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Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Wired's Anatomy Of A She-Nerd

I really don't know how to react to this. I saw it first in my print version of Wired and found it a little ... odd? They do a rundown of how to spot a female otaku should you ever need to find one in the wilds of a Tokyo subway:

In Tokyo, girls who want to get their geek on head for Otome (Maiden) Road in trendy Ikebukuro. Retail stores on the 200-meter commercial strip cater to the emerging subculture of onna otaku (she-nerds) by stocking femme-friendly comics, gadgets, and action figures instead of makeup and clothes. Increasingly, the sought-after goods - from cosplay outfits to anime DVDs - are being co-opted by wannabes in the States. Here are some tips for spotting a real onna otaku in the wild.
-- Anatomy of a Nerd

The pictures that go with the article would also indicate that onna otaku can also be quite hot.

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