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Anime Explosion! by Patrick Drazen
Publication Date: 2002-10-01
Suddenly anime is . . . exploding. But where did Japanese animation come from, and what does it all mean? Written for fans, culture watchers, and perplexed outsiders, this is an engaging tour of the anime megaverse, from older arts and manga traditions to the works of modern directors like Miyazaki and Otomo. Read about anime standbys like giant robots, samurai, furry beasts, high school heroines, and gay/girl/fanboy love--even war and reincarnation, plus all of anime's major themes, styles, and conventions. At the end of the book are essays on 15 of fandom's favorite anime, including Evangelion, Esca-flowne, Sailor Moon, and Patlabor. "A good resource and guide to the foundation, historical development and overall themes in Japanese animation and serves as an excellent reference source whether you are an established fan or a person who wants to learn about the cultural aspects of this specific and increasingly popular genre. It is an easy yet thorough read on the myriad of societal aspects and cultural references Japanese animation holds." -- Active Anime
500 essential anime movies : the ultimate guide by McCarthy, Helen
Call Number: NFS 791.4334 MCC
Publication Date: 2008
How to Be an Otaku: Your Guide to the Anime Fandom Subculture- Obviously, the most important thing about being an Otaku is familiarizing yourself with anime.
A lot of the subject matter of Japanese cartoons (anime) and comics (manga) is make-believe. Fantasy and science fiction stories dominate the movies and series that are most likely to be exported. However, a lot of the subject matter, the customs, the values, and even the references, is not fantasy or science fiction.
This is a series documenting the history of anime. During this 6 episode series i will talk about the most important and influential events in the anime industry.
Chris Stuckmann discusses anime, what his favorite titles are, its influence on western cinema, and why it's under appreciated amongst film-lovers.
Anime: From cult following...PDF
This study examined the scope of influence that Japanese anime had on American people born in the ‘80s and ‘90s. Relying on secondary research and a survey using a convenience sample of 107 students and young adults, this study found that anime conveys a negative image associated with violence and fringe culture, but people see anime as more of an art form than tasteless violent film.
Japanese anime influence can be seen all over the world, especially in the western countries. It is common to come across some commercial western adaptations of Japanese anime, like in comics, books, games, apparel, music and even in snacks.
Media and Society
Is anime a good reference tool to teach someone about Japanese culture? Apparently there are a lot of theories about this subject, but there haven’t been much studies done on it.
A wide variety of youth subcultures have appeared in Japan since World War II, many of them shocking polite sensibilities and subverting mainstream society with behaviors considered hedonistic, self-centered, and deviant.