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Yokai Attack!: The Japanese Monster Survival Guide

Yokai Attack!: The Japanese Monster Survival Guide

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by Hiroko Yoda, Matt Alt, Tatsuya Morino
     
 

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Yokai are Japan's traditional creepy-crawlies. Almost always encountered in the dark of night, they were once feared throughout the land. But they're more than just myth, more provocative than pop culture—references to yokai abound in Japanese idioms, and nearly every Japanese person has at least a passing knowledge of the most famous of these captivating

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Yokai are Japan's traditional creepy-crawlies. Almost always encountered in the dark of night, they were once feared throughout the land. But they're more than just myth, more provocative than pop culture—references to yokai abound in Japanese idioms, and nearly every Japanese person has at least a passing knowledge of the most famous of these captivating creatures from times of old. Now, after collecting data and descriptions from a variety of sources, including first-hand accounts and microfilms of 18th-century publications stored in the National Diet Library in Tokyo, authors Hiroko Yoda and Matt Alt have produced the first English-language guide to Japans yokai monsters. Original illustrations, created by the talented Tatsuya Morino, detail the potential visible appearance of each yokai. And alongside each and every one are data points allowing you to take in each yokai's characteristics at a glance.
Forget Godzilla. Forget the giant beasties karate-chopped into oblivion by endless incarnations of Ultraman, Kamen Rider, and the Power Rangers. Forget the Pocket Monsters. Forget Sadako from The Ring and that creepy all-white kid from The Grudge. Forget everything you know about Japanese tales of terror. Their roots may extend back to days of yore, but Yokai Attack! will convince any reader that Japan's bewitching tradition of yokai monsters is far from being history.

Editorial Reviews

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"The wonderful book is perfect for anyone interested in monsters, Japanese culture, or folktales (especially Japanese ones). I'm interested in all of those...so I like this book a lot!" —Tokyo Five blog

"This Halloween season, you may want to familiarize yourself with the different monsters of Japan. ... With the help of Yokai Attack!, you will surely stand out among others." —Otaku Asia blog

"An invaluable resource for anyone interested in J-Horror and Japanese culture; gave me a deeper understanding of what I've been enjoying for so many years." —Don Coscarelli, Director, Phantasm Series and Bubba Ho-Tep

"Yokai Attack! is essential reading for any fan of monsters, horror and manga!" —Steve Niles, Creator, 30 Days of Night

"I'd recommend the book to anyone interested in Japan. Even if you're not a monster fan, there's a lot of Japanese culture and history there. Japan's monsters are the perfect portal to understanding the culture that made them." —Introvert Japan blog

"The guide is a compendium of the wildest, weirdest, and nastiest creatures that Japan has to offer. [...] Written in lively and accessible prose, Yokai Attack! is an easy read. This is no scholarly treatise on Yokai folklore, nor does it try to be. Beautiful illustrations based on the sometimes highly variable folkloric descriptions grace every entry, along with photos of various Yokai paraphernalia including toys, and copies of images from 18th century Japanese folkloric texts. [...] Overall, Yokai Attack! is an entertaining and informative read." —Japan Powered blog

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9784805312193
Publisher:
Tuttle Publishing
Publication date:
08/10/2012
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
459,886
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
13 - 18 Years

Meet the Author

Hiroko Yoda and Matt Alt are a husband and wife team who run a Tokyo-based translation company that specializes in producing the English versions of Japanese video games, comic books and literature. Alt is the co-author of Super #1 Robot (2005), a detailed photo-history of 1970s Japanese robot toys. Alt and Yoda are also co-authors of Hello, Please! Very Helpful Super Kawaii Characters From Japan (2007), a book about Japanese cute character culture. They also happen to have firsthand yokai experience, having appeared as extras in the Takashi Miike film The Great Yokai War (2005).
Illustrator Tatsuya Morino became the assistant to Shigeru Mizuki, one of Japans most beloved manga artists, when he was fresh out of high school. After going independent, he illustrated the graphic novel Kibakichi, which was turned into a pair of successful movies of the same name. He also works as a character designer, with credits including the Gainax video game Yokai Family and the web comic Trip Trek. His comic Legentail Sennenta is currently serialized in Kadokawa Shotens monthly comic collection Kero Kero Ace.

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Yokai Attack!: The Japanese Monster Survival Guide 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
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No. But I do have a face and some bpoks.
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What
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
At first I was iffy because it seemed like a silly gimmicky book that would water down the rich yokai tales of Japan. I was very wrong! The book is presented in a field guide format, and actually makes it known that not every yokai is out to eat you! These guys really did their research. Of course, it is no comprehensive guide, but it is a great book for those who are just breaking into the study or even experts looking for different sides to a story. It has a nice bibliography in the back for those who want more academic sources. I only hope that more stuff like this gets translated. :)
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