(NOTE: This episode has been renamed due to an admittedly poor choice of words in my original title. Sorry!)
We’re back with a show recorded merely a week before its release (an amazing record for the Ani-Gamers Podcast). Listen on for my fascinating interview with Dr. Lawrence Eng, a longtime anime fan who chose to pursue his fandom as a line of research when he joined Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)’s “Science and Technology Studies” doctorate program, and focused his dissertation on “otaku studies.” In this interview from Genericon XXIII at RPI, I pick Eng’s brain on the findings of his research, his own life as an otaku, and a few other topics related to anime fan culture.
Show notes and links after the break.
(Runtime: 46 minutes)
[01:00] Lawrence lets everybody know who he is and why he matters.
[05:02] “Did you study otaku because you wanted to study anime, or was it just a fortunate coincidence that otaku were relevant to your studies?”
[07:36] “Describe some of your findings.”
[12:30] “When anime is distributed for free online through fansubs and streaming, how does the dynamic change?”
[15:03] Lawrence goes into some more of his findings.
[24:12] “Since you started in fandom until now, what has changed?”
[29:01] “Is there a single moment in your research that stood out?”
[31:17] “When you were at RPI, did you participate in any of the anime events on campus?”
[34:47] “What do you define as ‘otaku’?”
[36:53] “Have you heard of the Otaku Elimination Game? What do you think of it?”
[41:57] “Have you been reading the Otaku Diaries from the Reverse Thieves?”
[42:55] “What do you think of Genericon this year?”
[44:49] Outro time, complete with plugs for all the usual stuff. (Except for iTunes, which I keep forgetting. REVIEW UUUUUS!)
[45:37] Ending Song: “Duvet” by Ba (Serial Experiments Lain OP)
More Lawrence Eng info online: