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The Rough Guide to Anime provides a comprehensive overview of the diverse and amazing world of animation from Japan. Combining a critical approach with all the essential background information — from history and short biographies of the key people in the industry to the different genres, themes and cultural references of anime — this is the ultimate guide to Japanese animation. The book introduces the creative talents behind the major anime movies, TV series and OVA (original video animation) — from the ...

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Overview

The Rough Guide to Anime provides a comprehensive overview of the diverse and amazing world of animation from Japan. Combining a critical approach with all the essential background information — from history and short biographies of the key people in the industry to the different genres, themes and cultural references of anime — this is the ultimate guide to Japanese animation. The book introduces the creative talents behind the major anime movies, TV series and OVA (original video animation) — from the Oscar-winning Spirited Away to classic works like Howl''s Moving Castle, Princess Mononoke, and the iconic shows Astro Boy, Kimba the White Lion, Speed Racer and Robotech. Written by anime expert Simon Richmond, features include the Top 50 must-sees, with details on the most influential directors and creative artists. There''s an exploration of the art form''s history, plus information on the anime conventions and manga-related attractions in Japan. Newcomers will love the glossary of all the anime slang and jargon, while devoted fans will relish the fresh exploration of themes, genres and obsessions in the colourful anime universe.

The Rough Guide to Anime explores the best of the prolific genre of anime in today''s popular culture.

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VOYA - Lynne Farrell Stover
Informative and thoroughly comprehensive, this book addresses Japan's remarkable contribution to the artistic medium of cartoons and animated movies. From the well-loved Hello Kitty and Astro Boy to the darker social commentary of Paranoia Agent, the author reveals the reasons anime has become a major form of modern artistic expression. The first chapter delightfully details the history, themes, and important people of anime. The text continues with an alphabetical listing and review of the author's recommended titles of fifty favorite television series and movies. Production techniques, the relationship between manga and anime, and commentary on the global impact of these artistic endeavors are also discussed. Frequent sidebars supply the reader with interesting bits of supplementary information. (This reviewer's college student son voluntarily read sections of this book and deemed the information concerning his favorite anime television series, Fullmetal Alchemist, to be totally awesome.) This enlightening reference book would be a valuable research tool for those desiring accessible print information concerning this art form which has a popular group following. A glossary containing anime jargon is helpful to the novice, and the detailed index will be appreciated by those exploring the content. Regrettably the section on "Where to Go Next" with facts on television screenings, Web sites, and magazines already contains dated information. The illustrations, although sharp and appropriate, are monochromatic. Some color would have added to this book's visual appeal. Reviewer: Lynne Farrell Stover
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Richmond (Rough Guide to Japan) divides this concise history of Japanese animation into seven segments, beginning with anime's genesis in 1917 and ending with a chapter on international anime venues. Other chapters detail anime's 50 canonical works and offer clues to anime's various symbolic meanings. Sidebars offer more focused subject histories and detail term explanations. Animation stills, sadly only in black and white, appear frequently, though not as often as hardcore anime fans might like. Essay explanations are informal and engaging, offering crisp synopses and sharp thematic focus. A historically explanatory accompaniment to Jonathan Clements and Helen McCarthy's 2006 The Anime Encyclopedia.
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Adult/High School—In Richmond's capable hands, the world of anime becomes highly accessible and engaging. The author covers a set of canonical films; popular anime television series; creator and director mini-bios; technical terms described accessibly and with reference to the 50 canonical titles; and includes many two-tone stills from adventure, romance, children's interest, suspense, and historical anime productions. Sidebars are used generously and to good effect to amplify brief information in entries that may be worthy of further investigation. Teens who love anime will find this guide validates their interests, and library staff can turn to it as a reliable way to learn the vocabulary, icons, and plots of a good variety of examples of the popular art.—Francisca Goldsmith, Halifax Public Libraries, Nova Scotia
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781858282053
  • Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/1/2009
  • Series: Rough Guide Reference Series
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Author Simon Richmond lives in Japan, is an anime expert and co-authors the award-winning Rough Guide to Japan

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