Given her image as the ultimate otaku idol — not only a singer, but also a manga artist and occasional anime voice actress — it’s tempting to suggest that “Anison wa Jinrui wo Tsunagu,” Shoko Nakagawa’s third volume of anime song covers, is a better representation of the pop star she is than her own albums.

On one level, it is little more than the sound of a pretty girl in an Akihabara karaoke box, which, of course, is the greater part of Nakagawa’s charm. Her perky smile and twinkling eyes give the media the image of otaku they want to see, living proof that any kind of social dysfunction can be legitimized by the endorsement of an attractive girl.

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