG is a deep fandom research magazine that tries to promote the rich variety of Otaku (sub)culture, with the help of artists, editors, translators, curators, students, professors, readers, designers , data scientists, media theoreticians, digital culture critics, cultural workers, creative firms, fan communities, photographers…

Starting with 2006 we published a new magazine. “First Issue”,”Love&Technology”, “Creatures”, “Kaidan”, “Play”, “The End of the World” where all thematic issues, each focusing on specific contemporary topics. Most of these issues have regular columns on Cosplaying, Otaku Fashion, Japanese ghost stories, designer toys, new recommendations on manga/anime/games/movies/books, reviews, artist profiles, events, interviews and current exhibitions.

Otaku MAG was a new breed of mag with an established transnational pedigree. This was probably best mirrored in its change of the main language choice. First it was Romanian, then bilingual, and in the end just international English. Each time, nearly half of the magazine was dedicated to black&white original art works by young Romanian manga/comic book artists, as a way to establish a platform for works that would have probably remained unpublished and under-appreciated. This was a magazine made after working hours, with money invested by fans from salaries and day-jobs, with total creative freedom and without commercial pressure.

Otaku MAG has also published a series of posters and attached CDs and DVDs. For the PLAY issue Otaku MAG presented an international compilation of microchip, gameboy, 8 bit, microtunes, chiptunes DVD. For the KAIDAN issue we had a CD compilation with dark sounds, ghostly atmospherics and electronic nightmares by a motley crew of international musicians.

It should be no mystery that Otaku MAG is Cosplay GEN‘s data mining big brother and mischievous kin. Otaku MAG was summoned from the depths of fandom and fan culture to redistribute a wealth of new materials, strange and mind-bending encounters with the latest pop artifacts and eye-popping otaku community totems and rituals.


Otaku: Sapporo Edition

COVER ILLUSTRATION: Yuriko (Sapporo, Japan) // FEATURED ARTISTS: Makura SAKITA (Sapporo, Japan), Ryan SHIU (Sydney, Australia), Silvestru MUNTEANU (Brasov, Romania), Adolfo-Torino NUÑEZ (Iquique, Chile), Jason FREENY (New York, NY USA), Melissa SMITH (Vancouver, Canada), Gino-Bud HOITING (Paris, France), Yuriko (Sapporo, Japan), Donald KENNEDY (El Paso, TX USA), Naoya HAGA (Sapporo, Japan), Takeko AKAMATSU (Gifu, Japan), SEFEU (Brasov, Romania), Vlad CADAR (Timisoara, Romania) // CONTRIBUTORS: Mitsuhiro TAKEMURA (Sapporo, Japan), Takashi KAMATA (Sapporo, Japan), Mirela-Luminița MURGESCU (Bucharest, ROMANIA), Brandon BOYER (Austin, TX USA), Crypton Future Media (Sapporo, Japan), Daniel VOICU (Bucharest, Romania), Kyoko TACHIBANA (Sapporo, Japan), Fernando FERREIRA (Coimbra, Portugal)

The Core Team

FOUNDER & DATA COORDINATOR: Bogdan GORGĂNEANU // DATA SCIENTIST: Ştefan TIRON // DTP: Cyril RICTUS // EDITORIAL OFFICE: Monica TÂRCĂ, Ioana BALCAN, Timea GYURKA, Yuka FUKUURA, Ruxandra TÂRCĂ, Oana-Cristina BUTTA, Alina GHERVASE, Cristian BOTEA, Mădălin GĂGEANU // PROOFREADERS: Petru MUNTEANU // BOX DESIGNER: Mircea BALCAN // ILLUSTRATOR: Cristian DÎRSTAR // OTAKU LOGO: Mihai MARCU // PHOTOGRAPHER: Bela BENEDEK // MOTION DESIGNER: Saru ZARU // PRINT&PRE-PRESS: idea Design + Print // PARTNERS: Ana-Maria OANA (Rockabilly, Romania), Cult Cat (Braşov, Romania), Cogito Organization (Reşita, Romania), RAU (Bucureşti, Romania), CSRJ “Angela Hondru” (Bucureşti, Romania) // PUBLISHER & WEB DEVELOPER: Otaku Entertainment // MADE IN ROMANIA

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