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 Magazine 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young Romanian manga/comic book artists, as a way to establish a platform for works that would have probably remained unpublished and under-appreciated.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 Magazine has also published a series of posters and attached CDs and DVDs. For the PLAY issue Otaku Magazine 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.
At the end of 2012, Otaku Magazine is ready to return into the world of the living, with freshly acquired powers!
It should be no mystery that Otaku Magazine is Cosplay Gen's data mining big brother and mischievous kin. Otaku Magazine 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. After an artsy showcase in Sapporo/Hokkaido, Otaku Magazine is ready to share with you everything that you might have missed.
Otaku Magazine : Sapporo Edition Otaku MAG is out and return into the world of the living, with freshly acquired powers!
We are very proud about the results of our new issue of Otaku MAG: Sapporo Edition! We worked for more than 9 months with a huge worldwide collaboration - that amounts more than 40 contributors - ranging from illustrators, curators, cultural workers, editorial & product designers, mangakas, toys designers, indie games developers to academic theoreticians and researchers of the otaku community.
Our main health-inducing ingredients range from Elegant Gothic Lolita fashions to Ukiyo-e style rendition of gaming heroes and toy character anatomy classes with “Moist”. We also have some superhero crossover fusion artwork, combining the best of both worlds. In partnership with Tokyo Design Festa we will walk you through multiple booths and event hideaways. From interviews with artists-in-residence at S-AIR, to reviewing the pre-Sapporo Biennale, we have got recommendations about music, toyz and a fresh bundle of indie games. We’ve got superhero explosive splatter art by “Bombattack” and a tribute article dedicated to Satoshi Kon. Also don’t forget the exclusive interview with Crypton Future Media, the creatures of Hatsune Miku and our Sapporo special with young artists from the region.
Otaku Magazine, The Sapporo Edition was printed in a limited edition (1000 copies only) with a special handmade aerodynamic packaging for protection and a love-bite from Dracula-land!