The Otaku Encyclopedia
The Otaku Encyclopedia: An Insider's Guide to the Subculture of Cool Japan - Patrick W. Galbraith - Kodansha [$19.95]
Kevin Smith films, Spiderman, Comi-Con, and Seth Cohen on The O.C. have all brought nerds some street cred. This book explores the geek-dom of Japanese popular culture. Anime, video games and Manga (Japanese comics and graphic novels) are chronicled, discussed and defined in this encyclopedia. Otaku, the Japanese word for “geek” or “nerd", is now just another word for awesome. This guide is perfect for a whole slew of people on your Christmas list: anyone interested in fashion, video games, comics, travel, Japan, movies, anime, anthropology, or humor will thoroughly enjoy this paperback.