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Here is the long-awaited, biggest guide ever, the absolute must-have for every fan, collector, library, and video-store browser. Included are over 2,000 Japanese animation films-from today's Pokémon, Tenchi Muyo, and Sailor Moon to the classic Tetsuwan Atomu (Astro Boy) and little-known artistic gems like the anime life of Mozart-with key personnel, running time, studio, alternative titles, cross references, critical comment, and sex/violence warnings. Illustrated and fully ...

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Overview

Here is the long-awaited, biggest guide ever, the absolute must-have for every fan, collector, library, and video-store browser. Included are over 2,000 Japanese animation films-from today's Pokémon, Tenchi Muyo, and Sailor Moon to the classic Tetsuwan Atomu (Astro Boy) and little-known artistic gems like the anime life of Mozart-with key personnel, running time, studio, alternative titles, cross references, critical comment, and sex/violence warnings. Illustrated and fully indexed.

Jonathan Clements has translated over 70 anime and manga and was editor of Manga Max from 1998-2000. Helen McCarthy is former editor of Anime UK and Manga Mania and author of The Anime Movie Guide, Hayao Miyazaki: Master of Japanese Animation, and, with Jonathan Clements, The Erotic Anime Movie Guide.

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Whether you've only seen Pokémon on television, or you're a hard-core fan who has Akira memorized, The Anime Encyclopedia is an essential addition to your bookshelf. More than 2,000 films are reviewed, with complete details on cast and crew, length, ratings, and more. Considering the huge number of anime releases, the confusing and often mistranslated English titles, and the baffling plotlines, a good anime guide is a real must-have. In addition to the title index, you can also look up your choice by director or studio, which makes it easy to find additional works by a favorite artist.
Carl Macek
A long overdue reference work for fans and students of Japanese animation that attempts the near impossible - commentary and brief synopsis on literally thousands of projects. This volume sheds light on obscure titles, cross-references major themes and filmmakers, and does it all in a breezy, conversational style. The Anime Encyclopedia will be a valuable addition to any anime enthusiast's library.
Frederik L. Schodt
There is a vast alternate universe called anime, waiting to be explored. It's entertaining, uplifting, educational, confusing, overwhelming, and a little bit scary. You need a good guidebook. This is it.
Mark Schilling
Promises to do for anime what Halliwell did for films.
Neil Gaiman
Impressive, exhaustive, labyrinthine and obsessive — the Anime Encyclopedia is an astonishing piece of work.
Library Journal
From the first examples in 1917 to today's feature-length animated masterpieces like Princess Mononoke, Japanese animation (or anime) has drawn a devoted international fan base. For quite some time, these enthusiasts have needed an all-encompassing, detail-oriented reference work. Fortunately, Clements and McCarthy, who coedited The Erotic Anime Movie Guide and have an outstanding history in anime indexing, translation, and criticism, are just the folks to carry it off. Choosing the best examples from a field that was about twice the final number of entries, the authors review and detail more than 2000 anime films and TV series. Each entry includes a short synopsis, commentary, details about key creative personnel, and evaluation of the work's significance. Over 100 illustrations representing major releases are sprinkled throughout. Other notable features include a selective bibliography, a name/studio index, and a title index that makes it easy to go right to the vital information about a particular example. The end product is a huge, exhaustive, timely, and authoritative compendium of information that will be appreciated by anime experts and neophytes alike. Recommended for all libraries and essential for film and media collections. David M. Lisa, Wayne P.L., NJ Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781880656648
  • Publisher: Stone Bridge Press
  • Publication date: 9/24/2001
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 592
  • Product dimensions: 7.02 (w) x 9.01 (h) x 1.21 (d)

Meet the Author

Jonathan Clements is the former editor of Manga Max magazine, and the translator of dozens of anime, including Samurai Gold, Slow Step and Plastic Little.

He has been awarded the Japan Festival Award for outstanding contributions to the understanding of Japanese culture.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2001

    Close, but falls very short.

    This book should be called 'A Cursory and Inaccurate History of Anime' instead of the all encompassing and accurate compendium it claims to be. Many mistakes, biased opinions and discrepancies exist in the book - from misinformation about plot to just plain insulting references to anime which does not agree with said reviewer's tastes. This is a good introduction for, as said in the description, the Pokemon crowd, but it does not even come close to being an otaku's reference manual.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2002

    One of the best Anime books ever written.

    They gave me reviews on all my favorite shows and movies, but it also gave me information on many other anime movies that I've never seen. Now I will.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2001

    A reach that goes way beyond anime and the otaku audience

    Why would someone who has seen just one anime film and specializes in the study of Japanese art rush to purchase 'The Anime Encyclopedia' and then deem it a vital reference tool for a wide array of scholars and students? Because the value of this highly disciplined book--presented cleanly and claerly by the two authors--goes way beyond the outstanding and very frank assessments of specific anime films. Certainly the book has been written for the legions of anime fans and its organization is targeted solely at them. Even so, scholars of Japanese anthropology, sociology, history, visual culture, and mythology will find much of value here that is not readily accessible elsewhere. Those hardy souls willing to systematically work their way through the close to 600 pages of this volume will find a treasure chest of information that, for example, reveals patterns in Japanese myths and the stories of numerous traditional theatrical productions.

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