Cover of Otaku USA Magazine Issue 1 Volume 1 (August 2007 issue)
|Categories||Anime and Manga|
|First issue||August 2007|
|Based in||McLean, Virginia|
Otaku USA is a bimonthly magazine published by Sovereign Media, which covers various elements of the "otaku" lifestyle (such as anime, manga, video games, cosplay and Japanese popular music) from an American perspective. The issues were accompanied by a DVD featuring three anime episodes but as of 2009 the DVD feature was dropped and the double sided poster feature of the Magazine was also dropped starting with the February 2010 issue.
Otaku USA began publication in August 2007. The editor-in-chief of the magazine is Patrick Macias. After the shutdown of Newtype USA in February 2008, Anime Insider in March 2009, Shonen Jump in April 2012, and the discontinuation of Protoculture Addicts since August 2008, Otaku USA is the only remaining anime news magazine published for the North American market. Its only competitors are the magazines MyM and Neo, two British-based titles that cover similar topics and are sold in American stores.
Each issue includes an otaku section, and reviews and commentary on various anime, manga, video games and live action films and TV shows. The otaku section informs readers of releases of DVDs, video games, cosplay items and related goods. In each issue there are two manga previews printed in black and white featuring the original art with English text. There are also a small number of in-depth anime reviews, most of which are four pages long.
Each issue of Otaku USA is over 100 pages and includes a 32-page insert containing new manga excerpts from leading publishers, including VIZ, Dark Horse, Yen Press, Kodansha and Vertical. Notable titles recently featured in the magazine include Tiger & Bunny (VIZ), Blood-C (Dark Horse), and Moto Hagio's seminal shounen ai work The Heart of Thomas (Fantagraphics).
The magazine is available in a print edition at bookstores, newsstands, WalMart, and select comic retailers. It's also available in digital format on iTunes for the iPad and iPhone, as well as formats compatible with Kindle, Android, PC, and Mac computers. Both print and digital editions are also available by subscription.
In addition to the print publication, Otaku USA publishes a regular e-newsletter from Japan containing current industry news, as well as interviews with anime creators, travel-style cultural pieces, reviews of theatrical anime films, and more. Subscriptions to the newsletter are free and delivered by e-mail.
The official website acts as an extension of the magazine, with new material pertaining to anime, manga, cosplay, events, games, and Japanese pop culture. Features include companion stories to many of the stories published in the magazine, as well as regular columns from contributors covering anime, weekly manga releases, cosplay, convention reports, and more.