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An Otaku's Guide to Fashion

Anime Manga Fashion Otaku

The Ex-Otaku Fashion Guide series has a new volume, the No More Mistakes Ex-Otaku Fashion Bible. Through manga and written explanations, author Kuze lays out the basics of fashion for beginners, showing how to buy clothing and introducing easy-to-wear items aimed at educating members of the Japanese nerd subculture.

The No More Mistakes Ex-Otaku Fashion Bible aims to teach otaku, who are stereotypically seen as hideously unfashionable, how to dress in order to fit in with “regular” society. The goal isn’t to shame them or get them to quit their hobbies, just to offer tips on how to present themselves in a more approachable way. And the contents are presented in a lighthearted, non-confrontational manner.

Fashion can be a minefield for anyone just starting to take interest, so having something to refer to can be extremely helpful in the beginning, especially if it’s filled with drawings from respected manga artists. In this particular case, the cover illustration is by Namori, the mangaka behind popular slice-of-life girls-love series YuruYuri. As well as the cute girl characters she’s famous for, she has also drawn two male characters for this illustration, which has her fans taking notice. Manga illustrations inside the book will be from Mizuki Toko, the artist behind Fight! Don’t disappear!! Shikiso Usuko San.

Got a nerdy friend who’s hopelessly unfashionable? Or looking to avoid making a fashion faux pas yourself? Perhaps this guide can help. The book is on sale from March 18 in Japan and will be available from Amazon.

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