For the super fan of anime and manga, the otaku, loving Japanese pop culture is not a hobby, it's a way of life. So give them something that shows off their fan cred with cool collectibles, fan gear or a dream trip to Tokyo! Read on and maybe you'll find something you'll love for yourself too.
Publisher: Kodansha International
Compare Prices for The Otaku Encyclopedia
Sharpen your otaku I.Q. with this fun, savvy and fascinating guide to Japanese pop culture. Learn the origins and meanings of terms like moe, tsundere and NEET, visit otaku hotspots and events like Akihabara and Comiket and meet some of the idols, animators and creators who make the anime, manga, toys and music you love to love.
Author: Helen McCarthy
Publisher: Abrams ComicArts
Compare Prices for The Art of Osamu Tezuka
Before there was Naruto, Dragon Ball or Card Captor Sakura, there was the creations of Osamu Tezuka. Called by many as the "God of Manga, Tezuka was a prodigiously creative, influential and prolific creator whose influence in Japanese manga and anime cannot underestimated.
This lavishly illustrated, coffee table-worthy art book gives readers an engaging overview of Tezuka-sensei's life, creations and influence. As an added bonus, it includes a DVD, with a short documentary showing a few days in the life of this manga master at his prime.
This double-sized, doubled-sided manga and manhwa magazine features tons of reading enjoyment every month, including the latest installments of fan favorites like Soul Eater, Black Butler and Maximum Ride. Give a subscription so your favorite otaku doesn't have to comb the newsstands for this sometimes elusive manga magazine.
Compare Prices for Neon Genesis Evangelion: 1.01
One of the most talked-about feature length anime releases in a while, the first installment of the feature-length Evangelion movie is a DVD that's sure to be on many anime fans' wish lists. With all the action and angst that makes this series an addictive pleasure, Eva 1.01 is one movie that they'll watch, dissect and watch over and over again.
Publisher: Yen Press
Compare Prices for Azumanga Daioh! Omnibus Edition
Before he created Yotsuba&!, Kiyohiko Azuma won the hearts of otaku with his slice-of-life comedy, Azumanga Daioh! Through four volumes, readers fell in love with child prodigy Chiyo, quiet but strong Sakaki, spacecase Osaka, straightforward Yomi, her best friend Tomo, and peppy gal, Kagura, as well as their kooky teachers as they went through four years of high school.
Azumanga Daioh! is back and is collected again in one mega-volume with new translations that will likely please those persnickety-types who thought the last edition was somehow lacking. A giant chunk of manga fun that will bring a smile to almost anyone's face.
Distributor: VIZ Media
Compare Prices for Monster DVD Box Set
Currently featured on SyFy channel, the animated Naoki Urasawa's thriller Monster series is now available as a deluxe DVD boxed set. Now you can watch a marathon of this suspenseful series as Dr. Tenma seeks out the boy who he once saved that has turned into a monster of a man.
Available from: Pop Japan Travel
For anime and manga fans, the ultimate gift is a journey to the land where their obsession is created: Japan. With tours focusing on various aspects of J-Pop fandom, including anime, Gothic and Lolita fashion and yaoi manga, or just experiencing the seasonal pleasures of life in Japan, Pop Japan Travel has got a tour to fit your tastes.
Many tours include visits to otaku hotspots like Akihabara and the Ghibli Museum and special PJT-exclusive meet and greets with leading manga artists and visits to anime studios.
9. Learn Japanese T-Shirt
Available from: Think Geek
Who says learning Japanese is hard? "Biiru" is beer. "Besubooru" is baseball. "Aisu Kureemu" is ice cream. And that Used Panty Machine? No comment! This tee is sure to get a few laughs from your fellow Japanese 101 classmates.
Available from: Otaku USA
Independent and opinionated, Otaku USA is a new magazine written by and for fans of Japanese anime, manga, games and pop culture. Each issue includes in-depth articles, tons of color photos, reviews, commentary and manga previews, plus a bonus DVD with anime episodes and trailers, links to game demo sites and more.
11. A Case of Pocky
Available from: JBox.com
For many otaku, there's no such thing as too much Pocky. So give them the choco-overload they've been craving with a case of this addictive snack from Japan.
Not satisfied with original Pocky? Jbox.com also has strawberry, green tea or even "Men's Pocky" dipped in bittersweet chocolate. Mmm. Manly, but I like it too.