Animated Life / Otaku Futurism

アニメライフ / オタク フューチャリズム


2018 - by 碇克己 / Ikari 'Ellis' Katsumi

published by MER

English & Japanese - 732 pages

18,2 x 12,8 cm


unnumbered edition of 300

Animated Life / Otaku Futurism

is an artist book -part manifest, part academic research, part personal reflection- that re-defines otaku culture and reveals the true nature of anime and its relationship to other forms of animation, to cinema and to the real. It hopes to provide insight from a unique mecha point of view, a technological deconstruction of ‘what is anime’.


Animated Life / Otaku Futurism is not just a book ‘about otaku culture’, it’s a vessel of cultural exchange:

Visual anthropology from the islands of these contemporary Crusoe.


It’s an open source for the visual evolved in search of more complex and divers emotional regulators.

An eye opener for everybody that is willing to re-question identity, sexuality and our relationship with technology and future forms of life.






すでに、多くの場合において、世界と画像は お互いの


















The Invention of Crusoe / クルーソーの発明


2017 - by 碇克己 / Ikari 'Ellis' Katsumi

selfpublished by I0I9I

Old English - 411 pages

18,2 x 12,8 cm


Limited to an edition of 75

The Invention of Crusoe combines original text fragments of Daniel Defoe’s 1719 novel with screenshots of the 1995 anime series 新世紀エヴァンゲリオン (Neon Genesis Evangelion), personal photographs and found footage. As the island unfolds both text and image start to get a life of their own. The Invention of Crusoe offers a glimpse of how we can experience reality as just another fiction, another way to build identity; to live, to love, to survive.


Crusoe find himself shipwrecked on an uninhabited island and turns it into an otaku paradise. But he soon realises that his fantasyscape needs to be shared for otherwise he has no real proof he’s still alive. One day, a young man washes ashore on Crusoe’s island and they become lovers. Together alone, they come to the conclusion that their world needs the ability to procreate, to expand beyond their imagination, Animated Life. When Crusoe finds out there are others -cannibals- on the shore of their island, he decides to rescue one of their victims, a beautiful young girl.


The Invention of Crusoe is a ménage à trois, a shared voyeurisme between the characters, the reader and Ellis -the author-. A perpetual moment of play that turns a diary into a photo/picture novel that is as good as reality can be. I hope you will enjoy my diary and I want to thank you for the time you spend in this book.